*Note: CIRN is not accepting any new applications for trainee awards in 2016-17.
CIRN offers Training Awards for master’s students, doctoral (PhD) students, and postdoctoral fellows who propose or support an immunization research project related to one of the eight networks. Priority will be given to candidates working directly on CIRN-funded projects, with secondary priority given to trainees working on CIRN research priorities not directly related to a funded CIRN project. This funding is not for support of independent student projects.
All Principal Investigators (PIs) and Co-Investigators (Co-Is) are eligible to put forward candidates for trainee funding, provided the supervisor of the student meets CIHR guidelines. To be eligible, the student must demonstrate that additional salary support or external operating funds were sought from other sources through formal application to be eligible for CIRN funding, or must otherwise apply for such funding during their first year on CIRN support.
Funding is open to full-time master’s and doctoral (PhD) students, and postdoctoral fellows who are nominated by a PCIRN theme leader or Co-Investigator. In exceptional situations, and only for summer students, consideration may be given to a undergraduate student, first or second year medical student, or law student. An exception may also be made for a salaried research associate, research assistant, technician, or trainee who is enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate program as a major component of their time. Every attempt will be made to ensure that awardees are equally distributed across the network and geographic areas of Canada. Funding is limited to two years.
Funding and Administration
The support funding categories correspond with standard Canadian Institutes of Health Research allotments for the trainee category. The CIRN Management Committee maintains the funds. The PI or Co-I who nominates a candidate must fulfill the supervisory role as per the Standard Operating Procedure (please download the application for more detail.)
Funding is awarded on an annual basis.
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Knowledge Translation and Training
CIRN maintains a core curriculum that will enhance interdisciplinary interaction and prepare students for real life career challenges while allowing trainees the time needed to develop specialized research skills. In addition, the group works to ensure that Knowledge Translation (KT), defined by CIHR as “a dynamic and iterative process that includes the synthesis, dissemination, exchange, and ethically sound application of knowledge”, is facilitated across the network into everyday practice.
The CIRN core curriculum will be conducted in an interdisciplinary problem-based learning (PBL) environment, with an emphasis on acquiring familiarity with issues that are often overlooked in specialized research programs. The curriculum will:
- Enhance collaborative team research: The core curriculum will educate trainees in the practice of team research (as compared to individually-led research) and foster interdisciplinary interactions among trainees, mentors, and institutional leaders; and
- Develop Core competencies in immunization, ethics, research integrity, research management, commercialization, technology transfer, communication, and knowledge translation into practice and health policy.