Next expected deadline: This program is now closed to entry.

Value & Term

Set amounts according to award categories; up to 7 years.

To support the strategic direction of Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions, the organization’s Board of Directors made the decision to close the AHFMR Independent Investigator Awards programs to new entry. Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions will support and honour funding commitments made to individuals currently holding Independent Investigator awards, the newest of which will continue for 7 years. The organization has now engaged in strategic planning and implemented new funding strategies to support health research and innovation.

AIHS Independent Investigator Annual Report

Annual reports are one of the conditions of funding for all Independent Investigators. Requests for these reports are sent out early each year; for the 2014 Annual Report, please provide your submission no later than April 1, 2015. The downloadable form below is the only forms that will be accepted by Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions.

Historical information about the Independent Investigator Awards:

The Clinical Investigator award allowed highly qualified clinicians in the early stages of their careers in health-related research to commit the majority of their time (at least 75%) to research. In all cases, the relevance of the applicant’s proposed research to human health was apparent. Each applicant named a mentor or group of mentors who fostered their early career development.

In order to have been eligible for a Clinical Investigator award candidates:

  • possessed a M.D. or D.D.S degree;
  • successfully completed all the requirements for clinical specialty recognition;
  • were eligible to hold full-time faculty appointments within clinical departments at the sponsoring institutions;
  • had actively participated in clinical teaching and patient care;
  • had demonstrated keen interest in research as evidenced by previous clinical and research training.

Please see the detailed Terms and Conditions for additional information on the independent investigator programs.

The Population Health Investigator award allowed independent investigators in the early stages of their careers in health research to commit the majority of their time (at least 75%) to research. Potential areas of research included but were not limited to:

  • quantitative and population sciences:
    • epidemiology and biostatistics
    • operations research
    • decision sciences
  • health services research
    • social and behavioural sciences
    • sociology
    • anthropology
    • psychology
    • economics
    • political science
  • the humanities
    • law
    • philosophy
    • history

In all cases, the relevance of the applicant’s proposed research to human health was apparent. Each applicant named a mentor or group of mentors who fostered their early career development.

Candidates for the Population Health Investigator award had recently completed their post-M.D. or -Ph.D. training, and were eligible to hold full-time faculty appointments at the sponsoring institutions.

Please see the detailed Terms and Conditions for additional information on the independent investigator programs.

Scholars were investigators who had recently completed their postdoctoral research training, and were currently seeking their first faculty-level appointments, or completing their term as AHFMR Population Heath Investigator or Clinical Investigator awards. Candidates demonstrated the ability to initiate and conduct independent and collaborative research, as well as an interest and ability, or potential ability, to train future investigators. Each applicant named a mentor or group of mentors who fostered their early career development.

Candidates for the Scholar possessed a M.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., Ph.D. or equivalent qualification. Furthermore, they were eligible to hold full-time faculty appointments with the sponsoring institutions.

Please see the detailed Terms and Conditions for additional information on the independent investigator programs.

Senior Scholars had excellent track records of independent research. They were more senior than Scholars and had usually been previously supported via salary support awards (e.g. as an AHFMR Scholar, CIHR New Investigator, or equivalent). At time of implementation, candidates for a Senior Scholar award typically had 5 to 10 years experience as independent investigators and were expected to have attained an associate professor level faculty appointment.

Candidates for the Senior Scholar award possessed a M.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., Ph.D. or equivalent qualification. Furthermore, they were eligible to hold a full-time faculty appointment with the sponsoring institution.

Please see the detailed Terms and Conditions for additional information on the independent investigator programs.

The Scientist award was the most senior investigator award offered by AIHS. Scientists were established, internationally recognized scientific leaders in their fields of study. Their stature was demonstrated through:

  1. the quality of their publications;
  2. the originality and vision of their research proposals;
  3. the quality and number of their trainees;
  4. their ability to attract and retain research grants;
  5. the leadership qualities they exhibit locally, nationally, and internationally.

Candidates for the Scientist award possessed an M.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., Ph.D. or equivalent qualification. Furthermore, they were eligible to hold full-time faculty appointments with the sponsoring institutions. At time of implementation, candidates for Scientist awards typically had 10 to 15 years experience as independent investigators and were expected to have attained full professor level faculty appointments.

Please see the detailed Terms and Conditions for additional information on the independent investigator programs.

 

AIHS Research Prize

For those investigators who held an AHFMR Investigator Award and have been supported by AIHS Independent Investigator Awards for a minimum of 10 years, AIHS may have waived the normal requirement for the submission of a further application and full review, and accepted a request from the institution for an AHFMR Senior Investigator Award.

To qualify for this support, the sponsoring institution provided evidence, acceptable to AIHS, that the candidate remained active in research and held peer-reviewed competitive research funds.

If this option was exercised, the candidate was no longer be eligible to apply for further AIHS Independent Investigator support.

The Senior Investigator award consisted of a direct contribution to the Institutional Pool. This contribution was used to offset salary and benefit costs of the investigator. This AIHS contribution was at the level of the last competitive award held by the Investigator. This contribution was provided for a 2 year period.

The Senior Investigator Award also included a Research Prize valued at $40,000 per annum, and a Research Allowance of $20,000 expendable over the two years.

 

 

 

 

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For more information:
Kathy Morrison, Senior Coordinator, Grants Processing
kathy.morrison@aihealthsolutions.ca
780-423-5727 ext. 229

Independent Investigator - 2015 Annual Report Form

Independent Investigator – 2015 Annual Report Form (fillable Word document)

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