New Investigator Fund


Effective October 1, 2016 Competition

New… Addition of Patient Advisors for Research on NIF Peer Review Committee and requirement to complete a new Lay Summary Template/Guidelines Form.

Hamilton Health Sciences’ commitment to “first stage” research led to the creation of the New Investigator Fund (NIF). The fund is an integration of the former HHS Foundation Young Investigator Grants and the  HHS Research Development Fund, and provides a unique opportunity to foster and support a culture of inquiry for novice investigators under the mentorship of senior staff. The NIF provides project funding to front-line staff (healthcare professionals and medical staff) towards research initiatives directly relevant to the clinical mission and research strategic direction of Hamilton Health Sciences. Priority areas for funding include the following:

  1. Consistent with, and likely to enhance, the main clinical programs/priorities at HHS;
  2. Enhances research enterprise/profile at HHS
  3. Multidisciplinary and collaborative (involving more than one department or program or healthcare discipline and institution);
  4. Builds on existing research strengths;
  5. Advances and creates new knowledge that informs patient care by bringing evidence into practice through translation and application;
  6. Conduct of pilot or feasibility studies which could facilitate obtaining funding for full scale studies through independent peer review or other mechanisms.

New Investigator Fund – Guidelines for Application

Download Application Guidelines ►

A PDF document with NIF details, including: Overview, Eligibility Criteria, eSubmission Requirements, Review Process and Criteria, Deliverables, Funding Source, Designated Trust Accounts and Contact Information

For more information contact Donna Catherwood,

New Investigator Fund

Important Dates

Spring deadline: April 3, 2018 Fall deadline: October 1, 2018

Important Forms

Submit to:

New Investigator Fund – Past Award Recipients