J.P. Bickell Foundation – Annual Medical Research Program Grants

Notice: Faculty members who are planning to apply for funding are encouraged to login to the My Research Application (MRA) on-line system well in advance of the submission deadline to ensure that there are no problems with your login credentials. The system utilizes your UTORid credentials. The information in the on-line form will be automatically routed to the appropriate internal approvers for review and endorsement. If you encounter problems, please consult the My Research - Application User Guide for additional information or contact the RAISE help desk (416-946-5000, RAISE@utoronto.ca).



The J.P. Bickell Foundation offers annual grants through its Medical Research Program. Grants are made to assist biomedical scientists of various departments and faculties in Ontario universities, hospitals and scientific institutions concerned with medical research. These grants may be distributed among medical research institutions and universities in Ontario. Each institution may submit only one application from any medically oriented faculty. Among other things, the application must be accompanied by an Institutional letter of support.


The J.P. Bickell Foundation will use the following criteria in assessing applications:

  1. Projects must have scientific merit and be primarily medical in nature.
  2. New researchers seeking start up grants receive priority.
  3. New, innovative projects receive priority.
  4. Applications submitted should most suitably fit the institutions’ requirements and the Foundation’s criteria.
  5. Supplemental grants may only be made for equipment essential to the described project where main source funding for equipment is unobtainable. For equipment costing more than $10,000 indicate the use, extent of use, availability of similar equipment and the current operating support (see item B{c} on application form).
  6. Grants are usually within the $50,000 to $65,000 range.
  7. Grants are not made to cover deficits, or to supplement a project grant from
    another granting agency (except for essential equipment).


  • October 1, 2017: University of Toronto internal deadline for complete applications (including MRA submission and full approval from applicant’s department/administering unit)
  • November 1, 2017: final deadline for submission of full applications to the J.P. Bickell Foundation

For a copy of the application and its guidelines, please contact the UofT Research Services Office (mark.bold@utoronto.ca).

If you have questions about the Medical Research Program grants, please contact the J.P. Bickell Foundation at foundations.toronto@scotiawealth.com.


Contact Information

Mark Bold
Research Funding Administrator
mark.bold@utoronto.ca | 416-978-2495

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