NL SUPPORT is very happy to announce that the results of the NL SUPPORT Patient-Oriented Research Grants and the TPMI/NL SUPPORT Educational Funding Competitions for this Spring have been decided and ratified by our Steering Committee. These competitions are an important part of our mission to encourage the growth of patient-oriented research in Newfoundland and Labrador, and represent almost $400,000 in funding to graduate students, post-doctoral trainees, and research teams.

The NL SUPPORT Patient-Oriented Research Grants Competition was launched in the fall of 2015, as a means of encouraging new patient-oriented research projects in the province by providing funding of up to $75,000 over a year. The call for applications opened in November 2015, and closed on January 31 2016.

 18 applications were received in all:
·         8 from the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University
·         5 from Faculties outside of Medicine (2 from Pharmacy, 2 from Nursing, 1 from Social Work)
·         4 from Regional Health Authorities (2 from Eastern Health, 2 from Western)
·         1 from Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information

After discussion and review we are pleased to announce that the following applications were recommended for funding:

Researcher Title Budget
Aubrey, Kris, Faculty of Medicine Diagnostic Imaging Utilization $75,000
Kelly, Deborah, School of Pharmacy Optimizing Medication Therapy Outcomes for High Risk Patients Transitioning from Acute to Primary Care $75,000
Sitter, Kathleen, School of Social Work Making Decisions About Surgical Treatment: Using Digital Stories to Explore the Experiences of Breast Cancer Patients $57,488
Stevens, Kathleen, School of Nursing Utilizing commercially available infrared thermometers to prevent foot ulcers in patients with diabetes ‐ A mixed methods approach $36,896.35*
Tulk, Karen, Western Health
Making the link: A mixed-method exploration of the impact of using telehealth to facilitate ABA orientation for families in rural areas of Western NL $43,216.39
                               Total: $287,600.74

The TPMI/NL SUPPORT Educational Funding Competition is a biannual student funding competition that provides a stipend to graduate students and post doctoral trainees of up to $14,000/$18,000 per year for Master's and PdH students and $45,000 for post-docs. This year's spring competition was the most successful yet, with over 20 applicants from the Faculty of Medicine, the Schools of Pharmacy and Nursing, and the Department of Computer Science. We are very happy to announce that eight applicants in all were selected for funding during this round:

Name Program Faculty/School
Aref-Eshghi, Erfan Post-Doctoral Medicine
Kelly, Liam PhD Medicine
Hossain, Mohammad Akhtar MSc Medicine
Norman, Alex MSc Medicine
Sharma, Ishor MSc Medicine
Snow, John Charles MSc Medicine
Subramonian, Ansuree MSc Medicine
Turner, Abigail MSc Pharmacy

Congratulations once again to all of our successful applicants!

These competitions will re-open soon, so keep an eye on SUPPORT Letters for updates and notifications when they do!