Membership Guidelines

ACHRI members can hold either full membership (which includes full new investigator status) or associate membership. Criteria and guidelines for each are outlined in the following sections.

Overview

Those interested in applying for membership with ACHRI or requesting a review of their current member status are required to complete the ACHRI membership application form and submit it along with their most recent CV to ACHRI, as indicated on the application form. If requesting a review of your current member status, please provide a short explanation as to why you seek to change your member status.

Applications requesting a dual membership (i.e., those seeking full membership in ACHRI, while holding a full member status in another Institute in the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM)) will be reviewed in accordance with the CSM Policy on Dual Institute Membership. Approvals from the appropriate department head and director of the other Institute must be provided as part of the application for ACHRI membership.

All membership applications (new applications and change of status requests) undergo a review by the ACHRI Executive Leadership and ACHRI Theme Leaders. Review outcomes are communicated directly to the applicant.

All full ACHRI members undergo an annual review in order to maintain their membership status. This includes: number of publications; external/competitive funding; training and/or supervisory activities; and research impact beyond academia. The review will be conducted by the institute, and the decision regarding the membership status will be made in consultation with the appropriate department head. Full members whose research productivity does not meet required performance guidelines will be contacted.

Changes to member status from associate to full are initiated by members by submitting a new application form and supporting documents.

Departing members (full and associate) are requested to notify ACHRI of their pending departure in writing 30 days prior to the expected departure date. All departing ACHRI members will be removed from the active members list, and placed into the “past members” category.

While decisions regarding appropriate membership status will be made in accordance with the guidelines outlined in this document, ACHRI reserves the right to assess each membership application on a case-by-case basis to help guide the decision.

Membership Categories and Applicable Guidelines

  1. Eligibility

    • Hold an MD, PhD or equivalent 
    • Hold an academic appointment at the University of Calgary (assistant, associate or full professor), or a clinical research appointment at Alberta Health Services 
    • Conduct basic, clinical, population or health services research relevant to child health with consistent research productivity (i.e., publications and peer-reviewed grant support)
  2. Responsibilities and Expectations

    • As a member of a relevant ACHRI theme, conduct research (basic, clinical, population or health services) that falls within the mandate of ACHRI and the priorities of the relevant theme 
    • Maintain operational grant support at the provincial or federal level 
    • Publish at least two publications per year on a rolling three-year average in peer reviewed academic journals
    • Supervise trainees in various categories (e.g., undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows)
    • Participate in ACHRI research and educational committees and working groups
    • Participate in ACHRI’s college of reviewers for internal peer review of funding applications for academics and trainees
    • Provide an updated CV, current list of trainees and support staff, and information on research impact beyond academia, as part of the annual membership review
    • Acknowledge ACHRI affiliation and support on any published articles, abstracts or presentation materials (ACHRI logo should be displayed as appropriate)
    • Work with the ACHRI communications team on developing media availabilities, addressing media requests, and facilitating communication of research progress and outcomes to internal and external audiences, as appropriate
  3. Benefits

    • Access to ACHRI-funded core facilities and service platforms, resources and support services
    • Access to competitive matching and bridge funding, program development awards, and trainee funding
    • Receive regular updates from ACHRI regarding funding opportunities, research-related activities and opportunities, events, workshops and other relevant information
    • Invitations to ACHRI events, symposia, and member meetings
    • Research and office space may be requested by full members. Decisions regarding allocation of ACHRI space will be based on UCalgary and Cumming School of Medicine policies, availability, ACHRI’s strategic priorities and investigator research productivity, such as current external grant support.
  1. Eligibility

    • Hold an MD, PhD or equivalent
    • Early in their research career (e.g., have recently completed postdoctoral training; have recently been granted protected research time)
    • Hold an academic appointment at the University of Calgary (assistant, associate or full professor), or a clinical research appointment at Alberta Health Services
    • Conduct basic, clinical, population or health services research relevant to child health with consistent research productivity (i.e., publications and peer-reviewed grant support)
  2. Responsibilities and Expectations

    • The same responsibilities and expectations apply to new investigator members as to full members, with the following exception: New investigator members have five years to achieve their expected productivity as follows:
      • obtain and maintain operational grant support at the provincial or federal level;
      • publish at least 2 publications per year on a rolling three-year average in peer reviewed academic journals. 
    • New investigators undergo a membership/performance review two years after initial appointment of ACHRI membership and again five years after initial appointment of ACHRI membership.
  3. Benefits

    • The same benefits as for full Members apply to new investigator members.
  1. Eligibility

    • Demonstrated involvement in child health-related research
    • A member of UCalgary, AHS and/ or an organization relevant to child health
    • May hold an academic, clinical or adjunct role at the University of Calgary
    • May be privileged as a professional in an affiliated hospital
  2. Responsibilities and Expectations

    • Participate in child health research
    • Be involved in supervision of trainees (e.g., undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows)
    • Participate in ACHRI research and educational committees, and working groups
    • Participate in ACHRI’s college of reviewers for internal peer review of funding applications for academics and trainees
    • Publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals
    • Apply for external research grants
    • Changes to member status from associate to full are initiated by members by submitting a new application form and supporting documents.
  3. Benefits

    • Receive regular updates from ACHRI regarding funding opportunities, research-related activities and opportunities, events, workshops and other relevant information
    • Invitations to participate in ACHRI meetings, seminars, symposia and other events
    • Access to ACHRI platforms, resources and support services
    • Access to some competitive ACHRI research awards, such as ARC Research Award in Family Centered Care, Shaikh Family Research Award, and Allied Health Research Award
    • Access to some competitive trainee funding, such as ACHRI Trainee Small Research Grants and ACHRI Clinical Research Fellowship support.