Foundation Grant : 2017-2018

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Registration Deadline – August 08, 2017
Stage 1 Application deadline (ResearchNet) – September 12, 2017 – Applicants MUST SUBMIT a completed MRA online form NO LATER THAN 5pm, September 8th, 2017 . The University will e-approve Applications (which automatically submits them to CIHR) ONLY for those applications for which we have received an approved MRA .

Stage 1 Notice of Decision – December 07, 2017
Stage 2 Application deadline – February 06, 2018  – Applicants MUST SUBMIT a completed MRA online form NO LATER THAN 5pm February 02, 2018. NOTE: only applicants successful at Stage 1 may proceed to Stage 2

Stage 2 Notice of Decision – July 17, 2018

Funding Start Date – July 01, 2018

The Foundation Grant program is expected to:

  • Support a broad base of health research leaders across all career stages, areas, and health-related disciplines including basic, biomedical research with a demonstrable track record of excellence and impact in their field of study;
  • Develop and maintain Canadian capacity in health research and other related fields;
  • Provide research leaders with the flexibility to pursue novel and innovative lines of inquiry;
  • Contribute to the creation and application of health-related knowledge through a wide range of research and/or knowledge translation activities, including relevant collaborations.

New/Early Career Investigators: Special Consideration

New/Early Career Investigators are eligible to apply to the Foundation Grant competition as Program Leaders. To support the objective of the program – a sustainable foundation of health research leaders – a minimum annual intake of New/Early Career Investigators into the Foundation Grant portfolio will be maintained. Eligibility for consideration as a New/Early Career Investigators is outlined in the eligibility section below.

The success of New/Early Career Investigators in the Foundation Grant program will be actively monitored. Peer reviewers will be instructed to take into consideration the career stages, research fields and institutional settings of all applicants.

Please note that for any application with multiple program leaders all Program Leaders must be New/Early Career Investigators to be considered a new investigator application.

Funds Available

CIHR and partner(s) financial contributions for this initiative are subject to availability of funds. Should CIHR or partner(s) funding levels not be available or are decreased due to unforeseen circumstances, CIHR and partner(s) reserve the right to reduce, defer or suspend financial contributions to grants received as a result of this funding opportunity.

  • The combined total amount available for CIHR’s 2017-18 Investigator Initiated Research Programs (which will include the Project Grant: Spring 2017, Project Grant: Fall 2017, and Foundation Grant: 2017-18 competitions) is approximately $575M. The proportion of investment between the Project Grant and Foundation Grant programs is currently under review. All funding opportunities will be updated once the new funding allocation for each competition is determined.
  • The number of grants funded will depend on the requested budgets and peer review recommendations.
  • Foundation grant levels will be commensurate with need, which is expected to vary by research field, research approach, and scope of program activities.
  • Mid Career/Senior Investigators will be awarded 7-year grants. New/Early Career Investigators will be awarded 5-year grants.
  • For existing CIHR grantees, the budget request should be consistent with the applicant’s previous CIHR Open Funding history as a Nominated Principal Investigator. CIHR will provide a calculated baseline budget to all Stage 2 applicants. Stage 2 applicants must provide robust justification for requests that are significantly higher than their historical grant levels.
  • A minimum of 15% of funded grants will be allocated to New/Early Career Investigators.

Partner Participation

The Foundation Grant program has no formal requirements for partnering, however, depending on the nature of the research project a commitment (cash or in-kind) from interested or engaged knowledge user(s) or other partners may be reasonably expected by peer reviewers.

Contact Information

William Maurice
Research Funding Officer, Health & Life Sciences | (416) 946-5926

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