The 3rd Annual Endocrine Awards

Supporting Innovation
in Education and Research

Diabetes Educator Award

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Call for Proposals

The Diabetes Educator Award was created to support initiatives in the following areas: development of self-management education/support tools or activities and research directly related to diabetes care.

This Award Program is open to healthcare professionals working within the scope of diabetes care across Canada including nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, exercise specialists, psychologists, chiropodists, podiatrists, social workers, etc.

The finalists will be required to present their research initiatives at the Endocrine Awards Dinner on December 12, 2016, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., in Toronto, Ontario.

This Award Program is particularly interested in research that has the potential to improve diabetes care and/or enhance self-management education and/or support patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Finalist Selection

The Planning and Evaluation Committee, comprising Lori Berard (chair), Gail MacNeill, Rick Siemens and Diana Sherifali, will review proposals and select the three most meritorious as finalists for the award.

The three finalists will be required to present their proposals at the Endocrine Awards Dinner held in Toronto, Ontario, on December 12, 2016. During a six-minute presentation, the finalists will present and discuss their proposals. Following their presentation, finalists will answer questions from the Planning and Evaluation Committee members, as well as from the audience. The awards will be given to the institution following the Awards Dinner.

The finalists are required to submit their study results and/or progress report to the program organizers, EOCI Pharmacomm, the following year. All selected finalists will be contacted via email during the day on Friday, November 25, 2016.

Awards - For Selected Finalists

  • First place: $10,000.00 (CAD)
  • Second place: $7,500.00 (CAD)
  • Third place: $5,000.00 (CAD)

All submissions must comply with the eligibility criteria and be made through the website

Eligibility Criteria for Applicants

Applicants must be members of the Professional Section of the Canadian Diabetes Association, (formerly Diabetes Educator Section), and in good standing for two years. The Award Program is open to healthcare professionals working within the scope of diabetes care in Canada. Applicants from a diabetes team will be considered; however, one representative from the team must be selected in advance in order to potentially present to the judging panel.

A maximum of one proposal can be submitted by each applicant. Also, all proposals must mention the funding applicants currently have or expect to have for their proposal.

Applicants must be available to travel to Toronto to present their proposal to the judging panel on December 12, 2016. Travel arrangements will be made and paid for all finalists (economy-class return flight and ground transportation, along with one night accommodation).

Eligibility Criteria for the Proposal

Applicants are requested to submit a proposal of three 8 1/2" x 11" pages or less. One of these three pages must be a brief curriculum vitae of the applicant. Note: Any proposals over the three-page limit will not be reviewed by the judging panel.

Proposals must adhere to the following:

  1. Project purpose/objectives
  2. Target population
  3. Description of the type of initiative to be supported
  4. Timeline for completion
  5. Questions, methodology and outcomes
  6. Potential barriers and challenges, and proposed solutions
  7. Anticipated results, impact and future implementation
  8. Name of potential mentor, collaborator(s), supervisor or team (if applicable)
  9. Disclosure of any applications for other grants for the submitted proposal
  10. Proposals must be submitted in PDF format, in Times New Roman 11-point font.
  11. Please note that all proposals and presentations must be in English.
  12. There must be only one submission per applicant.
  13. All proposals must be made online at by Friday, November 18, at 5:00 p.m. EST.
  14. Visit for more details, and to submit your research proposal.

Proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria:


  • Clear purpose, objectives
  • Knowledge of topic
  • Integration of evidence to support the need for the project

Clinical Applicability

  • Potential to improve diabetes care and/or enhance self management education/support
  • Anticipated results, impact and future implementation


  • Description of the initiative
  • Originality or ingenuity of the innovation


  • Scope if flexible and realistic
  • Potential barriers and/or challenges
  • Plausible timeline (two years)

Important Information for Proposal Submission

Funding for these awards has been provided by AstraZeneca Canada Inc.

  1. The competition is open only to diabetes educators working full-time in Canada (citizens, permanent residents and others with a valid Canadian work permit).
  2. Award funds are intended solely for research, the development of tools, and patient care and education projects for diabetes educators working within the scope of diabetes care.
  3. The award funds will be administered by the Endocrinology and Metabolism Division of the winners’ affiliated university/institution or an equivalent administrative department.
  4. Research and patient care and education projects should be completed within two years of the funds being awarded, except in extenuating circumstances. Extenuating circumstances are circumstances relating to your health and/or personal life which are of a sufficiently serious nature to result in your being unable to complete or submit the project on time.
  5. Award funds range from $5,000 to $10,000 for the research projects. The scope of the projects will have to be flexible to accommodate this large budget range. The funds awarded may be used as a standalone, or may be further leveraged by applying for funding from another source, or by using existing funds (e.g. new investigator funds).
  6. Mentor name, affiliation and qualifications must be provided at the time of submission.
  7. To receive the award, successful finalists are required to present and discuss their proposals at the Endocrine Awards Dinner, and to respond to questions from members of the Planning and Evaluation Committee, as well as from the audience.
  8. All selected finalists will be contacted via email on Friday, November 25, 2016, by program organizers. The ranking (first, second and third places) will be announced at the end of the event.
  9. The finalists must submit a photo and brief résumé to be published on the program’s website at