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Internal Research Fund

The Internal Research Fund (IRF) competition is a bi-annual research grant competition funded by the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine. Grants are awarded to exceptional investigators within the department pursuing projects in clinical medicine, basic science, or education. 


These guidelines are designed to facilitate the completion of the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine IRF application.

  1. The principal applicant must be a registered trainee or hold a Western University appointment within the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine.
  2. The principal applicant/anesthesia faculty sponsor must be a member of the Phase 3 Alternate Funding Plan.
  3. The principal applicant/anesthesia faculty sponsor must be the lead scientist on the project.
  4. If the principal applicant is a trainee, the anesthesia faculty sponsor will be responsible for the ethical conduct and financial management of the study. Ethics submissions and research accounts must be held by the anesthesia faculty sponsor.
  5. All sections of the IRF form and attachments must be completed.
  6. Grants up to a maximum of $10,000.00 each will be awarded to successful applications.
  7. Successful applicants will be required to submit an annual progress report for review by the Research Committee.
  8. The research activities must be performed on site at LHSC, SJHC or an affiliated institution.
  9. Preferential consideration will be given to principal applicants who are trainees or junior Faculty (<5 years post Fellowship).
  10. Applications for the following types of research projects will be considered:
    1. Start up projects or pilot projects, particularly those which have potential for extramural funding or give rise to novel areas of research will be given preferential consideration.
    2. Projects of new investigators that have received partial funding from external funding agencies will also be considered.
    3. Funding of research projects may include clinical medicine, basic sciences or education.
    4. Funding for equipment integral to new areas of research will be considered.
  11. Applications for travel funds will not be considered.
  12. The Research Committee will review a MAXIMUM of two applications from ONE principal investigator/anesthesia faculty sponsor.
  13. Investigators are encouraged to seek funds from other sources as soon as possible.
  14. Funds must be utilized within 24 months of the release of funding. A report and statement of expenditures must be provided at the end of the project period. Any unexpended funds must be returned to the Department of Anesthesia/Perioperative Medicine IRF.
  15. The following training requirements must be completed by ALL investigators and co-investigators in the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative medicine prior to the release of funds:
    1. Privacy (PHIPA)
    2. Tri-council Policy Statement (TCPS) 2: Course on Research Ethics (CORE) tutorial
    3. Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
    4. Lawson Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
      Certificates verifying successful completion must be submitted to the Committee to be kept on file. Requirements must be obtained within six months from the date of award notification. Failure to do so will cancel this research funding.
  16. Where research involving human and/or animal subjects is indicated, applications will be reviewed as to the scientific validity of the project. However all funding for successful submissions will be encumbered until evidence of approval by the Western University Health Sciences Research Ethics Board (HSREB) and/or the Animal User Subcommittee (AUS) is received by the Chair of the Research Committee. Applications to the HSREB and/or AUS must be submitted within three months from the date of award notification. Failure to do so will cancel this research funding.
  17. Any research study that involves human participants must be registered with the database prior to the release of funds.
  18. A short, lay summary (2-3 sentences) has been added as a requirement of the outline, and will be used to describe successfully-funded projects on the departmental website.
  19. Note that signature by the principal investigator attests to the fact that all co-investigators have reviewed the application and are in agreement with its contents.
  20. The application must be signed by the Department Chair/Chief, Dr. Davy Cheng prior to submission. The signature attests to the fact that the principal applicant/anesthesia faculty sponsor is a member of the clinical department and Academic Funding Plan.
  21. If your application is incomplete or does not conform to the guidelines, it will be returned.
  22. The Research Committee will review the applications. Applicants will be informed as quickly as possible. Results will be posted on the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine website.
  23. Applications must be submitted to Research Officer of the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine (Rm B3-406), LHSC-UH. Submit one complete original of the application with signatures and one electronic copy of the application (signatures not required). Electronic copies can be sent as an attachment (Adobe PDF or Word).
  24. All completed applications are due by 12:00 hrs on Monday, November 9th, 2015.
  25. Any work presented and/or published that is funded by this grant must acknowledge the ‘Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University’ for funding support.
  26. By signing below, I declare that I have read and agree to adhere to the guidelines outlined above.

The most up-to-date IRF Application Form is available here.