Opportunities

In search of: researchers, patients and community partners

TRANSFORM HF is set up to fund research into heart failure care and prevention that has translational potential and patient-centered design. We also fund projects by trainees focused on new digital technologies and community engagement to advance health equity.

This funding drives scientific, professional, entrepreneurial, and patient engagement or Indigenous health training and mentorship to get novel projects off the ground.

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Collaboration Grants

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The 2024 competition is now open!

TRANSFORM HF’s Collaboration Starter Grants encourage, foster, and support members of our community working collaboratively on research and project proposals that advance our mission and expand our network. Three types of supports are available:

  • Grants up to $10K for proposal development meetings, collaborative project activities, patient or Knowledge Keeper compensation and facilitation.
  • Grants up to $10K for scoping and preliminary project research and data collection.
  • Grants up to $10K for research proposal writing and editing.

The number, type of grant, and funding amount for each award to be supported depends on the mix and quality of applications received. Up to four awards are available. 

Primary applicants must be investigators or trainees affiliated with TRANSFORM HF at the University of Toronto and/or the institutions within the Toronto Academic Health Science Network. No applicant with a current incomplete Collaboration Grant will be considered for new funding (i.e., funds not spent or work still in progress).  

Applicants must submit the completed Application Form by March 31, 2024 at 5:00 pm EST as a single PDF document via email to info@transformhf.ca. 

Trainee Awards

Training the next generation of heart failure digital health leaders

The 2024 competition is now open!

Our Trainee Awards support University of Toronto Master’s, PhD, and Postdoctoral students who are conducting research that advances equitable care and incorporates lived experience. Research must be centered on one or more the following themes:

  • Field-ready point-of-care diagnostics
  • Wearables and embedded sensors / remote monitoring
  • Data science innovation in heart failure prevention, treatment, or care
  • Digital health implementation

 

Up to three awards will be reserved for Indigenous graduate students or graduate students from underrepresented student populations.

Trainees must be co-supervised by two TRANSFORM HF members from two different disciplines.

Award levels are set at $20,000/year for master’s/PhD trainees and $40,000/year for Postdoctoral fellows.

Consult the Program Guidelines for more information.

To apply to TRANSFORM HF’s USRP, submit a completed Application Form and all supporting documentation as a single PDF to info@transformhf.ca by 5:00pm EST on March 18, 2024.

Seed Grants

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The EMH/XSeed competition is now open!

Joint EMH Seed and XSeed Program

The FASE Vice Dean Research Office is excited to announce the launch of 2024-2026 Joint EMHSeed and XSeed funding program. This program aims to catalyze new innovative partnerships between researchers from FASE and researchers from our partner divisions listed on the call for proposals as well as other divisions.

Through the program, TRANSFORM HF will be offering funding for two two-year collaborative projects.

Please submit applications, including all supporting documents, by email to myriam.couturier@utoronto.ca by 12:00 P.M. on Monday, March 11, 2024. Please include the term “Joint Seed” in the subject line. Please note that there is a virtual Joint Seed Information Session on January 19, from 10:30 – 11:30 A.M. Click here to register for the Information Session.

For additional details and eligibility requirements please refer to the Joint EMHSeed and XSeed Call for Proposals. A list of past EMHSeed and XSeed projects is available on the FASE Research Hub which is accessible with your UTORid and password. Interested in finding a CoPI from another division to partner with? Click here for the collaboration database where you can input your information and see other PIs to collaborate with.

Undergraduate Summer Research Program

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The 2024 USRP competition is now open!

Students in the TRANSFORM HF Undergraduate Summer Research Program (USRP) will have the opportunity to train alongside our multidisciplinary community of researchers to help address the grand challenge of inequity in heart failure care. Students will gain firsthand experience in the development of innovative technologies and the co-creation of proactive, personalized, and decentralized models of heart failure care. 

Students participating in the USRP will receive an award of up to $6,000, which must be supplemented by a $2,000 contribution from their research supervisors to ensure a minimum total stipend of $8,000 for a period of 16 weeks. 

 To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • Be registered at a Canadian academic institution as a full or part-time undergraduate student at the time of application.  
  • Be supervised by two faculty supervisors within TRANSFORM HF, one of which must be Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (FASE) affiliated, to apply for this program.

Up to two USRP awards will be reserved for Indigenous students.

For assistance identifying supervisors, students may consult our lists of projects currently recruiting for summer 2024 and TRANSFORM HF faculty members.

To apply to TRANSFORM HF’s USRP, work with your supervisors to complete an application form and submit all documents as a single PDF to info@transformhf.ca by 5:00pm EST on March 8, 2024.

Patient Partners

We need to take the opportunity to be more than a ‘patient.’ To use our voice so our expertise and experience informs and improves the quality of heart failure care.

Sharon Bray, heart failure patient partner
Welcoming people who live with heart failure to join our mission.

TRANSFORM HF prioritizes new innovations in care that make actual differences on the ground. To that end, we encourage patients, caregivers and family members to get in touch with us. We need your help to plan the best research projects, test and conceptualize new technologies, participate in events, and explore how you think heart failure care should be improved.

We use the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research Patient Appreciation Policy to support our People with Lived Experience partners.

The following are opportunities for people with lived experience to participate in research related to heart failure:

 

TRANSFORM HF Peer Review Panels

TRANSFORM HF funds research and trainees focused on digital technologies for equitable access to high-quality personalized heart failure care. Our mission is also to enable patients to become more active in their own health and engage them in all of our programs. 

Patients, caregivers and family members living with heart failure are integral members of our review panel to select funded projects and trainees. If you are interested in joining a panel, email info@transformhf.ca.