New Initiatives Program

The objective of this competition is to award a grant that will encourage the formulation of a project, either for drafting a research protocol on an original problem or for the start-up of a new research team working on an original problem. In either case, the problem studied must emerge from a clinical setting and/or have a direct impact on the clinical setting.

The grant is not intended to support an already-formulated research project. However, part of the grant can be used to collect pilot data essential to a future research project or request for funds.

Multi-site applications (i.e., research activities involving more than one CRIR research site) or inter-axis projects will be favoured.

  • Funding: The maximum amount is $10,000 per projet, for a period of 12 months, following the granting of funds.

The Fondation En Vue de l’Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille is joining the CRIR for a fourth consecutive year, and will fund projects that meet the criteria of the New Initiatives 2021-2022 program and specifically target the clinical needs of people with visual disabilities.


Conditions for applying

1. The application must include at least three individuals, including at least one regular CRIR researcher and a current or emerging CRIR clinician/health care professional member. CRIR Researcher membership status must be in order before submitting the application*. Clinicians who are not currently CRIR members will be asked to become a member if the project is successful.

  • Only CVs of persons who are not CRIR members must accompany the application.
  • Researchers may submit more than one application as Principal Investigator.
  • In order to maximize the impact of the funded projects, the team could be accompanied by a Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) or by the CRIR’s Coordinator for Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization, as needed, from the beginning to the end of the project. If relevant, the application may include a description of the expected role of the CRC or the CRIR’s Coordinator for Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization.

* To maintain your admissibility to CRIR financial support programs, it is important to send all outstanding New Initiative Activity and Financial reports or requests for extension before submitting your new funding application. To ensure that your researcher status is in good standing, please contact Sabine Leunens at sleunens.crir@ssss.gouv.qc.ca

2. The authorized individual from the relevant clinical setting must submit a letter (Word or e-mail format) with the grant application. This letter must demonstrate the relevance and impact of the project on the clinical setting and specify the nature of the institutional contribution (in-kind or cash) if applicable. *A respectful collaboration requires time, please do not approach CRCs and the clinical units at the last minute.

3. The proposed budget must cover the costs necessary to carry out the research project. The grant is subject to the Common General Rules of the Fonds de recherche du Québec. For example, costs related to the hiring of research personnel (technician, research assistant, coordinator, student, etc.), research equipment, dissemination and knowledge transfer are eligible. The budget must be justified.

4. The applicants must demonstrate how the funds will allow them to apply to other grants, from provincial or federal programs or other.

5. Researchers and clinicians must mention CRIR in all presentations or publications linked to the project.

6. Activity (maximum 2 pages and may include photos, videos and/or testimonials) and financial reports must be sent to CRIR 18 months following receipt of the award letter using the Activities and Financial Report Form available on the CRIR website.


Instructions for writing the application

1. Applicants must submit a written project description of maximum 4 pages, excluding appendices (margins: 2cm; spacing: simple; font: Times New Roman 12 or Arial 11). The project should clearly describe:

  • Background and Rationale
  • Objectives
  • Methods
  • Expected benefits for the clinical setting and research (also describe how this funding will lead to other grant applications)
  • Contribution and role of each member (indicate, if relevant, the expected role of the CRC or of the CRIR’s Coordinator for Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization)
  • Multisite and/or inter-axis component (provide justification if there is none)
  • Feasibility of the proposed project and timeline
  • Knowledge mobilization plan

2. Appendices:

  • Detailed budget (including partners’ contributions, if relevant); budget justification and references.
  • Letter(s) from the authorized person(s) in the relevant clinical setting(s).
Attach the project description and appendices in a single PDF


3.
CVs of persons who are not CRIR members (including the clinician/health care professional, if not a CRIR member). Insert all resumes in a single PDF.

 

Note :

  • Applications that are incomplete or that do not respect the requested number of pages will not be evaluated.
  • To download: Evaluation Grid_2021-2022

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PLEASE COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION USING THE ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM.

The deadline for receiving projects is February 15, 2022
All research themes will be considered.

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Activities and Financial Report Form

Activity (maximum 2 pages and may include photos, videos and/or testimonials) and financial reports must be sent to CRIR 18 months following receipt of the award letter using the Activities and Financial Report Form below:

Activities and Financial Report Form

 

Funded projects