About the Kaye Competition

The Kaye Competition is a partnership between the University of Alberta Hospital (UAH), Kaye Edmonton Clinic (KEC) and the University Hospital Foundation (UHF), made possible through a $30 million transformational donation from Mr. Donald Kaye to UHF in 2012. This gift is one of the largest donations in the history of Canadian healthcare philanthropy.

Competition Criteria

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The Kaye Competition supports individuals or collaborative, interdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary teams in the pursuit of research, innovation, and quality improvement programs and projects that will establish new approaches to patient care.

Applicants may include physicians, nurses, and allied health staff of the University of Alberta Hospital (UAH) or Kaye Edmonton Clinic (KEC), students or researchers in health disciplines from another faculty through joint application with an affiliate of the UAH or KEC. The research or quality improvement program or project must be conducted at the UAH/KEC or directly impact the care of patients at these sites.

Application and Review Process

Step 1

Review guidelines to ensure you meet the funding criteria

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Step 2

Apply and submit your Letter of Intent (LOI) – Deadline now closed

Step 3

Steering and Review Committees review and evaluate applications

Step 4

Successful applicants invited to submit Full Proposals in February 2020

Step 5

Competition winners will be notified in late 2020

Current Competitions

Submissions for LOIs for funding through the Kaye Competition are now closed for 2020.

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Total Funds Awarded

$1.74 million

2018 Award Recipients

In June 2019, the University Hospital Foundation awarded an impressive total distribution of $1.67 million to 11 projects through the Kaye Competition.

Congrations to our 2018 Award Recipients

Dr. Christopher Power, Dr. Carmen Charlton, and Dr. Frank van

Human pegivirus-associated neurological diseases – Neurology[EB1]

Dr. Mohammed Osman and Dr. Jan Willem Cohen Tervaert

Systemic sclerosis and associated pulmonary arterial hypertension - Pulmonary/Rheumatology

Dr. Iyare Izevbaye and Dr. Remegio Maglantay

Molecular classification of thyroid nodules – Cancer

Dr. Tejas Sankar and Dr. Francois Roy

Biomarkers in Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease – Neurology

Dr. Albert Tsui and Dr. Brain Rowe

Evaluation of an accelerated diagnostic chest pain protocol in Emergency Department – Emergency

Dr. Benjamin Adam and Michael Mengel

Characterization of rejection in lung transplant biopsies – Pulmonary

Dr. Michael Chu, Dr. Irwindeep Sandhu, and Dr. Gregory Korbutt

Multidisciplinary Alberta cellular and immunotherapy program – Cancer

Dr. Ming Chan, Dr. Jaret Olson, and Dr. Douglas Zochodne

Enhance functional outcomes in patients with severe carpal tunnel syndrome – Neurology

Dr. Soroush Shojai, Dr. Scott Klarenbach, and Paris Davoodi, NP

Multidisciplinary support to access living donor kidney transplant - Living Donor Kidney Transplantation

Dr. Wasif Hussain and Dr. Brain Rowe

Development of multidisciplinary concussion clinic – Neurology

Dr. Sandy Widder and Dr. Ni Lam

Geriatric recovery and enhancement alliance in Trauma multidisciplinary quality improvement initiative - Geriatrics/Trauma

Predicting the Unpredictable

Dr. John Lewis, who won a University Hospital Foundation Kaye Competition Award in 2017, credits the funding he received with advancing his now attention-grabbing research in prostate cancer to a new level. Dr. Lewis has joined the fight against COVID-19 by using his ClarityDX technology to rapidly and accurately predict which COVID-19 patients are at risk for developing severe disease.

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