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

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 Researcher Resources page.

Health Funding Opportunities


Funding Agency Award 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
  • Queen's Research Services manages this competition at Queen's. Please see the 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  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  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