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Funding for New Investigators - Health Sciences


The following table summarizes 50 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:

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

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

Award

Subject Area

Amount & Duration

Equipment Allowed?

Other Considerations?

Agilent Technologies

Agilent Early Career Professor Award

Subject varies by year

$50,000 per year (USD)

Duration: 2 years

Yes

Applicant can use award to obtain Agilent products at 50% discount or accelerate payments to facilitate procurement of equipment with price over $100k

Nomination form is required [self-nominations are encouraged]

Alex's Lemonade Stand

Alex's Lemonade Stand Young Investigator Grants

Pediatric cancer

$50,000 per year (USD)

Duration: 3 years

Yes (less than $5,000 per item)

Applicants must have a mentor

Alzheimer's Association

Alzheimer's Association Research Grant

Alzheimer's Research

$150,000 total (USD)

Duration: Up to 3 years

Yes (but computers are not allowed)

Research must focus on the year's target research area

Alzheimer's Association

New Investigator Research Grant to Promote Diversity

Alzheimer’s research

$150,000 total (USD)

Duration: Up to 3 years

Yes (but computers are not allowed)

Applicants for the grant must be part of an underrepresented group in the biomedical sciences

Applicant must have a mentor

Alzheimer's Society (Canada)

Alzheimer's Society Young Investigator Grant

Alzheimer’s research (biomedical or quality of life)

$60,000 per year (Quality of Life)

$75,000 per year (Biomedical)

Duration: Up to 3 years

Yes (up to $5,000; computers are not allowed)

Co-applicants cannot be included in the grant

Applicants must have a mentor

American Academy of Audiology

Research Grants in Hearing & Balance – New Investigator Research Grant

Hearing & Balance (basic & applied research)

$10,000 total (USD)

Duration: 1 year

Yes

Applicants must have a research mentor

American Academy of Otolaryngology

CORE Award Program 

Otolaryngology (head & neck surgery)

Varies by program (USD)

Varies by program

Must be a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology

American Association for Cancer Research

AACR Career Development Awards

Cancer research (various organ sites)

Varies by program (USD)

Varies by program

AACR membership may be required

American College of Gastroenterology

Junior Faculty Development Grants

Gastroenterology or hepatology

$100,000 per year (USD)

Duration: 3 years

Yes

Applicants must be a member of the ACG

Applicants must be a physician

American Gastroenterological Association

AGA Career Development Awards

Gastroenterology

Varies by program (USD)

Varies by program

Applicants must be a member of the AGA

American Liver Foundation

Liver Scholar Award

Liver-related research

$75,000 per year (USD)

Duration: Max. 3 years

No

Applicants must have a mentor, a letter from their department head, & 2 letters of recommendation

American Psychological Foundation

APF Early Career Awards

Various research topics in psychology

Varies by program

Varies by program

Varies by program

American Society for Suicide Prevention

Innovation Grants

Suicide research (variety of disciplines)

$37,500 per year (USD)

Duration: 2 years

No

Applicants must have a mentor

Amyloidosis Foundation

Junior Research Grant Program

Amyloidosis (basic & translational research)

$50,000 total (USD)

Duration: 1 year

Yes (computers not allowed)

 

Banting Research Foundation

Banting Discovery Award

Medical research (any area)

$25,000 total

Duration: 1 year

Yes

 

Bayer Hemophilia Awards Program

Bayer Hemophilia Early Career Investigator Award

Bleeding disorders

$100,00 per year (USD)

Duration: 2 years

Yes

 

Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network

Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network Young Investigator Award

Understanding & treatment of bladder cancer

$50,00 total (USD)

Duration: 1 years

No capital equipment

Applicants must have a mentor

Canadian Anesthesiologists Society

New Investigators Operating Grant

Anesthesia perioperative medicine and/or pain management

$30,000 total

Duration: 1 year

Yes

Applicants must be a CAS member

Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute

Career Development Awards in Prevention

Cancer research priority areas

$75,000 per year

Duration: 3 years

Yes (up to $10,000)

Minimum of two letters of reference are required

Canadian Diabetes Foundation

Personnel Award (Scholar Award)

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

Program currently undergoing review

Program currently undergoing review

Program currently undergoing review

CIHR

Foundation Scheme

All health sciences disciplines

$50,000 to 1.5M per year

Duration: 5 years for New Investigators

Yes

New investigators must have taken up their first independent academic position within the last 5 years (60 months). Successful applicants are typically within 4-5 years of their first appointment.

Conquer Cancer Foundation

Conquer Cancer Career Development Award

Clinical cancer research programs

$200,000 total (USD)

Duration: 3 years

Yes

Applicant must be a physician with a valid, active medical license

Applicant must be an ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) member

Desmoid Tumour Research Foundation

Desmoid Tumour New Investigator Grant

Desmoid tumours

$30,000 total (USD)

Duration: 1 year

Yes

 

Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario Early Researchers Awards

Specific focus areas aligned with the Ontario Innovation Agenda

$100,000 total

Duration: 5 years

No

Successful applicants are typically within 4-5 years of their first appointment.

The contribution from the Government of Ontario must be matched by an additional $50,000 from the research institution

Heart & Stroke Foundation

New Investigator Award

Heart disease & stroke (biomedical, clinical, health services/systems, & social, cultural, environmental & population health)

$65,000 per year

Duration: 4 years

No

Applicants must be within the first 5-years of their first academic appointment

Applicants must have at least 75% protected time for research

Applicants must have at least $30,000 per year of research funding as PI or co-PI

International Society of Biomechanics

Promising Scientist Award

Biomechanics research

$5,000 total (USD)

Not specified

Applicant must be an ISB member

International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation

Norman E. Shumway Career Development Award

Heart & lung transplantation (basic, clinical, or translation research)

$80,000 per year (USD)

Duration: 2 years

Not specified

Member of ISHLT

Kidney Foundation of Canada (KRESCENT program)

KRESCENT New Investigator Award

Kidney disease

$65,000 (PhD without MD) or $70,000 (MD) per year

Duration: up to 3 years

Krescent foundation will match up to $25,000 from sponsoring institution

 

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

No

Applicants are expected to have obtained "substantial" support for their research from a national agency

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Career Development Program (Scholar in Clinical Research)

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

$110,000 per year

Duration: Up to 5 years

No

Projects often involve early-stage clinical trials

Applicants are expected to have concomitant support for the research team from another source or agency

Lupus Foundation of America

Lupis Foundation of America Career Development Award

Lupus research

$70,000 per year (USD)

Duration: up to 2 years

Not specified

Applicants must be a 1st or 2nd year fellow in a program rheumatology, nephrology, or dermatology

Letters of recommendation from fellowship director, sponsor, and independent investigator (not sponsor)

March of Dimes

Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award

Research on birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality

$150,000 per year

Duration: up to 2 years

Yes

Applicants require a letter of support from a nominator (Deans, Chair of Departments, or Directors of Institutes/Centers)

Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation

Junior Investigator Grants

Musculoskeletal transplantation, allografts and biological reconstruction of musculoskeletal tissues

$100,000 total (USD)

Duration: 1 year

Yes

 

NARSAD

NARSAD Young Investigator Award

Brain & behaviour disorders (schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, & mental illness)

$35,000 per year

Duration: 2 years

Yes

Applicants must have a mentor

National Ataxia Foundation

National Ataxia Young Investigator Award

Ataxia Research

$35,000 total

Duration: 1 year

Not specified

 

National Ataxia Foundation

Young Investigator Award SCA Research Award

Spinocerebellar Ataxia research

$50,000 total

Duration: 1 year

Yes

Applicant must have a mentor

Obesity Society

Early-Career Research Grants

Obesity research

$25,000 total

Duration: 1 year

Not specified

Applicants must be a member of the Obesity Society

Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-term Care

Health System Research Fund Capacity Awards

Key priority areas in health services & population health research

$150,000 - $350,000 per year

Duration: three years

Yes

Research must be focused on knowledge translation & exchange, and capacity building

Parkinson's Society Canada

New Investigator Award

Parkinson's research

$45,000 per year

Duration: 2 years

Yes (20% budget)

3 letters of recommendation required

Pediatric Brain Tumour Foundation

Pediatric Brain Tumour Foundation Early Career Development Grants

Pediatric brain tumours

$100,00 per year

Duration: 3 years

Not specified

 

Preeclampsia Foundation

Vision Grants

Preeclampsia research

$20,000

Duration: 1 year

Not specified

 

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 reviewed separately

PSI

PSI New Investigator Grant

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

$250,000 total (max $100,000 per year)

Duration: 3 years

Yes

Requires letter of support from Mentor, & letter of support from Department/Division Head

Applicants must be a college of physicians & surgeons of Ontario licensed MD

Sick Kids

Sick Kids New Investigator Research Grant

Child health

$100,000 per year

Duration: 3 years

Yes (up to $10,000 total)

 

Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract

Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract Career Development Award

Digestive diseases (basic or clinical research)

$50,000 per year

Duration: 2 years

Not specified

Supporting letter from department head & mentor required

Susan G. Komen

Career Catalyst Research Grants

Breast cancer (basic/translational or clinical work)

$150,000 per year

Duration: 3 years

Yes (no more than 25% of direct costs)

Applicant must have a mentor committee

Terry Fox Research Institute

Terry Fox Research Institute New Investigator Awards

Cancer research

$150,000 per year

Duration: 3 years

Yes

 

Thraser Research Fund

Thraser Research Fund Early Career Awards

Pediatric research

$25,000 total

Duration: 2 years

Yes (is discouraged & must be approved in advance

Applicant must have a mentor

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: November 28, 2017