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Hannah Development Grant

2009-03-01 17:00
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At a Glance

AMS Hannah Development Grants are intended to support small budget proposals, consistent with its mandate and interests in the history of medicine and health care, which are not eligible for any other AMS grant. Such projects might include requests for seed money to develop research initiatives, the organization of small conferences, one-time opportunities for archival and museum activities. Proposals are expected to advance an aspect of medical history that could have benefits for the broader community of practitioners in the field. Applicants need not hold a university appointment; however they must possess the background, training, and experience to complete the project using appropriate methodology.

The Hannah Development Grant is not currently being offered.

AMS offers grants for support of activities important to research or research development and applications be submitted for review on the deadline of March 1st. Normally AMS will offer a maximum of six development grants in a calendar year.

AMS Hannah Development Grants are intended to support small budget proposals, consistent with its mandate and interests in the history of medicine and health care, which are not eligible for any other AMS grant. Such projects might include requests for seed money to develop research initiatives, the organization of small conferences, one-time opportunities for archival and museum activities. Proposals are expected to advance an aspect of medical history that could have benefits for the broader community of practitioners in the field.

Eligible Applicants

Applicants need not hold a university appointment; however they must possess the background, training, and experience to complete the project using appropriate methodology.

Eligible Development Projects

AMS will accept for review applications for Development Grants that meet the following criteria:

  • the activity is consistent with the mandate of AMS and its mandate in the areas of the history of medicine and health care,
  • the activity is not eligible for any other AMS grant
  • the budget request does not exceed $10,000.

Support Available

Funding is available to support well-defined projects that will enhance or strengthen the infrastructure in the field of history of medicine and health care in Canada. Grants are generally awarded up to a maximum of $10,000 for one year, normally commencing July 1.

Funding is available for the direct operating costs of the approved project. Grant funds may not be used to cover any portion of the salary support of applicant(s), overhead costs, university, or other organizational administrative fees. Other ineligible items include hospitality or entertainment costs, computer hardware, software and accessories, and all office equipment.

AMS requires that all grant funds awarded be administered by a third party, such as a Canadian university or research institution, a community organization or a non-governmental agency. Agreement to assume administrative responsibility for the grant, if it is funded, is indicated by the signature of the sponsoring agency official.

Evaluation

Applications will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

  • the relevance of the proposed activity to the history of medicine and health care,
  • the potential benefits for the broader community of practitioners in the field,
  • the perceived merit of the activity,
  • the track record of the applicant.

Submission

Applications should be sent to Associated Medical Services, Inc., 162 Cumberland Street, Suite 228, Toronto, Ontario M5R 3N5 Canada.

AMS does not accept applications by FAX or electronic mail.

Applications with font size smaller than 12 point will not be accepted.

Instructions for Completing an Application

The complete application for an AMS Hannah Development Grant consists of the sections listed in order below. The Application Form is pre-printed; all other sections require the information on attached sheets and should be formatted as described under the heading Presentation.

Application Form (pre-printed page)

List the name(s) of all investigators. One name must be identified as the Principal Investigator responsible for the project’s direction, co-ordination, preparation, and submission of all progress and financial reports.

One copy of the application must have original signatures on the application form. All co-applicants are required to sign, indicating their commitment to the project if it is funded. Use a separate sheet if appropriate.

Agreement to assume administrative and financial responsibility for the grant, if it is awarded, is indicated by the signature of the sponsoring agency official. Where the grant funds will be administered by a Canadian university or research institution, the designated representative of the office of research administration must sign the application. For other organizations, the application must be signed by a designated representative who, by so doing, certifies that the organization in question will administer the grant in accordance with AMS terms and conditions and accepted accounting practices. Institutional signatures also indicate compliance with the AMS policy that overhead costs, university, or other institutional administrative costs may not be paid out of AMS grant funds.

Before submitting an application to AMS independent scholars must arrange for the administration of the Development Grant, if it is awarded, through an institutional research administration office.

Referees

Letters of support for the project are required from two referees who are knowledgeable in the subject area, and familiar with the applicant’s capability to carry out the proposed project.

These letters must be received at the AMS office before the application will be sent for review.

Abstract

A brief description (no more than 75 words) of the proposed project, written in straightforward terms.

Project Proposal (maximum 4 pages)

The project should be detailed under the following general headings:

  • Scope and objectives,
  • Project plan and methods, including names and roles of participants, consultants, and sources of research material,
  • Intended impact and results,
  • Time-frame of work to be done,
  • Languages required for the project, and applicant’s expertise in these languages.

NOTE: Applications where the project proposal is more than 4 pages long will not be accepted for review

Budget detail and justification

State all personnel costs based on reasonable remuneration for similarly qualified people elsewhere. For academic institutions, use the salary scales and fringe benefit rates currently in use for support staff, research assistants and for graduate students.

Normally only one research assistant will be considered for funding. Requests for more than one research assistant must be accompanied by a detailed justification of need. A one-page résumé, indicating research qualifications, training program, etc. must accompany the application.

All technical services required, i.e. survey contracts, data processing services, should be identified. If individual consultants are to be used, give names and positions. Specific research equipment, supplies, and materials for the project should be described and justified if appropriate. Identify any other eligible expenses not included above.

Ineligible costs include salary support for applicant(s), computer hardware, software and accessories, overhead costs, university or other organizational administrative fees, and all office equipment, entertainment (reception activities such as the provision of food and alcoholic beverages).

Support for travel will be in accordance with the policy outlined in the AMS website (“AMS Travel Policy for Grant Recipients”) at the time the application is submitted to the AMS.

Statement of other funding sources

Applicants who already hold a grant, or who intend to apply for a grant for substantially the same project from any other agency, must include a statement detailing agency name, dates, amount requested or received, and the degree to which the applications overlap.
Please include any previous AMS or Hannah Institute funding details and identify any publications derived from these grants.

Ethics certificate

All research projects involving the use of human subjects, either by the application of a survey instrument, interviews, or the collection of data contained in confidential records, must be supported by a certificate of approval stating that the appropriate institutional ethics committee has found the protocol to be acceptable.

AMS strongly recommends that applicants include the Research Ethics Approval Certificate at the same time as the full application. In the case that this is not feasible, the Research Ethics Approval Certificates must be submitted to the AMS before any funds will be released. AMS requires the submission of the Original Research Ethics Approval Certificate. A PDF file of the Research Ethics Approval Certificate is not acceptable.

Applicant commitment with respect to the treatment of research subjects
In signing the AMS application form, applicants are committing themselves to act in accordance with the following statement when working with research subjects:

“I give my assurance that the human rights and personal dignity of all research subjects will be rigorously safeguarded and that no written or oral communications with research subjects will contain language that they may reasonably construe as offers of clinical or other assistance that I and my staff are not in a position, and willing, to offer.”

Résumés (maximum 5 pages each)

The résumés for the Principal and any co-investigators must describe academic and professional experience, awards, distinctions and degrees, research areas in medical history of special interest in recent years, and selected published material, placing an asterisk beside those related to the history of medicine.
For all support staff identified in the application budget: a one-page résumé, indicating research qualifications, training program, etc. must accompany the application.

CVs/Résumés that exceed 5 pages in length will not be accepted.

Supporting documents

Do NOT attach any supporting documents. If required, supporting documents will be requested.

Presentation

All pages must be typewritten, using 8-1/2 by 11 inch white paper with margins of 1 inch all around. Print on one side of the paper only. Minimum acceptable font size is 12. No condensed type or spacing. The principal investigator’s name must appear at the top of every page.

Language

The working language of the AMS office is English. However, AMS invites those persons wishing to submit applications in French to do so, with the knowledge that their applications will be reviewed by bilingual evaluators assigned to each AMS adjudication committee. This AMS policy ensures that applications submitted in either of Canada’s official languages are judged objectively.

Copies

Ten (10) copies of the complete application including all supporting documents are to be sent to AMS. One copy should include all original signatures. An electronic copy of all parts of the application as a single PDF file on diskette or CD-ROM must also be submitted. The CD ROM and the wrapper/case must be labeled with the name of the applicant and the date.

Publication and Acknowledgement

There are no restrictions on publications. However, acknowledgement of support from AMS shall appear on any publication arising from this grant. Use of the following descriptor is encouraged:

Associated Medical Services Inc. (AMS) was established in 1936 by Dr. Jason Hannah as a pioneer prepaid not-for-profit health care organization in Ontario. With the advent of Medicare AMS became a charitable organization supporting innovations in academic medicine and health services, specifically the history of medicine and health care, as well as innovations in health professional education and bioethics.

AMS may reproduce, at its discretion, the title and/or excerpts (up to approximately 100 words) of the research report and/or original application for information or promotional purposes only.

Checklist

Have you:

  • Signed and dated the application?
  • Included the signatures from the sponsoring agency agreeing to administer the funds if awarded?
  • Included all the material in appropriate order and pagination?
  • Checked the budget totals?
  • Included the original Research Ethics Review Certificate?
  • Made sufficient copies of all materials?
  • Kept an additional complete copy for your files?
  • Included a copy of all parts of the application as a single PDF file, on diskette or CD-ROM?

Final Report Requirement

Successful candidates will be required to submit a final report at termination of the grant.

This report will address the activities undertaken during the course of the award and will include a copy of the research paper or other research outcome.

Questions?

Please contact Associated Medical Services, Inc., at the following:
FAX 416 323 3338
E-mail: amsgrants@ams-inc.on.ca

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Hannah Development Grant Application Form99.23 KB
Formulaire de demande de subvention Hannah de développement96.74 KB