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2022 Collaborative Catalyst Grant Recipients

The Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network is committed to supporting high-impact, high-potential research and teams across Canada. Our annual Collaborative Catalyst grants are aimed to encourage new, externally funded, transdisciplinary research initiatives.

We were thrilled with the both the number and quality of submissions in response to this year’s call. The Rehab Network initially intended to fund up to six projects at up to $25,000 each – a total of $150,000. However our reviewers felt the quality of the submissions warranted funding additional applications. Therefore, we were happy to increase our budget for this call, funding a total of eight (8) applications at $25,000 each – a total investment of $200,000.

Below are the successful teams:

PI NameInstitutionProject TitleTeam
Cheryl KozeyDalhousieA pilot feasibility multicenter study to identify risk factors for rapid progression in those with early mild to moderate knee osteoarthritisJanie Wilson, Trevor Birmingham, Top Applteon, Sarah Manske, Steve Boyd, Olga Theou, Rebecca Moyer, Michael Dunbar, Joy MacDermid, Angelo Rudic (P), Bernadette McCann (T), Ann Smith Viera (P)
Kevin DeluzioQueensCharacterizing patient mobility and functional status while on waitlist for total knee replacement: A multi-center feasibility pilot studyJanie Astephen Wilson, Dylan Kobsar,, David Wilson, Elise Laende (T), Jereme Outerleys (T), Cheryl Kozey, Michael Dunbar, Glen Richardson, Ann Smith-Veiero (P), Gavin Wood, John Rudan, Mark Harrison, Aaron Campbell, Anthony Adili
Hugo Masse AlarieLavalSpine motor control and pain processing as predictive and explanatory factors of chronic low back painLuc Lacombe (P), Pierre Langevin, Guillaume Léonard, Clermont Dionne, Lisa Carlesso, Michel-Pierre Coll, Anaïs Lacasse, Jean-Sébastien Roy
JS RoyLavalDo psychosocial factors predict the persistence of shoulder pain?Simon Beaulieu-Bonneau, Dayana Patricia Rosa, (T), Hugo Masse-Alarie, Alex Scott, Frédérique Dupuis, Marc-Olivier Dubé, Gilles Drouin (P)
Lora GiangregorioWaterlooVirtual Intervention for Vertebral frACture (VIVA): Feasibility of implementation in a multicentre trialLarry Funnell, Sheila Brien (P), Cheryl Bulycz (P), Heather Keller, Alecandra Papaioannou, Lehana Thabane, Ravi Jain, Jenny Thain, Timothy Wideman, Suzanne Morin, Jenna Gibbs, Zach Weston, Catlin McArthur, Lauren Beaupre, Maureen Ashe, Allison Legg (T), David Emond (T), Matteo Ponzano (T), Nochilas Tibert (T), Judi Laprade
Luciana MacedoMcMasterFeasibility testing of a pre-surgical rehabilitation program for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis: a multi-center pilot randomized controlled trialNora Bakaa (T), Doug Gross, Lisa Carlesso, Joy MacDermid, Flo Slomp, Alison Rushton, Laura Katz, Maxi Miciak, Tara Packham, Kenneth Thomas, Andrew Nataraj, Raja Rampersuad, Brian Drew, Pahuta Markian, Aleks Cenic, Sandra Dorley (P), Joanna Thorne (P)
Michael HuntUBCA multi-centre feasibility study assessing shoe-worn insoles to improve clinical and biomechanical features of knee osteoarthritisTrevor Birmingham, Rebecca Moyer, Dylan Kobsar, Jesse Charlton
Kamair GhoseiriSaskatchewanThe effects of a novel phantom exercise execution program on phantom limb pain and mobility in people with unilateral transtibial amputation: a feasibility pilot study.Audrey Zucker Levin, Julia Totosy de Zepetnek, David Kingston, Susan Hunter
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Funding Opportunity: 2022 Trainee Travel Awards

Edit: acceptance of applications has been closed as of June 29, 2022. We were thrilled with the response to this call and are currently reviewing the received applications. Thank you for your interest!

We are pleased to announce the return of our annual Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network Trainee Travel Awards. 2022 will mark our fourth Trainee Awards competition and up to $15,000 in total funding is available to:

  • foster the development of future leaders in MSK health rehabilitation research
  • enhance the number of trainees involved in transdisciplinary musculoskeletal health rehabilitation research;
  • support the career advancement of trainees; and
  • support each trainee financially

Call for Applications: May 17, 2022

Deadline: CLOSED FOR 2022

First funding decisions will be made by June 24th, 2022, subsequent decisions will be made within two weeks of receiving application.

Description

The purpose of the award is to assist with travel expenses for trainees to attend a conference related to MSK rehabilitation research at which they are presenting their research project (via poster, oral or other form of presentation). Note that funding may be subject to abstract submission and approval at the conference that you plan to attend.

This allows the Network to fund a much larger number of trainees this year than traditional awards and provide additional professional development opportunities not covered by their current funding.

Funds Available

In 2022 the Network will be offering a total of up to $15,000 in three tiers of travel stipends based on traveling distance:

Within Province or Virtual Presentation – $500

Neighbouring Province (ex. Ontario to Quebec, Alberta to BC) – $1,000

National or International Travel – $1,500

These awards are intended to cover conference travel and registration expenses to attend a conference at which the trainee’s research project is presented. Applicants will submit expenses or a proposed budget of CIHR-eligible costs and awarded stipends will be given based on incurred/budgeted expenses to the maximum of each funding tier above. Applicants will be eligible for a maximum of one (1) award per calendar year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • outstanding potential to contribute to musculoskeletal health rehabilitation research
  • registered as a full-time graduate student, postdoctoral fellow or clinician scientist in training
  • accepted to an accredited program
  • supervised (mentored) by a Network Member
  • engaged in research that is clearly relevant to musculoskeletal health rehabilitation

Expectations

  • indicate which conference(s) you wish to attend to present your research, including travel distance
  • include a proposed budget and justification of funds for travel to a national or international conference specific to MSK rehabilitation research
  • provide details on the research topic for the conference at which you will attend and present your project
  • submit reporting, as requested by network training and mentoring group


How to Apply

Apply online: https://uwo.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9HnL9CXHAzqrJPM

Fillable PDF application form:

Any questions can be directed to Ryan Power (Network Coordinator) at rehabnet@uwo.ca

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UPDATED: 2021-22 Grant Competition

On behalf of the Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network and our Executive Committee, we are pleased to launch the call for our next grant funding opportunity.

Over our first five years of operations the MSK Rehab Research Network has supported a total of 24 projects; an investment of nearly $300,000 in high impact, early stage pilot projects and innovative research teams.

This round of funding will be focused on multi-centre feasibility pilot studies, including randomized controlled trials (RCT) and prospective cohort studies.

Available funding:

Up to $150,000 total available funds for up to six (6) grants of up to $25,000 each

Call for Applications: December 6, 2021

Application Deadline: April 1, 2022

Anticipated Notice of Decision: May 27, 2022

Funding Start Date: June 1, 2022

Please see application form below for full details and application instructions. Note that this applicationAny questions can be directed to rehabnet@uwo.ca

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Grant Competition Open

DEADLINE EXTENSION: OCTOBER 1, 2021

National Team Development Grants (Osteoarthritis and Chronic Pain) and Emerging Team Grant (Rehab after COVID-19)

On behalf of the Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network’s Executive Committee, we are pleased to launch two new funding opportunities.

Over our first four years of operations the MSK Rehab Research Network supported a total of 23 projects; an investment of over $200,000 in high impact pilot projects.

These new opportunities mark the first round of competitions in our new CIHR funding structure and are therefore being offered as Team Development and Emerging Team Grants with substantially higher funding available.

Please see application forms below for full details and application instructions. Any questions can be directed to rehabnet@uwo.ca

Team Development Grant:

This round of awards is intended to establish a new research team that brings together researchers or a new national collaboration between existing teams from across Canada focused on remote/online delivery of rehabilitation projects relevant to one of two key Network priorities: osteoarthritis, or non-specific chronic MSK pain

$150,000 total available funds for up to two (2) grants of up to $75,000 each

Emerging Team Grant:

This grant is intended to address the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for future rehabilitation needs. Objectives include establishing a new research team that brings together researchers from across the country focused on rehabilitation of post-COVID-19 long-term effects, and developing a research plan that addresses a multi-faceted rehabilitation approach to long-term COVID-19 symptoms, with a focus on, but not limited to the MSK system, by addressing pain and mobility challenges

$30,000 total available funds for one (1) grant of up to $30,000

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Coming Soon: Team Development Grants

One of the Network’s key initiatives to improve rehabilitation research in Canada is our annual Project/Team Development Grant Awards Competition.

Competitions are held annually to provide funding for early stage, high impact MSK research projects, and generates opportunities for trainees and young investigators to gain valuable experience in the field. We aim to encourage new transdisciplinary research initiatives, with an emphasis on collaboration across Canada.