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The DFM Academic Leadership and Support Fund

The fund is intended to recognize and support physicians who are involved in the training of our Family Medicine residents and medical students by providing them with an opportunity to further their continued education and/or enhance their leadership skills in as much as it relates to their academic role within the Department.

More information about the Academic and Leadership Support Fund


New Frontiers in Research Fund 2020 Transformation Competition

The objective of the Transformation stream is to support large-scale, Canadian-led interdisciplinary research projects that address a major challenge with the potential to realize real and lasting change. The challenge may be fundamental, leading to a scientific breakthrough, or applied, with a social, economic, environmental or health impact. Projects are expected to be world-leading, drawing on global research expertise, when relevant.

Transformation stream grants will support projects that:

  1. tackle a well-defined problem or challenge;
  2. propose a novel world-leading approach that is different from the current state-of-the-art approaches to the issue;
  3. are interdisciplinary, bringing different perspectives to the defined problem; and
  4. have the potential to be transformative, defined as the potential to create a significant and real change or impact—a noticeable leap or tangible breakthrough rather than an incremental advance.

Transformation grants are valued at between $2,000,000 and $4,000,000 per year (including indirect costs) for up to six years. The maximum budget for the direct costs of the research project is $3,200,000 per year, and the minimum budget is $1,600,000.

Internal Deadline for NOI is February 13, 2020 5PM. Notice of intent to apply deadline is February 18, 2020 8pm

For strategic advice on how to position your application for the 2020 Competition, please contact Gina Funicelli ( or France Goulet ( in the Office of the Vice-President Research


Sodexo Call for Proposals

Last year, the LRI launched a new partnership and a call for proposals from Sodexo: a world leader in delivering food services, facilities management and over 100 quality of life services. Sodexo has pledged more than 150,000 € ($217,000) for the first year of this collaboration, which will fund three projects per year. Sodexo has reviewed the submissions for the 2019 call for proposals and found that they were focused solely on older adults. They were indeed interested in the future of health and well-being but, as stipulated in the call, this was for all population groups across the life-course. With this in mind, funding for a project on older adult years has been awarded but the competition remains open to receive revised or new proposals that include younger age groups. We are therefore re-releasing the call to select two further projects with a submission date of 28 February 2020.

This particular call for proposals focuses primarily on the inclusion of younger generations, young and/or middle-aged adults.

New Sodexo call for proposals deadline:  February 28, 2020  

Sodexo call for proposals application form: To apply for this funding opportunity, the applicant must be a member of the LRI (how to become a member).

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: or 613-562-5800 x 6943


CIHR: New Pre-announcement: Team Grants: Diabetes Mechanisms and Translational Solutions

The CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes, Institute of Genetics, Institute of Infection and Immunity and Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health, along with the Institute of Aging, Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health, Institute of Gender and Health and Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis, in partnership with Diabetes Canada, Fonds de recherche du Québec–Santé (FRQS), JDRF Canada, Kidney Foundation of Canada (KFOC) and MITACS are pleased to announce the upcoming funding opportunity for Team Grants: Diabetes Mechanisms and Translational Solutions.

The Team Grants in Diabetes Mechanisms and Translational Solutions will support multi-disciplinary research to better understand the underlying causes and pathophysiology of diabetes, and develop improved prevention and treatment approaches for diabetes.

The objectives of the Team Grants in Diabetes Mechanisms and Translational Solutions are:

  1. To elucidate previously undefined mechanisms that control the onset and progression of all types of diabetes mellitus and related complications and co-morbidities, with appropriate consideration of sex as a biological variable and gender as a social determinant of health.
  2. To develop new translational solutions aimed at prevention, treatment, and delivery of care for people living with diabetes.

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $20,200,000. The total amount available at the LOI stage is $200,000, enough to fund approximately 20 LOIs ($10,000 each). At the full application stage, a total of $20,000,000 is available, enough to fund up to 10 grants. The maximum amount per grant is $400,000 per year for up to 5 years, for a total of $2,000,000 per grant.


2020 Program and Young Investigator’s Grants

HFSP Research Grants support innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems with emphasis placed on novel and interdisciplinary approaches that involve scientific exchanges across national and disciplinary boundaries. Two types of grants are available:

Young Investigator Grants:

Awarded to teams of researchers, all of whom are within the first five years after obtaining an independent laboratory (e.g. Assistant Professor, Lecturer or equivalent).


Program Grants:

Awarded to teams of independent researchers at any stage of their careers. The research team is expected to develop new lines of research through the collaboration. Up to $450,000 per grant per year may be applied for.


Guidelines for 2020 Program and Young Investigator applications are now available. Applications will be made via the HFSP extranet website which is now operational. You must initiate an application (with a 2021 reference number) via the website by March 19th, 2020. Letters of Intent deadline: March 30th, 2020 (Guidelines).Specific enquiries to


Notice of upcoming funding opportunity – rapid research response to the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

The Government of Canada would like to inform the research community of a pending launch of a rapid research response to contribute to global efforts to contain the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak.

This research response is aligned with the efforts of international partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GLoPID-R). This is a collaboration among Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).


Expected key dates

  • Launch of the full request for applications: Week of February 10, 2020
  • Application deadline: Week of February 17, 2020
  • Peer review begins: Week of February 17, 2020
  • Anticipated notice of decision: Week of February 24, 2020
  • Funding start date: February 1, 2020


Given the urgency of this funding competition, recruitment for peer reviewers will begin immediately. If you are interested and available to volunteer as a peer reviewer, please reach out to CIHR immediately at We thank applicants and peer reviewers in advance for their flexibility and understanding with respect to the need for this expedited process.

For more information, please refer to this notice:


CIHR : Planning and Dissemination Grants – ICS

CIHR’s Planning and Dissemination Grants are intended to provide support for planning and/or dissemination activities consistent with the mandate of CIHR and relevant to CIHR Institutes and Initiatives.

The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:

  • to support planning activities, partnership development and to increase understanding of the health research landscape that will contribute to the advancement of research consistent with the mandate of CIHR; and
  • to support dissemination events and activities that focus on the communication of health research evidence to the appropriate researcher or knowledge-user audiences, tailoring the message and medium as appropriate.

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $ 1,528,500, enough to fund approximately 92 grants. Each grant is for one (1) year. The maximum amount per grant varies by Institute and Initiative but will not exceed $ 25,000.

Competition: 202003PCS
Application Deadline: 2020-03-17
Anticipated Notice of Decision: 2020-06-29
Funding Start Date: 2020-07-01


CIHR: Catalyst Grant : Health Effects of Vaping

As vaping products continue to increase in popularity, particularly among youth, there is a growing need for research evidence to advance our understanding of vaping behaviours, associated health effects (including vaping-associated lung illness [VALI] and other lung injury), vascular changes, and mental health and addiction impacts. As a result, CIHR and its Institutes are launching a one-year catalyst grant opportunity to provide funding for research aimed at further understanding the health effects of vaping.


The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $2,700,000,enough to fund approximately 27 grants.The maximum amount per grant is $100,000 per year for up to 1 year.

Competition: 202005HEV

Registration Deadline: 2020-03-25

Application Deadline: 2020-05-20

Anticipated Notice of Decision: 2020-09-29

Funding Start Date: 2020-09-01


Muscular Dystrophy Association – MDA Venture Philanthropy Program

MDA Venture Philanthropy (MVP) is the Muscular Dystrophy Association's drug development program, which operates within MDA's Translational Research program. MVP is exclusively focused on funding the discovery and clinical application of treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases. Adapting elements of the venture capital model, the MVP business plan is characterized by an emphasis on measurable results along with deep involvement by its scientific and industry advisers. MVP evaluates and makes targeted investments in for-profit and not-for-profit companies and academics developing therapeutics for neuromuscular diseases.


Building upon MDA's long-term investment in research and health care, MVP is designed to complement MDA's ongoing programs of health care, lifesaving services, advocacy, basic and clinical research, and professional and public health information. MVP also benefits from MDA's other research programs that support basic research, clinical trials and research infrastructures.


The MDA Venture philanthropy Program letter of intent deadline is: March 1st, 2020. 11:59PM ET

For more information concerning the program or the application process please visit:


Prizes and Awards

The Faculty of Medicine Research Office staff provides assistance to investigators, research teams and educators in identifying relevant awards and prizes and preparing applications, as well as coordinating nominations with key stakeholders within and external to the University.

Funding Opportunities with the Faculty of Medicine Research Office

The Faculty of Medicine offers its researchers several sources of internal funding. The Faculty continues to increase the capacity of the Research Office to support and interact efficiently with all stakeholders including basic and clinical scientists and trainees within the Faculty of Medicine, University and broader scientific community.

View Faculty of Medicine Research and Innovation Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities with the University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa offers its researchers several sources of internal funding. These funds enable researchers to build stronger proposals, become well known, and more competitive in external competitions. The University awards these funds through a competitive process.

View internal uOttawa Funding Opportunities

Other Funding Opportunities

Research Management Services provides a database of funding opportunities.

View the Funding Opportunities Database

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