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

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: TBD.
RSO Internal Deadline: TBD
Agency Deadline: December 31, 2020 - TENTATIVE
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 LOI: December 20, 2020 at noon

RSO Deadline Full ApplicationI: December 22, 2020 9:00 am
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: Postponed - TBD
Stage 2 Internal Deadline: Postponed - TBD
Contact: Clint Westgard

Research Services is launching the intake for the Fall 2020 Partnership Development Grant (PDG) competition.

Partnership Development Grants provide support over one to three years to teams/partnerships, led by a project director, to:

  • develop research and related activities in the social sciences and humanities, including knowledge mobilization and the meaningful involvement of students and emerging scholars, by fostering new partnerships for existing and/or potential partners; or
  • design and test new partnership approaches for research and/or related activities that may result in best practices or models that either can be adapted by others or have the potential to be scaled up to a regional, national or international level.

Optional test your concept May 25, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. ipd@ucalgary.ca

Intent to Apply to RSO: July 31, 2020
RSO Internal Deadline: November 9, 2020 at noon

Contact: Winnie Low ipd@ucalgary.ca


This award provides salary support to individuals who have clearly demonstrated excellence during their doctoral and post-doctoral training in cardiovascular or cerebrovascular research. New Investigator awards are tenable in Canada only.

To submit an application, the Applicant MUST pre-register by 31 July, 2020 using the following pre-registration link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2021-22_NNI-NCN_Registration-Inscription.Once pre-registered, additional details will be released to the Applicant.

RSO Internal Deadline RMS: September 2, 2020 at noon

Contact: Gary Markoski

The Grant-in-Aid (GIA) program provides operating funds to support important, pertinent, novel research in the areas of heart disease and stroke. GIA funding promotes research discovery, exploration and innovation across all health research themes. Knowledge gained from scientific findings contributes to the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health of Canadians through prevention, treatment and recovery.
Research is supported across the four health research themes:

  • Basic biomedical
  • Clinical
  • Health services/systems
  • Social, cultural, environmental and population health.

Researchers at all career stages are encouraged to apply to the GIA program. Principal Investigators (and co-PIs) must have a full-time academic or faculty appointment (i.e., at minimum, at the assistant or clinical assistant professor level) in Canada at the time of application.

RSO Internal Deadline: August 25, 2020 at noon
Contact: Gary Markoski

Canadian Cancer Society/CIHR/Brain Canada: Spark Grants: Novel Technology Applications in Cancer Prevention and Early Detection

Spark Grants will support preliminary research to establish proof of principle in novel cancer prevention and early detection approaches. The goal is to fund high risk, high reward studies, that provide sufficient rationale and/or preliminary data to convince reviewers of the novelty and feasibility of the proposed work. Spark grants are intended to support the development of new partnerships and the exploration of highly novel concepts, involving researchers from any research area, and particularly from non-traditional cancer fields, such as engineering, AI, robotics, physics, nanoscience, statistics, informatics, computer and data sciences, behavioural science, and any other discipline poised to seed the next generation of disruptive technologies in cancer control.

Registration: August 28, 2020
RSO Internal Deadline Full Application: October 14, 2020

Contact: Gary Markoski

The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, Child Health Research Development Fund provides salary support for Allied Health and Nursing professionals who are novice to research to develop research that has the potential to improve the health and well-being of infants, children, and youth under 18 years of age and their families.

The 2020-2021 Child Health Research Development Fund will provide salary support for four projects at $5,000 per project to develop a(n)*:
- literature review
- research proposal
- research grant application (virtual data collection)
- early stage efficacy study (virtual data collection)
- presentation/publication (based on previously funded work)
- practice support tool (precursor to clinical practice guidelines)

Application Process
1. Complete The Child Health Research Development Fund application form
2. Submit the signed application form, including a 5 page proposal and optional attachments to Beverly.Collisson@ahs.ca and Brian.Brooks@ahs.ca; cc to Conny.Betuzzi@ahs.ca; Subject Line: The Child Health Research Development Fund 2020-2021
3. Submit the application by email by midnight, Friday October 2, 2020.

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)