To obtain funding for summer research from the foundation a student must apply through the medical school research office.
The Mach-Gaensslen Foundation of Canada currently provides grants to students at 12 Canadian medical schools. These grants enable the recipients to conduct medical research during the summer in psychiatry, oncology, and cardiology — the three areas of medicine that the foundation’s charter permits.
Student research grants are made on certain conditions. As a long-term objective, the Mach-Gaensslen Foundation of Canada is interested in knowing whether involvement in summer research while a medical student will influence career choice or lead to research later in a student’s professional life. Therefore, to receive funding, students must agree to participate in a prospective study for the balance of their careers. For this purpose, grant recipients must allow and instruct the university to provide future contact information (including email address) to the foundation for the purpose of obtaining information about ongoing professional research activities. Each grant recipient is requested to provide his or her current email address on the agreement.
Participation is not arduous. It simply requires completion of a pair of initial questionnaires (at the start and end of their summer student research term), a short evaluation questionnaire after completion of the summer term, and a follow-up short questionnaire every 5 years.
The university’s role is to select the students for the grants, advise them of the foundation’s terms, approve the students’ research, and submit the required forms to the foundation. Once the foundation receives the pre-research forms, it will forward funds to the university to pay the researchers during the summer. At the end of the summer research, the results are to be submitted to the foundation. The foundation does not require that research necessarily be conducted at the student’s medical school; however, the research must be approved by a member of the faculty of the student’s medical school.
October 30 is the deadline for submission of the questionnaires, abstract, and research report to the Foundation using the designated forms.