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Canadian Paediatric Society

NRP Emerging Investigator Award

There is a need to enhance our knowledge of neonatal resuscitation, as well as the efficacy of different interventions, and the quality of resuscitation, thus improving the quality of the evidence which forms the basis of neonatal resuscitation guidelines and perhaps, patient outcomes. The enhancement of resuscitation practice is relevant to all health care professionals involved in the care of newborns and is an essential step forward towards improving patient outcomes.

The CPS Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Steering Committee recognizes the importance and value of research as a vehicle to guide practice and advocates for the initiation and development of a program of neonatal resuscitation research. In this light, the Canadian NRP Steering Committee has created the following awards:

The grants will be awarded based on merit.  These funds may be used to generate pilot data to allow the investigator to develop the basis for an application for independent research support through conventional granting mechanisms

Research priorities

The NRP Steering Committee is particularly interested in the following research priorities:

  • Post-resuscitation neonatal stabilization (The First Hour)
  • Quality assurance and neonatal resuscitation (e.g. team performance, medical error, consistency in care)
  • Resuscitation physiology (e.g. CPAP, novel techniques)
  • Resuscitation education (simulation and debriefing)

Submitted studies may include basic science, clinical, epidemiological or educational research pertaining to the broad area of neonatal resuscitation, however submissions in the research priorities areas are highly encouraged.


  • The primary investigator(s) is/are health care professional(s) (including allied health) from a Canadian or American institution.
  • Applicants can be any health professional providing neonatal-perinatal care, as long as they have completed their primary professional degree/diploma within the past five years.
  • Submissions including primary investigators from outside Canada or the US must demonstrate a substantive role of the Canadian or US investigator(s) in the research process.
  • Projects which are to be completed outside of Canada or the US must have approval from a Canadian or US Institutional Review Board (IRB).
  • All applications should be consistent with the vision of promoting resuscitation based neonatal research in Canada.
  • No investigator should hold AAP and CPS NRP Research Grant funds for the same project at any one given time.
  • All patient orientated research will require institutional research ethics board approval before funds will be released.
  • All funds will be disseminated through the primary investigator’s institution.

Budget guidelines

Requests can include costs for supplies, minor equipment, and salaries for support personnel. Funds are not to be used for faculty salaries (including the primary investigator’s) or indirect costs. Time and efforts of physician trainees or technical support can be included in the budget; however, the requested expense for their time must be clearly justified. Travel reimbursement is limited to local travel for research purposes and travel to locations with pertinent resources for the proposed study. Funding is for one year; however, a non-funded extension up to one year may be requested.

Additional guidelines


Must be submitted by December 15, and include:

Intents for Applications will be reviewed and selected applicants will be provided with a full application which must be submitted to the CPS by May 1.  Applicants will be informed of the final decision in August and funds will be distributed in September.

Past recipients


Dr. Brenda Law

Effect of Team Leadership on Visual Attention, Situational Awareness, and Effective Ventilation during Neonatal Resuscitation


Dr. Mary Angela Woodward

Understanding Paediatric Residents’ preparedness for independent Practice in Neonatal Resuscitation


Dr. Kaarthigeyan Kalaniti

Simulation-based Team-Leadership training for Neonatal Resuscitation: Is learning by Observation as effective as learning by Participation?

Dr. Deepak Manhas

Impact of simulation-based NRP team training with specialist consultation via a simulated Telehealth link on rural NRP Provider confidence, adherence to NRP protocols, NRP cognitive, technical and behavioural skills, and time to achieve critical performance factors


Dr. Natalie Chan

NRP Prompt: a mobile web app to improve quality of neonatal resuscitation.

Dr. Jessica Nicoll

Exhaled Carbon dioxide as an indicator of lung aeration in preterm infants immediately after birth.

Last updated: Jul 30 2018