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University Research Services

Funding for New Investigators - Health Sciences

The following table summarizes over 20 health funding opportunities that are restricted to New Investigators. The definition of a 'New Investigator' varies between funding agencies. Most agencies define the term as a person who has taken up their first academic appointment within the past 5 years (or, less commonly, who have obtained their Ph.D. in the past 10 years).

The table below is primarily intended to serve as a planning document. Not all programs summarized below are currently open & accepting applications. Applicants can, however, use this table to identify possible sources of funding and plan submissions accordingly.

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

Jennifer Robinson, Ph.D.
Research Projects Advisor (Health Sciences)
University Research Services / Faculty of Health Sciences

Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 32944


Andrea Hiltz
Research Projects Advisor (Health Sciences)
University Research Services

Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 33108

If you are looking for pilot and seed grants (i.e., funds that are targeted at projects of a short duration, such as 1-2 years), please see the URS Health Pilot & Seed Grants webpage.

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


Funding Agency


Subject Area

Amount & Duration

Other Considerations?

Alzheimer's Society (Canada)

Alzheimer's Society Young Investigator Grant

Alzheimer’s research (biomedical or quality of life)

  • $75,000 per year
  • Duration: Up to 3 years

American College of Gastroenterology

Junior Faculty Development Grants

Gastroenterology or hepatology

  • $100,000 USD per year
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Applicants must be a member of the ACG
  • Applicants must devote at least 50% of their effort to clinical research related to gastroenterology or hepatology

American Psychological Foundation

APF Early Career Awards

Various research topics in psychology

  • Varies by program


American Society for Suicide Prevention

Young Investigator Innovation Grants

Suicide prevention research

  • Up to $90,000 USD total
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Applicants must have a mentor

Banting Research Foundation

Banting Discovery Award

Biomedical research (any area)

  • $25,000 total
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Only one nomination per department/division
  • Cannot have more than $50,000/year in external operating grants
J.P. Bickell Foundation J.P. Bickell Medical Research Grant Biomedical research (any area)
  • Grants usually range from $50,000 to $65,000 
  • Duration: 1 year
  • New researchers seeking start up grants receive priority
  • Queen's can submit one application. An internal selection process is run by the Faculty of Health Sciences
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Disease Pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology
  • $500,000 USD total
  • Duration: 5 years

Canadian Anesthesiologists Society


Anesthesia, perioperative medicine, and/or pain management

  • $30,000 total
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Applicants must be a CAS member
Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians CAEP Grant Competition Emergency Medicine
  • Varies by program
  • Applicants must be a CAEP member
Canadian Cancer Society Emerging Scholar Award Cancer research
  • $120,000 per year
  • Duration: up to 5 years
  • Must be within 5 years from the start of first independent academic appointment
  • Must not be recipients of awards aimed at advancing the career development of early career investigators

Canadian Diabetes Association

New Investigator Award

Diabetes research (biomedical, clinical, health services, population & public health)

  • $125,000 per year
  • Duration: Up to 3 years


Cystic Fibrosis Canada Early Career Investigator Award Cystic fibrosis research
  • Value is determined based on applicant's budget
  • Duration: 1-2 years
  • Applicants must have 50% protected time for research

Government of Ontario

Early Researchers Awards

Research with a demonstrable benefit to Ontario

  • $100,000 total
  • Duration: 5 years
  • URS manages this competition at Queen's. Please see the URS ERA webpage for more details.
International Association for the Study of Pain Early Career Research Grants Pain research
  • Up to $20,000 USD
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Applicant must be an IASP member

Kidney Foundation of Canada (KRESCENT program)

KRESCENT New Investigator Award

Kidney disease

  • Stipend of $65,000 (PhD without MD) or $70,000 (MD) per year
  • Duration: up to 3 years
  • 50% of the total award must be provided by the applicant's institution
  • The Kidney Foundation will also match up to $25,000 in infrastructure support (lab start up costs, support staff).

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Career Development Program (Scholar Award)

Leukemia & Lymphoma research (basic, clinical, or translational research)

  • $110,000 per year
  • Duration: Up to 5 years
  • Applicants are expected to have obtained "substantial" support for their research from a national agency
Medical Council of Canada Research in Clinical Assessment Clinical assessment and clinical program evaluation
  • Up to $37,000
  • Duration: 1 year
  • The principal investigator must hold an appointment at a Canadian medical school, health science faculty or in a research institute at a teaching hospital


NARSAD Young Investigator Award

Serious brain & behaviour disorders (schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, & mental illness)

  • $35,000 USD per year
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Applicants must have a mentor
North American Spine Society Young Investigator Grants Spine research (basic, clinical translational)
  • $20,000-$40,000 USD per year
  • 1-2 years

Parkinson's Society Canada

New Investigator Award

Parkinson's research

  • $45,000 per year
  • Duration: 2 years

Prostate Cancer Canada

Movember Discovery Grants

Prostate Cancer

  • $200,000 total
  • Duration: Up to 2 years


PSI New Investigator Grant

Clinical research, medical education research at the post-MD level, health systems research

  • $250,000 total (max $100,000 per year)
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Applicants must be a college of physicians & surgeons of Ontario licensed MD
Scoliosis Research Society New Investigator Grant Scoliosis research
  • Up to $10,000 USD total
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Applicant must be an SRS member

Sick Kids

Sick Kids New Investigator Research Grant

Child health

  • $100,000 per year
  • Duration: 3 years


Sigma Theta Tau Research Grants Nursing research grants
  • Varies by program
  • Preference will be given to STTI members and/or members of affiliated organizations

Terry Fox Research Institute

Terry Fox Research Institute New Investigator Awards

Cancer research

  • $150,000 per year
  • Duration: 3 years


Last updated: December 3, 2018