Grant Competition

2017/18 Competition Dates

Competition opens: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at noon (ET)
Competition closes: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 11:59 pm (ET)
Notifications sent by: Monday, January 29, 2018

Available Grants

CAEP-CanVECTOR Grant (1 x $5,000)

An ongoing partnership between CAEP and the Canadian Venous Thromboembolism Clinical Trials and Outcomes Research (CanVECTOR) will support one $5,000 grant for the 2017/18 CAEP Grant Competition.

The CAEP-CanVECTOR Grant is for a research project that aims to reduce venous thromboembolism (VTE) occurrence, improve VTE diagnosis and therapeutic management, improve the safety of anticoagulant delivery, or enhance the quality of life of those impacted by VTE in the emergency care setting.

Junior Investigator Grants (5 x $5,000)
Five grants are available, up to $ 5,000 each. This category is only open to junior investigators (< 5 years post-EM-residency).
EMAF Grants (2 x $10,000)

Two EMAF grants are available, up to $10,000 each. This category is open to EM Fellows, Graduate Students, Staff Physicians, Faculty, etc (i.e., not limited to junior investigators).
*NEW this year: The top 4 runners-up in this grant category will be invited to participate at the CAEP 2018 Grizzly Den competition in Calgary, where presenters will compete for up to $10,000 in grant funding. Make sure to select “yes” in your application if you would like to be considered for this opportunity.
Thank you to our generous EMAF donors who have made these grants possible.


  • Proposals submitted to multiple categories will only by considered for the one with the lower value.
  • You must be a CAEP member to submit a grant application and to receive grant funds.
  • The grant competition is only open to residents of Canada.
  • Funding restrictions:
    • CAEP financial support cannot be a supplement to other funding sources or used for meeting registration, travel, or equipment purchases.
    • Cost for publications: applicants are encouraged to choose a free journal for publishing.
    • Food and beverage: food may be reimbursed if required by the study (diabetic study, snack for physically demanding study, etc.) but alcohol will not be covered.

Applicant Criteria

Junior Investigator Grants

  • The Principal Investigator (PI) and Supervisor (if the PI is not a faculty member) must be current CAEP members at the time of application. Only CAEP members can receive grant funds.
  • The PI must be less than five years beyond date of completion of residency training in EM (i.e., FRCPC-EM or CCFP-EM).
    • A letter of support from a Resident’s/Fellow’s Supervisor (Director of the Residency Program, Director of the Fellowship Program or Graduate supervisor when appropriate) confirming training status must be provided.
    • Training start and stop dates must be confirmed in the letter of support.
  • For PIs who are faculty members, a letter of support is required from the Department Director of the ED or the EM academic lead for the University (Chair, Division Director, Chief) verifying that the PI has sufficient training, infrastructure, time and resources to complete the project.

EMAF Grants

  • Medical students may apply

Applicant Verification

  • Only CAEP members can receive grant funds.
  • Individuals in training are eligible to apply as long as they meet one of these criteria:
    • Current resident in EM (FRCPC-EM, CCFP-EM)
    • Current fellow in EM (in clinical, research, or subspecialty training [see list])
    • Current graduate student (PhD or MSc in a related field) after completing an EM residency (FRCPC-EM, CCFP-EM)
  • The PI (faculty or fellow or graduate student) must be less than five years beyond the end date for residency training in EM (i.e., FRCPC-EM, CCFP-EM) for Junior Investigator Grants.
  • Applicants who misrepresent their eligibility or whose membership type is not accurate, will be disqualified.
  • Relevant start and stop dates (i.e., undergraduate MD, residency, fellowship, appointment at the level of assistant professor) should be included in the application, so CAEP staff can verify the eligibility. Applicants can specify parental or sick leaves that may extend their eligibility or alter their anticipated start and stop dates.
List of Qualifying Fellowships (EM Subspecialty Areas)*:
  • Clinical Emergency Medicine
  • Education
  • Emergency Medical Services/Transport Medicine
  • Geriatric Emergency Medicine
  • Global/International Health
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Research
  • Toxicology
  • Trauma
  • Ultrasound
 *Any fellowship training outside of this list requires special mention and justification for consideration in the required letter of support from the fellowship director.

Submission Instructions

  • Proposals are limited to 15,000 characters (~1,800 words) for the abstract, research in depth, and timeline and impact sections.
  • Attachments are not included in the character count
The submission process includes the following sections:
  • Title: Enter the title in sentence case. Do not put the title in quotation marks.
  • Structured Abstract: Suggested headings include: Introduction, Research Question, Rationale, Methods, Impact, etc. (adjusted according to your topic).
  • Research In Depth:Use the headings: Introduction, Rationale, Research Question, and Methods.
  • Timeline and Impact: Use the headings: Timeline, Impact of the Proposed Study, Future Plans (including Knowledge Translation)
  • Appendices, References, Data Justification Tool, Budget & Justification:
    • Include all the materials in a single file for the upload.
    • Ensure that no author/affiliation information is associated with the text or file title.
    • Data justification tool: how you plan to analyze the data (i.e. is your sample size large enough to answer your questions). May not apply to all types of studies.
  • Tables and Graphs: Upload as attachments with specific labels for cross-referencing.
  • A Cover Letter is not required.

Letter of Support

A letter of support from a Resident’s/Fellow’s Supervisor (or Department Head) must be included with the proposal. For PIs without a supervisor, a letter of support from a colleague speaking to the ability of the PI to complete the project can be included.

Submission Limit

There is no limit for the number of grant proposals that a person may submit. Note that if one proposal is submitted for multiple categories, it will only be considered once (for the lower valued grant).


If you are submitting on behalf of the Primary Investigator/Author please do not include your name from the author list.

Title and Body
  • The title should be entered in sentence case
  • Do not put your title in quotation marks.


The Principal Investigator must be listed first. Please enter all remaining authors in the order that they should appear. Supervisors do not need to be entered as a co-author.

Review Process

  • Each grant proposal is assigned to three reviewers (outside of their university or hospital).
  • Assigned reviewers can declare a conflict of interest to have the proposal re-assigned.
Reviewers consider:
  1. Relevance to emergency medicine
  2. Originality of study
  3. Will the study be an important addition to EM literature
  4. Methodologically appropriate (ie. matched design to question)
  5. Methods well described and reproducible.
  6. Statistical issues (analysis/sample size) discussed and appropriate for study
  7. Feasibility to obtain results in 1 year with resources provided from this grant
  8. Requested funds appear to support the study itself and not merely infrastructure (ie. resource allocation)
  9. Overall quality of submission (ie. the researcher appears to have an understanding of the issue being studied and the background review is thorough and adequate)
  10. Does the researcher have the necessary tools/resources to carry out the proposed study (ie. support staff, knowledge base)

Ranking and Scoring

  • Once all of the reviews are submitted, the scores are downloaded from the grant submission site and ranked.
  • The average score from the three reviews is used.
  • The proposals are rank ordered by score to identify the successful applicants.
  • The top proposals by rank are verified (blinded to name and institution) by the Research Committee Chair and the two members assigned to “award roles” to ensure that they are appropriately categorized.
  • A cut-off score of 70% which translates to 2.90 (as of July 2015 scoring criteria) will be used, such that no score below this threshold will be considered for a grant.
  • Notifications will be emailed by January 29, 2018.

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