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Regional Medical Associate Research Scholarship Guidelines

  1. Applications are invited for R.M.A. Scholarships to support original research carried out by medically qualified registered postgraduate trainees of the Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University. A trainee may apply for only one research project per year. The applicant must be the principal investigator, rather than a new investigator added to an existing project.
  2. Successful applicants will be known as R.M.A. Scholars.
  3. Allowable items in a study budget include: salary costs (e.g., data entry clerk, research assistant, statistical consultation), not to exceed 50% of the total budget, laboratory supplies, mailing, courier, printing, stationery, software that has a demonstrated need for successful completion of the project. The cost of capital equipment or medical services that are normally provided by health care insurance are not eligible expenses. Awards will rarely exceed $5,000. A separate request may be made within two years of the announcement of the award to fund travel costs, not to exceed $1,000, to present research findings from the study.
  4. Written applications will be considered in September and must be received by the Assistant Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education, who is the Chair of the Selection Committee, no later than AUGUST 31.
  5. A typewritten application form must be completed. A detailed budget must also be included as well as supporting letters from the Program Director and Research Supervisor. These letters should clarify the role of the trainee in the creation, design and implementation of the project.
  6. The Selection Committee will be appointed by the Chair on an annual basis and will include a primary care researcher, a faculty member from the R.M.A. Board and a postgraduate trainee. The Committee may seek the opinion of internal or external referees as the need arises.
  7. Under normal circumstances, it is anticipated that at least one award will be given for a project which addresses primary health care.
  8. The decision of the Selection Committee shall be final.
  9. Awards will be announced to the Postgraduate Education Committee, the Health Sciences Education Committee and Regional Medical Associates Board of Directors, and reported to the trainee’s program director.
  10. Successful applicants must submit to the Chair, Postgraduate Medical Education by July 1 of the following year a summary of the results of the work supported by the scholarship. An abstract of the work presented at a national or international meeting or submitted for publication will be accepted in lieu of this.
  11. No release of funds will be made until clearance has been received from the Institutional Ethics Review Board.

The R.M.A. Scholarship Award must be transferred to a research account within the academic year.

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