External Funding

Opportunities to fund research innovations, programs, personnel, infrastructure and equipment are available through Federal, Provincial and Agency funding opportunities. For internal opportunities visit Internal Funding.

Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR)

Deadline: June 16, 2017 – Registration

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) has established the Cancer Therapeutics Innovation Pipeline (CTIP) strategic initiative that aims to support the translation of Ontario discoveries into therapeutic assets with the potential of improving the lives of cancer patients.  To stimulate collaborative research with the Ontario cancer research community in the area of cancer therapeutic discovery, OICR is launching the new CTIP funding opportunity for early stage drug discovery.

Funding Available

Funding will be available to support projects in two stages of preclinical drug discovery:

Accelerator Projects

  1. Early Acceleratory Projects – up to $100,000/ 1-year term
  2. Late Accelerator Projects – up to $1250,000/ 2-year term

Incubator Projects – up to $2,000,000/ 2-year term

Important Dates

June 16, 2017 – Registration

August 15, 2017 – Full Application



Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Project Grant Spring 2017 Competition

Deadline: Registration open from May 8 -- May 30, 2017

The Project Grant program is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related knowledge, health research, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes. It supports 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;
  • Contribute to the creation and use of health-related knowledge;
  • Promote relevant collaborations across disciplines, professions, and sectors.

Registration will open Monday May 8th to May 30th at 8:00 PM EST

Funds Available

CIHR’s financial contributions for the Project Grant program are subject to availability of funds. Should CIHR funding levels not be available, or be decreased due to unforeseen circumstances, CIHR reserves the right to reduce, defer, or suspend financial contributions to grants received as a result of this funding opportunity.

  • Project grant funding levels will be commensurate with need, which vary by research field, research approach, and scope of project activities.  
  • Grant durations will range between approximately 1 to 5 years.  
  • The maximum eligible request to CIHR is $12.5M
  • There is a special envelope for New/ Early Career Investigators (no added steps are required).

Please note: You MUST register if you are planning to submit an application by the June 13, 2017 deadline. This is an e-approval competition, which means that all materials must be uploaded to ResearchNet (RNet) and submitted online for INTERNAL review* and all FINAL submissions must be approved online by the institution. Detailed instructions for Registration can be found here: http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/49503.html


Brain Canada Foundation

Deadline: June 1, 2017 -- McMaster, Intent to Apply

Brain Canada Foundation and Kids Brain Health Network are partnering together offering a competition for Training Awards in Developmental Neurosciences Research that incorporates original research into the origins, early detection and effective treatment of disorders of brain development.

Funds Available*:

Up to $50,000 per year, 2-year term

*there is a 50% matching requirement for these awards.  Applicants must have confirmed funding for half the award amount before applying.

Application Process:

Full applications are to be submitted via Brain Canada’s Research Management System. Please read the guidelines carefully to be sure all the necessary details and documents are included.  McMaster University must provide information to the agency by June 30th in order for applications to be registered – Potential applicants must contact Health Research Services early in the application process.

Important Dates:

 June 1, 2017                McMaster – Intent to Apply

 June 30, 2017              Agency Commitment Letters            

August 15, 2017          Agency Applications                           


For more information, please contact the Senior Grant Advisors:

Catherine Gill Pottruff, gillc@mcmaster.ca, x22057

Serena Jennings, sjenn@mcmaster.ca, x22135



Deadline: June 7, 2017 -- Letter of Intent

Mitacs Elevate Program is a postdoctoral fellowship with a customized research management training component.  Fellows progress through the program in a cohort, giving them cross-disciplinary networking and peer-learning opportunities they might not have otherwise in their careers.  The Elevate Program offers investigators the ability to establish long-term collaborations that support postdoctoral research management skills and career development offering customized training and funding for talented research leaders.  

Important Dates:

  • June 7, 2017 Letters of Intent (LOIs) (LOIs are not required to submit applications)
  • June 21, 2017 — Draft Applications
  •  July 5, 2017 — Applications


Funding Available:

  • $55,000 annual award, two year term

For questions or more information, please contact elevate@mitacs.ca

The Retired Teachers of Ontario/Les Enseignantes et Enseignant Retraites de L’Ontario (RTO/ERO)

Deadline: September 14, 2017

The RTO/ERO Foundation is announcing a funding opportunity for research projects that focus on enhancing the quality of life of aging adults.  This competition is open to qualified grantees based in Ontario and British Columbia.  Details for the RTO/ERO Foundation 2017 Grant Criteria & Call for Proposals are available here.  A geriatrician is required as a link between academia and learning, and to provide additional exposure to geriatrics training.

Funds Available:

Up to two grants of $25,000 each; projects should have a 1-year term

  • The application was received at the Foundation Office on or before the deadline date.
  • The research project team includes a geriatrician* (a specialist in geriatric medicine) and a role for trainees. Note: Only one application per Principal Investigator (PI)
  • The research project meets the Overall Goals, and these key criteria:
  • clinically-relevant/health services projects (not basic science) that focus on enhancing quality of life of aging adults;
  • are developed with and for older adults;
  • demonstrate how their reach can be broadened beyond local (i.e. to underserved areas).
  • Preference will be given to projects that: 
  • are multidisciplinary or collaborative with other community organizations 

For more information or inquires about the 2017 Call for Proposals, please contact:

Yolanda Bronstein

Director, Granting & Donor Stewardship

Direct: 416-962-4037

416-962-9463 ext. 245