BCREGMED Dragon’s Den Competition for Trainee Projects

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Are you a UBC trainee? Do you have a UBC trainee? Do the two of you want a super-shiny stipend grant to pursue a new project and celebrate the holidays?

BCREGMED is bringing in the new year with a brand-new opportunity to support trainees! We are now offering $15K salary stipends to FOUR lucky trainees at UBC and are inviting trainees and PIs to participate in our virtual dragon’s den competition!

How it works: interested trainees or principal investigators will register to pitch their project HERE! Abstracts will be assessed by our team to determine if the research is relevant to regenerative medicine and successful applicants will be notified and given a five-minute time slot at our event (trainee or PI or both can present). During the presentations, we will have a panel of experts (the dragons) vote anonymously on which projects will be awarded the grant! Then you are awarded the grant! It’s just that easy!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Award

Award amount of $15,000 CAD to be used for summer students, research students, graduate trainees, or postdoctoral fellow salary

Eligibility Requirements

  • This award opportunity is particularly apt for summer students, new graduate students in the first two years of their program, or trainees who do not currently hold other awards although all are welcome to apply!
  • Principal investigators OR trainees (or both together) are invited to the application process however the award must be used for trainee or PDF salaries/stipends only
  • Award recipient must be employed as a post-doctoral fellow or registered to an accredited graduate or undergraduate program in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, medicine, biology, or engineering at the University of British Columbia. UBC research and summer students are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be working on a project with a specific focus on regenerative medicine and/or cell therapy
  • The stipend should support the trainee or post-doctoral fellow in the advancement of their educational goals and/or scientific projects whereby the recipient will be
    • Developing techniques and methodologies
    • Gaining knowledge of scientific, scholarly ideas or materials.
    • Gathering data for own thesis or research project
    • Analyzing findings for own thesis/research project
    • Conducting lab experiments and/or studies to further own thesis/research
  • Although not required, applications/projects that collaborate with more than one principal investigator/lab/institution will be favoured over single-investigator projects
  • New projects that would otherwise not be pursued during the applicant’s thesis are strongly encouraged! 

Application Process

Applicants are required to complete a web-based notice-of-intent (below) assessing their eligibility for this award. Applicants being considered for the stipend will be contacted and given a 5-minute time slot in our dragon’s den competition taking place January 15th starting at 10AM. Judging will be done by an anonymous and random selection of principal investigators in the BCREGMED community and will be based on

  • Quality of research proposal (clear description of proposed methodology)
  • Innovation and novelty of the project
  • Feasibility
  • Quality of expected contributions and extent to which they may advance the field of regenerative medicine—contributions may include publications, patents, reports, posters, abstracts, monographs, presentations, creative outputs, knowledge translation outputs, community products, etc.
  • Enthusiasm for research, originality, initiative, autonomy, relevant community involvement and outreach

Review Process
Following the dragon’s den competition, successful applicants will be notified LIVE!

Reporting Process
No formal reporting required, however at the end of the year you will be contacted to provide a brief (one-two paragraph) update so we can feature your project in our monthly newsletter/UBC cluster renewal application.

Questions
Please email [email protected] with any questions, with “2021 DRAGON’S DEN” as the subject line. Please note it may take a few weeks to receive and review your application. Only successful applicants will be contacted with a time slot.

 

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