Investigator-Initiated Studies Program (IISP)
Notice: Faculty members who are planning to apply for funding are encouraged to login to the My Research Application (MRA) on-line system well in advance of the submission deadline to ensure that there are no problems with your login credentials. The system utilizes your UTORid credentials. The information in the on-line form will be automatically routed to the appropriate internal approvers for review and endorsement. If you encounter problems, please consult the My Research - Application User Guide for additional information or contact the RAISE help desk (416-946-5000, RAISE@utoronto.ca).
The mission of the Investigator-Initiated Studies Program (IISP) is to advance the delivery of quality healthcare by supporting investigator-initiated original research that will enhance the understanding of disease entities and their treatment. This program is open to all academic and community-based physicians and researchers worldwide who are interested in conducting their own research. The Merck IIS Program consists of Committees of medical and scientific staff from different therapeutic areas who meet regularly to review investigator-initiated study proposals. Grants are awarded based on the scientific merit of the proposal. Information related to areas of interest, requirements for submitting a brief summary (Letter of Intent) or full proposal, the grant submission process and contact information can be found by clicking on the appropriate link for your area of interest at https://www.merckiisp.com/default.aspx. The current IISP areas supported are:
Atherosclerosis / Thrombosis
Diabetes / Osteoporosis/Musculoskeletal Health
Bacterial Infections / Fungal Infections / Hepatitis C / HIV
Insomnia / Parkinson’s Disease
Contraception / Fertility
HPV / Measles, Mumps, Rubella & Varicella / Pneumococcus / Public Health & General Vaccinology / Rotavirus / Herpes Zoster / Haemophilus influenza Type B, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B
More information: http://engagezone.merck.com/misp.html
Budget on indirect costs according to the policies of the University of Toronto should be included in the proposal. https://www.merckiisp.com/default.aspx
Additional Deadline Notes
Most of the Committees meet once a month (check https://www.merckiisp.com/default.aspx for the meeting schedules). Proposals need to be submitted at least a week prior to the meeting date in order to be included on the agenda.
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