Trainee Policy Research Scholarship

The CHFS Trainee Research Policy Scholarship is a bi-annual grant that provides funding to trainees to support heightened heart failure advocacy in Canada.

With mentorship from the CHFS Executive and Research Committee, the successful applicants will develop policy papers addressing unique aspects of heart failure advocacy with the ultimate goal of having their work published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.  


Successful applicants must be enrolled in a Canadian undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate training program at the time of application and be members of the CHFS.

Application Process

Interested trainees shall submit their CV and a one-page cover letter highlighting their interest in policy development and/or heart failure advocacy.  A letter of reference from a CHFS or Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) member in support of the application is highly suggested.  

A call for applications will go out to all CHFS and CCS trainee members in early January with a closing date of March 31st. 

The submission process for 2018 is now closed. The next application cycle is 2020. 

Review Panel

The CHFS Research Committee Chair will select a small review panel (3-5 members) to review the submissions. Review panel members shall be members of the CHFS Board or CHFS Research Committee.

All candidates (successful and unsuccessful) will be notified by April 30th.


The successful applicants will each receive a total of $5,000 to enable the development of heart failure policy including support for data analysis and fund travel to the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC) to present their work which will be highlighted at the CHFS Annual General Meeting.  Trainees will be encouraged to submit their work to CCC as well.

Funding breakdown:

  • Each recipient will receive a $4,000 scholarship from the CHFS (50% upfront and 50% on completion of work). These funds must be used to support attendance at CCC.
  • Each recipient will receive a budget of $1,000 for data/analytics - additional funding may be available on request. A project plan and a plan for the data/analytics must be submitted in order to receive these funds.


Once the CHFS Trainee Research Scholarship recipients have been identified and notified, the following next steps will be completed by the recipient:

  1. Identify a local mentor (ideally a CHFS member) to develop and flush out the details of the proposed project and identify what additional data sets and enablers are necessary to complete this work.  At that point, a teleconference will be arranged with the CHFS Research Committee to ensure that the policy initiative aligns with the CHFS’ work and to identify how CHFS can help with data acquisition and/or analytics.
  2. Set a timeline for completion of this work, with milestones (based on the available information), and with the understanding that this may change if you experience hurdles.  

The CHFS Research Committee shall receive quarterly progress reports on their work and encourage recipients to be proactive in reaching out to the CHFS in the event that they experience obstacles - CHFS may be able to help navigate these to avoid delay.

The expectation is that this work will be completed in 1 year and ideally by April the following year to ensure eligibility for presentation at CCC. Work will be presented at the CHFS AGM at CCC. 


Trainee Policy Research Scholarship Recipients


Jacinthe Leclerc, RN, PhD 
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Nursing Department
Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill University/Institut national de santé publique du Québec

Hamed Nazzari MD, PhD, FRCPC 
PGY-5 Resident
University of British Columbia

Maxime Tremblay-Gravel, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Clinical Fellow in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
Stanford University, CA