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Overview

Since its inception in 2012, the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) has brought together leaders from the global community of healthcare, policymaking, innovation and care provision to tackle some of the world’s most urgent healthcare challenges.  In recent years and in light of the pandemic, it has become increasingly clear that nurses play an essential role in the healthcare ecosystem and need to be more actively involved in research and policymaking if we are to meet these challenges.

In line with this goal, WISH, in collaboration with the University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ), is delighted to launch a grant competition to encourage more nurses to engage in healthcare research. 

ABOUT WISH:

WISH is a global healthcare community dedicated to capturing and disseminating the best evidence-based ideas and practices.

Our Mission:

  • We forge connections and help build action-driven communities of knowledge who work together to address today’s most pressing global healthcare challenges.
  • We convene and collaborate with the world’s leading experts and the highest levels of decision-makers.
  • We create and disseminate world-class, evidence-based content and knowledge.
  • We promote active learning and support within and between communities.
  • We contribute to the vision and mission of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and Qatar National Vision 2030, and serve to underscore Qatar’s pioneering role as an emerging center for healthcare innovation.
  • We showcase innovations that will make a difference for healthcare communities everywhere.
  • We aim to influence healthcare policy globally.

ABOUT UCQ:

Since its inception in 2007, the University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ) has been enriching health and wellness in Qatar by educating and developing world-class nurses.

 

Our program exemplifies a vision of modern nursing that develops graduates who deliver evidence-based health care. Our graduates are competent, strong critical thinkers and change agents, whose focus is the family and community. Our nursing students and graduates practice in the community, primary health centres, clinics and schools and in acute care hospitals.

 

Our program uses teaching methods, science, and research that prepares nurses to meet the demands of a new health system and new roles. By exemplifying our core values of respect, integrity, collaboration and equity, UCQ engages the community in activities designed to improve health outcomes and health care delivery.

ABOUT WISH:

WISH is a global healthcare community dedicated to capturing and disseminating the best evidence-based ideas and practices.

Our Mission:

  • We forge connections and help build action-driven communities of knowledge who work together to address today’s most pressing global healthcare challenges.
  • We convene and collaborate with the world’s leading experts and the highest levels of decision-makers.
  • We create and disseminate world-class, evidence-based content and knowledge.
  • We promote active learning and support within and between communities.
  • We contribute to the vision and mission of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and Qatar National Vision 2030, and serve to underscore Qatar’s pioneering role as an emerging center for healthcare innovation.
  • We showcase innovations that will make a difference for healthcare communities everywhere.
  • We aim to influence healthcare policy globally.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Who can apply:

Applicants should be registered nurses (or country equivalent).  We encourage nurses at any stage of their career to apply.  While prior research experience is not necessary, applicants should have a clear project proposal which aligns to one of the core WISH 2022 themes.

What kind of projects will be considered?

Research projects may involve clinical care, social care, or education and must be related to at least one of the WISH 2022 themes:

1. COVID-19 legacy

3. Disability

2. Well-being

4. Health and sports

Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method studies will all be considered.  To learn more about different types of study design, please see the below resources:

Priority will be given to proposals that:

  • Include a clear description of the project
  • Aim to influence a specific policy or practice
  • Outline the intended/expected impact of the project on patients and/or staff
  • Include a plan for research dissemination

Researchers should be prepared to begin their research project upon receipt of funding, and complete their project within 1 year of receiving ethics approval.

Funding and Support

We will be awarding two grants for a value of up to $7,500 each, to be used to fund new research projects.  One grant will be reserved for research undertaken and published in Arabic. More information can be found in the Funding Guidelines below. 

 

WISH will also aim to connect junior researchers with more experienced academics/researchers to increase the likelihood of publication of results in a peer-reviewed journal.  Authorship attribution will be discussed directly with any contributors/advisors.

Important Dates

2nd November 2021

15th December 2021

1st February 2022

1st March 2022

13-17th March 2022

31st March 2022

Funding guidelines:

Review process:

Applications will initially be screened by the WISH team to determine if they fit the minimum criteria, such as person specification, project validity, and fit with WISH 2022 themes.  The Grant Committee – comprising senior members of the WISH team and the University of Calgary in Qatar, as well as key external partners and advisors – will then review eligible applications based on pre-set criteria, including the following:

  • Are the aims and objectives of the study clear and focused?
  • Is the study adequately designed, with a solid plan to meet the aims of the study?
  • How does the study inform/contribute to the wider healthcare system?
  • Will study findings be generalizable/transferable beyond the location where the research is undertaken?
  • Does the research team have the appropriate expertise to complete the project successfully?
  • Are the project/program goals and budget realistic for the time and resources allocated?
  • Will the grantee use this funding to maximize the impact of the project?
  • Have the resources requested been fully justified?
  • Does the study adhere to relevant research governance, ethical and legal requirements (e.g. data protection and IRB approvals)?

Funding priorities

WISH will give preference to proposals that:

  • Fit within the WISH 2022 research agenda.While all projects are required to support one of the four key themes, priority will be given to those that cut across themes.
  • Promote local research in Arabic. One of the two grants will be awarded to a project undertaken in Arabic.
  • Maximize impact. Applications which include details of the intended impact and the evaluation process that will be used to demonstrate impact will be given special consideration.
  • Are innovative. Innovation is at the core of what WISH does.  We welcome projects that focus on innovation in healthcare.
  • Promote the role of nursing. All research projects must be led by a nurse, but priority will be given to proposals that focus on the role of nurses in healthcare.
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Funding limitations:

WISH will not fund:

  • Projects related to completing an educational requirement (e.g., tuition, undergraduate or Master’s dissertation support).
  • General administrative or personnel costs, unless they are directly and integrally related to the project.
  • Proposals without IRB approval (where required).

Application form

Please remember that we will only review proposals submitted using the Application Form.

Also please check the application guidance

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