External Child Health Research Funding Opportunities

  • Conferences, workshops and competitions help advance research and development goals and are an important part of building upon ideas. Alberta Innovates values and supports such events as a means of building awareness of our programs and for attracting and recruiting graduate students and researchers. The Strategic Networking and Development Award makes funding available to Alberta-based universities and research institutions for these purposes. Proposals are accepted at any time and are reviewed regularly. Please note that this competition will be part of the new Research Management System (RMS) Release #1, and approvals will be obtained electronically. Please see funding calendar entry for details.The application and approvals must be routed through RMS and reach Research Services.
  • Contact: Lisa Singh

2020 Spring Accelerator Grant Competition

  • Accelerator award for early-stage, potentially transformative research that has the promise for future funding. Can-GARD aims to fund proposals that would eliminate barriers in the diagnostic or treatment journey for rare disease patients. Topics include basic research, clinical application, population studies, and machine learning approaches.
  • LOI Agency: November 30, 2019
  • RSO Internal Deadline: April 7, 2019 at noon
  • Full Proposal Agency: April 9, 2020

CIHR - Team Grant : Netherlands-Canada Type 2 Diabetes Research Consortium

  • The Netherlands-Canada Type 2 Diabetes Research Consortium will support the formation of one international Consortium between Dutch researchers funded through the Diabetes II Breakthrough Projects, for-profit private parties and other private parties, and Canadian researchers funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and will leverage the expertise of type 2 diabetes researchers in both countries. Canadian members applying for CIHR funding must complete a Preliminary Proposal to CIHR.
  • RSO Internal Deadline Preliminary Proposal: February 21, 2020 at noon
  • RSO Application Internal Deadline: TBD
  • Agency Deadline: May 19, 2020
    Contact: Anna LeMarquand

CIHR - Operating Grant : Early Career Investigator Grants in Maternal, Reproductive, Child & Youth Health (2020)

This Canadian Institutes of Health Research funding opportunity to support New Investigators in Maternal, Reproductive, Child and Youth Health is a collaboration between two CIHR institutes. The goal of the program is to build research capacity in maternal, reproductive, child and youth health by funding operating grants to new investigators. Applicants must secure partner contribution from non-federal sources to match the CIHR contribution at a minimum of 1:1 ratio.

Registration CIHR: May 5, 2020 6 p.m.
RSO Internal Deadline: June 12, 2020 at noon
Agency Deadline: June 16, 2020
Contact:  Anna LeMarquand

CIHR - Team Grant : Diabetes Mechanisms and Translational Solution
The objectives of the Canadian Institutes of Health (CIHR) Team Grants in Diabetes Mechanisms and Translational Solutions are 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, and to develop new translational solutions aimed at prevention, treatment, and delivery of care for people living with diabetes.

RSO Deadline Full Application: May 19, 2020 at noon

Agency Deadline: May 21, 2020
Contact: Anna LeMarquand 


The PRIHS competition, a partnership between Alberta Innovates and Alberta Health Services, provides a streamlined process for connecting Alberta’s academic institutions with Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs), patients, providers and leaders in AHS to translate research evidence into testable solutions that address priority health system challenges in Alberta and generate the evidence needed to identify and accelerate the spread and/or scale of solutions that foster more efficient and/or effective use of health care resources.
Competition Process: In order for a proposal to be considered for funding, it must be developed in partnership with one or more SCNs. Proposals need to address a priority health system challenge in Alberta that will demonstrate significant impact/cost savings. All PRIHS 6 applications must include SCN leadership as a lead or co-lead. Applicants should contact the Scientific Director (SD) or Assistant Scientific Director (ASD) of the appropriate SCN to discuss potential ideas.
Key Deadlines:
Contact Your SCN: January – February 2020
Expression of Intent to SCNs: February 21, 2020 at 4:00PM
Stage 1 Internal Deadline: May 20, 2020 at 4:00PM
Stage 2 Internal Deadline: October 14, 2020 at 4:00PM
The CSM Grant Development Office is developing resources and supports for the competition. To ensure you receive them, as well as any updates on the competition, please contact Clint Westgard (chwestga@ucalgary.ca)

CIHR - Team Grant : NEURON (2020
The 'Network of European Funding for Neuroscience Research' (NEURON) was established under the ERA-NET scheme of the European Commission. The aim of ERA-NET NEURON is to coordinate and optimize research efforts and funding programs of its partner countries in the fields of disease related neuroscience. Under the umbrella of NEURON, a joint transnational call has been launched with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for Multinational research projects on sensory disorders. Proposals should focus on impairment and/or loss of sensory function of neural origin. Only transnational projects will be funded. Each consortium submitting a proposal must be comprised of a minimum of three research partners eligible for funding by participating organizations.

Pre-Proposal NEURON Joint Call Secretariat: March 10, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. (MST)
RSO Internal Deadline Full Proposal: June 17, 2020 at noon

Contact: Anna LeMarquand

Sick Kids Foundation: 2020 New Investigator Research Grants
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. 

RSO Internal Deadline: April 17, 2020 at noon

ContactJonathan Jucker


The Azrieli Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Science Grants Program, and the launch of it’s first Request for Applications (RFA): “RNA and the Brain”.
This call for applications seeks to support research projects that deepen our understanding of the molecular events “downstream of RNA transcription” that diversify gene expression and function in embryonic and early postnatal development of the nervous system. The emphasis will be on how these mechanisms contribute to normal nervous system development, physiological homeostasis and/or neural cell function, and how their dysfunction may contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders. Our long term vision is that discoveries made possible by this RFA could lead to the development of mechanism-based interventions that address the fundamental molecular features that underlie neurodevelopmental conditions.
Value: $150,000/year for up to 3 years.

RSO Internal Deadline LOI: May 13, 2020 at noon
RSO Internal Deadline Full Application: July 15, 2020 at noon

Agency Deadline Full Application: July 18, 2020

The Impact Grant program supports significant progression in cancer research programs that are anywhere in the continuum from basic, high impact discovery to translational work of direct relevance to the clinic, to applied research. Impact Grants aim to accelerate and focus the knowledge gained from scientific findings, in the short- to medium-term, into outcomes that will

  • significantly improve scientific knowledge relevant to cancer;
  • result in improved cancer treatment;
  • result in optimized care of people living with and beyond cancer;
  • result in reduced cancer burden.

Impact Grants provide funding to support ideas that promote major advancements in research programs, whether at the fundamental discovery stage (such as studies involving model organisms that demonstrate potential for impact) through to applied research (such as patient or population-based proposals). Applications are encouraged from, but not limited to, the areas of biomedical, clinical, health services, and social and population health research. Value $300,000/year for 5 years.
RSO LOI Deadline: April 27, 2020 at noon
RSO Full Application Deadline: September 11, 2020 at noon

Contact:Jonathan Jucker

The Canadian Asthma, Allergy and Immunology Foundation (CAAIF) is a charitable foundation whose mission is to invest in research leading to new and better treatments that improve the lives of Canadians living with allergy, asthma, and immunologic diseases.  With funding from Aralez Pharmaceuticals, CAAIF is offering a research grant focused on the area of allergic rhinitis.
Value: $25,000 for 1 year.

RSO LOI Deadline: April 2, 2020 at noon
Contact: Jonathan Jucker

Research Enhancement Program

The OADR provides up to $5000/yr for principal investigators or lab members to obtain training in new techniques/methodologies that will enhance their research endeavors. Proposals will be considered to support acquisition of advances to improve an identified future grant application or to rapidly respond to requests by reviews of manuscripts currently close to publication, in a high impact journal (IF >8)