[2nd For Canadians only] Canadian Institutes of Health Research, CIHR (health) Journalism Awards, $20/10k #scicomm

I’ve been asked to post this which means that I’m thrilled that my little blog is having something of a global reach, although I’m still mainly interested in collecting jobs that are based in London.

How fab it would be for there to be similar Posterous > Tweet blog postings for science communication jobs in different countries, which could all be linked together. One can dream.

Perhaps I should have called mine LondonScicommJobs Posterous, but too late now 🙂

This is a nice website and there’s also a link to a local Cafe Scientifique – but note it’s based in Canada.

I previously posted this Canadian journalism fellowship, it closes on 31 August 2010


Canadian Institutes of Health Research
CIHR Journalism Awards


Are you a journalist interested in health and health research? Do you wish you had the time and resources to produce that in-depth, award-winning piece of investigative journalism? Here’s your chance.

Every year, CIHR makes funding available for journalists to undertake projects in print, broadcast and on-line media. The Journalism Awards Program funds Tier 1 Awards (worth up to $20,000 each and open to journalists with more than seven years’ experience) and Tier 2 Awards (worth up to $10,000 each and open to journalists with at least one year experience or a relevant degree/diploma).

Previous recipients have prepared in-depth reports – often multi-part – on health issues such as diabetes, Aboriginal medicine, tuberculosis, stem cells, lung cancer, mental health and smoking.

Projects are expected to include a period of investigation and research to assemble the information needed for in-depth news or features.

An independent peer review committee evaluates all applications. An Evaluation Grid outlines the criteria used by the committee.

As with all its programs, CIHR funds excellence. Award recipients are selected through a rigorous and demanding peer review process.

Michael Dwyer
Public Affairs Offier
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Telephone: 613-941-0688
Email: michael.dwyer //at// cihr-irsc.gc.ca

More details at the page linked above, and I’ve pasted the FAQ below.

CIHR Journalism Awards – Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is meant by the requirement that “research-based information” be used as a key component for the work proposed?
Answer : As the evaluation criteria state, “there should be a strong connection between the ideas proposed and Canadian health research.” This program seeks to encourage Canadian journalists to pursue stories that blend the reporting of Canadian health issues with relevant findings from health researchers. “Research-based information” refers to those findings. They may include published papers or less comments from researchers obtained through interviews.

2. Can part of the money be used to do research in countries other than Canada?
Answer : Yes, as long as there is a strong connection between the ideas proposed and Canadian health research.

3. The website says the award must be “taken up” by March 31, 2011, and that the period of the award is 12 months. Does this mean that all of the research supported by the award should be carried out within a period of 12 months? Does that also include publication or broadcast of the resulting stories?
Answer : We expect the research and writing to be completed within 12 months of the receipt of the Award (i.e., by March 2012). Publication or broadcast may occur afterwards (we understand the long lead times in the magazine business).

4. You request a letter of intent from a media outlet as well as a letter of support from our current senior editor. Can both of these documents be signed by the same person?
Answer : Yes

5. Where can the final stories produced by award recipients be published or broadcast?
Answer : The program aims to increase science literacy in Canada on important health issues and to build capacity in science and health journalism. The expectation is that the final articles would be published or broadcast in independent, recognized Canadian or international media outlets.

6. Will the articles be published on the CIHR web site?
Answer : No, but CIHR may link to the stories on external sites once they have aired or been published.

7. Are there any restrictions on what the reporter can write about? For example, does the reporter have to speak to a CIHR funded researcher? Can the article include voices who are critical of CIHR?
Answer : There are no restrictions on topic, tone or content, as long as the proposal addresses Canadian health research issues. Stories do not have to be about CIHR-funded research.
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