This program aims to support university students seeking to pursue health research training in a master’s 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|
To be considered as “a research program,” the master’s program must consist of a minimum of 18 credits dedicated to research and lead to the writing of a Master’s thesis.
Master’s awards are intended for applicants who have been enrolled in a master’s research program, for one year or less (three terms or less) as of April 30th, 2021.
The number of enrolment terms is calculated from the first application date to a master’s program related to human health research
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).
Only the grades for the diploma that is used for the applicant’s admission to the master’s program will be considered.
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 definition section of the Common General Rules)
To use a training award outside Québec, you must have :
People who do not have a RAMQ card or a proof of eligibility for the RAMQ that is valid at the competition deadline, 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 compulsory 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 in the year following the receipt of a confirmation from the FRQS that the award was granted.
The FRQS encourages awardees to follow a one-credit research ethics training course in addition to the compulsory basic research ethics training, whenever possible.
2. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
ASTUCE : Prenez le temps de lire le document Conseils pour remplir votre demande dans la Boîte à outils. Sans être exhaustifs, ces précieux conseils sont issus de commentaires récurrents de la part des évaluateurs.
Ils concernent donc des éléments critiques pour l’évaluation de votre demande.
Au 15 octobre 2020, 16h30 (heure du Québec)
Aucun document transmis par courriel ou par courrier postal ne sera accepté
Aucune lettre de recommandation ne sera acceptée
Transmission via le Portfolio électronique du FRQS seulement
|Candidats ou candidates|
IMPORTANT et critique pour l’évaluation :
Les candidats et candidates seront avisés par courriel au plus tard en novembre de l’admissibilité ou non de leur demande.
|Directeurs ou directrices de recherche (et codirecteurs ou codirectrices, s’il y a lieu)|
|À l’entrée en vigueur de la bourse|
|À l’entrée en vigueur de la bourse et à chaque session par la suite|
Pour les personnes poursuivant leur formation au Québec : une confirmation d’inscription de la personne titulaire d’un octroi devra être effectuée par l’université.
Pour les personnes poursuivant leur formation hors Québec : la personne titulaire d’un octroi devra fournir une preuve d’inscription officielle de l’université.
|Avant le début de la seconde année de bourse|
Pour débuter la seconde année de sa bourse, la personne titulaire de l’octroi devra fournir :
3. DURATION OF THE AWARD
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:
4. AMOUNT OF THE AWARD
* except in some cases (see section on Awards offered in partnership)
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.
Installments 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 installment 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
|Travail rémunéré permis|
Avec l’accord de son directeur ou de sa directrice de recherche et à la condition que le travail ne nuise pas à ses activités de recherche, la personne titulaire d’un octroi est autorisée à donner une charge de cours de 45 heures par session ou à occuper un emploi rémunéré pour un maximum de 225 heures par session.
|Complément de bourse||L’attribution d’un complément de bourse par l’établissement ou le directeur ou la directrice de recherche est autorisée.Il est de la responsabilité du titulaire d’un octroi du FRQS de vérifier si un tel complément de bourse est permis par l’établissement ou le directeur ou la directrice de recherche.|
|Cumul de bourses|
Le cumul de bourses n’est pas autorisé.
Cependant, si la valeur de la bourse de l’organisme est moindre que celle du FRQS, la personne titulaire de l’octroi est admissible à recevoir le montant permettant de combler la différence entre les deux bourses.
|Stage de recherche|
Le cumul d’une bourse de formation du FRQS et d’un stage de recherche d’un autre organisme, et ne faisant pas partie du programme d’études de la personne titulaire d’octroi, est permis sous certaines conditions.
Pour les stages d’un montant de 5 000 $ ou moins, les titulaires d’un octroi doivent en informer le FRQS par courriel avant le début du stage.
Pour les stages d’un montant de 5 000 $ et plus, les titulaires d’un octroi doivent demander, avant le début du stage, l’autorisation du FRQS, en remplissant le formulaire d’autorisation de stage (voir Boîte à outils). Si le stage est autorisé, il sera alors permis soit de 1) cumuler les montants de la bourse de formation et ceux du stage ou 2) reporter le montant de la bourse du FRQS pour une période équivalente à la durée du stage ou un maximum de 6 mois.
6. CHANGE OF TRAINING LOCATION, RESEARCH PROJECT, STUDY PROGRAM OR SUPERVISOR
|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.
An awardee may accept additional funds from the institution or his/her 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.
|Concurrent funding||Holding several scholarships is not allowed. |
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 either to 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.
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.
8. FINAL REPORT
A final report is required at the end of the payment of the award, approximately one month following 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
Conformément à la Politique de diffusion en libre accès des Fonds de recherche du Québec, toutes les personnes titulaires d’un octroi doivent s’engager à rendre disponibles en libre accès leurs publications scientifiques au plus tard 12 mois après la publication. Pour connaitre les exigences des FRQ à ce sujet, veuillez consulter notre page sur la Science ouverte.
11. KNOWLEDGE MOBILIZATION
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.
12. EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
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.
13. IMPORTANT MODIFICATIONS SINCE THE LAST COMPETITION
- Eligibility requirements
- Required documents
- Amount of the award : Cancellation of an installment or the scholarship
- New sections : Open access and Equity, diversity and inclusion
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.
|Early childhood diseases||Foundation of Stars|
Training awards in the Pediatric research field, primarily in the area of early childhood diseases.
|Multiple Sclerosis||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 M.Sc. award: $20,000 per year.
Training Awards in the Parkinson’s Disease research field. Amount of the M.Sc. award: $20,000 per year.
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.