University Research Services

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University Research Services

Pilot & Seed Grants - Health Sciences

This table summarizes 25 pilot & seed grants in the health sciences. Pilot and seed grants are normally funds targeted at projects of a short duration (1-2 years). Often, these awards are aimed at research ideas that are still at their initial stages. They may not yet have preliminary or published data supporting them. 

This document is intended to serve as a planning document. Not all of programs summarized below are 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. For questions about a funding opportunity, or if you 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

For grants targeted at New Investigators in the health sciences, please see the URS New Investigators Funding Opportunities.

For grant writing resources, please visit the URS resources webpage



Subject Area

Amount & Duration

Other Considerations

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Pilot Research Award Liver disease research
  • Up to $50,000 USD
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Applicant must be an AASLD member
American College of Gastroenterology ACG Grant Program Clinical gastroenterology
  • Up to $15,000 USD
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Applicant must be an ACG member
American Psychological Foundation Pilot & Seed Grants Various research topics in psychology
  • 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
Banting Research Foundation Banting Discovery Award Medical research (any area)
  • $25,000 total
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Applicants need to be within the first 3 years of their first academic appointment
Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians CAEP Grant Competition Emergency Medicine
  • Varies by program
  • Only CAEP members are eligible to receive funds
Canadian Lung Association Research Grants Pulmonary research
  • Varies by program
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation CORL Grant Orthopaedic research
  • Up to $20,000
  • Duration: 1-2 years
  • One of the principal investigators must be an orthopaedic surgeon working in a Canadian orthopaedic centre
Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine CASEM Research Grants Sport and exercise medicine
  • Varies by program
  • The principal investigator must be a CASEM member.
CIHR Catalyst Grants Targeted research areas
  • Generally up to $100,000
  • Duration: Generally 1 year
  • CIHR periodically offers 'catalyst' grant competition to support targeted areas of health research. A full list of current CIHR competitions is available on ResearchNet
CIHR Planning & Dissemination Grants Planning meetings or knowledge translation activities
  • Generally $10,000-$20,000
  • Duration: 1 year
  • CIHR usually holds two planning grant competitions a year, with deadlines in August-September and February-March. The grants are aimed at supporting team meetings or KT activities that align with the research interests of participating CIHR institutes. A full list of current CIHR competitions is available on ResearchNet
CRE-MSD Seed grants Prevention of musculoskeletal diseases
  • Up to $10,000
  • Duration: 1 year
International Association for the Study of Pain IASP Grants & Fellowships Pain research
  • Varies by program
Joule Joule Innovation Grant Program Medical technologies
  • Varies by program
National Organization for Rare Disorders NORD Research Grants Rare disease research
  • Varies by program
North American Spine Society NASS Grants and Awards Basic, clinical, or translational spine research
  • Varies by program
Parkinson's Society Pilot Project Grants Parkinson's Disease
  • $50,000 total
  • Duration: 1 year
Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada PFC Awards Program Physiotherapy research
  • Varies by program
Prostate Cancer Canada Movember Discovery Grants Prostate Cancer
  • $200,000 total
  • Duration: up to 2 years
  • New investigators and established investigators are reviewed separately
Rare Disease Foundation Rare Disease Microgrants Rare disease research
  • $5,000
  • Duration: 1 year
Savoy Foundation Research Grants Epilepsy research
  • $25,000 total
  • Duration: 1-2 years
  • 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
  • $10,000 USD total
  • Duration: 1 year
  • At least 1 team member must be a member of the scoliosis research society
Sigma Theta Tau International Research Grants Nursing research topics
  • Varies by program
  • Preference will be given to STTI members and/or members of affiliated organizations
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) Pilot Awards Autism research (particularly genetic or other risk factors)
  • Up to $150,000 USD per year
  • Duration: Up to 2 years
  • SFARI will own purchased equipment with a unit cost of $50,000 (USD) or more.

Last Updated: December 3, 2018