CNTRP Astellas Training Award Competition
COMPETITION CLOSED ON JULY 15, 2015
In November 2012, Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc. (“Astellas”) established a partnership with the Canadian National Transplant Research Program (CNTRP). This partnership resulted in a 5-year funding commitment from Astellas to support CNTRP research and innovation in addressing barriers within the field of transplantation, with the ultimate goal of advancing long-term health outcomes and quality of life for Canadian patients receiving a transplant.
Enhancing Astellas’ sustained commitment to research and development within the transplant scientific community is the introduction of the 2015 CNTRP Astellas Training Award Competition. The intention of this collaborative effort between Astellas and the CNTRP is to encourage the training and development of future researchers in the field of cell and organ donation and transplantation to improve long-term health outcomes and quality of life for transplant patients. Astellas will provide the funding for the Training Awards. The CNTRP Training and Career Development Platform (Training) committee will set guidelines for the competition, receive and adjudicate the applications. The Canadian Liver Foundation, partner and supporter of the CNTRP, will provide financial administration for the Training Awards on behalf of the CNTRP and will disburse funds to the selected award recipient(s).
In June 2015, the Alberta Transplant Institute (ATI) at the University of Alberta joined this competition to provide additional funding to support local trainees in Alberta to benefit from this opportunity and become involved, participate and contribute to a specific transplant-related research area within the CNTRP research structure. This award, called the “CNTRP ATI Training Award”, will be awarded to the top ranked fundable application from the province of Alberta.
Competition Launch: April 22, 2015
Application Deadline: July 15, 2015
Notification Date: August 15, 2015
Award Start Date: September 1, 2015
Progress Updates: Within 12 months of receipt of the Award Grant
Objectives and Scope
The objectives of the CNTRP Astellas Training Award Competition are to:
provide recognition and support to students early in their academic research career, providing them with an opportunity to gain research experience
support the training and development of future researchers in the field of organ and cell donation and transplantation in order to advance CNTRP’s objective to increase organ and tissue donation in Canada and enhance the survival and quality of life of Canadians who receive transplants with the ultimate goal of improving patient care.
The expectation is for Training Award recipients to get involved, participate and contribute to a specific transplant-related research area within the CNTRP research structure, with particular emphasis on translational research that will ultimately contribute to improving patient care.
For the recipient of the CNTRP ATI Award, the additional expectation is for the trainee to also become involved, participate and contribute to a specific transplant-related area within the ATI structure.
Funds Available and Allowable Costs
CNTRP anticipates that $100,000 over 2 years will be available for the CNTRP Astellas Training Award competition (enough to fund at least 2 awards) and an additional $50,000 over 2 years will be available for the CNTRP ATI Training Award competition to fund the top ranked fundable application from the province of Alberta (enough to fund at least 1 award). These amounts could increase if additional funding or partners become available.
The award consists of a stipend of up to a maximum allowance of:
$12,500 CDN/year for a Masters student for two years over a 24-month performance period,
$20,000 CDN/year for a PhD student for two years over a 24-month performance period and
$25,000 CDN/year for a Post Doctoral, Clinical or Surgical Fellow for two years over a 24-month performance period.
It is required that award recipients secure and demonstrate a commitment of matching funding to receive the award.
This competition is open to trainees currently enrolled in the CNTRP Academic Training Program as well as applicants preparing to enroll. Applicants will be deemed eligible based on the following:
Must be enrolled in a Canadian University in a Masters, Doctoral, Post-Doctoral, or Fellowship program related to the field of donation and transplantation.
Must have a supervisor within the CNTRP
Must have identified one additional mentor, preferably from a different project or core within the CNTRP
Must agree to participate in the CNTRP Academic Training Program
Hold Canadian citizenship/permanent residency or have a valid student or work visa
Able to understand and work in English
Have secured matching funding for the duration of the award
For recipients of the CNTRP ATI award, the recipient must be enrolled in a University in the province of Alberta in a Masters, Doctoral, Post-Doctoral, or Fellowship program related to the field of donation and transplantation and must agree to become a member of the ATI.
The CNTRP Training Committee will review all applications and evaluate based on the following criteria:
Academic history, research accomplishments and relevant work experience
Career development plan
Research training environment
Proposed research project
CNTRP Mentoring Plan
Letters of references
Confirmation of matching funds
Guidelines for Application Submission
The applicant must complete the CNTRP ACADEMIC TRAINEE APPLICATION FORM. The completed and signed application must be submitted no later than July 1, 2015.
Documentation received after the submission deadline will not be accepted. The applicant is responsible for ensuring completeness of the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants must submit their application electronically to the CNTRP office, along with the following:
Three (3) letters of reference/support
Confirmation of matching funds
A list of up to five (5) most relevant publications (if applicable)
Conditions of the CNTRP Astellas Training Award
Research Award Administration:
A copy of the Training Award Agreement, signed by the award recipient and the award recipient’s affiliated institution (if applicable) must be returned to the CNTRP prior to disbursement of the award. Upon review and approval of the signed Training Award Agreement, the CNTRP will issue a Training Award Acceptance Letter and will authorize the Canadian Liver Foundation to initiate disbursement of the Training Award funds.
The ATI will distribute the funding directly to the recipient of the CNTRP ATI award.
Award Recipient Responsibilities
The recipient must provide a progress report to the CNTRP at 12 months & 24 months receipt of the Training Award, summarizing work completed on their research project, including any publications.
Award recipients are expected to present their research project findings at scientific meetings, and to submit their work for publication in peer-reviewed journals. The CNTRP Training Committee shall require a copy of all publications once accepted for publication or other public disclosure. All publications should include a reference that the work was supported by the CNTRP Astellas Training Award.
Recipients of the CNTRP ATI Training Award must reference that the work was supported by the CNTRP ATI Training Award.
Notification of Decision for the CNTRP Astellas Training Award Competition
The CNTRP will notify Training Award recipients of the competition decision on August 1, 2015.
Address for Submissions
Please send completed submissions, no later than July 15, 2015 to:
Operations and Program Manager
Canadian National Transplant Research Program