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IWK Research Funding Opportunities

Research & Innovation Advancement (RIA) is pleased to offer a variety of funding opportunities (April 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025).


NOTE: All applications must be submitted either through email or the ROMEO Research Portal (see competition guidelines for specific instructions) by 11:59 PM on the date specified with the exception of TRIC applications which are to be submitted to by 4:00 PM on the date specified (NOTE: The TRIC 2023 competition has been cancelled). Large files over 5MB should use the secure email transfer service MOVEit Transfer.

When the application due date specified falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be the following business day.

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Internal Funding Opportunities

Summer Studentship

This award is intended to support promising summer students engaged in research aimed at improving child, youth, maternal or women’s health at the IWK.

Eligibility: Any undergraduate trainee supervised by an IWK researcher and not funded through the Research In Medicine (RIM) Program.

Application Deadline: January 15

Funds Available (no match required): $5,000

Summer Studentship Guidelines

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Centre Development Grant Phase 1

The purpose of the award is to strengthen the development of new Applications to Establish an IWK Centre for Research. To this end, RIA seeks Development Grant applications from (a) investigators who have a coherent centre vision that has the potential to develop a national reputation (b) a strong team of multidisciplinary investigators with established research records, and (c) centres with a plan to use funds to facilitate the development of the IWK Centre for Research application.

Funding call will be held biannually.

Funds Available (no match required): $35,000

Email Priya Damodaran for more information.

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Centre Support Grant Phase 2

Aim: The purpose of the award is to support currently operational IWK Centres for Research. To this end, RIA seeks applications from leaders of IWK Centres for Research who can demonstrate that their centre (a) has a coherent vision (b) has sought and received external funding (c) produced high impact, innovative, nationally recognized research (d) has served local, regional or national needs in alignment with IWK Mission & Values.

Application Deadline: TBD

Funds Available (no match required): TBD

Email Priya Damodaran for more information.

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Project Grant

This grant is intended to support projects that will position IWK researchers to be more competitive for external funding or to complete high-quality projects of more limited scope that will have significant scientific or clinical impact.

Application Deadline: October 15

Funds Available: $25,000 for 1 year (with 1 year no-cost extension)

The following types of applications are accepted:

  • Seed/Preliminary Data. The study will provide preliminary data that will support an upcoming application for an external grant.
  • New Area. This study is in an area that is distinct from the applicant’s current area of research and is not an incremental progression in their current research program. This study will provide the applicant an opportunity to explore a new area of research.
  • Stand-alone Project. This study can be completed within the allocated budget, and yield findings of sufficient originality and import to make an independent impactful contribution to the literature or practice.

Project Grant Guidelines

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Mentored Grant

This grant is intended to support projects that will build capacity in research at the IWK, and facilitate the development of the applicant’s research efficacy by enhancing research skills through actual involvement in research. Trainees, early career faculty, or clinical and administrative staff who are building research expertise are encouraged to apply. Evaluation of applications will be based on the quality of the proposed project and the likelihood that the mentorship relationship will lead to further skill and professional development for the mentee.

Application Deadline: October 15

Funds Available: $5,000 over a two (2) year period 

Mentored Grant Guidelines

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Establishment Recruitment

The purpose of this award is to help in the recruitment/establishment of new research investigators in the field of women’s and children’s health care in the Maritime Provinces. In this context, health care includes all aspects of research related to the health of women and children, including laboratory and clinical research, and research in education and rehabilitation.

Application Deadline: Funding requests are accepted from six months prior to the investigator’s start date through the first 12 months of appointment.

Funds Available: Pending available funds.

Establishment Recruitment Guidelines

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Equipment Refresh/Replace

As demands for equipment related funding continue to increase, researchers are encouraged to budget for service contracts and maintenance costs of major pieces of multi-user equipment in all external funding opportunities. Fees from users should also be considered to provide a fund for emergency repairs, maintenance and replacement costs. Applications to the Equipment Refresh/Replace Program may require documentation that funding from external sources, e.g. IOF has been inadequate or unsuccessful.

Application Deadline: September 30

Funds Available: Depending on funds available, the cost of repairs, maintenance, or purchase of equipment may be reimbursed.

Equipment Refresh/Replace Guidelines

Equipment Refresh/Replace Application Form

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Matching Funds

Numerous funding programs now require institutional matching funds (in-kind or cash). Matching funds will be available for grant proposals to government and not-for-profit organizations when required by the sponsor or as part of the grant application.

Application Deadline: Applications may be submitted at any time during the fiscal year (April 1–March 31) but no later than one month prior to the funding agency’s application deadline.

Funds Available: Maximum of up to 10% of a $100,000 funding program.

Matching Funds Guidelines

Matching Funds Application Form

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Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship

The purpose of this award is to support collaborations between the IWK and postsecondary institutions by funding an internship (or internships) to enable projects that will improve child, youth, maternal or women’s health.

Terms of support: Base level of support is $15,000 per four-to-six (4-6) month module to support a single internship. If successful, IWK RIA will contribute a stipend of $7,500 and Mitacs will contribute $7,500. Projects including multiple internships and modules will be considered pending available funding.

Mitacs Accelerate Guidelines

Mitacs Application Form

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Overhead Award

The purpose of the Overhead Award is to assist investigators with research-related expenses or special projects. The Overhead Award allows investigators to apply for a grant based on the overhead applicable industry sponsored research studies they have generated within the past 12-month period. Applicants can request support for any endeavour that is research related, such as a specific research project, a piece of equipment, research infrastructure development, etc. 

Note: Grant-funded projects are not eligible for the Overhead Award.

Application Deadline: Applications may be submitted at any time. The requested amount can only be for overhead received by the IWK within a maximum of 12 months prior to the submitted application date.

Funds Available: Where Dalhousie and the IWK are recipients of the overhead from industry sponsored contracts, the award will be based on the amount provided by the applicant’s Academic department(s) towards the award and matched in equal portion (50/50 cost share). Where the IWK is the only recipient of overhead, the applicant can request up to a maximum of 40% of IWK overhead receipts as the award. NOTE: the maximum IWK contribution is $100,000 per fiscal year.

Overhead Award Guidelines

Overhead Award Application Form

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Translating Research into Care (TRIC)

PLEASE NOTE that the TRIC 2023 competition has been CANCELLED. We will provide updated information as soon as possible.

The purpose of TRIC is to support research, at the point of care, that will facilitate the translation of clinical science into improved delivery of services and patient care for women, children, and families at the IWK.

TRIC Guidelines

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Health System Impact (HSI) Fellowships

Deadlines for the 2024 HSI competitions have not yet been released. Once available, internal HSI deadlines will precede CIHR HSI deadlines by two weeks.

The Health System Impact Program provides highly-qualified doctoral trainees, post-doctoral fellows and early career researchers in health services and policy research, or related fields, a unique opportunity to develop embedded research projects/programs that address the most pressing problems faced by health system organizations and to support evidence-informed-decision-making.

The HSI Fellowships provide a one or two year paid experiential learning opportunity within health system and related organizations where the fellow will dedicate the majority of their time towards a co-developed program of work that advances the organization’s goals and contributes to improved health system performance. Annual calls for applications.

The HSI Early Career Embedded Researcher Stream (ECR) provides a four-year award to establish a career pathway for embedded ECRs, increase their potential for impact and contribution as embedded scholars, and increase the probability that they will secure an embedded scientist position with a Canadian health system organization and/or a faculty position in a Canadian academic institution. To this end, the award will provide protected time for embedded research within the health system organization. The program will be launched bi-annually.

HSIF Guidelines

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IWK Research Grant Reports and Forms

Researchers who have acquired funds through IWK sources are required to submit a final report documenting the progress and results of their funded project. Please refer to the guidelines for your program to determine whether or not an interim report is required in addition to the final report.

IWK Program Funds - Interim Report

IWK Program Funds - Final Report

IWK Program Funds - Final Report - Establishment Grant 

If you would like to request an extension for your IWK funded grant or award please complete the following form (note: this form is for IWK programs and awards only).

IWK Grants Extension Request Form

Any changes to IWK Program budgets are to be requested using the Budget Change Request form (Pulse link).

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External Funding Opportunities

The Submission Requirements for Research Applications policy must be followed when applying to an external funding opportunity. 

RIA compiles a list of External Funding Opportunities (Pulse link) which is updated throughout the year. Please note that this is not meant to be a complete list of all available external opportunities.

IWK Investigator Checklist (Pulse link) - All external funding applications must be vetted through RIA and accompanied by an Investigator Checklist and submitted to

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  • Contact

    IWK Health Research & Innovation Advancement (RIA)

    5850/5980 University Ave.
    PO Box 9700
    Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 6R8

    If you are looking for a specific individual from one of our departments or facilities please visit our Research Team (RIA) page.

    If you have a general question about research, our services, facilities or programs, please email us. You can also sign up for our weekly IWK Research E-Bulletin by contacting us via the email below.

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