New Investigator Research Grant

SickKids Foundation


Grant amount: Up to C $300,000

Anticipated deadline: Apr 20, 2019 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Research Scientist Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Canada

Location of residency: Canada

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within a few years of receiving their PhD

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Overview:

New Investigator Research Grants enable early-career researchers to make a meaningful contribution to the fight for children’s health. They are jointly sponsored by SickKids Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health. Grant recipients may obtain up to three years of support for research in the biomedical, clinical, health systems and services, population and public health sectors.

This program provides support to child health researchers early in their careers so that they can compete with more senior investigators for research grants from other funders. We fund research that has the potential to have a significant impact on child health outcomes.

Overview

Through its National Grants program, The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation ("SickKids Foundation") seeks to strengthen Canada’s capacity and knowledge to respond to children’s health challenges and needs. To do so, we grant funds to research projects that have the potential for significant impact in areas of children’s health needs based on scientific excellence and relevance to child health.

Funding Objectives

New Investigator Research Grants provide important early career development support to child health researchers. It is intended this program will enhance the grant recipient’s ability to compete with more senior investigators for research grants from other funders. Through this grants program we are seeking to fund research carried out by new investigators across Canada who successfully lead, participate in, and translate outstanding child health research that will respond to children’s health challenges and needs.

The New Investigator Grants Program is a jointly sponsored program of SickKids Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research ("CIHR") - Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH). Grant recipients may obtain up to three years' support for research in biomedical, clinical, health systems and services, and population and public health sectors.

Funding for Research Operating Grant

New investigator researchers may obtain up to a maximum of $100,000 annually for up to three years for a maximum of $300,000 for their research project. The research operating grant may be used for:

  • Research costs – materials, services, salaries of staff including research assistant /technicians etc., knowledge translation or dissemination of results, travel, supplies, resources, animals.
  • Equipment purchase or rental (including computers) required for the project.
  • Funding is paid to a Canadian institution that is a registered Canadian charity that the principal investigator has a formal affiliation with and agrees to administer the grant funds (the "Eligible Institution").

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Eligibility:

  • The applicant must be a new investigator as of the application deadline.
    • For the purpose of this award, a new investigator is defined as an individual who as a principal or co-principal investigator has not received combined operating grant funding of $500,000 or more (Canadian dollars) and is within five years of their first academic appointment.
    • Academic appointment is defined as an appointment which allows an individual to apply for research grants as an independent investigator.
  • Who is Eligible to Apply
    • The principal investigator must be eligible to apply for independent research grants and be formally affiliated with an Eligible Institution, where that institution is willing to financially administer the grant.
    • The principal investigator will usually hold a doctoral degree (Ph.D) or equivalent medical/health care degree and have had formal research training.
      • Co-principal investigators are researchers who may or may not have a formal affiliation (faculty appointment) with the Eligible Institution, but will take responsibility for particular administrative and scientific aspects of the research project.
    • Eligible applicants are required to include a mentorship plan and to work with a clearly-identified mentor.
      • The mentor will work with the applicant on a plan; review the application before submission; provide advice throughout the project to ensure it is competitive in terms of both scientific excellence and relevance to child health.
    • The applicant must be a new investigator at the date of application; i.e. at the time of application deadline. For the purpose of this award, a new investigator is defined as an individual who:
      • As a principal investigator has not been awarded combined Operating Grant funding of $500,000 or more Canadian dollars. An "Operating Grant" is defined as a grant that can be used to cover administrative or any other research-related costs (including salary of trainees or students) in order to carry out a research project. This does not include startup funds, salary awards, equipment or infrastructure funds.
        • Note: Should an Operating Grant be received after the application is submitted, the applicant must notify SickKids Foundation immediately.
      • Is within five years of their first academic appointment. Academic appointment is defined as an appointment which allows an individual to apply for research grants as an independent investigator.
        • Note: If the principal investigator is a health care practitioner who does not have an academic appointment, then they must be formally affiliated with an Eligible Institution to perform research as a principal investigator and is willing to financially administer the grant.
      • Has at least 50% of protected research time for the duration of the project.

Ineligibility:

  • We are unable to fund projects:
    • That has limited relevance to the health of children (conception up to 18 years of age).
    • Primarily to the benefit of children outside of Canada.
    • That are otherwise funded research projects.
    • Applications in which the principal applicant:
      • is a trainee (i.e. a fellow or doctoral candidate);
      • does not have an affiliation with an Eligible Institution;
      • currently holds an active SickKids Foundation grant
  •  Trainees (i.e. doctoral students or fellows) cannot be principal or co-principal investigators.