NSERC CREATE Training Program

in Bone and Joint Health Technologies

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Awards and Selection Working Group

This document highlights the strategy that the NSERC CREATE Training Program in Bone and Joint Health Technologies developed and used in the recruitment of trainees. Table 1 lists the recruitment targets that were proposed and The Awards and Selection Working Group leads recruitment and selection process within the program.


  1. Manage recruitment policies as directed by Program Committee
  2. Select students for the program
  3. Coordinate the HMRC-CREATE program with degree programs of home departments
  4. Coordinate academic aspects of student exchange
  5. Select projects and teams for the Integrated Research Team (IRT) experience


Selection Process

A student first applies to an accredited program in a home department and also indicates an interest in the HMRC-CREATE program, as shown in Figure 1.  A selection is made (possibly with a conditional acceptance) using the usual procedures of the home department.    A student is then recommended to apply for the HMRC-CREATE program.  The faculty member completes a Notice of Interest (NOI) form that identifies the project area and expected membership of the Integrated Research Team.  This also serves as a letter of recommendation for the candidate.  At the same time, the student completes a separate Trainees Statement and provides a transcript, CV, and cover letter.    These are reviewed by the Awards and Selection working group and students are selected according to the selection guidelines.

Figure 1: Recruitment and Selection Process












Selection Guidelines:

Selection guidelines were developed to meet the training and research goals of the Program.  As such, specific characteristics of an IRT are required as well as a demonstration of interest in and capacity for developing translational research skills by the trainee.    These address a number of dimensions identified by the Awards and Selection Working Group.


  1. Research Project: 
    1. The project is well defined within the three research themes. 
    2. The project is likely to move the program toward the vision of improved bone and joint health technologies. 
    3. There is a balance of projects across the research themes.
  2. Timeline: 
    1. The student is at a stage of their training that logically fits with the HMRC-CREATE program.
  3. Team Structure:  
    1. The proposed IRT is well defined and the roles and potential contributions of team members are evident. 
    2. There is a balance of IRTs across participating faculty members in the HMRC-CREATE program.
  4. Level of commitment from senior researchers.
    1.  Willingness to engage in the meetings, mentoring, and other activities designed for HMRC-CREATE Trainees.
    2. Evidence of Clinical Advisor engagement with project.
    3. Funding evident to support direct costs of the project.
  5. Student's suitability for HMRC-CREATE:
    1. Evidence of interest and activity beyond pure academics.
    2. Understanding of team structure and processes.
    3. Creative problem solving skills.
    4. Career interest in translational research activities.


Selection Criteria:

Specific selection criteria have been developed to work within these guidelines and are reflected in the current assessment rubric.  All applicants are assessed on these criteria by individual Working Group members prior to a selection meeting and these initial ratings used as a basis for the final selection of trainees.