Grants & Awards

NZSG Janssen Research Fellowship

Janssen have generously agreed to provide financial support to the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology for a Research Fellowship or research grant.

Purpose of the Fellowship

  1. To promote New Zealand research in gastroenterology.
  2. To encourage gastroenterology trainees to participate in research

Eligibility for the Fellowship

Applicants for the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology Research Fellowship must, at the time of application, be:

EITHER an advanced trainee in Gastroenterology or Gastro-Intestinal Surgery.
OR a Gastroenterology or Surgical specialist in New Zealand working in a department involved in training registrars.

Conditions of the Fellowship

  1. Applicants are required to be current financial members of the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology at the time of application. This includes trainees and specialists.
  2. The Fellowship is jointly funded by Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd and the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology.
  3. The Fellowship amount is up to $65,000.
  4. The Fellowship can also be awarded in the form of a grant for a research project initiated by a specialist but has to require substantial input from trainee(s). The amount can be divided between research expenses and salary provided that details are provided for funding of the trainee and the expected duration of the project
  5. If awarded to a trainee, the fellow will be an employee of the host institution who will provide the contract of employment and claim reimbursement for salary and related expenditure from the treasurer of the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology Inc.
  6. The Fellowship may be awarded for a second year after further application. This would depend on a satisfactory report at the end of the first year. The decision will be made by the Executive and will depend on the relative merits of all applications.
  7. The fellow or specialist (if awarded as a grant) is required to present results of his or her research at a scientific meeting of the society.
  8. Transfer of the Fellowship to a new host institution is not encouraged. This would require the approval of both host departments, the authority of the Society and the approval of the Executive of the NZ Society of Gastroenterology.
  9. The fellow should acknowledge the support of Janssen-Cilag Pty Ltd and the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology in all publications and in programmes of meetings at which the research is presented.
  10. All research conducted by fellows must be approved by either an approved institutional animal ethics committee or a human subjects ethics committee (accredited by the Health Research Council of New Zealand).
  11. Intellectual property will be subject to the rules of the host institution.
  12. Leave during the fellowship will be subject to the rules of the host institution.
  13. Trainees who have secured research post outside New Zealand who require wages in order to take up the position may also apply. However research based in New Zealand will take priority.

Applications for the Fellowship

Applications should comprise:

  1. A succinct account of the proposed research project including background, aims, methods and significance sections with no more than 20 key references (maximum length 5 x A4 pages of 12 point type).
  2. A curriculum vitae and full publication list of the trainee OR for all researchers if this is an application for a project grant.
  3. The names of two referees who have agreed to provide a reference.
  4. For applications from trainees, a letter from the applicant outlining future career plans and explaining the arrangements for supervision and availability of facilities and working expenses for the research within the host department.
  5. For applications from a specialist for a project grant, a full itemised account of expenses needs to be provided. Details of the extent of involvement of trainees should be provided.
  6. For trainees, a letter of support from the head of the host department or the supervisor of the research explaining the arrangements made for research supervision and outlining the facilities and working expenses available for research within the host department.

Closing Dates

Applications should be received by the Executive Officer of the Society by 30 September 2018. The Fellowship should be taken up within six months of confirmation of the award.

 

 

NZSG Small Research Grants 

Purpose
The NZSG is keen to encourage clinical research by gastroenterology and surgical trainees during their period of clinical training. Supervisors may have the ideas and time but need small grants for tests, equipment or part-time staff. Several grants will be awarded each year with selection by a subgroup of the NZSG exec with co-option as required.

Prizes
The amounts awarded would generally be up to $5k.

Eligibility
Applicants may be trainees or consultants but must be a member of the NZSG (both trainee and supervisor if a joint submission).

Conditions
Preference will be given to clinical research with registrar involvement that can be completed within 6-12 months.
It is expected that results from this research will be presented at the ASM of the NZSG and a one page report should also be forwarded to the Secretary of the NZSG within 12 months of receipt of the grant.
NZSG must be acknowledged in any research published as a result of the grant.
The research must be conducted in New Zealand. Preference will be given to clinical questions that are considered to be highly relevant to the NZ population.
Preference will be given to centres or clinicians that do not usually have access to other research funds.
There is no restriction on reapplication by the same registrar or supervisor/consultant in subsequent years.
The grant will be only be forwarded to a research account and not directly to an individual.

Closing dates
There are two closing dates per year - 31st January and 31st July.

Assessment procedure
The applications will be considered by a committee nominated by the NZSG Executive. This will comprise of Executive members and scientific advisors as deemed appropriate.
The number of successful applications each year will depend on available funds and the strength of the applications.

Application
To apply, please fill out the application form (PDF & MS Word) and send it to

Anna Pears
Executive Officer
PO Box 10601
Wellington 6143 OR

by email to anna.pears@racp.org.nz

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