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Pilot & Seed Grants - Health Sciences

This table summarizes 20 pilot & seed grants in the health sciences. Pilot and seed grants are normally funds targeted at projects of a short duration (1-2 years). These awards are often aimed at research ideas that are still at their initial stages and may not yet have preliminary or published data supporting them. 

This document is intended to serve primarily as a planning document, because not all of the programs summarized below are currently open and accepting applications. Researchers can, however, use this table to identify possible sources of funding and plan accordingly.

Interested applicants should consult the agency links provided below for the opportunity's eligibility criteria, guidelines, and submission deadlines. If you have questions about a particular funding opportunity, or are having difficulty finding funding to suit your research program, please contact:

Kristina Arseneau 
Research Projects Advisor (Health Sciences)
Email: k.arseneau@queensu.ca
Tel: 613-533-6000 ext. 79707

If you are looking for grants targeted at New Investigators in the health sciences, please see the URS New Investigators Funding Opportunities webpage.

** For grant writing resources, please visit the URS resources webpage**


Agency

Award

Subject Area

Amount & Duration

Equipment Allowed?

Other Consideration?

Alex's Lemonade Stand Innovation Grant Childhood cancer (but not the psychosocial aspects of pediatric care
  • $125,000 (USD) per year
  • Duration: 2 years
Yes
  • LOI must be approved in order to submit an application
American Academy of Otolaryngology Pilot Awards (CORE grants program) Otolaryngology (head & neck surgery)
  • Varies by program
Varies by program  
American Association for Cancer Research Pilot awards Cancer research (various organ sites)
  • Varies by program
Varies by program
  • AACR membership may be required
American Gastroenterological Association American Gastroenterological Association Pilot Grants Gastroenterology & hepatology
  • Varies by program
Varies by program
  • AGA membership may be required
American Psychological Foundation Pilot & Seed Grants Various research topics in psychology
  • Varies by program
Varies by program  
American Society for Suicide Prevention American Society for Suicide Prevention Pilot Grants Suicide prevention research
  • $30,000 (USD) total
  • Duration: 1-2 years
No  
Banting Research Foundation Banting Discovery Award Medical research (any area)
  • $25,000 total
  • Duration: 1 year
Yes
  • Applicants need to be within the first 3 years of their first academic appointment
Canadian Lung Association Canadian Respiratory Health Professional Research Grants Respiratory health
  • $20,000 total
  • Duration: Up to 1 year
Yes
  • Applicants must be a member of CRHP
  • Grants are restricted to allied health professionals; MDs are not eligible
National Ataxia Foundation NAF Research Grants Ataxia research
  • $30,000 (USD)
  • Duration: 1 year
Yes  
NIH NIH Small Research Grant Program (R03)

Health sciences research, including:

  • Pilot or feasibility studies
  • Secondary analysis of existing data
  • Small research projects
  • Development of research methodology
  • Development of research technology
  • $50,000 (USD) per year
  • Duration: Up to 2 years
Yes
  • Electronic submission of NIH awards is a multi-step process. It is strongly recommend that applicants contact Kristina Arseneau (k.arseneau@queensu.ca) at least 3 weeks in advance of the funding deadline in order to ensure that URS can support the application submission
  • Queen's is already registered with DUNS, SAM, NCAGE. Applicants do not need to register with these organizations.
  • Applicants may need to register with the eRA Commons. They can contact Kristina Arseneau (k.areseneau@queensu.ca) to confirm.
Ontario Genomics Institute SPARK Program Disruptive innovations using genomics
  • $25,000 total
  • Duration: 3-6 months
Yes (but it is expected that most funds will be spent on salaries & consumables)
  • Funded research must be performed in Ontario
Parkinson's Society Pilot Project Grants Parkinson's Disease
  • $45,000 total
  • Duration: 1 year
Yes (20% of total)  
Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) Seed Funding Grant

Childhood cancer research, including:

  • Epidemiology
  • Health services research
  • Economics
  • Survivor status / quality of care
  • $15,000 total
  • Duration: 1 year
No  
Prostate Cancer Canada Movember Discovery Grants Prostate Cancer
  • $200,000 total
  • Duration: up to 2 years
Yes (maximum $10,000; 5% of overall budget)
  • New investigators and established investigators are reviewed separately
Radiological Society of North America Research Seed Grant Radiological sciences
  • $40,000 (USD)
  • Duration: 1 year
Yes
  • Applicants must be an RNSA member
Savoy Foundation Research Grants Epilepsy research
  • $25,000 (total)
  • Duration: 1-2 years
Funds are to cover the operating costs of small projects
  • The same project cannot be proposed for the Foundation's research grants program & its fellowship or studentship programs
Scoliosis Research Society Small Exploratory Grants Scoliosis research (select topics)
  • $10,000 (USD) total
  • Duration: 1 year
Yes
  • At least 1 team member must be a member of the scoliosis research society
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) Explorer Awards Autism research
  • Up to $70,000 (USD)
  • Duration: Up to 1 year
Yes
  • SFARI will own purchased equipment with a unit cost of $50,000 (USD) or more.
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) Pilot Awards Autism research (particularly genetic or other risk factors)
  • Up to $150,000 (USD)
  • Duration: Up to 2 years
Yes
  • SFARI will own purchased equipment with a unit cost of $50,000 (USD) or more.
Women's College Hospital Women's XChange Grant Women's health
  • $15,000 (small scale project) or $75,000 (large scale project)
  • Duration: 1 year
No
  • Applicants must be partnered with a community organization
  • First time applicants receive guidance through the application process from Women's XChange

Last Updated: October 13, 2017