A message from Dr Gregory Bryson, Chair, Research Advisory Committee
Hello, fellow members of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (CAS)
On behalf of the CAS Research Advisory Committee (RAC) and the Canadian Anesthesia Research Foundation (CARF), I’m pleased to announce the opening of the 2020 Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (CAS) Operating Grants Program.
As in 2019, we will offer operating grants in three categories: Residents, New Investigators (< 5 years from training) and Open awards. This structure permits the Research Committee to fund the best science possible, while maintaining a focus on the development of new researchers.
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer the CAS Career Scientist Award in 2020.
Following discussion with CARF leadership, it was determined that there are insufficient funds to offer this award on an annual basis if funding for current operating grants is to be maintained. By offering the Career Scientist Award on an alternating year cycle, while focusing on an active fundraising campaign, we hope to build an endowment to sustain this award. It is our goal to resume an annual competition for the Career Scientist Award in 2025. Look for the next instalment of the biennial Career Scientist Award program in 2021.
I’d like to encourage applicants for this year’s operating grants to carefully review the Canadian Anesthesia Research Priority Setting Partnership’s (CAR-PSP) top 10 research priorities and 14 research questions. Developed by patients, clinicians, and researchers, these priorities and questions identify uncertainties about the effects of anesthesia and perioperative care in Canada. While these are not the only research questions facing Canadian anesthesiologists, both patients and providers ranked them highest. The RAC will consider applications with this in mind. Go to https://www.car-psp.ca/ for more details.
I’d also encourage applicants to think carefully about the number of applications they submit. A single detailed and focused application is as likely, perhaps more likely, to succeed than several less developed proposals.
If you have any questions regarding the CAS Research Grants program, the RAC, or Canadian anesthesia research in general, please feel free to contact me at glbryson-at-toh.ca or on Twitter @glbryson.
In closing, on behalf of the CAS – RAC I’d like to thank those individuals and groups whose generous donations to CARF have made the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society 2020 Research Awards Program possible.