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The Discovery Award is a one-year grant of up to $30,000 for innovative health and biomedical research projects by outstanding new investigators at universities and research institutes in Canada, who are within the first three years of their first academic appointment and who have received less than $200,000 as part of their start-up package. The intent is to provide seed funding so that applicants can gather pilot data to enhance their competitiveness for other sources of funding. We fund at least 6 awards per year. In addition, we partner with other organizations to grant co-funded Discovery Awards.
To be eligible to apply for the Discovery Award, you must:
- Be a new investigator at any Canadian university or affiliated research institute and be within the first three years of the date of first career academic appointment at the application deadline date of January 24, 2022.
- Not have been awarded by your institution more than $200,000 in start-up funding, excluding support from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and not have been awarded more than $50,000 per annum in external operating funds at the application deadline date of January 24, 2022. (An applicant who has been awarded more than $50,000 per annum in external operating funds may submit a request for less than $25,000, provided the total sum of operating funds received from all sources during the funding year, including funding awarded by The Banting Research Foundation, will not exceed $75,000).
A department/division head will be permitted to nominate only one potential applicant during each annual granting cycle.
A letter of nomination from the applicant’s host department or division head is required, confirming:
- all eligibility criteria have been met;
- the amounts and sources of all operating and institutional start-up funds available to the applicant;
- the candidate has been provided the space and access to institutional infrastructure necessary to conduct the proposed research details; and
- establishment of a mentorship plan, identifying the mentor who will provide guidance to the applicant as they launch their career.
Only applicants that submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) by December 1, 2021, will be eligible to submit a full application.
*Note that for the NOI stage the applicant must acknowledge that the plan to submit a proposal has been discussed with the respective Department Chair/Head*
The application (full proposal) deadline date of January 24, 2022.
*Signature sheet and copy of full application due to ORS 3 business days in advance of deadline.