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.

CIHR Project Grant Spring 2018 Priority Announcements

Deadline: Registration: February 6, 2018

Application Deadline:    March 6, 2018

CIHR’s Project Grant Priority Announcements (PAs) offer additional sources of funding for highly rated applications relevant to research priority areas.  Applications are submitted through CIHR’s Project Grant Spring 2018 competition funding opportunity.  To learn more about the PA Program,  a Frequently Asked Questions webpage provides additional, detailed information.

CIHR Research Priority Areas – Please visit the links below for details relating to each research theme.

Heart & Stroke Foundation

Deadline: Registration/Expression of Interest: February 28, 2018

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

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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McMaster Michael G. DeGroote Fellowship Awards

Deadline: April 2, 2018

The Michael G. DeGroote Fellowship Awards are an opportunity for excellent postdoctoral candidates to pursue top-level research training.  First awarded in 2008, the awards provide funding to research-intensive individuals looking to further their academic career in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University.   For more information on the awards, please visit the awards website or send any questions to mgdfa@mcmaster.ca.  

Funding Model

Each award provides non-renewable funding of $50,000 for one year for successful applicants. The funding is comprised of $40,000 from the Michael G. DeGroote Health Sciences Development Fund and $10,000 contributed by the applicant’s supervisor.

Award Details

Awards are available in two categories: the Michael G. DeGroote Fellowship Award in Basic Biomedical Science and the Michael G. DeGroote Fellowship Award in Clinical Research. Candidates conducting basic science research are eligible for the Basic Biomedical Science Fellowship Award and those pursuing clinical research are eligible for the Clinical Research Fellowship Award. Applicants must identify in their application which award they are applying for. Separate selection committees will review the respective applicants for each award.

Applications are now being accepted and we are seeking qualified candidates to apply. If you know of any first-rate candidates who you feel would be a good fit for these awards under your supervision, please:

  • Email mgdfa@mcmaster.ca clearly detailing your ability and willingness to provide the matching $10,000 in funding to support the candidate.
  • Have the candidate  apply online.  The deadline for applications is April 2, 2018 with an estimated start date of July 1, 2018.


  • Only candidates who are (a) external to McMaster, or (b) internal students who have yet to begin postdoctoral or health professional degree studies at McMaster, or (c) internal students who began their postdoctoral or health professional degree studies at McMaster no earlier than July 1, 2017, will be eligible for the awards.
  • For candidates who hold (or are completing) a PhD, the proposed supervisor(s) listed in their application must be different than their PhD supervisor.
  • Priority will be given to those applicants whose graduate training has not been exclusively at McMaster.

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The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)

Deadline: LOI Deadline: January 21, 2018

Application Deadline: Fall 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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