Summer Program in Aging (SPA) 2014

Notice

Thank you for applying to the Summer Program in Aging (SPA) 2014.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, SPA 2014 has been postponed to 2015.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - Institute of Aging (IA) Summer Program in Aging

For 2014, the CIHR Institutes of Aging (IA), Gender and Health (IGH) and Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA) have partnered with the Institute for Work and Health to host this event. The Summer Program in Aging (SPA) 2014 partners have identified "Work and Health: The Aging Perspective" as the key theme for this year’s SPA Training Program.

This is the first SPA that is being organised in partnership between multiple CIHR Institutes. The topic of Work and Health is one that is interdisciplinary and of interest to many different fields of research. Trainees conducting research on work and health that is relevant to the mandate areas of any of the partner Institutes and who are interested in expanding their research horizons to include "an aging perspective" are encouraged to apply to this program.

Research areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • health, safety and productivity issues in the aging workforce;
  • gender differences and needs of the aging workforce;
  • motivating, managing, retaining and accommodating the aging workforce;
  • innovations in accommodation for the aging workforce (e.g., flexible employment strategies, new technologies, automation);
  • understanding and enabling older workers' musculoskeletal health;
  • understanding and enabling older workers' mental health;
  • current and future demographics of the aging workforce;
  • economic and social drivers of delayed retirement; and
  • intergenerational communication and collaboration in the workplace, among other topics.

The 2014 Summer Program in Aging will take place from 16-20 June 2014 at:

Osgoode Professional Development
Osgood Hall Law School of York University
1 Dundas Street West Suite 2602, P.O. Box 42
Toronto, ON Canada M5G 1Z3.

SPA 2014 Training Program Objectives

The aim of SPA 2014 Training Program is to provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows interested in research on Work and Health with an Aging Perspective, an advanced training program that crosses disciplines, sectors, institutions and geography.

Participants will have an opportunity to:

  1. Gain an understanding of critical processes for academic success through plenary and practical sessions;
  2. Present their research area to participants, mentors and local academic experts through a poster;
  3. Examine multidisciplinary research collaborations in the context of the "Work and Health: The Aging Perspective" theme;
  4. Become more aware of, and more skilled in, the meaningful integration of gender and sex in research on work and health;
  5. Gain a better understanding on how to develop and further integrate a multidisciplinary patient-oriented research approach in the context of musculoskeletal health research;
  6. Gain an understanding of the methodologies used in longitudinal studies and in particular, learn about the potential uses of the data and expertise contained within the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging and its multidisciplinary research applications;
  7. Learn skills in grant preparation, peer review, communication and knowledge transfer;
  8. Explore professionalism and ethics in the context of research on Work and Health and related fields;
  9. Network with other emerging researchers and with academic mentors from across the country and abroad.

Notice - New this year

The CIHR-IA is providing funding (travel grants) to participants to travel to the 2014 Summer Program in Aging and to present their research in the form of a poster.

Candidates interested in participating in SPA 2014 and that require funding for their travel MUST apply separately, to both the SPA 2014 Training Program and the CIHR-IA SPA 2014 Travel Grant competitions.

Note that the respective application deadlines for each program are different:

CIHR-IA SPA 2014 Travel Grant SPA 2014 Training Program
Application deadline January 27th 2014 February 17th 2014
Notification deadline March 8th 2014 March 8th 2014
  • Interested candidates are encouraged to apply to both programs at the same time.
  • Interested candidates who do not meet the application deadline for the CIHR-IA SPA 2014 Travel Grants, can still apply and be accepted in the SPA 2014 Training Program, but will need to identify alternative sources of funding to cover their travel expenses to the SPA 2014 Training Program and provide proof of this in their application.

Eligibility Requirements for Participation in SPA 2014 Training Program:

Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled full-time or part-time in a Master's or PhD program; or be granted a postdoctoral fellowship at a Canadian University; or follow post-graduate clinical training that includes a program of research;
  • Have research interests, a thesis subject or a post-doctoral project in the field of work and health with an aging perspective/component;
  • Be Canadian citizens or have landed immigrant status (a few positions may be open to trainees at Canadian institutions who do not meet either criteria);
  • Have applied to the CIHR-IA SPA 2014 Travel Grant competition or secure alternative sources of funding to cover their travel expenses (the applicant will need to provide proof of their sources of funding);
  • Have a commitment from their academic supervisor to cover the 500$ registration fees. If the application is accepted, the payment will need to take place before April 4th, 2014;
  • Be committed to attend the entire SPA 2014 Training Program (June 16th to 20th 2014);
  • Be attending a SPA program for the first time. If the applicant has previously attended a SPA Training Program, s/he is requested to contact the Institute of Aging to evaluate eligibility for the SPA 2014 Training Program, as the curricula of SPA Training Programs vary.

CIHR-IA SPA 2014 Training Program and Travel Grants Application Procedures:

Candidates interested in participating in both the SPA 2014 Training Program and receiving a CIHR-IA SPA 2014 Travel Grant must complete both setps A and B as described below. Candidates are encouraged to apply to both at the same time.

STEP A: CIHR-IA SPA 2014 Travel Grant Application Procedure (deadline January 27th 2014)

Applicants interested in participating in SPA 2014 Training Program and require travel funding must apply for a travel award to CIHR-IA SPA 2014 Travel Grants by January 27th 2014. For eligibility criteria, abstract submission information and to apply, visit CIHR-IA SPA Travel Grant application.

STEP B: SPA 2014 Training Program Application Procedure (deadline February 17th 2014)

All candidates (including those who have applied for a CIHR-IA SPA 2014 Travel Grant) are required to apply online to the SPA 2014 Training Program by February 17th 2014. The SPA Training Program registration fee for accepted applicants is 500$ (a commitment from the academic supervisor to cover this cost is required). Required information includes, among others:

  • Abstract related to the SPA 2014 theme "Work and Health: The Aging Perspective" (for CIHR-IA SPA 2014 Travel Grants applicants, the same abstract submitted is required). If accepted, participants will make a poster to present their research;
  • Overview of proposed career path (max 200 words);
  • Statement of Interest to participate in SPA 2014 Training Program as it relates to the SPA 2014 theme "Work and Health: The Aging Perspective" (max 200 words);
  • CV. The CIHR or common CV format is encouraged (max. 3 pages);
  • A signed recommendation letter on official letterhead from the applicant’s academic supervisor, with an assessment of the applicant’s potential to continue with research in the area of work and health with an aging perspective. The letter should also include the academic supervisor’s commitment to cover the $500 registration fee from his/her research funds if the application is accepted, and if applicable, travel expenses for candidates who did not secure travel costs through the CIHR-IA SPA 2014 Travel Grants. Supervisors may write letters of recommendation for up to two trainees, with the understanding that only one trainee per supervisor is likely to be selected to participate in SPA 2014 Training Program.

For more information and to apply, visit SPA 2014 Training Program online-application.

Selection Procedure

An application review committee will select a limited number of students, based on eligibility criteria, research interests, range of disciplinary backgrounds, recommendation letter and institutional geographical distribution. Applicants will be notified of the committee's decisions by March 8th 2014.

For more information, contact:
Ms. Niobe Haitas at SPA@criugm.qc.ca

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