McMaster University

McMaster University
Faculty of Health Sciences
Department of Pathology

Residency Program

Resident Research Grant Competition

All Laboratory Medicine residents, PGY 1-4, are invited to apply for a Grant-In-Aid. Applications are accepted twice per year. Deadline dates for applications are March 15 & October 15 of every year.

** Important update. See below for "UPDATE *new*"

(Note: If your application is approved, the period of time between your approval date, until you have funds actually accessible for use, is no less than 1 month, and upwards. After you submit, please plan for a min. 2 month wait period, to be able to access your funds. Should the Committee request revisions to your application and/or you have missing documention, please plan for a longer wait time.)

Resident Research Grant Competition application form can be found at the bottom of this page.

The grant applications are assessed by the Review Committee using the following criteria: (click for document)

These funds are for residents who require financial aid in research.

Only resident projects are eligible. The project must have a resident as Principle Investigator (PI) and be supervised by a faculty member within the Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine.

Proposals received from residents will be reviewed by a committee (similar to a funding competition) & will be approved based on quality of the project and purposed budget. The maximum award possible will be $6,000

Projects must be presented at the annual Residents' Research Day; at one national or international conference and the winner must attempt to publish the work in a peer-reviewed journal.

The Chair of Pathology, Program, Program Directors, and Residency Education Committee hope this will provide interim help to facilitate resident research until HRLMP budget restrictions are lifted.

Residency Research Coordinators

A resident who requires guidance pertaining to research may contact a Research Coordinator:

  • Anatomical Pathology Research Coordinator – Dr. A. Bane bane@hhsc.ca
  • General Pathology related projects contact - Dr. V. Nair nairvid@hhsc.ca
  • Medical Biochemistry Research Coordinator – Dr. C. Balion balion@hhsc.ca
  • Medical Microbiology Research Coordinator – Dr. M. Smieja smiejam@mcmaster.ca


    Application Review Panel

  • Dr. A. Bane
  • Dr. J. Hamid
  • Dr. J. Ramsey
  • One ad-hoc memeber as needed


    UPDATE *new*

    The Grant Committee has made the following Tri-Council Policy Tutorial on Research Ethids, mandatory. A copy of certificate needs to be included with your RRG application.

    Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS 2) Tutorial on Research Ethics http://www.pre.ethics.gc.ca/eng/education/tutorial-didacticiel/

    If the applicant has not completed this tutorial (received a certificate) prior to the submission of the application then we would only give the applicant conditional approval until this was done (considering of course the application itself was approved).

How to spend your grant money

After the Research Co-ordinators have approved your application; final approval comes from Health Research Services (HRS) who may still reject your application (rare). Regardless of Research Committee approval, you will not receive funds to spend until HRS has given final approval. HRS requires the HRS Checklist. Not having that form with your application will hold up processing of your application and, in turn, receiving your funds.

Once approval is received from all areas, you will be given an account number. At this point, you may begin spending off your account. (NOTE: if you do not have a valid McMaster employee number, your supervisor will need to authorize all purchases charged to your research grant account.)

It is the responsibility of the award recipient (and/or their supervisor) to understand how to spend the awarded funds. The Program does not offer support with ordering; paperwork; or spending of your awarded monies.

Again, spending your grant funds cannot occur until you have been notified your account is open and you've received your account No. That comes after final approval from Health Research Services (formerly CSD).

Over expenditures must be covered by your supervisor.

To purchase & spend off your account:

* * * * The information on how to spend your grant money may change after Dec. 2 when a new payment system comes online. This information will be updated.

Application Forms

Your application form must also include: your certificate of the Tutorial on Reseach Ethics, and an HRS Checklist. You may want to consider publication fees as part of your grant budget.

Download your Health Research Service Checklist from HRS. Form is entitled HRS Checklist / Account Request Form (Revised April 2010)

Even if you do not understand or see the relevance of the CSU form, it is a major step in the grant process which cannot be over looked as you cannot move beyond our grant committee, and onto FInance (who opens your account) without the CSU form.

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