TD Bank Financial Group Grant for Health Sciences Interdisciplinary Research Fund Awards

2019-2020 Competition

Applications open October 21 - December 20, 2019

Award Description

The TD Bank Financial Group in agreement with the University of Alberta has established an endowment fund to be administered by the Health Sciences Council, University of Alberta. The fund will provide up to three (3) $10,000 awards for 2019-20 to support students and trainees at the masters, doctoral or fellowship level. The awards will be allocated to applicants from the health sciences faculties who have active roles with an interdisciplinary (cross-faculty or multiple health/allied health disciplines) health research team, who will be taking part in a health research project and who describe or demonstrate interest and potential to excel in interdisciplinary health research.

For the 2019-20 competition all projects must be relevant to Precision Health. For this competition Precision Health research is defined as research on the emerging healthcare model that leverages a vast array of data, new technologies, and the study of factors such as genes and their expression (e.g., genomics, metabolomics), personal characteristics (e.g., diet/nutrition) and environmental exposures, to better predict, delay, understand and address diseases and disabilities of individuals. Under this definition, Precision Health also includes the study of population data to deliver new approaches to health promotion, rehabilitation, and increased equity of health outcomes in populations.

The three awards available will be made to applicants from three different health sciences faculties. The recipients will be chosen based on the recommendation of a review/selection committee appointed by the Executive Director of the Health Sciences Council. These awards will be administered through the Health Sciences Council (HSC), according to University of Alberta Awards and Bursaries for Students Policy.

Eligibility of Candidates

Those candidates who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Registered full-time in a graduate or fellowship program for the duration of the award in one of the following Faculties/Schools Programs at the University of Alberta that offer health sciences programs (Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences; Augustana Campus; Campus Saint-Jean; Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation; Medicine and Dentistry; Nursing; Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; Rehabilitation Medicine; and the School of Public Health)
  • A strong academic record
  • Interest in exploring opportunities to increase interdisciplinary or team-based scholarship in health research and/or collaborative practice in the health care system
  • Has a Supervisor who holds an academic appointment from one of the Faculties/Schools noted above at the University of Alberta and possesses a record of productive health-oriented research including peer reviewed grants, publications and conference presentations/abstracts
  • Involvement in a health research project with an interdisciplinary focus and interdisciplinary team (i.e. cross-faculty or two or more health disciplines) and relevant to Precision Health.

Please note that holding a previous scholarship or a current appointment as a grad research assistant under their supervisor does not impact eligibility to the competition. Applicants are ineligible if:

  • They hold a current scholarship.
  • They hold another grant (e.g. a CIHR grant).


Applications must be submitted on the Award application (fill-in) form using the font as set in the form, and must be signed and dated appropriately by required signees. RSO signatures are not required for these applications.

Applications are to be submitted (hard copy) to the applicant’s home faculty. Please deliver or forward applications to:

Evaluation Procedure

Appendix 1 on the application form outlines the criteria that the TD Research Fund Award Review Committee will use to evaluate applications.

Important Dates:

  • October 21, 2019 – Request for proposals sent out by each Health Sciences Faculty to their trainees who are registered full-time in a graduate or fellowship program for the duration of the award.
  • December 20, 2019 – Submission deadline. Applicants should submit hard copies of complete application package to their home faculty as indicated in the table above
  •  January 2020 – Each faculty internally reviews and recommends the top two (2) applications for submission to Health Sciences Council (HSC)
  • February 2020 – A HSC review committee consisting of representatives from each health sciences faculty reviews top submissions. An award will be given to top rank applicants from each of three (3) different faculties.
  • March 1, 2020 – award commences.
  • March 31, 2021 – Final project report due to HSC

Term of Award

The award is for a maximum period of one year tenable between March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021.

Deliverables at end of the Award

Successful candidates will submit a final report to the Health Sciences Council by March 31, 2021. The report must acknowledge support from the TD Fund. Other required elements of the report will be provided. Successful candidates may also be required to present their final report at an HSC meeting and/or conference (suitable meeting and date to be determined).