NSERC-CREATE Program and JDRF Partnership

With funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and JDRF Canada, CIRTN-R2FIC is offering an expanded training program starting in 2023.

Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE)

The CREATE Program is designed to improve the training and mentoring environment for the Canadian researchers of tomorrow by improving training in areas such as professional skills, communication and collaboration, as well as by providing mentoring and experience relevant to both academic and non-academic research environments.

Within CIRTN-R2FIC, training opportunities include mentoring from an external advisor, participation in courses, workshops, and networking events, a yearly in-person national meeting, and a research placement. Upon entry into the CREATE Program each Trainee will be paired with a mentor from within CIRTN-R2FIC with whom individualization of the program can be discussed.

Successful applicants will receive stipend support for two years, with the expectation of matching funds from other sources. Additionally, they will receive funding for a national/international placement or industry internship. Interested applicants should begin by asking their current supervisor if matching funds have been committed by their home institution.

For full details regarding program requirements, eligibility, and funding, please refer to the Training Program Guide below.

View the Training Program Guide in English

Consultez le guide complet du programme de formation en français

 

 

Applications for the January 2024 Program (Cohort 2) will open in the second half of 2023.

To be eligible, applicants must currently be training (or plan to train) in a CIRTN-R2FIC member laboratory on an islet-related project. All trainees currently at the MSc, PhD, or postdoctoral level (or expecting to enter one of these streams by the program start date) are welcome to apply. Applicants should have at least 2 years of training remaining in order to complete the required program objectives.

View the 2023 Application Instructions

Voir les instructions de candidature 2023 en français

 

January 2023 CREATE Program

Congratulations to the 16 Trainees selected to participate in the 2023 Program!

Amanda Oakie • Nostro lab, University Health Network

Cassandra Locatelli • Mulvihill lab, University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Clara Goubault • Poitout lab, Centre de Recherche du Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal

Ekaterina Filatov • Lynn lab, University of British Columbia

Emily Hoffman • Riddell lab, York University

Hui Huang • Buteau lab, University of Alberta

Ishnoor Singh • Wheeler lab, University of Toronto

Jane Velghe • Verchere lab, University of British Columbia

Lahari Basu • Bruin lab, Carleton University

Liam Hall • Johnson lab, University of British Columbia

Nelson Chang • Dhanvantari lab, Western University

Saumadritaa Kar • Verchere lab, University of British Columbia

Siyi He • Lim lab, Centre de Recherche du Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal

Yufeng Wang • Rocheleau lab, University of Toronto

Xiong Liu • MacDonald lab, University of Alberta

Zuraya Elisa Angeles Olvera • Poitout lab, Centre de Recherche du Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal

 
The CIRTN-R2FIC NSERC-CREATE Program is run in partnership with JDRF Canada.

CIRTN-R2FIC has partnered with JDRF Canada to increase the total number of trainees funded as part of the first cohort entering the Program in 2023. Trainees funded through the JDRF Canada Funding Stream will have the opportunity to participate in JDRF virtual meetings and seminars together with international JDRF trainees. These awards will support health researcher training to build capacity in the future of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.

JDRF Canada is pleased to announce support of the following 7 trainees. This program is part of JDRF’s goal to expand its support of the next generation of T1D researchers in 2023 and beyond.

Emily Hoffman • Riddell lab, York University

Hui Huang • Buteau lab, University of Alberta

Jane Velghe • Verchere lab, University of British Columbia

Saumadritaa Kar • Verchere lab, University of British Columbia

Siyi He • Lim lab, Centre de Recherche du Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal

Yufeng Wang • Rocheleau lab, University of Toronto

Zuraya Elisa Angeles Olvera • Poitout lab, Centre de Recherche du Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal

 

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Virtual Meet & Greet  Friday, February 3 2023 at 9 AM PT | 10 AM MT | 11 AM CT | 12 PM ET

Students from Cohort 1 of the CREATE Training Program, as well as their supervisors and external mentors, will be formally welcomed to the Program. This will be an opportunity to discuss the general overview and requirements of the Program, and for participants to ask questions. The meeting will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.

Trainee and External Mentor Meeting #1 • February-March 2023

Trainees should now be connected with their external mentor (a PI from within CIRTN-R2FIC but outside their own research group). Please arrange a time to meet with your mentor within the next 2 months to discuss your program goals. Prior to your meeting, Trainees should partially complete the form “Trainee Mentor Meeting #1” and submit it to their mentor. Following the meeting, Trainees must fully complete the form and send it to Chris Peacocke. External mentors have been provided the document “External Mentor Checklist 2023” to help guide the meeting.

If you have questions about this initial meeting, or did not receive the form, please contact Chris Peacocke.

We acknowledge the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Nous remercions le Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada (CRSNG) de son soutien.