In your application, you will be able to describe how the COVID-19 pandemic may have affected your training or research activities during the past few months, in order for this information to be considered in the evaluation. Please refer to the document “Considering the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the evaluation of funding applications” for further information.
In addition to these program rules, it is the responsibility of the applicant to financial support to consult the Common General Rules (CGR) of the Fonds de recherche du Québec, which apply to all FRQS programs. If special conditions apply to this program, they are described below and take precedence over the CGR.
This program aims to support university students seeking to pursue health research training in a doctoral university program. All human health themes are eligible, regardless of the proposed methodology or models.
Important note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to choose the right program and the right form for the award application. No program transfer will be made following the applicant’s file eligibility review.
Table of contents
- ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
- REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
- DURATION OF THE AWARD
- AMOUNT OF THE AWARD
- OTHER SOURCES OF FUNDING
- CHANGE OF TRAINING LOCATION, RESEARCH PROJECT, STUDY PROGRAM OR SUPERVISOR
- FINAL REPORT
- OPEN ACCESS
- KNOWLEDGE MOBILIZATION
- EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
- IMPORTANT MODIFICATIONS SINCE THE LAST COMPETITION
- AWARDS IN PARTNERSHIP
1. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
To be eligible to apply, applicants must :
Health professionals with a valid licence to practice in Québec should apply to one of the following award programs:
Terms and regulations
Doctoral awards are intended for applicants who are enrolled in a doctoral research program for 14 terms or less as of April 30th, 2021.
The number of enrolment terms is calculated from the first application date to a research doctoral program related to human health.
It is recommended that those undertaking a doctoral degree directly after a bachelor’s degree or a professional master’s degree, and those who are taking an accelerated path to the doctoral level without obtaining a Master’s degree, should apply to the Master’s competition if eligible to do so (3 terms or less as of April 30th 2021).
If the candidate’s supervisor is located outside of Québec, that person should still meet the criteria of university researcher or clinical university researcher in terms of university affiliation and autonomy (see the Definitions section of the Common General Rules).
To use a training award outside Québec, you must have :
People who do not have a valid RAMQ card or a proof of eligibility for the RAMQ, as well as those who are not Canadian citizens at the time the application is submitted, must do their training in Québec (see section 2.1 of the Common General Rules).
Awardees must complete their research training in the physical location of the host institution. Distance learning is not allowed.
Basic research ethics training
Basic research ethics training is mandatory for all FRQS awardees conducting research projects that involve human beings.
Research on human beings involves:
Awardees must therefore successfully complete levels 1 and 3 of the Online Tutorial in Research Ethics developed by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux.
This training must be completed within one year of the date of confirmation by the FRQS that the award was granted.
The FRQS encourages awardees to follow a one-credit research ethics training course in addition to the mandatory basic research ethics training, whenever possible.
2. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
HINT: Take the time to read in the Toolbox the document Tips for filling out your application. Without being exhaustive, these valuable tips are based on recurring comments made by the evaluators. They therefore point out critical elements for the evaluation of your application.
By October 15, 2020, 4:30 pm (EDT)
Documents sent via mail or e-mail will not be accepted
Letters of recommendation will not be accepted
Transmission via the FRQS electronic Portfolio only
IMPORTANT and crucial for evaluation :
Candidates will be notified by email regarding the eligibility or ineligibility of their applications in November
Research supervisor (and co-supervisor, if applicable)
|At the start date of the award|
At the start date of the award and for each subsequent term
For candidates pursuing their training in Québec: the university will have to confirm that the awardee is officially registered.
For candidates pursuing their training outside Québec: the awardee must provide an official proof of registration at the university.
Before the start of the second year of the award
To start the second year of the award, the awardee will have to provide:
3. DURATION OF THE AWARD
|Effective start date|
May 2021 (Summer term), September 2021 (Fall term) or January 2022 (Winter term), according to the start date of the study program.
If the study program is already in progress in May 2021, the award should begin in May 2021, with some exceptions.
4 years maximum (12 terms*) or until the completion of the awardee’s doctoral studies (final submission of the thesis), whichever the earliest, non-renewable.
*when applicable, the payments of the 11th and 12th terms are conditional upon the submission of the thesis by the end of the 12th term (proof of submission to the University)
The period of validity during which doctoral awards may be issued is limited to the first 15 terms of enrollment in the doctoral program that is the subject of the award. The initial calculation of the duration of the scholarship is based on the number of terms of doctoral studies completed on April 30th, 2021. In the event that the award does not start in May 2021 but the study program is already in progress, a new downward calculation will have to be made based on the number of terms completed at the actual inception of the award.
Refer to the table for the calculation of the potential duration of the award based on the number of terms of study completed on April 30th, 2021 (Toolbox).
The awardee may benefit from an award payment deferral during parental leave (maternity, paternity or adoption) for a maximum period of 12 months as described in section 6.13 of the Common General Rules.
Awardees must fill out the “Award payment deferral” form, accompanied by the documents supporting the leave, to inform the FRQS of their intention to receive a supplement to their award for a parental leave.
The FRQS reserves the right to reject any request that is not properly justified.
|Sick leave or other reasons||Awardees may defer their award due to illness or other reasons provided by the Loi sur les normes du travail as described in section 6.14 of the Common General Rules. Aawardees must fill out the “Award payment deferral” form accompanied by the documents supporting the leave.|
The FRQS reserves the right to reject any request that is not properly justified.
|Acquiring relevant experience||It is possible, for each full year of funding provided by the FRQS, to suspend and postpone award installments for one term (4 months) in order to acquire relevant experience (working with a research team, acquiring teaching experience in the awardee’s field of study or research, language development trip, etc.). These installments are then rescheduled at the end of the funding period.|
Deferrals with the goal of acquiring relevant experience can be consecutive if they are approved by the research supervisor.
To benefit from this measure, the award holder must submit a request to the FRQS by filling out the Award payment deferral form (Report de versement de bourse). Furthermore, the research supervisor should provide a letter confirming his or her agreement and the relevance of the paid activities that are involved.
The FRQS reserves the right to reject any request that is not properly justified or relevant.
|Part-Time||Part-time studies are permitted exclusively for caregivers, parents and persons with disabilities. To benefit from this measure, the award holder must submit a request to the FRQS by filling out the “Part-time studies” form (Études à temps partiel) and provide the required documentation.|
Caregiver or Parent
This measure applies only to the award holder who acts as the caregiver for a close family member or for a person that is the main care provider for a young child.
During the terms that will be part-time, the awardee will receive 50 % of the value of the regular award installments.
The awardee will need to fill out the “Part-time studies ” form (Études à temps partiel) and provide the following documents:
If applicable, this can be cumulated with the benefits paid by the Parental Insurance Plan.
Person with disabilities
This measure applies only to a person with disabilities in accordance with the Act ensuring handicapped persons their rights for academic, professional and social integration (L.R.C. chapter E-20-1)
During the terms that will be part-time, the awardee will receive the full value of the regular award installments as long as the University authorizes the part-time studies of the individual.
The awardee will need to fill out the “Part-time studies” form (Études à temps partiel) and provide the following documents:
As stated in section 6.5 of the Common General Rules, any change in an award holder’s status must be reported in the Manage My Funding module of the ePortfolio.
4. AMOUNT OF THE AWARD
Maximum $ 21,000/year* according to the number of eligible terms (refer to Duration)
The award will be paid to the awardee by installments. Three installments per year will be made at the end of May, end of September and end of January.
Instalments are conditional upon receipt of all required documents and compliance with eligibility requirements.
|Cancellation of an installment or the scholarship||If all the required documents are not received or if the eligibility conditions are not met within two months of the start of the trimester and if no request for postponement has been received, the FRQS will cancel the instalment for that trimester. The FRQS will terminate the scholarship if instalments must be cancelled for two consecutive trimesters due to missing documents or failure to meet the eligibility requirements.|
The awardee is responsible for paying the income tax due on the amounts received from the FRQS. The FRQS does not make any deductions on the amounts disbursed during the taxation year.
The payment date determines the year in which the awardee must declare the amounts received as income for personal tax calculations.
Revenue Canada’s T4A slip and Revenu Québec’s RL-1 slip are made available in the Manage My Funding module of the FRQS ePortfolio in February of the year following the taxation year in question.
The details provided in this program rules are for information purposes only. The FRQS is not responsible for the validity of any income tax information.
Indirect Costs of Research
This program does not benefit from the amount paid out by FRQS to cover indirect costs of research of the institutions.
5. OTHER SOURCES OF FUNDING
|Authorized paid work|
Awardees may accept a teaching load of 45 hours per session or a position that does not involve more than 225 hours of remunerated work per term, provided the research supervisor is in agreement and that the work does not interfere with their research activities.
|Additional funding||Awardees may accept additional funds from their institution or their research supervisor.It is the responsibility of the FRQS award holder to check whether this kind of additionnal funding is allowed by the institution or the research supervisor.|
Holding several scholarships is not allowed. Awardees who obtained an award from another public agency or a foundation recognized by the FRQS must notify the FRQS and decline the FRQS funding as soon as the award is offered, except in the case of the supplement given by the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST).
However, if the amount value of the other award is lower than the one given by the FRQS, the awardee is eligible to receive the amount needed to make up the difference between the two scholarships.
Holding an FRQS training award concurrently with a research internship to be done in another organization and that is not part of the training program of the awardee, is allowed under certain conditions.
For internships of $5,000 or less, awardees must notify the FRQS by email before the beginning of the internship.
For internships of $5,000 and more, awardees must ask the FRQS for authorization by completing the Internship authorization form (see Toolbox) before the internship begins. If the internship is approved, it will be allowed to either 1) combine the training award and internships amounts or 2) defer the amount of the FRQS award for a period equal to the duration of the internship or a maximum of 6 months.
6. CHANGE OF TRAINING LOCATION, RESEARCH PROJECT, STUDY PROGRAM OR SUPERVISOR
Awardees who wish to change their research project, supervisor, program or training institution must submit to the FRQS the Change of research project, supervisor or training location form (see Toolbox) and the required documents in a single PDF file.
For the sake of fairness, the Fonds ensures that the requested modification does not call into question the scientific evaluation of the original application and that it complies with the eligibility conditions and the rules of the program. The modification request is analyzed by the Fonds for approval, if applicable. The Fonds may decide to continue, reduce, suspend or terminate the payments. The Fonds may also require the reimbursement of the sums already paid to the candidate. The decision is shared by email.
The FRQS reserves the right to reject any request that is not properly justified or relevant.
All applications are reviewed by committees of experts representing various disciplines and institutions.
|Criteria and weighting||Quality and scientific value of the research project|
– Clarity of the research problem and concordance of the hypotheses and
– Relevance of the methods and analyses
– Originality of the project and contribution to the advancement of knowledge
|Quality of training environment|
– Justification of the applicant’s choice
– Quality of supervisor’s publication record as it pertains to student training
|Excellence of academic record|
– Global academic record: rating, progession and continuity
– Scholarships/fellowships, honours, and distinctions
|Skills and experiences|
– Lectures and presentations
– Research projects and research training programs
8. FINAL REPORT
A final report is required at the end of the payment of the award, approximately one month after the last funded term. Award holders are notified by email of the availability of the form to be completed in their FRQS electronic portfolio. It is required to fill out and submit this form with respect to the mentioned deadline. Further funding in other FRQS programs is conditional to the reception of the duly completed report.
Any application submitted to this program is subject to compliance with the conditions set out in the FRQnet electronic portals and forms.
10. OPEN ACCESS
In accordance with the Fonds de recherche du Québec Open access policy for the dissemination of research, all funding recipients must agree to make their publications freely available in open access within 12 months of publication. For further information concerning FRQ requirements on the subject, please consult our Open science Web page.
11. KNOWLEDGE MOBILIZATION
The FRQS encourages awardees to conduct and participate in knowledge mobilization activities (transfer, sharing, development, enhancement and dissemination) with practice settings and the general public, where such activities are relevant. Please read the document Knowledge Mobilization in the toolbox.
12. EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
The Fonds de recherche du Québec wish to contribute to supporting a research ecosystem based on equity, diversity and inclusion. Measures have been put in place to strengthen the integration of these principles. Funding recipients are also encouraged to consider them in the context of their research activities. For more information, see our statements on equity, diversity and inclusion.
13. IMPORTANT MODIFICATIONS SINCE THE LAST COMPETITION
Duration of the award
Amount of the award : Cancellation of an installment or the scholarship
Change of training location, research project, study program or supervisor
14. AWARDS IN PARTNERSHIP
The FRQS offers a number of awards in collaboration with partners. The share of funding from the FRQS and the partner may vary according to the agreements in effect.
Eligible applicants are selected through a three-step process:
As with all the awards offered by FRQS, the awards granted in partnership are based on merit following a scientific evaluation by a committee of experts or peers.
Note that by choosing to be considered for an award in partnership, and that you obtain such an award, you agree that the partner communicates with you for activities related to the award.
|Alzheimer Society of Canada|
Candidates must also submit an application to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Amount of the award: $22,000 per year.
Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health
|Heart and Stroke Foundation of Québec|
Priority will be given to applicants collaborating with a new researcher currently funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
|Childhood diseases||Foundation of Stars|
Training awards in the Pediatric research field, primarily in the area of childhood diseases.
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
|Crohn’s and Colitis Canada (CCC)|
Training Awards in the Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis research fields.
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
Training Awards in the Multiple Sclerosis research field. All candidates must also submit an application to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Amount of the Ph.D. award: $21,000 to $22,000 per year.
Training Awards in the Parkinson’s Disease research field. Candidates must also submit an application to Parkinson Canada. Amount of the Ph.D. award: $21,000 to $25,000 per year.
Training Awards in the Parkinson’s Disease research field. Amount of the doctoral award: $25,000 per year.
|Patient-Oriented Research||Unité de soutien SRAP du Québec (SPOR Support Unit in Québec)|
The Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) in Quebec is to engage the various stakeholders involved, including patients, caregivers and the public, in the development and delivery of patient-oriented research projects (POR). The SPOR Support Unit in Quebec contributes to capacity building and professional development in POR of these stakeholders. The awards offered in partnership with the Unit allow award recipients to hone their skills and develop or consolidate valued expertise in POR, and to expand their network of collaborators and mentors in this area.
Priority themes: primary care, proximity care, integration of care and service trajectories.