CIHR Clinician Scientist Salary Award – Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the FAQ page for the competition of the CIHR Clinician Scientist Salary Award program. Please bookmark this page for future reference.

The information below is intended to supplement the information provided within the most current version of the competition CIHR Clinician Scientist Salary Award funding opportunity.

For all other clinician scientist award funding opportunities, please consult the individual funding opportunity announcements, as these opportunities may have different requirements.

Application Phase Questions

  1. Where can I find the most recent CIHR Clinician Scientist Salary Award funding opportunity?
  2. What are the specific assessment criteria for this program?
  3. How do I verify that my application has been successfully submitted to CIHR?
  4. How do the Sponsorship Assessments work in ResearchNet?
  5. What is the difference between sponsor's letters of reference and letters from collaborators?
  6. Will the interruptions/delays in my career be taken into account when determining my eligibility?
  7. In the "Identify participants" task on ResearchNet, I am asked whether I am currently licensed in Canada and the expiry date of the license. I am currently licensed in Canada; however, my license does not have an expiry date. ResearchNet does not allow me to continue without putting in an expiry date. How do I proceed?
  8. Regarding the eligibility criteria of the funding opportunity "…the applicant must seek competitive peer-reviewed operating support from CIHR or another research funding organization as a Nominated Principal Applicant or Principal Applicant in order to meet all Conditions for Funding…" a) would I be at a disadvantage if I do not seek peer-reviewed operating support from CIHR? b) What are some examples of CIHR grant opportunities I am eligible to apply for?
  9. Should the header in my research proposal include the total funds requested – such as in the grant application?
  10. My faculty position is with the University but my research will be conducted at an affiliated hospital. Where should the letter from the Dean of Faculty/Research Director and the Appendix 2A parts 1, 2 and 3 come from – the University or the hospital?
  11. Will I be at a disadvantage if the letter from the Dean of Faculty/Research Director indicates that the faculty/research appointment is conditional upon my success in the Clinician Scientist Salary Award competition?
  12. Which 'Part' within Appendix 2A should be signed by the Head of the Department?
  13. When applying for a Clinician Scientist Salary Award, who at the institution is required to provide the signature of the authorized individual?
  14. Do I sign the Signature Pages?
  15. Is there anything I need to mail to CIHR?
  16. I accidentally clicked the Submit button. How do I unsubmit my application to make changes to it?
  17. How can I update my application after the deadline?

Award Administration Questions

  1. What documents will I need to provide to CIHR before I can start my award?
  2. Do I need to do anything if I'm planning to decline the award?
  3. What do I need to do if my status changes before my award expires?
  4. Is a CIHR Clinician Scientist Salary Award renewable?
  5. How much time do I have to respond to an offer of award?
  6. What happens if the required paperwork isn't received by CIHR until after my chosen start date?
  7. How much time am I required to spend on the research training to maintain my eligibility to hold the CIHR award?
  8. Am I allowed to receive funding from other sources while holding the CIHR award?
  9. If I have questions, who should I contact?

Contact Information

For technical help, email support@cihr-irsc.gc.ca, or call 1-888-603-4178 or 613-954-1968 from Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET.

For more information related to the Clinician Scientist Salary Award competition, please contact the program coordinator by email: support@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.


Application Phase Answers

  1. Where can I find the most recent CIHR Clinician Scientist Salary Award funding opportunity?

    The most recent CIHR Clinician Scientist Salary Award funding opportunity can be found on the CIHR Funding Opportunity Database.

  2. What are the specific assessment criteria for this program?

    The specific assessment criteria for this program can be found in the CIHR Reviewers' Guide for Clinician Scientist Training & Salary Awards.

  3. How do I verify that my application has been successfully submitted to CIHR?

    It is highly recommended that applicants submit their application well ahead of the CIHR deadline. If you have successfully submitted your application through ResearchNet, you will receive an automated email message confirming the submission. No further confirmation is provided.

  4. How do the Sponsorship Assessments work in ResearchNet?

    Once you have identified your sponsors, ResearchNet will generate an automatic email message to the sponsors. The email will contain a unique link where they will enter their assessment and submit it directly to CIHR.

    The assessment form must be completed and submitted online by the sponsors and be written in either English or French. Once an assessment is submitted, it will automatically attach itself to your application.

    Candidates do not have access to the content of the assessment submitted by sponsors. However, candidates may follow the status of the assessment directly under the Sponsor task in their ResearchNet application. Note that it is the candidate's responsibility to follow up with sponsors to ensure the assessments are submitted prior to the deadline date and therefore ensure the application completeness. After all three sponsors have submitted their assessments; this task will be marked as Complete in your ResearchNet Application Task List.

  5. What is the difference between sponsor's letters of reference and letters from collaborators?

    Three sponsor's letters of reference must be included in the application and can be written by former supervisors, mentors or experts in the field who can speak to the candidate's potential to initiate and conduct health research. Letters from collaborators are optional in the application package. If these are included they should be written by collaborators who are expected to make a significant contribution in the proposed research, confirming their willingness to participate in the manner indicated.

  6. Will the interruptions/delays in my career be taken into account when determining my eligibility?

    Interruptions and delays in your career will be taken into account when determining eligibility. This information is also used by the peer reviewers when assessing productivity. Applicants are advised to clearly and fully describe in the "Employment" section and the "Leaves of Absence and Impact on Research" subsection of the Common CV any interruptions or delays that affected the research and the dissemination of research results. While ensuring that the quality of the research remains competitive, peer review committees must be sensitive to the impact of these circumstances on the level of productivity as some circumstances make it impossible or undesirable for researchers to publish important results of their research prior to applying for CIHR support.

  7. In the "Identify Participants" task on ResearchNet, I am asked whether I am currently licensed in Canada and the expiry date of the license. I am currently licensed in Canada; however, my license does not have an expiry date. ResearchNet does not allow me to continue without putting in an expiry date. How do I proceed?

    Applicants must insert the renewal date of the license in the space provided. A copy of the license will need to be attached to the application for verification purposes under the task "Identify Participants – subtask: Attachments" on ResearchNet.

  8. Regarding the eligibility criteria of the funding opportunity "…the applicant must seek competitive peer-reviewed operating support from CIHR or another research funding organization as a Nominated Principal Applicant or Principal Applicant in order to meet all Conditions for Funding…"
    1. Would I be at a disadvantage if I do not seek peer-reviewed operating support from CIHR?

      While you will not be at a disadvantage if you seek funding elsewhere, you are encouraged to consider CIHR's grant funding opportunities in your efforts to secure grant support.

    2. What are some examples of CIHR grant opportunities I am eligible to apply for?

      To obtain a detailed list, consult the Funding Opportunities section of our website.

  9. Should the header in my research proposal include the total funds requested – such as in the grant application?

    No, the header is specific to the grant application and although it appears in the Common CV there is no need to complete this for the Clinician Scientist Salary Award competition.

  10. My faculty position is with the University but my research will be conducted at an affiliated hospital. Where should the letter from the Dean of Faculty/Research Director and the Appendix 2A parts 1, 2 and 3 come from – the University or the hospital?

    The Letter from the Dean of Faculty/Research Director must be written by the institution that will administer the funds should you be successful in the Clinician Scientist Salary Award competition. The Appendix 2A parts 1 to 3 must be completed by the head of the department of the institution - who can confirm the details of your research activities and who will offer successful candidates a full-time faculty, or equivalent position as an independent investigator. Both institutions should be in agreement with the percentage of time protected.

  11. Will I be at a disadvantage if the letter from the Dean of Faculty/Research Director indicates that the faculty/research appointment is conditional upon my success in the Clinician Scientist Salary Award competition?

    Institutional support is an important component of the application and review process. The letter from the institution should demonstrate a strong commitment to the applicant regardless of success in the competition.

  12. Which 'Part' within Appendix 2A should be signed by the Head of the Department?

    The Head of the Department should sign one or all parts within Appendix 2A.

  13. When applying for a Clinician Scientist Salary Award, who at the institution is required to provide the signature of the authorized individual?

    An individual who has the authority to bind the Institution or organization to the general conditions governing grants and awards, as per the statement Meaning of Signatures on Application outlined in the CIHR Grants and Awards Guide. If the institution paid and the research institution are the same, only the institution paid signature is required on the signature page.

  14. Do I sign the Signature Pages?

    The applicant is not required to sign the signature's page. Clicking "Submit" equals to the applicant's signature.

  15. Is there anything I need to mail to CIHR?

    No. All application material is submitted electronically through ResearchNet.

  16. I accidentally clicked the Submit button. How do I unsubmit my application to make changes to it?

    Prior to the deadline an application can be unsubmitted by sending an email to support@cihr-irsc.gc.ca, or by calling 1-888-603-4178 or 613-954-1968 from Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET.

    After the deadline, applications cannot be unsubmitted.

  17. How can I update my application after the deadline?

    In order to ensure fairness in the evaluation of award applications updates to applications (i.e. notices of final acceptance of publications and notices of any other funding requested or received) will not be accepted after the application deadline date.

Award Administration Answers

  1. What documents will I need to provide to CIHR before I can start my award?

    In addition to the specific requirements listed in the Notes section of the Offer of an Award (if applicable), there is one mandatory document that needs to be either mailed or scanned and emailed to us:

    Response to an Offer of Award: if you are successful in receiving an award, a PDF version of this form will become available to you in your ResearchNet account after you answer a few questions, e.g. start date, institution paid. Note that you need to sign the printed form and obtain the signature from the Dean of Faculty/Research Director. This form must be mailed or emailed to us within 15 business days of notification.

  2. Do I need to do anything if I'm planning to decline the award?

    Yes. As we could be offering your award to the next most highly-rated candidate, we need to know as soon as possible and certainly no later than 15 business days after the offer has been posted to your ResearchNet account. Please send us a signed copy of the Response to an Offer of Award form stating that you are declining the award and letting us know why.

  3. What do I need to do if my status changes before my award expires?

    You must contact CIHR as soon as possible if your status changes at any point during the tenure of the salary award. You must notify CIHR in writing by email at: support@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

  4. Is a CIHR Clinician Scientist Salary Award renewable?

    Yes, this award is renewable once for a total of six years. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that the renewal application is submitted at the appropriate time to avoid a gap in the funding period.

  5. How much time do I have to respond to an offer of award?

    Successful applicants have 15 business days to accept or decline an award as of the date on the funding decision letter.

  6. What happens if the required paperwork isn't received by CIHR until after my chosen start date?

    As long as the delays fall within the allowable start dates stated in the Notes section of the Offer of an Award document, the only effect is that your payments will be delayed until we're able to process your paperwork. Payments can be made retroactively as of your indicated start date provided that you meet all the eligibility requirements.

  7. How much time am I required to spend on the research training to maintain my eligibility to hold the CIHR award?

    Awards recipients must devote at least 75 per cent of their time to research training in order to maintain their eligibility.

  8. Am I allowed to receive funding from other sources while holding the CIHR award?

    Recipients may receive unlimited funding from any other sources, with the exception of other Canadian federal sources. Recipients are expected to respect the eligibility requirements and funding conditions throughout the tenure of the CIHR award.

  9. If I have questions, who should I contact?

    For technical help, email support@cihr-irsc.gc.ca, or call 1-888-603-4178 or 613-954-1968 from Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET.

    For more information related to the CIHR Clinician Scientist Salary Award program, email: support@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

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