AGE-WELL Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Awards in Technology and Aging (2017)

AGE-WELL Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Awards in Technology and Aging provide partial funding to highly qualified master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral candidates and provide them with access to training and mentorship opportunities through the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence. AGE-WELL aims to provide a unique training environment that exposes trainees to multi-disciplinary research environments and to its industry and community partners. AGE-WELL is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining outstanding Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) in Canada.

AGE-WELL is a pan-Canadian network of industry, non-profit organizations, government, care providers, caregivers, end-users, and academic partners working together to drive innovation and create technologies and services that benefit older adults and caregivers. Our vision is to harness and build upon the potential of emerging and advanced technologies in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), e-health, information communication technologies (ICTs), and mobile technologies to stimulate technological, social, and policy innovation.

Please consult the AGE-WELL Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Awards Package and the AGE-WELL Award FAQ for detailed information and instructions.

Applicants should also refer to the AGE-WELL NCE Network Goals (PDF) for additional information about Network priorities.

AGE-WELL Funded Awards

Awards are intended to enhance existing funding support awarded to promising new scholars. Trainees must demonstrate that they receive funding from a source other than AGE-WELL.

We expect to offer the following awards in this 2017 call:

  • 3 Master’s level awards at $10,000 (1 year award)
  • 4 PhD level awards at $15,000 per year (2 year award)
  • 3 Postdoctoral level awards at $20,000 (1 year award)

AGE-WELL Co-funded Awards

AGE-WELL has partnered with a number of community, industry, and post-secondary groups to further expand our collective impact and to build capacity among Canada’s young researchers.

Applicants are asked to review eligibility and program information for each of the co-funded awards below and to indicate their interest in having their application also considered for a specific co-funded award. Unless otherwise indicated, eligibility, admission criteria, and required documents for AGE-WELL Co-funded Awards align with that of the AGE-WELL Awards.

 AGE-WELL-NBHRF Awards

AGE-WELL NCE and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) are pleased to open the call for the 2017 AGE-WELL-NBHRF Funding Program.  Applicants must be based at a New Brunswick institution.

We expect to offer the following awards in this 2017 call:

  • 1 Master’s level award at $17,500 (1 year award)
  • 1 PhD level award at $25,000 per year (2 year award)
  • 1 Postdoctoral level award (PhD) at $40,000 (1 year award)
  • 1 Postdoctoral level award (MD or Pharm. D) at $56,500 (2 year award)

Funding will commence on 1 September 2017 or 1 January 2018 and is non-renewable. AGE-WELL and NBHRF will individually administer their portion of the award funds. This award is subject to the training and reporting requirements of the AGE-WELL Awards.

AGE-WELL-UC BME Grad Awards

AGE-WELL and the University of Calgary’s Biomedical Engineering (BME) Graduate Program aim to support a greater number of salary awards to outstanding graduate students enrolled in the University of Calgary’s BME Graduate Program who wish to commence, pursue or sustain their research training or program in the technology and aging field.

We expect to offer the following awards in this 2017 call:

  • 1 Master’s level award at $10,000 (1 year award)
  • 1 PhD level award at $15,000 per year (2 year award)

Funding will commence on 1 September 2017 or 1 January 2018 and is non-renewable. This award is subject to the training and reporting requirements of the AGE-WELL Awards.

AGE-WELL-WBHI Post-Doctoral Award in Women’s Brain Health, Technology and Aging

AGE-WELL NCE and Women’s Brain Health Initiative (WBHI) are pleased to open the call for the 2017 AGE-WELL-WBHI Post-Doctoral Award in Women’s Brain Health, Technology and Aging.  The award is intended to enhance existing funding to a promising new scholar pursuing research in the field of women’s brain health.

Women’s Brain Health Initiative is a charitable non-profit organization that is dedicated to raising funds for research and education with a focus on women’s brain health and aging.

We expect to offer the following awards in this 2017 call:

  • 1 Postdoctoral level award (PhD) at $20,000 (1 year award)

Funding will commence on 1 September 2017 or 1 January 2018 and is non-renewable. Funds will flow from AGE-WELL to the trainee’s primary supervisor at their institution. This award is subject to the training and reporting requirements of the AGE-WELL Awards.  In addition, the successful applicant will also be required to complete a brief, 1 page report, detailing research findings and outputs from the award term.  Furthermore, the successful candidate will communicate their research findings through a lecture hosted by WBHI.

Eligibility

In order to be considered for AGE-WELL Awards, funding applicants must:

  1. Receive at least some financial support from additional sources: home department, supervisor research grants, and/or through government and agency scholarships or awards.
  2. Participate full‐time in their respective program at a Canadian post-secondary institution.
  3. Be engaged in academic study/research aligned with the mission and vision of AGE-WELL.
  4. Applicants for doctoral awards are restricted to those entering the first or second year of their program.

Applicants who will receive AGE-WELL project funds concurrently with this award period are ineligible to apply to this competition.  For example, a trainee who will be funded through AGE-WELL Core Research Projects, Platform Projects, Cross-Cutting themes, or the Strategic Investment, Collaborative Impact or Catalyst programs during 2017-2018 would be ineligible.

Important Dates

  • Applications: OPEN – deadline extended to 7 June, 2017 at 5pm ET
  • Results Available: 21 July, 2017
  • Funding Commences: September 2017 or January 2018

Program Requirements

Training

Funded trainees will be automatically enrolled in our EPIC training program (Early Professionals, Inspired Careers) and are expected to participate actively in AGE-WELL seminar series and professional development activities (e.g. workshops in commercialization or entrepreneurship) to earn the Innovators of Tomorrow certificate.

Reporting

As per NCE rules, funds must flow from AGE-WELL to the trainee’s primary supervisor at their institution.  Academic institutions receiving AGE-WELL funds in trust are expected to:

  • Set up a new account for AGE-WELL funds disbursed during the current AGE-WELL funding cycle.
  • Report on expenditures of AGE-WELL funds by submitting a Form 300 to the Network Management Office no later than April 30 of each year for the duration of this funding award.

Acknowledging AGE-WELL

AGE-WELL funded trainees will acknowledge the AGE-WELL Award program in their presentations, publications, and other knowledge translation activities related to research conducted during their funding period.  Funded trainees are required to use the AGE-WELL logo on their posters and other materials related to research conducted during their funding period.

Evaluation

All applications will be reviewed by a team of field experts using the following criteria:

  1. Scholarly Merit & Quality of Proposed Research (40%)
  2. Fit with AGE-WELL Goals and Priorities (40%)
  3. Quality of training environment (20%)

If successful, trainee funding will be held and disbursed by the trainee’s supervisor in a new account that must be established at the supervisor’s home institution.

Renewal (AGE-WELL Awards Only)

Funded doctoral and postdoctoral applicants may submit one-year renewal applications for a third year of doctoral funding and a second year of postdoctoral funding. Ongoing funding is dependent on performance and achieving milestones outlined in the original application. Funded trainees are expected to submit an annual report through the AGE-WELL Forum Research Portal reporting system each year. This report is required whether or not the trainee is applying for renewal of funding.

Required Documents

Completed applications consist of the following:

  1. Online Application Form (you may complete this in either English or French);
  2. Formal evidence of enrolment in a Master’s or Doctoral program or Post‐Doctoral position;
  3. Formal evidence of awarded funding for 2017-18;
  4. Curriculum Vitae;
  5. Two Confidential Letters of Support (one must be from your proposed supervisor) sent directly from your referees to samantha.sandassie@uhn.ca.

How to apply online:

Once you are ready to submit an application online:

  1. If you have not already done so, you must register with the AGE-WELL Forum Research Portal at https://forum.agewell-nce.ca/index.php/Special:HQPRegister (the form will ask for your name and email).
  2. After you submit the registration form, the system will create an account and send your credentials to the email address you provided.
  3. Once you login, you will have to reset your temporary password.
  4. Finally, you can proceed to fill out the application form; the “My Applications” link is in the top right of the page you will reach after resetting your password. Please select “Award 2017.” Make sure to read the instructions on the first page of the application process carefully.

If you encounter any technical difficulties, please contact support@forum.agewell-nce.ca.

For questions about the program, eligibility etc., please contact samantha.sandassie@uhn.ca.