Research Funding for New Faculty

In addition to the opportunities listed below, see Research Funding for All Biochemistry Faculty.

External Funding - General Grants

Government of Canada - New Frontiers in Research Fund

  • For new investigators within first 5 years of first academic appointment
  • Research must be interdisciplinary
  • Up to $250,000 over 2 years
  • Deadline: Jan (NOI); Feb (application)

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Banting Research Foundation Grants

  • For new investigators within first 3 years of first independent university/research institute appointment in Canada
  • Applicants must be receiving less than $150,000 in total start-up funds
  • Up to $25,000 available for 1 year, not to exceed a ceiling for total support of $75,000/yr (includes this award plus any other operating grants received)
  • Deadline: March

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Ministry of Research and Innovation - Early Researcher Award (ERA)

  • For promising, recently-appointed Ontario researchers to build their research teams of students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants and associates, and technicians
  • For applicants who have been faculty members for <5 years; 10 years from PhD or MD completion
  • Maximum of $100,000
  • Deadlines: see website

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Sloan Research Fellowships

  • Applicant must hold a PhD (or equivalent) in chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, physics, or a related field
  • Applicant must be member of the regular faculty (i.e., tenure track) of a college or university in US or Canada
  • Applicant must be no more than 6 years from completion of the most recent PhD or equivalent, unless a faculty appointment has been held for <2 years or unless one of the following special circumstances apply: military service, a change of field, or child rearing
  • Award: $65,000 for 2 years
  • Deadline: September

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Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Young Investigators' Grants

  • For teams of scientists who are all within 5 years of establishing an independent lab and within 10 years of receiving a PhD
  • For novel, innovative, and interdisciplinary basic research focused on the complex mechanisms of living organisms
  • For novel collaborations involving extensive synergies among teams of scientists working in different countries and disciplines
  • Compulsory pre-registration via website: Mar
  • Letter of intent: March or April
  • Full proposal: by invitation only

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External Funding - Grants in Specific Research Areas (excluding cancer)

American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) - General Research Grants

  • Provide small start-up grants targeted to young investigators
  • For limited research funds to explore new ideas in areas where funds are not normally available
  • Deadline: March

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SickKids Foundation/CIHR - New Investigator Research Grants

  • For research of children's health
  • Applicant must not have received combined operating grants of greater than $500,000
  • Applicant must be within 5 years of having taken up first academic appointment
  • Up to 3 years of funding
  • Deadline: April

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) - Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

  • Provides opportunities for Assistant Professors to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the intersection of human and microbial biology
  • Provides support for US and Canadian Assistant Professor Scientists
  • Amount: $500,000 over 5 years
  • Pre-proposal deadline: July
  • Full application by invitation only

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Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada - New Investigator Award

  • Provides salary support to individuals who have clearly demonstrated excellence during their doctoral and post-doctoral training in cardiovascular or cerebrovascular research
  • Applicants must be within 5 years of the date of their first faculty appointment
  • Applicants must have an MD, PhD, or equivalent degree
  • Applicants must hold an operating grant in support of the proposed research at the time of this award; such grant(s) may be from the Heart and Stroke Foundation and/or other granting agencies
  • Amount: $65,000/yr for 4 years
  • Deadline: September

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Parkinson Society Canada - New Investigator Award Grant

  • Provides investigators with an early opportunity, upon completing research training, to develop and demonstrate the ability to initiate and conduct independent health research
  • Applicants must be wihtin first 5 years of career as a research scientist
  • For research in areas relevant to the cure, cause, prevention, improved treatment, or understanding of Parkinson's disease and related disorders
  • Amount: up to $45,000/yr for 2 years
  • Deadline: February

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Alzheimer Society of Canada Young Investigator Grant

  • Assists careers of outstanding young researchers who are entering their first phase of an academic appointment
  • For research in causes, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias
  • Applicants must be within 2 years of first university appointment at the application deadline date
  • Amount: up to $60,000/yr for 3 years for applications in the quality of life stream; $75,000/yr for 3 years for applications in the biomedical stream
  • Deadline: November

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Alzheimer's Association Research Grant

  • Provides new investigators with funding that will allow them to develop preliminary or pilot data, to test procedures, and to develop hypotheses
  • For applicants who are less than 10 years past their doctoral or post residency
  • Research must target defined areas of focus
  • Amount: $150,000 for up to 3 years
  • Deadline: March (letter of intent); April (full application)

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Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation of Canada Research Grants

  • Support biomedical research into intellectual impairment
  • Focus of research should be on causes and cure of the disease, as opposed to the active treatment or palliative care
  • Applicants must have no more than 5 years experience as an independent investigator
  • Amount: $40,000/yr for 3 years
  • Deadline: April

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Kidney Foundation of Canada (KFOC) - KRESCENT New Investigator Awards

  • Applicants must be within first 3 years of their first faculty appointment (Assistant Professor level or equivalent) at the time the award commences, who hold a MD, PhD, or equivalent degree
  • Applicants must be Canadian citizens or landed immigrants
  • For applicants from all disciplines relevant to kidney disease
  • Amount: $70,000/yr for 3 years (MD); $65,000/yr for 3 years (PhD)
  • Deadline: February

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American Liver Foundation (ALF) Liver Scholar Awards

  • Provide young scientists with support for their research to bridge the gap between completion of research training and attainment of status as an independent research scientist
  • Develop the potential of outstanding, young scientists and encourage research in liver physiology and disease
  • Applicants must apply while they are within the first 3 years of their first faculty appointment
  • Amount: $225,000 divided over 3 years
  • Deadline: December

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Parker B. Francis Fellowship Program in Pulmonary Research

  • Supports the development of outstanding investigators who plan careers in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine
  • Applicants are in transition from post-doctoral trainees to independent investigators
  • Proposed research will focus on lung biology or lung disease
  • Amount: $50,000 (1st year); $52,000 (2nd year); $54,000 (third year)
  • Deadline: October

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Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International - Career Development Awards

  • Attract qualified and promising scientists early in their faculty careers and give them the opportunity to establish themselves in diabetes research
  • Applicants must have obtained their first degree (MD, PhD, DMD, DVM, or equivalent) at least 3, but not more than 7, years before the award
  • Applicants must hold an academic faculty level position (including assistant professor or equivalent) at the time of the application
  • Amount: $150,000/year for up to 5 years
  • Deadline: June

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New York Stem Cell Foundation Neuroscience Investigator Awards

  • For innovative and excellent science with the probability for transforming the field of neuroscience research
  • For areas of developmental, cellular, cognitive and translational neuroscience; proposals need not be related to stem cells
  • Applicants should be within 5 years of starting as a tenure track professor or of initially holding a comparable position
  • Amount: $300,000/year for up to 5 years
  • Deadline: Feb

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New York Stem Cell Foundation Stem Cell Investigator Awards

  • For research exploring the basic biology and translational potential of stem cells
  • For innovative science with the probability for transforming the field of stem cell research and advancing the understanding and eventual use of stem cells for the treatment of human disease
  • Applicants should be within 5 years of starting as a tenure track professor or of initially holding a comparable position
  • Amount: $300,000/year for up to 5 years
  • Deadline: Feb

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Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Awards

  • Funded by the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation
  • 2 career development research awards for female geneticists from anywhere in the world
  • Applicants must be in their first 3 years of an independent faculty-level position in genetics
  • One award will fund genetics research in human and non-human mammals and the other will fund genetics research in model organisms
  • Amount: $25,000/year for 3 years
  • Offered every 3 years
  • Deadline: June 

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External Funding - Cancer Grants

Cancer Research Society - Scholarship for the Next Generation of Scientists

  • Consists of 2 parts: 1) post-doctoral salary award for one year for a candidate finishing his/her fellowship; 2) an operating grant once the candidate has obtained a faculty position in a recognized Canadian institution
  • $40,000 for 1st year; $60,000/year for 2nd and 3rd years
  • Deadline: April

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Worldwide Cancer Research - Research Grants

  • Supports fundamental or translational research into the causes, mechanisms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer
  • Emphasis is on basic, as opposed to clinical, research
  • Foreign scientists can apply
  • 1-3 years
  • Deadlines: April

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Leukemia Research Foundation Hollis Brownstein Research Grants

  • Preference for research related to leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Amount: $100,000 for 1 year
  • Applicants must be within 7 years of their first independent position
  • Deadline: February (Letter of Intent); July (applications: by invitation only)

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Susan G. Komen for the Cure - Career Catalyst Research Grants

  • Provide opportunities for scientists in the early stages of their careers to further their research independence
  • Provide support for projects that will lead to substantial progress in breast cancer research and reductions in breast cancer incidence and/or mortality
  • For applicants who have held faculty appointment for no more than 5 years
  • Deadline: Aug (Letter of Intent); Oct (applications: invitation only)

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Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy - Young Investigator Award Research Grants

  • For development of cancer cell and gene therapy research
  • Applicants must hold an MD, PhD, or equivalent degree, and be a tenure-track Assistant Professor within 5 years of their initial appointment to this rank at the time of award activation
  • Amount: $250,000-$500,000 over 2-3 years
  • Deadline: fall and spring

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Concern Foundation - Conquer Cancer Now Awards

  • For independent investigators at the level of Assistant Professor
  • Priority will be given to proposals from investigators who have yet to obtain significant funding for their work
  • For research in the areas of the genetics, biology, and immunology of cancer
  • Amount: $60,000 for one year; second year conditional on progress
  • Deadline: September (LOI); December (full application)

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Sontag Foundation Distinguished Scientist Awards

  • Presented to the most outstanding early career scientists with inspiring brain cancer research proposals
  • Applicants must hold their first independent full-time faculty appointment at the level of assistant professor, independent researcher, or equivalent position
  • Proposed research should demonstrate potential to generate new knowledge relating to causes, cure, or treatment of primary brain tumors/brain cancer
  • Amount: $150,000/yr for up to 4 years
  • Deadline: March

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Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Awards

  • For highly innovative basic science programs, but priority will be given to “bench to bedside” translational research proposals with the potential to deliver near term benefit to patients with prostate cancer
  • Applicant should be within six years following completion of a professional degree or clinical training, such as MD, PhD, MD-PhD, MPH, or equivalent
  • Amount: $75,000/yr for 3 years
  • Deadline: August

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Internal Funding

Western Strategic Support for CIHR Success - Seed Grant

  • Targeted to eligible Early Career Researchers, who are within three years of the start date of their first eligible academic research appointment at Western
  • $25,000 for 1 year
  • Deadline: November

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Western Strategic Support for NSERC Success - Seed Grant

  • Targeted to eligible Early Career Researchers, who are within three years of the start date of their first eligible academic research appointment at Western
  • $25,000 for 1 year
  • Deadline: November

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Petro-Canada Young Innovator Awards (specific to Western and Robarts)

  • Applicants can apply up to their 8th year on faculty from the initial date of their appointment
  • 2 awards given: one for Western faculty only and one for Robarts faculty/post-doctoral scholars
  • Deadline: March

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Megan J. Davey Opportunity Fund

  • Supports new faculty members at Western in experimental life sciences whose research explores cellular and molecular organization
  • New faculty must be within ten years of their first faculty appointment at any university
  • For special opportunities not normally covered by research grants, such as travel and/or accommodations at national and international conferences, professional development, collaborative research activities, etc.
  • Amount: up to $3,000
  • Deadline: Nov

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London Regional Cancer Program (LRCP) - Catalyst Grants for Translational Cancer Research

  • Enhance translational cancer research in London
  • Targeted funds for specific types of cancer research (see website)
  • Applicants must be primary or cross-appointees to the Western University Dept. of Oncology
  • Co-applicants do not have to be appointed to Dept. of Oncology
  • Supports new research ideas with potential to attract external, peer-reviewed funding or private sector funding (other research types also eligible)
  • Deadlines: spring, fall

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