External Funding

If you are an HHS Researcher and you have questions about applying for a grant, award or industry sponsorship please visit FAQ Grants & Scholarships.

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.


Early Research Award (ERA) Round 14 Competition

The Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science (MRIS) has issued a call for proposals for Round 14 of the Early Research Award (ERA) competition.

The ERA program gives funding to new researchers working at publicly funded Ontario research institutions to build a research team of undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates and technicians. All disciplines are encourages to apply.

Matching funds are required for this program. Applicants must have a strong history of peer-reviewed funding, and must be able to demonstrate academic independence from previous supervisors and the benefits of their proposed research to Ontario. Therefore, it is advised that you meet with your Department Chair and Associate Dean Research to review your CV and secure matching funds.

For more information on this, the Research Office for Administration, Development and Support (ROADS) will be hosting an interactive information session on the Early Research Awards (ERA) Round 14.

When: April 30, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: MDCL 2232

To register:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/early-researcher-awards-era-round-14-information-session-tickets-44753321389

If you have any questions regarding the ERA program, please contact Tracy Arabski, Director, HRS, at arabski@mcmaster.ca or extension 22515.


The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR)

Deadline for applications – July 15, 2018

The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR) is now accepting applications for The Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize.

The annual national Prize provides funding to outstanding rising star career researchers who are affiliated with a Canadian academic or clinical research institution in the field of mental health, to encourage them to continue to pursue their research interests. It recognizes those with a demonstrated track record in research with excellence in scientific rigor, innovative thinking, imagination and originality and a clear ability to work in partnership with other disciplines and/or research teams external to the institution with which they are affiliated.

This funding opportunity offering $100,000 each year for ten years, will be awarded to one person or a research team of up to three persons per competition. The Prize is awarded with the expectation that the recipient(s) will continue to demonstrate excellence in their field of work.

Candidates shall be exceptional rising star researchers who are 45 years of age or younger at the application date, are Canadian citizens or have landed immigrant status in Canada and are currently residing in Canada or are residing abroad but are committed to return to Canada within six months from the date the Prize is awarded. In addition, they shall be affiliated with a Canadian academic or clinical institution and their research shall be in a mental health discipline

For application and further details on how to apply, please visit http://www.theroyal.ca/research/about-imhr/the-royal-mach-gaensslen-prize-for-mental-health-research/


Adopting Research to Improve Care (ARTIC)

Submissions will be accepted beginning April 30, 2018.

Health Quality of Ontario and the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO) are pleased to announce ARTIC 2018 call for proposals, aimed at high impact clinical interventions or practice changes that are proven to work and are ready to spread across the province.

Supported by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, ARTIC is a proven program that accelerates the spread of evidence-based health care across Ontario.

Each year, ARTIC issues a Call for Proposals for high-impact clinical interventions or practice changes that are proven to work and are ready to spread across the province. This year, we are calling for proven interventions or practice changes that align with Health Quality Ontario quality standards.

Proposals should describe how proven interventions achieve quality care based on one of the following quality standards:
•    Behavioural Symptoms of Dementia
•    Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
•    Hip Fracture
•    Major Depression
•    Schizophrenia Care for Adults in Hospitals
•    Opioid Prescribing for Acute Pain
•    Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain
•    Opioid Use Disorder (Opioid Addiction)
•    Palliative Care
•    Wound Care (Diabetic Foot Ulcers)
•    Wound Care (Venous/Mixed Leg Ulcers)
•    Wound Care (Pressure Injuries)

Proposed interventions or practice changes must have already been proven and successfully implemented in at least one site. ARTIC will fund at least one initiative over a 19-24 month period, with maximum available funding of $1,000,000.

The 2018 Call for Proposals package, Letter of Intent template and online submission tool are available on the Health Quality Ontario and CAHO websites

Submissions will be accepted beginning April 30, 2018. Letters of intent are due by May 25, 2018. If you have questions, please contact artic@hqontario.ca.  

Two webinars will be held on March 26 and April 19 to outline the application process and address any questions applicants may have. Please contact the ARTIC Program Team for webinar access information.


Heart & Stroke Foundation

Deadline: Full Applications: April 27, 2018, 4pm (ET)

Registration/Expression of Interest:  February 28, 2018 

A new funding opportunity Women’s Heart and Brain Health Chair will support up to four investigators who demonstrate long-term commitment to women’s heart and brain health.  Policies, programs and interventions that take into consideration the study of vulnerable populations and special populations are strongly encouraged.  The Chairs are focused on Rese4arh Themes 3 – Health Services Research and 4 – Social, Cultural, Environmental and Population Health Research.

  • Chair in Indigenous Women’s Heart and Brain Health – early career
  • Chair in Indigenous Women’s Heart and Brain Health – mid career
  • Chair in Women’s Heart and Brain Health – early career
  • Chair in Women’s Heart and Brain Health – mid career

Funds Available

A maximum of $150,000/year for up to five years to undertake a program of research.  A total of $3.375 million is available for this funding opportunity to support up to four Chairs.

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The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)

Deadline: Application: Fall 2018

LOI Deadline: January 21, 2018  

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) has launched a global call for ideas inviting the research community to submit proposals for new programs that address complex, fundamental questions of importance to the world. Ideas must be novel, bold and potentially transformative to warrant the creation of long-term, multi-disciplinary and collaborative research programs. Proposals will be accepted from all areas of research. Visit CIFAR Global Call for Ideas website for full details pertaining to this competition about process, support, timelines, eligibility and selection criteria and submission.

CIFAR will host two webinar sessions that will provide an excellent opportunity to have your questions about the proposal process answered. Registration is required:

Thursday, November 9, 2017 8-9am (EDT), register here.
Monday, November 13, 2017 4-5pm (EDT), register here.

A two-staged process will be used to identify the most promising proposals:

  1. Stage 1 – Letter of Intent (LOI), the deadline for LOI submissions is January 21, 2018. This submission should include researchers who would be key members of the program and identify the core elements of the research idea and range of possible research questions for consideration. 
  2. Stage 2 – support the development of full proposals. The deadline for submission of final proposals is Fall 2018 with announcement of competition results in Spring 2019.

Eligibility Criteria:
1. Align with CIFAR’s overall mission
2. Highlight an exceptional core research team and leadership

Selection Criteria:
• Research Significance
• Potential Impact
• Excellence of Research Team
• Potential Leadership
• Alignment with CIFAR’s mission and vision

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