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Evaluation Criteria

Eligibility & Evaluation Criteria

In all types of applications, highest priority will be given to projects where matching funds are provided by the applicant's home institution. This enables the Foundation to provide assistance to more projects and at least partially ensures that the home institution is tangibly supportive of the applicant.

The Review Committee will consider the general criteria that reflect Molly Towell's objectives. These include:

  • Originality and validity of the hypotheses and/or methodological approach to the research question
  • The scientific strength and feasibility in terms of the project design and methodology
  • The academic strength and research potential of the Principal Investigator or Fellowship candidate
  • The adequacy of the educational/training/mentoring milieu and research facilities of the proposed site of the research project
  • The appropriateness of the budget requested

Please read the following information carefully regarding more specific criteria for the two types of awards.

Operating Support for Basic or Clinical Research Projects

The Foundation will consider applications to fund original research that has high potential to enhance understanding of fetal growth and development and to promote optimal neonatal health. The goal of this program is to assist young clinician or scientist investigators to pursue original research as they start their academic careers. The operating funds are available only to new investigators with formal faculty appointments at a Canadian university who are within 5 years of their first academic appointment. Individuals with established funding portfolios are not eligible. Indirect or institutional costs are ineligible.

The following research is ineligible: clinical trials and RCTs, retrospective and cross-sectional surveys and chart or record reviews, database explorations of all types, population epidemiology, economic studies, health services research, opinion/preference surveys, anthropological studies, and any application where the applicant is not the principal investigator.

In general, the upper limit for support of research is $20,000 for one year. Funding for a second year is possible pending a report at the end of the first year demonstrating satisfactory progress.

Molly Towell Fellowship Program

The goal of this program is to encourage residents and scientists in Canada to acquire post-doctoral research training and experience that will prepare them to continue with a major research focus in their academic careers. Fellowship funds must be used solely for research training, and not for clinical subspecialty training, though it may be associated with the latter. Applicants must possess either: a) a Ph.D. or equivalent degree; or an M.D. or equivalent degree and have completed an accredited residency program. Strong consideration will be given to the originality and novelty of the proposed research and academic credentials of the candidate. Other important factors are the quality of the mentor and the mentoring milieu, including appropriate facilities and the potential for intellectual stimulation and experience in teaching. Given applications of equal scientific strength and originality, higher priority will be given to applicants who have a commitment from their home institution for their initial academic appointment and who obtain their research training at a centre different from their home institution.

If the plan is to combine the Molly Towell fellowship with funds from other sources, the specific details of these plans must be provided with the application. Such proposals will be considered on a case-by-case basis. However, in general, the Molly Towell Fellowship will not be used for "top-up" of another major award.

Eligible research must have high potential to enhance understanding of fetal growth and development and to promote optimal neonatal health. The following research is ineligible: clinical trials and RCTs, retrospective and cross-sectional surveys and chart or record reviews, database explorations of all types, population epidemiology, economic studies, health services research, opinion/preference surveys, and anthropological studies.

In general, the upper limit for support of a Fellowship is $30,000 for one year. Funding for a second year is possible pending a report at the end of the first year demonstrating satisfactory progress.