IGH Gender, Sex and Health Research Skills Development Award Program (2014/2015)

Timeline and Funding

  • Application deadline: May 16, 2014
  • Notification of decision: Within nine weeks of the application deadline
  • Funding per award: up to $5,000

Table of Contents

  1. Description
  2. Available Funds
  3. Eligibility
  4. Allowable Costs
  5. Review Process and Evaluation
  6. How to Apply
  7. Conditions of Funding
  8. Contact Information

1. Description

The mission of CIHR's Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) is to foster research excellence regarding the influence of gender and sex on the health of women and men throughout life and to apply these research findings to identify and address pressing health challenges. The aim of IGH's Gender, Sex and Health Research Skills Development Award Program is to build research capacity by providing graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with funding for gender, sex and health research skills acquisition. These skills may be acquired outside the applicant's home institution through participation in specialized courses or through training with an expert researcher, knowledge user, or research team. Experts may be from within or outside the applicant's discipline.

Whether training in the area of biomedical, clinical, health systems or population health research, all trainees (graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) who bring a substantive focus on gender, sex and health to their research are encouraged to apply for this award, worth up to $5,000. "Substantive" means that gender and/or sex are an integral aspect of the applicant's program of research and proposed training activity. For information on integrating gender and/or sex into research designs, please refer to the CIHR Gender, Sex and Health Research Guide and the IGH Gender, Sex and Health Research Casebook.

Trainees seeking funds for conference travel or to support knowledge translation activities should consult IGH’s Institute Community Support Program page.

2. Available Funds

The maximum amount for a single award is $5,000. IGH's contribution to the amount available for these awards is subject to availability of funds voted annually to CIHR by parliamentary appropriations, and the conditions that may be attached to them. The number of awards given per competition will be affected by the above factor as well as the number and quality of applications.

3. Eligibility

To be eligible for this competition, applicants must be:

4. Allowable Costs

  • Tuition for specialized courses focused on acquisition of skills related to gender, sex and health research.
    • Note: IGH will not cover the cost of an applicant's regular program of study (e.g., graduate tuition). Payment of specialized course tuition will be contingent on the applicant receiving confirmation that they are eligible and able to take part in the course (e.g., that they have the appropriate pre-requisites, that the course is not full).
  • Travel costs (travel, accommodations, per diem) for travel to attend specialized courses or to train with expert researchers, knowledge users, or teams outside of the applicant's home institution/city.

Other expenses related to research skills acquisition may be eligible. Applicants unsure about the eligibility of specific expenses are encouraged to contact IGH prior to submitting their application.

Applicants must provide a clear budget justification for the amount of funding being requested, including detailed estimates of all costs. Estimates should be substantiated with quotes where appropriate.

5. Review Process and Evaluation

Applications will undergo an initial assessment by IGH staff to ensure that they are both eligible and complete. Only eligible and complete applications will proceed to the application review stage.

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • The strength of the applicant's rationale for engaging in the proposed training activity.
  • The potential impact of the proposed training activity/ies on the applicant's current project and future program of research in gender, sex and health.
  • The applicant's demonstrated excellence in and potential contributions to gender, sex and health research (the applicant's track record of academic achievement, contributions to research, leadership, and community service).
  • In the case that an applicant is proposing to enrol in a specialized course:
    • The relevance of the course to gender, sex and health research and suitability of the course instructor and course outline.
  • In the case that an applicant is proposing to train with an individual or team:
    • The expert researcher, knowledge user, or team's expertise in gender, sex and health research and fit with the applicant's proposed training activity/ies.
  • The soundness of the applicant's budget for the proposed training activity/ies.

The evaluation committee is typically composed of IGH staff, Institute Advisory Board members and researchers in the field of gender, sex and health research. IGH will notify applicants of the competition results by email.

6. How to Apply

  1. Create a cover page for your application with the following information:
    • Name
    • CIHR PIN
    • Email
    • Level of studies
    • University
    • Program of study
    • Description of training activity/ies (25 words or less)
    • Name of supervisor
    • Total funds requested
  2. Complete the Institute Community Support (ICS) application form [ PDF (626 KB) ] according to the following instructions:
    • Complete Section 1. Note: If you do not have a CIHR Personal Identification Number (PIN), please visit the Register with CIHR web page.
    • Indicate "Gender, Sex and Health Research Skills Development Award Program" in Section 2 a). Note: Do not complete other items in Section 2.
    • Do not complete Section 3.
    • Complete Section 4.
  3. Write a proposal (1,000 words maximum, not including bibliography) for your training activity/ies that clearly addresses each of the following components:
    • Your proposed training activity:
      • Describe your proposed training activity.
      • Explain what gender, sex and health research skills you plan to develop through this activity.
      • Explain why it is necessary to seek this training outside of your home institution.
      • If you are proposing to enrol in a specialized course, explain why you want to take this course, what skills you will gain, and why taking it would strengthen your program of research in gender, sex and health.
      • If you are proposing to work with an expert researcher, knowledge user, or team, explain why you want to work with them, what skills you will gain, and what working with them will add to your program of research in gender, sex and health.
    • Your program of research:
      • Summarize your program of research. Outline your topic, methods and (where relevant) key findings.
      • Explain how gender and/or sex are integrated into your program of research.
      • Describe your career aspirations in gender, sex and health research.

    Your proposal must not exceed 1,000 words. Your bibliography will not be counted towards the word limit. Proposals must be double-spaced, paginated and in a 12-point font.

  4. Outline a budget for your proposed training activity/ies (1 page maximum). Applicants must provide a clear budget justification for the amount of funding being requested, including detailed estimates of all costs. Estimates should be substantiated with quotes where appropriate. The amount awarded to successful applicants will not exceed the total amount indicated in the budget.
    • Applicants must declare if they are the recipients of scholarship or fellowship funding, or funding through a research team with which they are affiliated, to support training activities. The aim of this program is not to replace existing funds but rather to supplement or offer new opportunities for training in gender, sex and health research.
  5. Create an applicant CV (3 pages maximum). This can be formatted as a Word document. This competition does not require completion of the Common CV.
  6. Obtain a transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) for your current or, in the case of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students who are in the first year of their current degree program, most recent program of study.
  7. Obtain a letter of support (2 pages maximum) from your primary supervisor explaining how the proposed training activity/ies would contribute to your program of research in gender, sex and health research. The letter of support can be included with your application package or sent directly to IGH by your supervisor. It can be an electronic document on official letterhead or an email sent directly from your supervisor's institutional email address.
  8. If you are proposing to enrol in a specialized course, append the course outline, information about the instructor and host institution, and any other relevant details. You must also show proof (e.g. an email from the course instructor or host institution) that you are eligible to enrol in the course.
  9. If you are proposing to train with an expert researcher, knowledge user, or team, append a biography or CV for the expert. In the case of a team, append a biography or CV for the team member who will act as your primary mentor. You must also show proof (e.g. a letter or an email from the expert) that this expert has agreed to work with you.
  10. Email your application to: angela.hold@ubc.ca. Receipt of emails will be acknowledged.

A complete application consists of:

  1. A cover sheet
  2. A signed ICS form
  3. A 1,000 word proposal
  4. A budget (1 page maximum)
  5. An applicant CV (3 pages maximum)
  6. A transcript
  7. A letter of support from your primary supervisor (2 pages maximum)
  8. The required details of your proposed training activity/ies, including proof that you are eligible to participate:
    • For courses: a course outline, information about the instructor and host institution, and proof that you are eligible to enrol in the course
    • For expert training: a biography or CV for the expert and proof that the expert has agreed to work with you.

Late applications or applications with missing documents will not be accepted. Applicants are responsible for ensuring the completeness of their applications.

7. Conditions of Funding

Funded skills development activities must be completed by December 31, 2015.

Successful applicants are required to submit a brief report about their training experience. IGH will provide recipients with a final report template.

Successful applicants are required to acknowledge the support of IGH in publications, presentations, or other public materials generated from this research skills development activity.

Contact Information

For questions about this opportunity contact:
Kimberly Mageau 
Project Officer
CIHR Institute of Gender and Health
Tel.: 613-941-4328
Email: kimberly.mageau@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

Past Research Skills Development Award recipients