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CAEP 2014 Academic symposium: “How to make research succeed in your department: How to fund your research program”

  • Christian Vaillancourt (a1) (a2), Brian H. Rowe (a3) (a4), Jennifer D. Artz (a5), Robert Green (a6) (a7), Marcel Émond (a8) (a9), Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy (a1) (a2), Grant Innes (a10), Jeffrey J. Perry (a1) (a2), Lisa A. Calder (a1) (a2) and Ian G. Stiell (a1) (a2)...

Abstract

Objective

We sought to gather a comprehensive list of funding strategies and opportunities for emergency medicine (EM) centres across Canada, and make recommendations on how to successfully fund all levels of research activity, including research projects, staff salaries, infrastructure, and researcher stipends.

Methods

We formed an expert panel consisting of volunteers recognized nationally for their scholarly work in EM. First, we conducted interviews with academic leaders and researchers to obtain a description of their local funding strategies using a standardized open-ended questionnaire. Panelists then identified emerging funding models. Second, we listed funding opportunities and initiatives at the provincial, national, and international levels. Finally, we used an iterative consensus-based approach to derive pragmatic recommendations after incorporating comments and suggestions from participants at an academic symposium.

Results

Our review of funding strategies identified four funding models: 1) investigator dependent model, 2) practice plan, 3) generous benefactor, and 4) mixed funding. Recommendations in this document include approaches for research contributors and producers (seven recommendations), for local academic leaders (five recommendations), and for national organizations, such as the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) (three recommendations).

Conclusions

Funding for research in EM varies across Canada and is largely insecure. We offer recommendations to help facilitate funding for large and small projects, for salary support, and for local and national leaders to advance EM research. We believe that these recommendations will increase funding for all levels of EM research activity, including research projects, staff salaries, infrastructure, and researcher stipends.

Objectifs

Le groupe visait à dresser une liste exhaustive de stratégies et de possibilités de financement pour les centres de recherche en médecine d’urgence (MU) partout au Canada, et à faire des recommandations sur la manière d’assurer le financement de l’ensemble de l’activité de recherche, soit les projets de recherche comme tels, le salaire du personnel, l’infrastructure et les allocations aux chercheurs.

Méthode

Un groupe d’experts composé de bénévoles bien connus à l’échelle nationale pour leurs travaux savants en MU a été formé. Celui-ci a d’abord eu des entretiens avec des chefs de file en milieu universitaire et des chercheurs pour connaître leurs stratégies de financement local, et ce, à l’aide d’un questionnaire à réponses libres. Les membres du groupe ont dégagé de nouveaux modèles de financement. A ensuite été dressée une liste de possibilités et d’initiatives de financement aux niveaux provincial, national et international. Enfin, le groupe a formulé des recommandations pragmatiques selon un processus consensuel itératif après avoir tenu compte des observations et des suggestions faites par les participants à un symposium sur les affaires universitaires.

Résultats

L’examen des stratégies de financement a permis de relever quatre modèles de financement: 1) le modèle tributaire du chercheur; 2) le modèle du plan de pratique; 3) le modèle du généreux bienfaiteur; et 4) le modèle de financement mixte. Le présent document contient des recommandations qui s’adressent tant aux contributeurs à la recherche et aux producteurs (sept recommandations) qu’aux chefs de files locaux en milieu universitaire (cinq recommandations) et aux organisations nationales telles que l’ACMU (trois recommandations).

Conclusions

Le financement de la recherche en MU varie d’une région à l’autre au Canada et il est très précaire. Des recommandations ont été élaborées afin de faciliter le financement de petits et de gros projets de recherche ainsi que l’obtention d’aide salariale, en plus de soutenir les chefs de file locaux et nationaux dans leur tâche de faire progresser la recherche en MU. Le groupe est d’avis que ces recommandations auront pour effet d’accroître le financement de l’ensemble de l’activité de recherche en MU, soit les projets de recherche comme tels, le salaire du personnel, l’infrastructure et les allocations aux chercheurs.

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Corresponding author

* Correspondence to: Dr. Christian Vaillancourt, Ottawa Hospital, Civic Campus, Clinical Epidemiology Unit, F649, 1053 Carling Ave., Ottawa, ON K1Y 4E9; Email: cvaillancourt@ohri.ca

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