Travel award – Joint meeting of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences and the International Society of Gender Medicine 2019

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The Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) is an international society composed of basic and clinical scientists of diverse backgrounds who aim to advance science from a sex and gender perspective.

The International Society of Gender Medicine (IGM) encourages and facilitates interdisciplinary research on sex and gender in basic and clinical frameworks. The IGM aims to establish and develop gender medicine in an international context by promoting sex- and gender-specific research in basic sciences, clinical medicine and public health.

IGH will provide travel awards for graduate and postdoctoral trainees to attend the second joint meeting of the OSSD and the IGM from May 5-8, 2019 in Washington DC, USA.

Funds Available

The total funds available for this funding opportunity is $100,000, enough to fund at least 25 travel awards valued at up to $4000 each.


  • To promote cutting edge Canadian-based research that integrates sex as a biological variable and gender as a socio-cultural determinant of health at an international level;
  • To provide Canadian-based trainees with the opportunity to network with internationally-recognized sex and gender science leaders; and
  • To provide Canadian-based trainees an opportunity to learn about recent innovations and cutting edge health research methods in sex and gender science.


For an application to be eligible:

  • The nominated principle applicant must be registered in a master’s or doctoral program OR be at the post-doctoral or post–health professional degree stage (graduate, post-doctoral fellow, resident);
  • The Nominated Principal Applicant must be the first author on the abstract. Note that IGH Travel Awardee abstracts will be automatically accepted for presentation at the 2019 OSSD annual meeting;
  • The nominated principle applicant must submit a certificate of completion for one of the online training modules developed by IGH. Applicants may complete whichever of the three modules is most relevant to them;
  • At the time of application the nominated principle applicant must provide proof that they are registered at an eligible Canadian institution;
  • The nominated principle applicant’s primary supervisor must provide a letter of support that explicitly states their support for the applicant’s travel to the 2019 OSSD/IGM meeting in Washington; and
  • The nominated principle applicant must be either:
    1. A Canadians currently registered at an eligible Canadian institution; or
    2. A non-Canadian doing research within an eligible Canadian institution.

Specific Eligibility

  • The findings presented in the abstract must consider sex as a biological variable and/or gender as a socio-cultural determinant of health.


General CIHR Policies

Successful applicants funded through this funding opportunity and any other persons working on the project must fully comply with the applicable CIHR Funding Policies.

Allowable Costs

The following expenses will be considered eligible for funding received through this funding opportunity:

  • Travel and accommodation for participant (travel will be by the lowest economy fare);
  • OSSD 2019 conference registration fees; and
  • Per diem for meals on travel days and meals not included in registration fees during the conference (applicants must use their home institution’s per diem rates).

The following expenses are not eligible for support through this Funding Opportunity:

  • Passport expenses
  • Travel companion
  • Expenses such as incidentals, room service or internet charges

If a recipient of the travel award wishes to prolong his/her stay beyond the event dates specified above, it would be at his/her own expense.

Applicants should review the Use of Grant Funds section of the Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) Financial Administration Guide for a complete listing and description of allowable costs and activities.

Review Process and Evaluation

Relevance Review Process

The CIHR Institute of Gender and Health will perform relevance reviews to identify applications that are in alignment with the objectives of this competition. For the purposes of this travel award, applications deemed relevant will be those that include a substantive focus on sex and/or gender. “Substantive” means that sex and/or gender are an integral aspect of the applicant’s research question(s) and research design.

In determining whether a proposal focuses on sex and/or gender the following questions will be considered:

  1. Does the research focus on groups or populations with an explicit emphasis on how sex and/or gender affect the outcomes of interest?
    1. In studies that focus on women/females or men/males, does the proposed research provide an explicit rationale for this approach?
  2. Does the research include an explanation of how sex and/or gender are being conceptualized and applied to the study?

For further guidance on incorporating gender and sex into health research, applicants are encouraged to consult Sex and Gender in Health Research Guide: A Tool for CIHR Applicants.

Note: Studying topics such as breast or prostate cancer, reproductive health, maternal health or endocrinology is not a sufficient condition for relevance.

Applications that are not deemed to be relevant to this competition will be withdrawn from the competition. There is no formal appeal process for relevance decisions.

Applicants unsure about whether their applications are relevant are encouraged to contact Sherri Lee Jones at prior to submitting their applications.

Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated and ranked according to the following criteria:

  • Quality of the application:
    • The project and analyses consider sex as a biological variable and/or gender as a socio-cultural determinant of health.
    • Innovation and contribution to the field of research.
    • Potential benefit to the health of Canadians.
  • Established productivity and leadership of the applicant (derived from CV) in their field of study, compared to applicants at an equivalent level of study.

Once submissions have been scored and ranked IGH will fund relevant and highly-ranked proposals (in rank order), until available funds are exhausted.

Note:The number of graduate and postdoctoral awards will be proportional to the number of applicants within each training level.

Conditions of funding and special requirements

  • Must comply with CIHR Funding Policies;
  • The applicant must consent to the use and disclosure of full application and nominative information for relevance review and funding decisions at the time of application;
  • In the event that the Notice of Decision is delayed and that the conference the applicant plans on attending takes place prior to the release of funding, the applicant will be required to pay for their own travel costs without guarantee of receiving an award;
  • Applicant cannot change or substitute the conference described in this application. Funds cannot be used to present at another conference;
  • The travel award is only applicable to the OSSD/IGM 2019 meeting. Should the awardee be unable to attend the OSSD/IGM 2019 meeting, the funds will be withdrawn or will need to be reimbursed;
  • Successful applicants may be profiled in CIHR communications, on the IGH website (and that of OSSD and/or IGM) and may have to, if asked, submit a photo and/or short bio to be used in CIHR and Institute related communications (e.g., newsletters); and
  • Participants must report back on their participation at the OSSD by providing a short report (max one page) to IGH ( by July 31, 2019 at 5:00PM.

How to Apply

  • Send a copy of the abstract that will be submitted to OSSD 2019. Only one application is permitted per applicant;
  • Abstracts must adhere to the following format requested by OSSD:
    • Margins: 1 inch
    • Font (all text): Arial 11 point
    • Title: Use sentence case and bold face.
    • Author List: List all contributing authors (with degree), with the presenting author’s name in Bold
    • Author Affiliations: Use numerical designations for multiple affiliations as superscripts to the authors’ names in the author list.
    • Abstract: Provide a brief background, clearly state the hypothesis, briefly describe the experimental methods and results, and provide general conclusions. The length should be no longer than 2000 characters (with spaces).
    • Funding: Provide the funding source for the study
    • Contact Information: Provide the street address, telephone number, and email address for the contact person of the study
  • Include a detailed description of hypotheses, statistical analyses and results of the sex and gender-based analysis (SGBA) component of the abstract findings, and a description of the potential benefit to the health of Canadians. (Applicants can submit a single additional page, to complement the abstract)
  • Include a Certificate of Completion for the sex- and gender-based analysis training module for the nominated principle applicant:
    • After completing the appropriate training module that applies to the research project, you will receive a Certificate of Completion in PDF form. The training module should take approximately 40 minutes to complete.
  • Letter signed on institutional letterhead from the applicant’s primary supervisor that explicitly states 1) consent for submission of the Travel Award application and 2) that they agree the applicant may travel to and present their findings at OSSD 2019 in Washington;
  • Budget justification: Appropriate justification of budget and financial need.
  • Applicant’s CV (maximum 5 pages): include educational institutions and degrees earned, full publication list, abstract and conference presentations, awards and recognitions. Applicants can include any additional information they deem relevant to show their leadership in the field of sex/gender;
  • Complete the Applicant Consent Form;
  • Complete the Application Form;
  • The documents should be compiled into a single PDF document and saved using this naming convention (LastNameFirstName_OSSD2019TravelApplication.pdf) and sent to no later than January 14, 2019 at 11:59PM.
  • Use the Application Form Checklist to ensure you have submitted all the correct documents.

Application Form Checklist

Please email your application in a single document saved in PDF format, including

  • Completed Application Form, signed and dated;
  • Supplemental information (max 1 page);
  • Curriculum vitae (max 5 pages);
  • Electronic copy of your letter of support from your research supervisor, signed on institutional letterhead;
  • Signed and dated Applicant Consent Form;
  • Certificate of completion for the sex- and gender-based analysis online training module;
  • All documents are compiled into a single PDF and saved in the following format: LastNameFirstName_OSSD2019_TravelApplication.pdf; and
  • The full application must be sent via email to by 11:59PM on the date the application is due as indicated on the request for application.
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