Research & Innovation Advancement (RIA) is pleased to offer a variety of funding opportunities.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
On this page:
- Internal Funding Opportunities
- IWK Research Grant Reports and Forms
- External Funding Opportunities
Internal Funding Opportunities
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. Any undergraduate trainee supervised by an IWK researcher and not funded through the Research In Medicine (RIM) Program is eligible.
Deadline Date: January 15
Funds Available (no match required): $5,000
Centre Development Grant Phase 1
Aim: 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.
Deadline Date: February 28
Funds Available (no match required): $35,000
Email Priya Damodaran for more information.
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.
Deadline Date: TBD
Funds Available (no match required): TBD
Email Priya Damodaran for more information.
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.
Deadline Date: 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.
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.
Deadline Date: October 15
Funds Available: $5,000 over a two (2) year period
Accelerated Research Chair
Clinician scientists are uniquely situated to enact innovative change at IWK Health and we are deeply committed to their success. We will offer an Accelerated Research Chair to a mid-career clinician scientist. The award is intended to provide the successful applicant with dedicated research time to enable them to make innovative contributions to the strategic research & innovation priorities of IWK Health.
More information to follow by Fall 2024.
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.
Deadline Dates: 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.
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.
Deadline Dates: 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.
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.
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.
Deadline Dates: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Any changes to IWK Program budgets are to be requested using the Budget Change Request form (Pulse link).
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.