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.

Parkinson Canada

Parkinson Canada advocates with federal, provincial and territorial governments on issues that matter to the Parkinson’s community in Canada. The Parkinson Canada Research Program funds innovative research to search for better treatments and a cure.

2018 Research Awards
As of September 2018, Parkinson Canada and its partners are proud to support 24 new grant, fellowships and student awards. These new awards represent a total of $1,274,382 committed to support new research projects in Canada over the next two years. Including the 11 research awards in their second year, and the 24 new projects, the Parkinson Canada Research Program is currently committed to investing $1,619,382.

The new awards include:

  • 8 Pilot Project Grants
  • 4 new Investigator Awards
  • 3 Basic Research Fellowships
  • 1 Clinical Movement Disorders Fellowship
  • 1 Clinical Research Fellowship
  • 7 Graduate Student Awards

For more information about current funding opportunities, important dates, and Applicant FAQs, please visit The Parkinson Canada Research Program webpage. All applicants are encouraged to read the Applications Guidelines.

Mitacs – Postdoctoral Funding


Application Deadline: January 18, 2019
The new Accelerated Industrial Postdoc provides up to 3 years of funding for a postdoctoral fellow in any discipline. This special initiative offers better leveraging than standard Mitacs Accellerated Internships — postdocs partner with a company or non-profit organization and build a longer-term research collaboration.

Funding available: $55,000 per year
$50,000/year Minimum postdoc stipend/salary
$5,000/year Minimum funds for research costs
* partner/match funding contribution = $25,000/year

For more information or questions, contact your Business Development Representative.
To apply, click here (note: All Accelerated program and eligibility rules apply)

McMaster 2019 H.G. Thode Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition

Deadline: January 31, 2019
In commemoration of the late Dr. Harry Thode’s achievements as a nuclear scientist and as a visionary university president, McMaster University is pleased to invite applications from outstanding candidates for an endowed postdoctoral fellowship in the general areas of Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Sciences or Nuclear Engineering. Specific areas of research include radiation biology, radioecology, radiochemistry and medical isotopes, body composition, detector development, health physics, dosimetry, neutron metrology, nuclear engineering, neutron radiography, neutron activation, bone and joint research. Trainees can gain hands-on experience with cutting edge instrumentation while working with an outstanding group of technical and health physics support staff.

Funding Available
$50,000/year for a two year term ($100,000 total)
Notification of results: All candidates will be notified by March 15, 2019.


  • Canadian citizen, permanent residence and international candidates are eligible
  • The Fellowship is open to candidates who have/will have successfully completed their PhD degree requirements between June 30, 2015 and June 30, 2019.
  • Candidates must be eligible to start a postdoctoral position by July 1, 2019.
  • The Fellowship is tenable at McMaster University, where the Fellow is expected to pursue full-time postdoctoral study and research for the term of the Fellowship.

Conditions of the Award

  • The Fellowship is tenable for 2 years.
  • For the Fellowship term, the total award will be $100,000 ($50,000 per year), out of which the Fellow will be expected to pay all related travel, equipment, research and other expenses, as well as his/her own salary.
  • The Supervisor is required to pay for the benefits for the duration of the fellowship.
  • No other paid employment or major academic award may be accepted by the successful candidate during the term that the Fellowship is held unless approved by the University.

How to Apply – A complete application consists of the following:

  • 2019 H.G Thode Postdoctoral Fellowship Checklist.
  • A completed 2019 H.G. Thode Postdoctoral Fellowship application form sighed by the Department Chair.
  • Curriculum vitae of the applicant.
  • Official Graduate Transcripts with legends.
  • A full Statement of the proposed research program, including its expected impact, in non-technical terms (1 page maximum).
  • A Personal Statement to be written by the applicant (2 page maximum). The statement should summarize the proposed research project, highlight prior achievements, and include a brief summary of your rationale for selecting the supervisor with whom you wish to work. Also explain what impact receiving the H.G. Thode Postdoctoral Fellowship would have on your ability to complete this phase of your research career.
  • Two confidential letters of support sent directly by the authors to the supporting department’s graduate administrator. References must be provided by:
    1. The proposed research supervisor(s) – This letter must also include a statement that the supervisor will pay for the applicants benefits if he or she wins the award.
    2. PhD supervisor (or most recent postdoctoral fellowship supervisor).    

Important Competition Documents:
2019 HG Thode Announcement
2019 HG Thode Application Form
2019 HG Thode Checklist

Contact Information: For addition information and/or questions, please contact graduatescholarships@mcmaster.ca 

Michael G. DeGroote – Institute for Pain Research and Care Awards

Pain Fellowships
Deadline: January 2, 2019
Funding available: 2 awards of $60,000 per year

These fellowships aim to encourage and support pain research training and provide salary support to individuals with an exceptional background and an interest in a career path related to pain. Successful candidates of these awards will have the opportunity to work with faculty who are conducting innovative research and are considered among the best in their field.

Graduate Studentships
Deadline: January 2, 2019
Funding available: 3 awards of $20,000 per year

The awards are designed for candidates who have an exemplary academic record and are interested in pain research within the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care (IPRC). This program is funded by an endowment through the generosity of Mr. Michael G. DeGroote.

Seed Grants
Deadline: January 2, 2019
Funding available: 3 awards of $30,000 per year

The Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care Seed Grants will provide principal investigators with an opportunity to apply for funds to pursue leading-edge research in pain, following the model of using persistent post-surgical pain to understand chronic pain. The objective is that it will lead to and support grant applications for other major external funding competitions.

Catalyst Grant
Deadline: January 2, 2019
Funding available: one grant funded up to $60,000

MIRA and the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care (IPRC) will co-fund a catalyst grant supporting a project that stimulates new collaborations and allows the collection of preliminary data on research that considers pain and aging as central themes. Interdisciplinary teams, involving researchers from at least three different McMaster Faculties, are invited to submit proposals that have clear potential benefits for older adults. A matching contribution of at least $10,000 (at least $5,000 cash, up to $5,000 may be in-kind) is required.

Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) Funding Opportunities and Updates

Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is pleased to offer three funding opportunities: 1. Innovation Grants, 2. Innovation to impact Grants, 3. Travel Awards.

1. Innovation GrantsFull application deadline: January 15, 2019
Innovation Grants support the highest quality creative problem solving in cancer research. The goal of the Innovation program is to support the development and testing of unconventional concepts and approaches to address problems in cancer research, enhance our understanding of cancer, and generate new approaches to confront the challenges we face in defeating cancer.

Funding Available
up to $100,000 per year and a maximum of $200,000 per grant
approximately 22 grants will be awarded this competition

Important Information to note:
There must be no overlap (100% unique aims) with any held or pending application including those at the registration, abstract or Letter of Intent submission stage to any agency as of January 15, 2019. Duplicate application will not be accepted.

Note that the Abstract registration phase has been removed. Only Full applications are required for this competition.

A special call for breast cancer research is included in this competition. For applicants wishing to be considered under the breast cancer research initiative, a relevance statement is required that explicitly demonstrates how the project is relevant to breast cancer.

Innovative applications with a focus on cancer prevention and survivorship are encouraged.

Additional funds may be available from the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation, to support innovative projects focused on the application of complementary and alternative approaches in cancer treatment and control.

2. Innovation to Impact GrantsFull application deadline: January 15, 2019
These grants are intended to support the further development of significant findings based on the goals originally explored through a funded CCS Innovation Grant. All Application must include details of the significant achievements from the previous grant, specifics on how the proposed work is a logical progression that builds on the grant, and the potential of the work to impact cancer.

Funding Available
p to $150,000 per year for 3 years, to a maximum of $450,000 per grant
approximately 12 grants will be awarded this competition

Important Information to note:
Only investigators with a funded Innovation Grant with a project end date between January 1, 2016 and July 31, 2019 are eligible for this program.

Note that the Abstract registration phase has been removed. Only Full applications are required for this competition.

A special call for breast cancer research is included in this competition. For applicants wishing to be considered under the breast cancer research initiative, a relevance statement is required that explicitly demonstrates how the project is relevant to breast cancer.

3. Travel AwardsFull application deadline: January 15, 2019
Coming soon, 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.

Funding Available
up to 10 Travel Awards will be awarded in each competition (30 awards per year).

Important Information to note:
Starting with the January 2019 competition, applications will only be accepted for conference dates within 6 months following the funded start date.

Eligible expenses include: 1) Conference registration fees; 2) Accommodations; 3) Transportation, and will not exceed $2,000.

Individuals may receive this award only once per stage of training (PhD, MD, Post-doctoral fellow). Unsuccessful applicants may reapply in subsequent competitions.

Please visit the Canadian Cancer Society research website for program and application information www.cancer.ca/research.

2018 Awards for Excellence in Cancer Research

On September 20th, the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) announced the winners of its most prestigious awards: the Canadian Cancer Society Awards for Excellence in Cancer Research. The Awards for Excellence promote and recognize outstanding achievements and progress in Canadian cancer research.

Read more about this year’s awardees here and here.

CIHR Funding Opportunities

CIHR announced the following funding opportunities through the Institute of Health Service and Policy Research and Institute of Population and Public Heath.


Under the Transitions in Care (TiC) multi-Institute strategic initiative, CIHR has designed a new funding opportunity to address improved health and wellness by transforming health systems for optimized outcomes for individuals experiencing transitions in care. The Team Grants are component 4 under the CIHR TiC multi-Institute initiative.

The TiC Team Grants will offer pragmatic solutions to problems associated with transitions in care from a clinical, health care or health system perspective. The funding opportunity will use a partnerships approach where multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary research teams will identify ways to develop, implement, evaluate and/or scale and spread evidence into practice to optimize transitions in care outcomes within two or more of the TiC primary focus areas.

The Team Grants will require partnership with the health system. In addition, projects integrating eHealth innovation will also require a health technology partner.

The total CIHR amount that will be available for this funding opportunity is $9.6M, enough to fund approximately ten (10) grants. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. Applicants will be required to secure, by the application deadline, partnership contributions equivalent to a minimum of 30% of the total grant amount requested. Of that partnered amount, a minimum of half (i.e., 15%) of the amount must be a cash contribution.

Anticipated timelines:
Program Launch: Summer 2018
Application Deadline: Fall 2018
Notice of Decision: Winter 2019
Funding Start Date: Winter 2019