Additional Important Proposal Submission Information
Current PGY 4-6 cardiology, cardiac surgery and vascular surgery residents in a College of Physicians and Surgeons approved program are eligible to submit a proposal.
Applicants must currently reside in Canada.
Award funds are solely intended for Canadian research purposes.
The award funds will be administered by the Cardiology Division of the winners’ affiliated universities, or equivalent.
Research should be underway within 6 months and completed within two years of funds being awarded.
The award and funds are intended for original research conducted by residents and should not supplement funding for an ongoing project.
If the submission refers to a multicenter clinical trial, the applicant must specify their specific role in the research study.
If the application is for a sub-study of an ongoing trial, the applicant must specify their role and explain how the substudy is distinct from the main trial.
If scope of project is greater than the funds awarded, the applicant must explain what area the grant will be used in. If another member of the team is involved in the project, applicant is to describe his/her role in the study.
Award funds can range from a maximum of $30,000 (if 1st prize winner is also awarded $10,000 presentation bonus) to a minimum of $7,500 (3rd prize). The scope of projects will have to be flexible to accommodate this large range of budget. The funds awarded may be used as a standalone or may be further leveraged by applying for funding from another source (eg new investigator funds).
Mentor name, affiliation, and qualifications must be provided at the time of proposal submission.
The final stage of the competition process is performance-based: be prepared to defend your proposal during a CCC accredited symposium on October 22, 2017, in front of an audience of around 450 delegates, as you encounter challenging questions from the reviewers. The format will draw loosely from the television shows Shark Tank and Dragon’s Den. Contestants must be prepared to answer tough questions with brief and succinct statements.
The Canadian Cardiovascular Society will announce Finalists in October 2017. The ranking (first, second, and third placed), will be voted by judges during the CCC accredited symposium on October 22, 2017, following presentations by finalists. The winner of the $10,000 presentation bonus will be decided by the audience during the accredited symposium.
As the audience will have a vote during the accredited symposium to allocate the $10,000 presentation bonus to one of the three finalists, we encourage finalists to invite their colleagues to attend the accredited symposium to cheer them on. Flags from each of the three finalists’ universities will be distributed to each delegate to add to the competitive atmosphere.
The finalists must submit a photo and brief resume to be published on the program’s website at www.vascularawards.com.
Applicants must be available to travel to Vancouver to present their research projects to the judging panel during the accredited symposium on October 22, 2017, presented at the CCC. Travel arrangements will be covered for out of province finalists.
Research status report will be requested and should be submitted at the beginning of July and October of the ensuing year(s) that the project is running.
Application should not include superfluous content (cover page, table of content, etc.). Pages exceeding the maximum three pages will not be reviewed (only the first three will be reviewed).