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Technology and health care for the elderly medical research studies


Supporting trainee experience in mobilizing research evidence

The Honorable Sharon Carstairs, P.C., was the Founding Chair of the Board for Canadian Frailty Network (CFN). She retired from the Senate of Canada in 2011 after a political career spanning four decades which including chairing Senate Committees examining the issues of hospice palliative care and aging, and authoring two special reports on palliative care and aging in Canada. Her work is widely recognized as seminal in bringing the Compassionate Care Benefit to Canadians, and in making palliative care part of the core curriculum in Canadian medical schools.

The Honourable Sharon Carstairs Bursary recognizes her passionate and tireless work in the progress of quality end-of-life care in Canada, and her commitment to ensuring that this work is continued by future generations.

CFN is dedicated to improving the care of older Canadians who have significant life-limiting illness in which there is a question of what technology to apply to improve their survival and quality of life or the quality of their death, including end-of-life care.

As a funded Network Centre of Excellence, one of our priorities is to help train the next generation of scientists, clinicians and health care professionals capable of developing, evaluating, disseminating and implementing the health care tools, technologies and interventions that will improve care of older adults living with frailty. Our unique Interdisciplinary Training Program has been designed to promote and facilitate interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral learning and experience for the next generation by providing opportunities not available within their organizations or educational institutions and programs.

The Honourable Sharon Carstairs Bursary was developed to enhance the experiences gained through the CFN Interdisciplinary Training Program by providing the financial support for the next generation to share the knowledge and findings resulting from their work in the Program.

The specific goals of the Bursary are to assist Training Program participants in:

  • promoting the translation of research evidence into policy, practice, and research;
  • building research and evaluation capacity;
  • developing an enduring interest in care of older Canadians living with frailty, including palliative care and/or end of life care; and/or
  • participating in patient and citizen engagement activities


To apply you must be a current participant in the CFN Interdisciplinary Training Program, in good standing, at the time of application. Participants can be CFN Interdisciplinary Fellows, CFN Summer Student Award recipients, or recognized trainees on CFN-funded projects. Trainees from CFN-funded projects must be directly involved in a meaningful way* in the research and/or knowledge translation components of the project for at least six months at a minimum of 25% of their time, in addition to their participation in appropriate aspects of the CFN Interdisciplinary Training Program. Participants may only receive the Bursary once.

What the Bursary covers

The Bursary covers expenses to be incurred in participating in knowledge translation or other activities congruent with the goals of the Bursary and which contribute to furthering CFN’s commitment to improving care of older adults living with frailty. Maximum funding is $500, and a trainee may only receive one award.

Knowledge translation activities would typically include speaking at or presenting/exhibiting a poster at a Conference, making a presentation at a meeting or event, etc. Participation must be confirmed (i.e. an invitation accepted, abstract/poster accepted, etc.). Expenses incurred would typically include: conference registration, poster printing, travel (most economical option), accommodation and related expenses.

Application Process

Bursary applications will be considered by the CFN Knowledge Translation Committee quarterly and awarded where appropriate until funds are depleted. Funding is not guaranteed.

The application must be submitted a minimum of at least two weeks in advance of the KT activities, and must be approved by the applicant’s supervisor for the CFN Interdisciplinary Training Program.

Applications should be submitted by email to of acceptance of an abstract or poster, or proof of an accepted invitation to speak, must be provided with the application.

If the bursary is approved, the applicant will be notified, with bursary funds to follow (normally 30 to 45 days later).

After the approved KT activity has occurred, within 60 days the applicant must provide CFN with proof of attendance/participation, such as a copy of the Conference agenda with the participation noted, etc.

Bursary recipients may also be invited to share their experience with other CFN Interdisciplinary Training Program participants, or at CFN conference or events.


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* Meaningful involvement in the research components of a CFN-funded project would include such activities such as data collection, data synthesis, report writing, etc., but would exclude tasks that are more related to administration and/or coordination (e.g. data entry, meeting scheduling, minute taking, completion and distribution of paperwork, etc.).