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External Grant Opportunities

  • All Island Health employees or affiliates who plan to submit an external grant application must complete a Notice of Intent to Apply.

December 2017 Deadlines

Canadian Cancer Society Innovation Grants
Abstract registration deadline: December 15, 2017
Full application deadline: March 29, 2018

These grants have been created to support unconventional (“high risk/high reward”) concepts, approaches or methodologies to address problems in cancer research. Budgets awarded may be up to $100,000 per year and a maximum of $200,000 per grant. It is anticipated that up to 30 grants will be awarded in this competition.

Please note the following:

  • The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased to announce a partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute for Cancer Research to jointly fund Innovation Grants.
  • A special call for breast cancer research is included in this competition as a result of the merger of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation with CCS.
  • There is funding available for a meritorious application focused on uterine cancer as a result of a generous donation.

January 2018 Deadlines

Trailblazer Awards for Excellence in Population and Public Health Research
Deadline for Nominations: January 2, 2018

The CIHR-IPPH Trailblazer Award in Population and Public Health Research is a career achievement award that recognizes exceptional contributions in the area of population and public health research.

Applicants must have made substantial impacts on the field of population and public health and its use in policy and/or practice in Canada and/or internationally. One $12,500 award will be given to an exceptional researcher in each of the early, mid and senior career categories (see here for career stage definitions), to recognize their contributions to the field.

The Nominated Principal Applicant must be:

  • An independent researcher
  • Be affiliated with an eligible institution (See Institutional Eligibility Requirements for eligibility process and associated timelines)
  • Hold their primary academic appointment at a Canadian institution

Canadian Cancer Society Travel Awards
Full Application Deadline: January 15, 2018

These awards are intended to defray the travel costs associated with making a scientific presentation as a first author or presenter at a conference, symposium or other appropriate professional meeting. PhD or MD/PhD students, and post-doctoral/medical/clinical fellows are eligible to apply.

It is anticipated that up to 10 Travel Awards will be awarded in each competition (30 awards per year).

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada: Privacy Enhancing Technologies
Full Application Deadline: January 16, 2018

The Office is inviting research and knowledge translation applications that advance its strategic privacy priorities. The Office is interested in funding innovative initiatives that seek to better understand and address issues related to our priorities.

In addition, the OPC is particularly interested in funding research or knowledge translation projects that aim to promote the development and adoption of Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs). These technologies allow online users to protect their private information by letting them decide what data they are willing to share with third parties and under which circumstances.

  1. A maximum of $450,000 is being made available to applicants under the present call;
  2. The maximum amount that may be allocated to a single project and any single recipient organization is $100,000;
  3. At least $50,000 will be set aside for the 2018 Pathways to Privacy call for proposals. (Note: This call will be issued in the spring/summer of 2018 and does not form part of the current call for proposals.)

CIFAR Global Call for Ideas 
Letter of Intent Deadline: January 21, 2018

CIFAR is pleased to announce a second Global Call for Ideas, inviting research leaders from around the world to identify important global research challenges that would benefit from CIFAR’s approach to sustained research interactions that include diverse perspectives.

Submissions must address global, complex questions and identify an interdisciplinary research approach. Proposals will be accepted from all areas of research.

Stage I requires a Letter of Intent (LOI) from researchers who would be key members of the program. This submission should identify the core elements of the research idea and the range of possible research questions for consideration. CIFAR will shortlist LOIs based on the recommendations from the International Review Body and CIFAR’s Research Council.

Timeline:

  • Announcement of short-listed proposals: Spring 2018
  • Final proposal deadline: Fall 2018
  • Announcement of competition results: Spring 2019

CIHR Sex- and Gender-Based Analysis Health Policy-Research Partnerships
Full Application Deadline: January 23, 2018

The overall goals for this funding opportunity are to:

  • Catalyze the transfer of health research knowledge in the area of sex- and gender-based analysis into health policy development and practice.
  • Foster capacity development and the creation of best practices to support the sustainable application of evidence-based sex- and gender-based analysis to health policies and programs.
  • Support the scientifically rigorous evaluation of outcomes related to the integration of sex- and gender-based analysis into health policies and programs.

This funding opportunity will support projects relevant to the following research areas:

  • Involving First Nations fathers/men in healthy child development Government of Canada initiatives
  • Applying SGBA+ to investigate consumer perceptions of health product labelling

Funds Available

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $300,000, enough to fund 2 grants.
  • The maximum amount per grant is $75,000 per year for up to two years for a total of $150,000, per grant.
  • Of the $300,000, one grant is available for each research area mentioned below:
    • Involving First Nations fathers/men in healthy child development of the Government of Canada initiatives
    • Applying SGBA+ to investigate consumer perceptions of health product labelling

February 2018 Deadlines

Parkinson Canada Research Programs
Application Deadline: February 1, 2018 (5:00 pm EDT)

The Parkinson Canada Research Program funds research into the cure, cause, progression, improved treatment and/or understanding of Parkinson's disease, related disorders including Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), other Parkinson's conditions and the impact these diseases have on society.

Current Opportunities:

  • Pilot Project Grants (Includes Targeted Competition: Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) 1 Pilot Project Grant) - 1 year at $50,000
  • New Investigator Award Program - 2 years at $45,000/year
  • Basic Research Fellowship - 2 years at $40-50,000/year
  • Clinical Movement Disorders Fellowship - 1 year at $50,000
  • Clinical Research Fellowship - 2 years at $50,000/year
  • Graduate Studentship Award - 2 years at $20,000/year (including $5000 for supervisor)

KRESCENT/CIHR New Investigator Award (Kidney Research)
Application Deadline: February 1, 2018

This funding opportunity is focused on supporting new investigator salary awards.

  • New Investigator Award: $70,000 per annum for Medical Doctors and $65,000 for PhD trained applicants for up to 3 years.
  • Funding for New Investigators includes an additional $25,000 per award for infrastructure support (provided by KFOC and paid in 2018-19 and 2019-20).

Awards are valued in Canadian dollars and are taxable. Applicants are required to secure 50% of the award from their respective host institution and 50% will be contributed by the KRESCENT Program.

KRESCENT/CIHR Post-Doctoral Fellowship (Kidney Research)
Application Deadline: February 1, 2018

This funding opportunity is focused on supporting Post-Doctoral Fellowship awards.

  • Trainee stipend: $65,000 per annum for Medical Doctors and $55,000 for PhD trained applicants for up to 3 years.

Awards are valued in Canadian dollars and are taxable. Applicants are required to secure 50% of the award from their respective host institution and 50% will be contributed by the KRESCENT Program.

CIHR Project Grant Competition Spring 2018
Registration Deadline: February 6, 2018
Full Application Deadline: March 6, 2018

The Project Grant program is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential for important advances in fundamental or applied health-related knowledge, the health care system, and/or health outcomes, by supporting projects with a specific purpose and a defined endpoint. The best ideas may stem from new, incremental, innovative, and/or high-risk lines of inquiry or knowledge translation approaches.

The Project Grant program is expected to:

  • Support a diverse portfolio of health-related research and knowledge translation projects at any stage, from discovery to application, including commercialization;
  • Promote relevant collaborations across disciplines, professions, and sectors;
  • Contribute to the creation and use of health-related knowledge

Funding:

  • The Project Grant competition will also have a specific funding envelope to support Early career investigators.
  • The number of grants funded will depend on the requested budgets and peer review recommendations. 
  • Project grant funding levels are proportionate to the requirements of the research proposed, which is expected to vary by research field, research approach, and scope of project activities.

CIHR  Canadian Microbiome Initiative 2: Research Core
Letter of Intent Deadline: February 13, 2018
Full Application Deadline: August 21, 2018

The overall goal of the Canadian Microbiome Initiative 2 is to enable the development of effective preventative and therapeutic interventions through a deeper understanding of the role of microbiome in human health. The objective of this funding opportunity is to develop a sustainable pan-Canadian Research Core that will:

  • Support the sharing of cohort data, samples and bacterial strains to improve accessibility for Canadian researchers;
  • Harmonize and optimize microbiome research protocols (11), including sample collection and processing in order to facilitate research reproducibility;
  • Ensure that sex as a biological variable and gender as a social determinant of health are appropriately integrated into the data platform, research protocols and other core activities to expand the evidence base and research capacity in the field;
  • Develop linkages among the Canadian research teams and linkages with international partners and stakeholders (e.g., the Joint Programme Initiative, Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (JPI HDHL) Intestinal Microbiomics Initiative) in order to facilitate collaboration;
  • Coordinate and facilitate multi-disciplinary training and mentoring to contribute to the development of the next generation of researchers; and
  • Facilitate knowledge translation of Canadian microbiome research.

Funding:

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $2,125,000.
  • Developmental grants of up to $25,000 per grant will be offered to successful applications at the Letter of Intent (LOI) stage. The total amount available at the LOI stage is $125,000, enough to fund approximately 5 LOIs. Part of this budget must be used to cover expenses for up to 4 team members to participate in the Research Core Strengthening Workshop to be held in June or July 2018 (more information will follow).
  • At the full application stage, the maximum amount per grant is $400,000 per year for up to 5 years for a total of $2,000,000, enough to fund one grant.

Eligibility:

  • The Research Core must be national in scope with multiple research institutions participating and representing at least three Canadian regions.

March 2018 Deadlines

Craig H Neilsen Foundation – Psychosocial Research on Spinal Cord Injury
Letter of Intent Deadline: March 30, 2018
Full Application Deadline: July 2, 2018

The Psychosocial Research (PSR) portfolio supports research that addresses the interrelation of behavior, social, psychological and other quality of life factors that will benefit people living with spinal cord injury. The goal of the portfolio is to develop sound data to inform and disseminate best practices that produce better outcomes, including quality of life, for people living with spinal cord injury and their loved ones. Areas of interest include: aging, caregiving, employment, health behaviors and fitness, independent living, self-management and technology access.

Awards are available in three categories:

  1. Two-year Postdoctoral Fellowships;
  2. Two-year Pilot Grants; and
  3. Three-year Studies and Demonstration Projects.