SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF SCIENTISTS 2017

Scholarships for the Next Generation of Scientists is a Cancer Research Society funding program with the goal of supporting the future generation of Canadian researchers.The award consists of two parts covering a period of three years, with no possibility for renewal.

Part 1
 1 year $40,000

The one-year postdoctoral salary award are for a candidate finishing his/her fellowship. The candidate must have completed at least two (2) years of postdoctoral training when he/she will accept the salary award on September 1st.

Possibility of extending Part 1 of this award for a maximum period of six months. See below for details.
Part 2  2 years $120,000
($60,000/year)

The operating grant is awarded once the candidate has obtained a faculty position at a recognized Canadian institution. This grant is for a maximum of two years. 


IMPORTANT:
Applying for only one part of the award is prohibited.

 

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Application Toolkit

2017 Application Form
2017 Commitment Form
2017 Disclaimer and Indemnity - Young Investigator

IMPORTANT:
In order to apply for a Scholarship for the Next Generation of Scientists, it is mandatory to use the application form specific to this program for the current year.

Program Officer

Lucille Beaudet, PhD, MBA
grants@src-crs.ca
514-861-9227, ext. 234
Toll-free: 1 888 776 2262, ext. 234

Mailing address for applications:

Scholarships for the Next Generation of Scientists
Cancer Research Society – Research Department
625 President-Kennedy Avenue, Suite 402
Montreal QC H3A 3S5

 

ANNUAL CALENDAR

Applications for Scholarships for the Next Generation of Scientists

January 27, 2017

Application form for Scholarships for the Next Generation of Scientists is available online

April 28, 2017

Deadline for submitting an application

July 2017

Evaluation committee meetings

August 2017

Results are announced following approval by the Cancer Research Society’s Board of Directors

September 2017

Payments to grantees begin


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION
PUBLICATION UPDATES
FINANCIAL RULES AND ELIGIBLE EXPENDITURES
EVALUATION PROCESS
CANDIDATE COMMITMENT
COMMITMENT TO RESEARCH
AWARD ACCEPTANCE
REPORTING
COMMITMENT BY THE UNIVERSITY OR RESEARCH INSTITUTE



IMPORTANT DATES

FUNDING PERIODS
  Part 1
Postdoctoral Fellowship
Part 2
Operating Grant
Start date:
 September 1, 2017 Between September 1, 2018 and March 1, 2019

 

MANAGEMENT

The annual funding period is from September 1 to August 31 of every year.

Award payments are made to the financial officer of the grant recipient's institution.

Payments are made on a quarterly basis: September, December, March, June.
RENEWAL Scholarships for the Next Generation of Scientists are awarded without possibility for renewal.
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CANDIDATE ELIGIBILITY

GENERAL CRITERIA FOR CANDIDATE ELIGIBILITY

Each candidate must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for the entire scholarship (parts 1 and 2) and must be residing in Canada at the starting date of part 2 of the scholarship (operating grant). Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residence is required. Please refer to the Appendices section of the Application Form for further details.

Each candidate must be registered as a postdoctoral fellow in a university or accredited institution and must commit to starting work as a researcher in a university or accredited Canadian institution between January 1, 2018 and March 1, 2019.

A research associate who wishes to pursue a career as an independent investigator may also be eligible to apply.

The candidate must make the commitment to devote at least 75% of his or her time to research (full time). The candidate must also demonstrate his or her capacity or potential to be a competitive researcher at the provincial, national, and international levels.

Applicants whose postdoctoral training may have been delayed due to extenuating circumstances are invited to contact the Cancer Research Society to determine their eligibility.

Candidates doing post-doctoral training in the same department in which they received their doctorate degree or accepting an academic position in the same institution in which they did their post-doctoral training may be disqualified for an award.

ELIGIBILITY FOR THE SALARY AWARD (PART 1)

Candidates must have held a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, DMV, etc.) for less than 6 years at the beginning of the fellowship part of the award (Part 1). For example, for a scholarship starting on September 1, 2017, a candidate should have obtained his/her doctoral degree after August 31, 2011. In addition, the candidate must have been undergoing postdoctoral training for at least two (2) consecutive years without interruption with at least 75% of the time devoted to research. The same conditions apply to research associates who wish to pursue a career as an Independent investigator. 

There is a possibility of extending the postdoctoral fellowship (Part 1) for a maximum period of 6 months on the basis of $40,000 per year, on presentation of an official letter from the appropriate institution certifying that the candidate is in the final step of obtaining an academic nomination from a Canadian university or an accredited research centre.

Requests must be made at least one month prior to the termination of Part 1 of the award and will be evaluated by the Cancer Research Society’s Scientific Committee, which will then determine whether the extension is accepted and for what time period. 


eligibility for the operating grant (parT 2)

The candidate must obtain an academic appointment in a Canadian university or accredited institution and must begin his/her functions between January 1, 2018 and March 1, 2019. 

No later than one month before the beginning of the payment of the operating grant part (part 2), the candidate must provide the Cancer Research Society with:

  • An electronic version of the Commitment Formsigned by the appropriate official of the candidate’s  host University. The date when the candidate will begin his/her functions should be clearly indicated in the institutional commitment form. 
  • An electronic version of the “Disclaimer and Indemnity - Young Investigator” page with the appropriate signatures.

If the candidate has not finished his/her fellowship or if he/she has not obtained an academic appointment in a Canadian university or accredited institution by September 1, 2018 (or by March 1, 2019 if a six-month extension was obtained for Part 1 of the award), the candidat’s part 2 of the award will be cancelled.

The Cancer Research Society will not award funds if overlapping and/or comparable support for a project has been obtained (even partially) from another agency. 

Should the candidate accept an award from another agency, which would disallow him/her from accepting or holding a Cancer Research Society grant, he must inform the Society immediately. 

PROJECT ELIGIBILITY FOR THE OPERATING GRANT (PART 2)

The Cancer Research Society awards operating grants for research projects in basic or fundamental research, environment-cancer/epidemiology and early translational research. Psychosocial and / or clinical research projects are not admissible. 
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FINANCIAL RULES AND ELIGIBLE EXPENDITURES

ELIGIBLE EXPENDITURES FOR THE SALARY AWARD (PART 1)

The first part of the Scholarships for the Next Generation of Scientists is strictly a postdoctoral salary award and cannot be used for any other purpose.

The Cancer Research Society allows funding for:

  • Postdoctoral fellow’s salary  

The Cancer Research Society does not fund/allow the following items:

  • Research supplies
  • Equipment purchases (i.e.: computer, centrifuge, etc.)
  • Travel expenses, sabbatical, or maternity/parental leave
  • Meetings, seminars, or conferences: all expenses related to these activities, including registration fees, travel, etc.
  • Living expenses  

Should a candidate complete his/her postdoctoral training before the end of August 2018, up to a maximum of $20,000 of the salary award (part 1) will be transferred and added to the amount of the first year of the operating grant (part 2). In this case, payments will begin earlier than September 2018 without affecting the duration of the operating grant part (2 years, regardless of the start date).  

ELIGIBLE EXPENDITURES FOR THE OPERATING GRANT (PART 2)

The second part of the scholarship may cover the following eligible expenses :

  • Salaries of students and postdoctoral fellows
  • Salaries of research staff (research assistant, research associate, technician)
  • Research supplies

  The Cancer Research Society funds cannot be used for:

  • Remuneration of principal investigators, co-investigators, and collaborators
  • All indirect expenditures related to layout organization or reorganization, facilities leasing and maintenance, or the indirect costs covered by the host institution
  • Equipment purchases (i.e.: computer, centrifuge, etc.)
  • Travel expenses, sabbatical leave, or maternity/parental leave
  • Meetings, seminars, or conferences: all expenses related to these activities, including registration fees, travel, etc.
  • Living expenses
  • Clinical drug trials


Funds may not be transferred outside of Canada.

CARRY FORWARDS 

For the operating grant, up to 25% of the award of the first year may be carried over to the second year. At the end of the funding period (end of year 2), up to 15% of the amount awarded on the second year may be carried over for up to one (1) additional year. 

If the unspent amount exceeds the percentages indicated above, a formal written request for a carryover (for a continuing grant) or an extension (for a terminating grant), addressed to the Cancer Research Society (by email at grants@src-crs.ca) is required. This request must include the following information:

  • Amount of money remaining;
  • Reason the funds were not spent for their intended purpose;
  • How the remaining funds will be used;
  • Requested timeframe period.

Any funds not spent for their original purpose by the end of the award period must be returned to the Cancer Research Society

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING THE INTERACTIVE PDF FORMS

To submit an application, you must complete the interactive (fillable) PDF form, downloadable by clicking on the above links. 

To complete the PDF form, you will need Acrobat Pro or Standard.

Software or subscriptions to Acrobat software may be purchased online. Free trial versions can be downloaded here.

Do not print and scan your completed pages or we will ask you to submit your form again.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

The degree of conciseness and clarity in the presentation can significantly influence the evaluation of the application.

All information required for the evaluation of the application must be included in the form or attached to the form, as indicated in the specific instructions in each section.

The settings of the different document fields are pre-set; please do not modify them.

The number of pages and/or documents must be limited according to the detailed instructions in each section.

When additional pages are allowed: 

  • The typeface must be in black ink;
  • The only acceptable font is Times New Roman;
  • The character size measured in points (pt) must be no smaller than 12 pt;
  • Condensed type is unacceptable.

Please note that failure to follow these rules could lead to an automatic rejection of your submitted application prior to its scientific evaluation.

 

DOCUMENTS THAT MUST BE INCLUDED WITH YOUR APPLICATION

Transcripts: 

All candidates applying to the Scholarships for the Next Generation of Scientists award program must ensure that official transcripts for all university degrees are sent to the Cancer Research Society by the appropriate University authorities before April 28, 2017.

Reference Letters:

Candidates must ensure that three (3) reference letters are sent to our offices.

The candidate's name must be clearly indicated in the subject-line of the letter. 

Please provide the names and contact information for your references on page 9 of the application form. Your references will only be contacted if we do not receive their reference letter. 

Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residence (Appendix C): 

Candidates must provide a proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent resident document. A copy of one of the following documents must thus be included: 

  • Certificate of Canadian citizenship;
  • Birth certificate / copy of an act issued by the proper provincial government authority; 
  • Valid passport; 
  • Permanent resident card.
SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION

 We do not request paper copies of your application.

You have the choice of either:

  • Sending your filled out application and documents with WeTransfer. The deadline for submitting your electronic files via WeTransfer is April 28, 2017 at 11:59 PM (EDT) (Montreal time).

Depending on your internet connection, the upload process might take a certain amount of time, particularly if you upload a large file.  We recommend that you upload your file(s) in advance in order to prevent any last minute delay

  • Sending electronic versions of your application saved on two (2) CDs or two (2) USB keys by mail or courier. The deadline for mailing your application is April 28, 2017.

Applications must be postage stamped on or before this day.

APPLICATIONS SENT BY E-MAIL ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

Preparing your electronic files

  • The title of your electronic file should be: “Last name_First name_2017 SNGS” (for example, “Smith_John_ 2017 SNGS”).
  • Scanned applications will be refused.
  • The application file must be saved in PDF format (not printed as PDF, which is the equivalent of a scanned document!). However, scanned copies of the “Disclaimer and Indemnity-Fellowship page” are accepted in PDF format.
UPLOADING YOUR FILES USING WeTransfer

Uploading your files using WeTransfer

The secure link to upload your files is: https://www.wetransfer.com/ 

  1. Start by clicking “Add File” to upload your Application file.
  2. Click “Add more files” to include the PDF file of your Disclaimer and Indemnity-Fellowship page.
  3. Click “Friend’s e-mail” and paste grants@src-crs.ca . Copy-paste it to make sure you do not make a typo.
  4. Indicate “Your e-mail” address. Be careful not to make a typo in it.
  5. In the Message Box, indicate:  Last name_First name_2017 SNGS.
  6. Click the Transfer button.
  7. Once the transfer is complete, click Okay.

Save your WeTransfer confirmation e-mail and make sure the recipient’s e-mail address was correctly entered: grants@src-crs.ca

If Ms. Irina Navarrete, Assistant, Research, Communications and Marketing, has not confirmed the reception of your file(s) within two working days, please contact her (grants@src-crs.ca) and forward a copy of the WeTransfer confirmation. 

IMPORTANT: Please save your WeTransfer confirmation e-mails and make sure that the indicated e-mail addresses for the transfer are correct. If you do not receive WeTransfer confirmations, check your SPAM folder. (We suggest that you add the domain WeTransfer.com to your Approved Senders List). If the confirmation message is not in your SPAM folder, you may have made a mistake in your own e-mail address

BY REGULAR MAIL OR COURIER

You may also decide to mail electronic copies of your application to the following address:

Scholarships for the Next Generation of Scientists
Cancer Research Society - Research Department
625 President-Kennedy Avenue, Suite 402
Montreal, Quebec H3A 3S5

Your mailed application must contain the following: 

  • Two (2) CDs or two (2) USB keys(1 copy per CD or USB key) must be sent to the Cancer Research Society by the deadline at the latest including:
    • The Application Form
    • Copy of the signed “Disclaimer and Indemnity -Fellowship” page available on page 10 of the Application Form

The title of your electronic copy should be the following: 
“Last name_First name_2017 SNGS” (for example, “Smith_John_ 2017 SNGS”). This title should also appear on both CDs and two USB keys. 

Please make sure your electronic supports (CDs or USB keys) are not encrypted and are readable on a computer outside your institution’s network. 

** PAPER COPIES OF THE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED

We will refuse any application submitted after the deadlines indicated in these instructions. 

PUBLICATION UPDATES Publication updates may be provided via e-mail to grants@src-crs.ca up to June 19, 2017.
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EVALUATION PROCESS

PROCESS AND SCIENTIFIC SCORE

Each application undergoes analysis by our Expert Committee made up of renowned Canadian and international scientists, specialists in specific areas of cancer research. The number of experts assigned to the Committee depends on the quantity of applications received for evaluation. The expert panels conduct a critical and distinct analysis: each application is first reviewed and scored by two expert and impartial reviewers, to subsequently be discussed and scored by the entire panel. Each of the two reviewers provides an independent analysis and does not know the identity of the other reviewer evaluating the same application.  At the end of the process, the scientific score, represented using the points system, is the only attribution criterion used for awarding Scholarships for the Next Generation of Scientists.

To be considered for funding, a project must meet the Cancer Research Society’s assessment criterion of a minimum score of 7.5 out of 10.

Scholarships for the Next Generation of Scientists are awarded to candidates with the highest scores. 

All applicants, regardless of their score, will receive an official letter by e-mail notifying them of the outcome of their application.

If an applicant refuses funding, the Cancer Research Society will offer the grant to the next meritorious project on the list. 

Cancer Research Society decisions are final.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Panel reviewers use the following criteria for the review of an application:

  • The file of the candidate must demonstrate his/her capacity or potential to be a competitive researcher at the provincial, national, and international level 
  • Originality of the research plan
  • Ability of the investigator to conduct the research in his/her respective milieu
  • Significance of the project to cancer research
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the proposal
  • Budget relevance: 
    • No monies are allowed for travel or equipment.
    • The budget must be appropriate to the proposed project.
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ACCEPTING A SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF SCIENTISTS

CANDIDATE COMMITMENT

In accepting an award from the Cancer Research Society, the candidate agrees to observe and comply with the terms and conditions stipulated in the award offer, as well as on the signed Disclaimer and Indemnity - Fellowship form submitted with the complete application. This page must be signed by all applicants, and their respective officials, for part 1 this award. 

In addition, the candidate agrees to comply at all times with the general principles of honesty and scientific ethics, especially in relation to using the research funds received from the Cancer Research Society for their intended purpose, and the Policy regarding open access to published research outputs.

The award will be revoked if the candidate fails to comply with these rules. 

COMMITMENT TO RESEARCH

Scholarship awardees must spend at least 75% of their time in research. 

During the tenure of the award, fellowship awardees are not permitted to receive remuneration for any other work or to hold a second major scholarship. They may, with the approval of their supervisor, participate in and accept remuneration for limited departmental activities which contribute to their development as independent researchers, provided that the stipends received do not exceed 25% of the amount of their fellowship award.

AWARD ACCEPTANCE Upon acceptance of an award, different actions need to be taken by the candidate  in order for his/her scholarship to take effect:
  • Formally accepting the award and its pertaining rules in writing, while stating that no overlap of the project exists, within 15 days of receiving the offer. Should the Cancer Research Society fail to receive this notice of acceptance, it will consider the candidate as having refused the scholarship;
  • Advising the official in charge of the financial management of research grants in his/her organization of his/her award and its pertaining conditions;
  • Completing and sending his/her researcher’s profile, including a recent picture, for the Cancer Research Society’s  website and donor relations. 

Complete your researcher's profile

CERTIFICATES

Every project involving human or animal subjects requires the approval of the research ethics board of the principal investigator’s institution. 

Disbursement of the operating grant (part 2) is contingent on provision of an ethics certificate and related documents to the Cancer Research Society.

OVERLAP WITH OTHER FUNDING

The Cancer Research Society will not award funds if overlapping and/or comparable support for a project has been obtained (even partially) from another agency.

Each application sent to the Cancer Research Society has to be original.

Should the applicant accept an award from another agency, which would disallow the applicant from accepting or holding a grant from the Cancer Research Society, we must be informed without delay.

However, the Cancer Research Society assumes that this grant will enable the young researcher to become more competitive in subsequent funding applications.

REPORTING

FINANCIAL REPORTS

Annual financial reports are required at the end of each year of the operating grant (part 2). These brief financial statements should attest that the funds have been disbursed for their intended purpose. The deadline for submitting a Financial Report is three months after the end of each year of operating grant funding. 

FINANCIAL REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR FINANCAL OFFICERS:

Prior to filling out the form, please carefully read the appropriate financial rules and reporting obligations specific to the Cancer Research Society funding (FINANCIAL RULES AND ELIGIBLE EXPENDITURES) 

To submit your financial report, please use the appropriate Cancer Research Society form , downloadable by clicking on the following link: 

Financial Report Form

Once the form has been completed, please print it in order to obtain original signatures and then scan and send it to the Cancer Research Society by e-mail to grants@src-crs.ca.

*** ORIGINAL REPORTS (PAPER COPY) ARE NOT REQUIRED. 

SCIENTIFIC REPORTS

You will need to provide three scientific reports. The deadline for submitting a Scientific Report is one month after the end of Part 1 of your award and one month after the first and second years of operating grant funding. 

To submit your scientific  reports, please use the appropriate Cancer Research Society form downloadable by clicking on the following link: 

Scientific  Report Form

Once the form has been completed, send it by e-mail to the Cancer Research Society to grants@src-crs.ca.

PUBLICATIONS AND OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONS

The financial support awarded by the Cancer Research Society must be acknowledged in all forthcoming publications and presentations, by properly using our name: Cancer Research Society or Société de recherche sur le cancer

When the Cancer Research Society needs to be mentioned along with other granting agencies, it might be necessary to explain what portion of the research was specifically supported by the Cancer Research Society.

The Cancer Research Society requests to be informed in advance of any media relations activities (i.e., press releases, interviews, newspaper articles, etc.) regarding the work and/ or discovery of a researcher funded by the Cancer Research Society, in order to include our participation (quote, etc).

A copy of each publication must also be sent by e-mail in PDF format to grants@src-crs.ca.

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COMMITMENT BY THE UNIVERSITY OR RESEARCH INSTITUTE

POSITION WARRANTY The University must undertake to hire the grantee for the duration of the award. It will also be expected to use its best efforts to maintain the position afterward.

The applicant must be eligible to join the pension plan and enjoy other benefits available to full-time staff working at the university. These obligations imply that the researcher’s salary will be administered by the university even if he or she works at a research centre.
RESEARCH LABORATORY The host institution agrees to provide functional laboratories or research premises and basic equipment that the applicant requires for research purposes.
START-UP FUNDS
The university or accredited institution is committed to offering the awardee a startup fund of at least $120,000, or in line with the policies of the research institution, to assist the newly appointed faculty member in launching his/her research career. 
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Please forward questions to grants@src-crs.ca.

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