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McMaster Collaborative for Health and Aging Trainee Engagement Fund

Are you a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow who is engaged in aging-focused research? The McMaster Collaborative for Health and Aging Trainee Engagement Fund provides funding and supports for trainees to meaningfully and ethically engage older adults and/or caregivers in their research. 

Deadline: the application deadline closed on October 14, 2022, at 4 p.m. EDT. Please subscribe to our mailing list to be informed about upcoming calls for funding.

Application Guidelines

The objectives of the McMaster Collaborative for Health and Aging Engagement Fund are to: 

  • Provide support to trainees across the university who are engaged in aging-focused health research to meaningfully and ethically engage older adults and/or caregivers in their research. 
  • Build capacity in patient-oriented research and patient engagement with a focus on aging. 
  • Provide opportunities for Collaborative trainees and older adult and caregiver partners to learn from each other and share their expertise.  

Applicants must be: 

  • Registered in a McMaster University graduate studies program or employed as a McMaster University postdoctoral fellow. 
  • Engaged in research with a focus on aging. 
  • A member (or willing to become a member) of the McMaster Collaborative for Health and Aging (as a member of the Collaborative, recipients are expected to actively participate in Collaborative activities and trainee events). 
  • Supported by a supervisor who is a member (or willing to become a member) of the McMaster Collaborative for Health and Aging. 

The proposed project must:  

  • Be led by the applicant and supervised, and supported, by a McMaster University researcher. 
  • Demonstrate meaningful impact and ethical engagement of older adults and/or caregivers in their research. 
  • Support the engagement of older adults and/or caregivers in the applicant’s existing research (e.g., meet with older adults/caregivers to provide feedback on their interview guide; present their findings for help in interpretation and determining knowledge mobilization strategies; recruitment of an older adult to be a peer research assistant). 

Please note that no previous experience in patient-oriented research is necessary.

The Collaborative can provide:  

  • Guidance in determining if this funding opportunity is the right fit 
  • Support in formulating your engagement plan 
  • Training and mentorship in the area of patient-oriented aging-focused research

All applicants must contact the Collaborative prior to completing an application to discuss the funding opportunity, process, and confirm eligibility (this may be initiated at any time of the year). 

Fund value:

Up to a maximum of $1,500 as well as training and guidance for meaningful engagement from Collaborative researchers and older adult and caregiver partners  

Fund duration:

Activities supported through the funds should be completed within 12 months (up to a maximum of 18 months) following notification of being a successful applicant, with the possibility of extension. 

This funding opportunity is intended to enhance the learning experiences of trainees in patient-oriented research and is not meant to replace existing funding sources already received through grants or internal/external University/Faculty/Department sources. 

Please submit your completed application by October 14, 2022, 4 p.m. EDT by email to collabor@mcmaster.ca with the subject headline “Collaborative Trainee Engagement Fund” and follow the required steps below: 

  • Review the funding guidelines and eligibility checklist (found in the application form) to verify if you meet the requirements to apply.  
  • Connect with the McMaster Collaborative for Health and Aging staff to discuss the funding opportunity, process, and confirm eligibility (this may be initiated at any time of the year). 
  • Complete the funding application form that includes: 
    • Applicant Information 
    • Eligibility Checklist 
    • Project Information and Engagement Plan 
    • Budget and Timeline 
    • CV/resume 
    • Student Consent and Acknowledgement   
    • A letter of support from your supervisor. 

All applicants must contact the Collaborative prior to completing an application to discuss the funding opportunity, process, and confirm eligibility (this may be initiated at any time of the year). 

Completed application packages should be submitted by October 14, 2022, at 4 p.m. EDT. Please note that late or incomplete applications cannot be considered. 

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee that consists of researchers, trainees and older adult members of the McMaster Collaborative for Health and Aging. The committee will review and rank the applications with all supporting documentation and recommend recipients to the McMaster Collaborative for Health and Aging leadership for final approval.  

Successful applicants will be notified of decisions by email within six to eight weeks of the deadline. 

During the project

Successful applicants will be required to: 

  • Present the project proposal to the Collaborative’s older adult and caregiver partners for feedback (and follow up with revisions made based on the discussion).  
  • Submit a written progress report to the Collaborative at least twice throughout the funding period.  
  • Acknowledge the Collaborative in any reporting and presentations resulting from this fund. 

At the completion of the project

Successful applicants will be required to: 

  • Share lessons learned (with other Collaborative trainees) during the planning and operation of the project, and the impact of engagement with older adults. 
  • Submit a written report highlighting outcomes of the project for the purpose of publishing on the Collaborative website and/or sharing via newsletter and/or social media.   

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