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.
The objective of this funding program, in partnership with the Antoine-Turmel Foundation, the Vision Health Research Network (VHRN) and the Eye Disease Foundation, is to develop knowledge in the age-related macular degeneration (AMD) area to better treat, rehabilitate, and even cure patients with AMD. In order to reach these goals, this program favors the development of a critical mass of Québec researchers in AMD as well as the positioning of Québec as a global leader in this area.
By becoming a member of the VHRN, the awardees of this AMD program will have access to all resources developed by the network (common infrastructures, databases, tissue banks, etc.).
Table of contents
- PROJECT ELIGIBILITY
- APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY
- REQUIRED DOCUMENTS – LETTER OF INTENT
- REQUIRED DOCUMENTS – COMPLETE APPLICATION
- RESEARCH LOCATION
- TERM OF THE GRANT
- AMOUNT OF THE GRANT
- ELIGIBLE EXPENDITURES
- RESEARCH OUTCOMES AND KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER
- EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
- IMPORTANT MODIFICATIONS SINCE THE LAST COMPETITION
1. PROJECT ELIGIBILITY
This program is entirely dedicated to AMD research in all its forms (fundamental, clinical or translational research, epidemiology/public health, and rehabilitation). Any research methodology that would have the potential to help improving the knowledge on AMD is eligible.
The main objectives of this program are to:
2. APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY
Postdoctoral trainees cannot apply to this program as PIs or co-investigators.
Clinical university researchers must prove that they are members in good standing of the professional order governing them in Québec, have a valid license to practice in Québec and have professional liability insurance.
|Employment and domicile|
The principal investigator and the co-investigators must:
Collaborators may be from outside Québec. However, no funds will be transferred outside the province.
|Ethics||PIs and co-investigators must comply with the ethical regulations as defined in sections 5.3 and 5.4 of the Common General Rules|
|Basic training in research ethics|
Basic training in research ethics is mandatory for all FRQS awardees when their research project involves human beings.
Research on human beings involves:
Awardees must successfully complete levels 1 and 3 of the Online Tutorial in Research Ethics set out by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS).
PIs and co-investigators must complete the training before receiving the first payment of their grant.
3. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS – LETTER OF INTENT
|Transmission of the documents via the FRQS electronic portfolio only.|
Only researchers whose letters of intent are selected will be invited to submit a full application (see the Evaluation section).
FRQS will send by email a confirmation of the acceptance or rejection of the letter of intent of each candidate.
In the FRQS electronic portfolio under “As a co-investigator” (En tant que cochercheur) : Each co-investigator has to consent to be part of this application before the institutional deadline otherwise it will not be possible to submit the form.
4. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS – COMPLETE APPLICATION
|Transmission of the documents via the FRQS electronic portfolio only.|
5. RESEARCH LOCATION
|Choice of research location|
An FRQS centre, an institution administered by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) or a Québec university.
|Change of research location|
The FRQS expects that the grantee will conduct his/her project at the same institution or university that initially endorsed the application throughout the entire grant period.
The grantees who wish to change their research location must submit by email an official request to the FRQS. The request must detail the reason(s) for the change and describe all possible consequences on the research project.
University or institutional authorities must notify the FRQS in writing once they have approved the change of location.
The acceptance of the grantee in the new research centre or university department must also be done in writing to the FRQS by the director.
6. TERM OF THE GRANT
|Term||Maximum of 2 years non-renewable|
|Effective date||May 1st, 2020|
7. AMOUNT OF THE GRANT
Up to $100,000 per year
The list of institutions that can administer funding from the FRQ is limited to the managing institutions recognized by the FRQ, including universities, CIUSSS, CISSS, some institutions of the healthcare network and colleges.
The managing institution is usually the employing institution of the funding recipient (see section 6.2 of the Common General Rules).
|Indirect research costs|
The grants awarded under this program are eligible to receive an additional amount to cover indirect costs of research of the institutions. However, the FRQS is not responsible for the amounts paid by its partners. The details on indirect costs of research reimbursement will be available at the time of the grant.
8. ELIGIBLE EXPENDITURES
In addition to the list of eligible and non-eligible expenses detailed in section 8 of the FRQ Common General Rules, the following expenses are eligible:
|Letter of intent||The letter of intent is used to:|
Only applicants whose letter of intent has been considered eligible will be invited, by email from the FRQS, to submit a complete application.
The applications will be evaluated by a peer review committee composed of experts from clinical and scientific institutions chosen by the FRQS according to the rules in effect for the constitution of review committees.
Representatives from the Antoine-Turmel Foundation, the Eye Disease Foundation and VHRN may sit on the evaluation committee as observers without the right to vote.
The evaluation criteria for the complete application are:
Short term benefits
In the short term, how will this project allow meeting the objectives of the program?
10. RESEARCH OUTCOMES AND KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER
|Submission of reports and presentation|
In accepting the grant, the grantees agree to submit scientific and financial reports by the deadlines determined by the FRQS. The results of all funded projects will have to be presented at the VHRN annual meeting.
|Use and dissemination of the results by partners|
The grantees authorize the partners to use final report and published research outputs (scientific publications, conferences, symposia, conventions or e-publication) for reproduction, translation, execution or public extension purposes through whatever means or for any other non-commercial purposes, provided there is no infringement of copyright law.
In accordance with the Fonds de recherche du Québec Open access policy for the dissemination of research, researchers and coinvestigators of a funded project or group of researchers (research teams, centres, networks and clusters) 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.
|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.|
Any application submitted to this program is subject to compliance with the conditions set out in the FRQnet electronic portals and forms.
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
- The common CV and the detailed contributions must have been updated in the last year, that is, between June 2018 and the deadline for submitting the letter of intent or the application
- The minimum number of co-investigators is one (1), instead of two (2)
- It is possible for a grant holder, whose project is in their second year of funding, to submit an application in this competition
- Remuneration of college and undergraduate students is eligible for the duration of the project
- Remuneration for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows is eligible for the duration of the project
- New sections: Open access and Equity, diversity and inclusion
Eye Disease Foundation
Vision Health Research Network
Note : by accepting a grant under this program, the grantee agrees to be contacted by the partners for activities related to the grant.