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Submissions Now Being Accepted For Riverview Health Centre's 2019 Research Competition

In recognition of the role of research in enhancing the quality of life of older adults and people with chronic or terminal illnesses, Riverview Health Centre is once again sponsoring a research competition. Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged.

$15,000 is available to investigators to support projects that deal with significant issues facing the elderly, chronically ill, terminally ill, or those requiring rehabilitation. An additional $5,000, provided by Riverview Health Centre Foundation, is available to graduate student and potential post-medical school resident/fellow research projects.

More than one project may be funded in this competition. All studies must be conducted at Riverview Health Centre.


This competition is open to university-based researchers, Red River College academic staff, Riverview Health Centre staff members, and persons with an ongoing clinical presence at Riverview Health Centre. University-based researchers and academic members at Red River College must include a Riverview Health Centre staff member as a member of the research team. Please note that graduate student and post-medical school resident/fellow research projects are eligible to apply (using the same application form) to the additional $5,000 designated to support their research.

Grant Specifications

The Riverview Health Centre Research Grant is an operating grant designed to defray the normal direct costs of research, not including conference travel expenses or investigators’ salaries, and limited publication/poster preparation costs. The grant submission package includes the application form and guidelines for the competition. Paper and electronic copies of the packages are available from Ms. Lisa Johnson, Executive Assistant, Research Services, Riverview Health Centre, at 478-6249, or via e-mail to The application deadline is February 8, 2019.

Grant applications will be reviewed by a Research Review Committee co-ordinated through Riverview Health Centre. The committee will include both university-based Research Affiliates and appointed Riverview Health Centre staff members.

Assessment criteria include: a) Scientific Merit (clarity of research questions/objectives; appropriateness of methods; generalizability and validity of research methodology utilized; experience and skills of the investigative team) and; b) Potential Contribution

(significance of the research for the Riverview Health Centre population; extent and appropriateness of the communication/dissemination plans). The Scientific Review Committee will make recommendations regarding the projects and amount of funding to the President, Riverview Health Centre. Unsuccessful applicants may request written feedback from the Scientific Review Committee regarding their proposal.

All proposals submitted for funding must have the written approval of an ethics committee of a Manitoba University as well as Access Approval by the Riverview Health Centre Research Committee prior to the release of funds. Investigators without an affiliation with the University of Manitoba should submit their proposal to the appropriate University of Manitoba REB, in accordance with WRHA policy. In addition, any major change in the study protocol or budget during the project must be approved before the grantee undertakes the change.

The research grant(s) will be administered through the Finance Department of Riverview Health Centre. Before funds are released, successful applicants will be required to sign a contract of acceptance indicating other sources of funding applied for or received.

Projects should not exceed 12 to 18 months in duration, although extensions to the funding will be considered if a written request is provided to the committee three months prior to the original deadline. At the end of the grant period, the grantee must submit a copy of the project report to the Manager, Research, including an Executive Summary for distribution to the public and/or health care community.

It is expected that grant holders will acknowledge the assistance of Riverview Health Centre in all presentations and publications arising from the funded project and will provide a presentation at Riverview Health Centre on their findings within six months after the completion of the project. It is also expected that a copy of any publication that results from the research supported by this competition will be forwarded to the Manager of Research at Riverview Health Centre.

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Jacquie Ripat, Acting Chair, Research Committee, by phone at (204) 789-3303 or by email at

Click here to download the Research Grant Application