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STIMULUS program for student members of the network

Program closed 2016-2017


The Quebec Network for Research on Aging (RQRV) and the partners listed below have established a program to provide doctoral research training awards in geriatric nursing, in order to encourage research careers and strengthen research capacity in this field.

The Network and its partners believe that Quebec needs to increase the number of nurses doing clinical research in geriatric nursing, in order to strengthen this discipline, attract excellent candidates, and enhance academic research in this discipline in clinical settings.

The Doctoral Training Award In Geriatric Nursing was established in 2008. It has recently been renamed the Chantal Caron Doctoral Research Training Award in Geriatric Nursing to honour the memory of Professor Chantal Caron, who died in 2009 at the age of 43 after a courageous battle with cancer. She served as Joint Co-ordinator of the Network’s Thematic Group on Interaction and Social Support from 2006 to 2008.

Professor Caron began her nursing career in 1985, at age 20, after receiving her Diploma of College Studies from the Cégep de St-Jérôme, in St-Jérôme, Quebec. Having personally experienced a serious illness at age 13, she became convinced of the importance of the nursing profession at an early age, and from then on, her vocation never flagged.

Dr. Caron continued to practice nursing from 1985 to 1991, while completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the Université de Montréal in 1990. She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from the same university in 1994 and a Ph.D. in Nursing and Child and Family Studies from the University of Wisconsin in 2000. Upon returning from the United States, she obtained a position as a professor at the Université de Sherbrooke and the title of researcher at the Centre for Research on Aging at the same university. She did postdoctoral studies in nursing at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal from 2002 to 2004.

Chantal Caron received many awards in the course of her career. In 2004, she was granted the title of Research Scholar by the Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec and became head of a research program on the end-of-life decision-making process, and specifically on the decision whether to institutionalize frail elderly persons and the roles and expectations of their family caregivers. Trained in the grounded-theory research tradition, Dr. Caron always strived to understand reality from the standpoint of the people who were living through a particular situation and then to propose responses that suited the situation. It was in this spirit that Chantal Caron pursued her research on family members who care for frail elderly persons and contributed significantly to the advancement of knowledge in research on aging.

Program Directors

  • Director: Philippe Voyer, R.N., Ph.D., Full Professor, Faculty of Nursing, Université Laval
  • Assistant Director: Francine Ducharme, R.N., Ph.D., Professor, Faculty of Nursing, Université de Montréal

Program Partners

  • Quebec Network for Research on Aging (RQRV), www.rqrv.com
  • Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQ-S), www.frqs.gouv.qc.ca)
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Aging (CIHR-IA),

Program Objective

To provide a training award to a doctoral student whose research project deals with geriatric nursing, so as to encourage the training of clinical researchers who will contribute to the development of knowledge in this field in clinical settings

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, domiciled in Quebec, at the time that the award takes effect or by June 30, 2014 at the latest.
  • Hold a master’s degree in nursing or a related discipline.
  • Be enrolled full-time in a doctoral program in nursing or in a clinical science (nursing) program at a recognized university.
  • Be a member in good standing of the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec for the entire term of the award.
  • Be a student member of the RQRV as of the date that the application is submitted.
  • Submit a proposal for a research project dealing specifically with geriatric nursing.
  • Carry out this project in a clinical research setting in Quebec.
  • Have a thesis supervisor who is an independent investigator as defined by the FRQ-S and an active member of the Quebec Network for Research on Aging (RQRV).
  • Submit an application to the regular competition for the FRQ-S Doctoral Training for Applicants with a Professional Degree training award program (identify the partner)         (http://www.frqs.gouv.qc.ca/fr/financement/Programmes_2014_2015/f03_fiche_2et3_detenteur.shtml#l-01)
  • Meet CIHR’s general eligibility criteria (http://www.irsc-cihr.gc.ca/f/37788.html).

Amount and Term of Award

  • $35 000/year for 3 years (RQRV, $30 000; CIHR-IA, $5 000)

Concurrent and Additional Funding

  • Concurrent funding of no more than $15 000 is allowed.
  • Additional funding from the recipient’s institution or thesis supervisor is allowed.

Application Procedure

  • Submit the completed award application to FRQ-S in accordance with the instructions for the FRQ-S Doctoral Training for Applicants with a Professional Degree training award program, no later than October 15, 2013.  
  • Submit to the RQRV (info@rqrv.com), no later than October 15, 2013, a PDF copy of the award application submitted to FRQ-S, as well as a letter of support from the director of the doctoral training program chosen and the director of nursing of the clinical setting identified.

Evaluation Procedure

  • Applications will be evaluated as part of the annual evaluation of applications submitted to the FRQ-S for doctoral training awards for applicants with professional degrees.
  • The evaluation criteria will be the excellence of the applicant’s academic record, the applicant’s aptitude for and experience in research, the quality of the applicant’s research proposal, and the quality of the research-training setting.
  • Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.
  • Only those applications that receive a score of at least 70% (the FRQ-S threshold for scientific excellence) will be considered for funding.  
  • Only those applications that all of the partners deem relevant to the objectives of this training award program will be considered for funding.

Recipient’s Commitment

  • Complete a doctoral degree within a maximum of five years.
  • Be a student member of the RQRV throughout the doctoral training.
  • Make at least two presentations on the results of the research project at the RQRV’s Annual Research Days, including at least one oral presentation on the final thesis results.
  • Provide the RQRV with an electronic or printed copy of the doctoral thesis.
  • Devote at least 75% of his or her time to research and training activities.
  • Acknowledge the support of the RQRV and its partners in any publications or other presentations of research results.

Host Setting’s Commitment

  • Host settings (the Faculty of Nursing and the Department of Nursing of the clinical setting) must provide infrastructure to facilitate the completion of the research project.
  • The clinical setting must facilitate the recipient’s access to elderly subjects, recruitment of these subjects, and contact with health professionals.

Payment Method

  • Three annual payments will be sent to the recipient at the address of his or her training setting.

Important Dates

Competition closes: October 15, 2013
Results announced: April 30, 2014
Funding begins: April 1, 2014

Program closed 2014-2015