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FAQ

What types of award are available?
A. Major Grants (up to $300,000 per team)
These are primarily intended to support projects that inform clinical practice and clinical trials research projects judged by the review committee as having a high likelihood of yielding successful funding from peer-review grant agencies or industry, or which are anticipated to lead to high impact publications or changes to clinical practice (e.g. via SCNs), practice guidelines and/or policy .
Other clinical research studies that are judged to meet the above criteria will also be considered, but purely epidemiological studies are not eligible for funding.
These funds must be matched and proof of matching funds (i.e., a clear letter of support on the letterhead of the partner, indicating that these funds have been provided or will be provided from the partner, if the application is successful) must accompany the application. The level of required matching will be based on the source of the support. For peer-reviewed awards or recognized philanthropic sources the amount must be minimally 1:1. For funds from for-profit sources (i.e., Industry) the amount must be minimally 2:1. Industry support must be unencumbered cash leverage (not in-kind services or materials).
Funds can also be used to match Tri-Council funding for competitions where matching funds are required (e.g. SPOR applications, certain CIHR team grants). However, funds from the UCalgary Clinical Research Fund will not be awarded or released until proof of success at the Tri-Council competition is available by submission of the Tri-Council NOA.
B. Seed Grants (up to $50,000 per team)
These are designed to seed new ideas for investigation, with the expectation that such data and collaborations will result in the submission of one or more peer-reviewed clinical research applications or the securing industry support for clinical research. This would need to include one or more of proof of concept studies, pilot studies, feasibility studies, patient engagement, strategies, data analysis and/or project implementation strategies. Accepting a Seed Grant from the UCalgary Clinical Research Fund constitutes a commitment that results will be used as the basis for an application to a Tri-Council agency within two years. Applications for seed grants will be accepted quarterly (deadlines January 15, April 15, July 15, October 15).
C. Pre-submission, Planning or Data Collection Grants (up to $10,000 per team)
These are designed to set up new projects or to perform pre-submission activities that are expected to result in the submission of a peer-reviewed clinical research application or securing industry support for a clinical research. Applications for presubmission, planning or data collection grants are available on an ongoing basis and applications will be accepted at any time.
 
What kinds of research are eligible for these awards?
Major Grant funding will be restricted to clinical (human) research that requires ethical approval, is prospective and involves an intervention, including knowledge exchange or practice change. Cancer-related applications are not eligible as there is a separate fund available for these applications administered through Alberta Cancer Clinical Trials.   
Seed Grants and Pre-submission/Planning/Data Collection Grants will be available to support clinical research, including studies of therapies, diagnostic tools, pharmaceuticals and prevention strategies in humans, as well as comparative evaluations of those interventions against each other and against existing practices. It will also include basic research related to identifiable human tissues, retrospective analyses, surveys, etc. 

Who is eligible to apply for these awards?
The UCalgary Clinical Research Fund (CRF) Seed Grant and Pre-submission/Planning/Data Collection grants are available to all UCalgary researchers with a current Academic Appointment.
For Major Grants, the PI or co-PI must be from a Department that contributed to the funds and have a current Academic Appointment.
Please contact the CCCR if you are uncertain whether you are from an eligible Department.

How many times can you apply? 
A maximum of 2 applications to either the seed or pilot grant competitions are permitted per calendar year (January 1 - December 31). No more than one grant of each type (pre-submission, seed or major) can be held as principal investigator at any one time. Successful applicants of the major award may not apply again for three years from the date of receipt. Please contact the CCCR if you are uncertain whether you are eligible to apply.

How much funding is available?
Approximately $800,000 will be available each year.

What are the budget limits for these awards?
Major Grants have a maximum budget of $300,000; Seed Grants have a maximum budget of $50,000; Pre-submission/planning/data collection grants have a maximum budget of $10,000. Budgets must be well justified and requests may be made for amounts smaller than the maximum. Applicants must demonstrate that there is no conceptual overlap with already funded projects to the satisfaction of the reviewers. Note that matching funds are required for Major Grant applications (see above).

What are the reporting requirements for these awards?
Grant recipients will be required to provide CCCR an annual progress report and a statement of expenditures (in the format as approved CRF budget)
The fund should be acknowledged in all related presentations and publications.

What is the duration of each grant?
  • Pre-submission – 2 years
  • SEED grant – 2 years
  • Major grant – 3 years
Funds must be used within the duration of the grant. Extensions may be granted at the discretion of the ACT committee.

What sources can of funding can be used for matched funding of major grants?
  • The purpose of requiring matched funds is to leverage the CRF investment by incenting investigators to obtain additional funds. Therefore, repurposing funds already obtained (by designating these as “matching” funds generally does not qualify. Please contact the CCCR if you are uncertain whether funds that you already hold will be considered eligible for a match.
  • Similarly, mixing matching funds between or among different projects is NOT acceptable when applying for a Major Grant: all funds must have been allocated by the matching party to the specific project for which CRF funding is sought. Please contact the CCCR if you are uncertain whether funds from multiple sources will be considered eligible for a match.
  • Although we encourage investigators to seek matched funds, the likelihood that such funds will materialize within a reasonable period is considered by the grant review committee. Applications for which the matched funds needed to do the work are not confirmed as available at the time of review are less likely to be selected for CRF funding.
  • The level of required matching will be based on the source of the support. For peer-reviewed awards or recognized philanthropic sources the amount must be minimally 1:1. For funds from for-profit sources (i.e., Industry) the amount must be minimally 2:1. Industry support must be unencumbered cash leverage (not in-kind services or materials).
  • Funds can also be used to match Tri-Council funding for competitions where matching funds are required (e.g. SPOR applications, certain CIHR team grants). However, funds from the UCalgary Clinical Research Fund will not be awarded or released until proof of success at the Tri-Council competition is available.
  • There must be a clear link between receipt of the CRF funding and future funding from a Tri-Council agency.
  • Accepting a pre-submission or seed CRF grant constitutes a commitment by the principal applicant to apply for a related Tri-Council grant within two years of their receipt of the CRF funds.
Can the funds from a Major CRF grant be used to support UCalgary lead site and an Alberta sub-site? Or sub-site outside of Alberta?
  • CRF monies are for direct support of clinical research being conducted at UCalgary. The use of these CRF funds must be clearly described in the budget and budget justification sections. It is required that the amount of funding applied for from the CRF must have 1:1 (non-industry) or 2:1 (industry) matching funds to directly support research activities at UCalgary.  The use of these matching funds must also be clearly described in the budget and budget justification sections.
  • Up to half of the matching funds may be used to enroll patients from non-UCalgary sites. For grants where patients from non-UCalgary sites are enrolled, the reviewers should explicitly assess the evidence that: (a) a UCalgary investigator is the intellectual engine for the work, (b) the additional sites are needed to do the work and represent a good use of scarce CRF dollars, and (c) the other objectives of the CRF are fully met. This should be clearly described in the budget and budget justification sections.
Can non-UCalgary researchers or UCalgary post-doctoral students be co-investigators for a CRF grant?
  • Pre-submission – Yes
  • SEED grant – Yes
  • Major grant – Yes
In all cases, the role of the external investigators should be specified.

What are the CRF grant deadlines?
  • Pre-submission – (Maximum $10,000) Reviewed year round
  • SEED grant – (Maximum $50,000) Quarterly with deadlines of January 15, April 15, July 15 and September 15 - 11:59 pm MST
  • Major grant – (Maximum $300,000) October 15 - 11:59 pm MST
Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

What type of CV should be submitted?
  • There is no prescribed format for the CV.  Applicants should submit the CV that will best highlight their relevant track record and expertise.
  • SEED and Pre-Submission should include the CV of the PI only
  • Major Grants should include the CV of the PI and all Co-Investigators
Part 5 of the Major Grants Application refers to “Research Contributions”. Is this section for the PI only or the PI and Co-Investigators?
  • This section is for the research contributions of both PIs and Co-Investigators, as we no longer require the CVs of Co-Is.
  • Identify a maximum of five (5) contributions that best highlight the contributions to (or activities in) your field of research, defining the impact and relevance of each contribution. A contribution could be defined as a publication, literary or artistic work, conference, patent or intellectual property right, contract or creative activity, commission, etc.
  • Should contain sufficient information to illustrate the application is feasible and worthwhile
What are my obligations as a grant recipient?
  • All grant recipients must comply with the reporting and expenditure requirements as stated on the Notice of Award;
  • Accepting a Pre-Submission or Seed CRF grant constitutes a commitment to apply for a related Tri-Council grant within two years of receipt;
  • Successful applicants and their co-investigators are expected to participate in the review of CRF grants.
  • The Principal Investigator of the successful Major Grant competition is expected to chair the CRF review committee for a period of one year.