Research Funding for New Faculty

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

External Funding - General Grants

Banting Research Foundation Discovery Awards

  • 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: Feb

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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, computer science, Earth system science, economics, mathematics, molecular biology, neuroscience, 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
  • Award: $75,000 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 life sciences
  • 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: December

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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 - National 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: $60,000/yr for 3 years
  • Deadline: September

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Parkinson Society Canada - New Investigator Award Program

  • 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 4 years of first university appointment at the application deadline date
  • $200,000 over 4 years
  • 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 15 years past their doctoral or post residency
  • Amount: $150,000 for up to 3 years
  • Deadline: Oct (letter of intent); Nov(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, permanent residents, 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: $225,000 over 3 years
  • 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 MD, PhD, DMD, DVM, or equivalent
  • 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: July

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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
  • 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
  • $50,000 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 prevention, diagnosis, and treatment 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); 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 8 years
  • Deadline: July (Letter of Intent); applications by invitation only

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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 in last 5 years
  • 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 research programs for prostate cancer
  • Amount: $75,000/yr for 3 years
  • Deadline: August

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The Terry Fox Research Institute New Investigator Award

  • For faculty within first 7 years of first faculty-level appointment in Canada and doing high-quality cancer research
  • Requires sponsorship from research team supported by CIHR or Terry Fox Research Institute
  • $450,000 for 3 years
  • Deadline: June (registration); Sept (application)

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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 $4800
  • 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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