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IWK Research Funding Opportunities




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IWK Research Fund Competitions

Research Services is pleased to offer a variety Operating and Personnel funding opportunities. Please see below.

NOTE: All applications must be submitted through the ROMEO Research Portal

ROMEO Researcher Portal

Please view the following document for instructions: ROMEO Registration and Application Instructions


Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the health centre works towards the resumption of onsite services, we are able to move forward plans to expand the current research activities being conducted onsite. We are entering new terrain as we prepare to resume some onsite research activities, including facing the possibility of subsequent waves of COVID‐19.

IWK Memo Resumption of Research

IWK Resumption of Onsite Research Application

The Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF) was announced on May 15, 2020, as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. The temporary program was established to help sustain the research enterprise at Canadian universities and health research institutions affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF)


Operating Grants

Project Grants

Aim: 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 Dates: October 15th, 2020 

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 his/her 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.

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 Mentored Grants

Aim: This operating grant is intended to i) support projects that will build capacity in research at the IWK, and ii) facilitate the development of the applicant’s research skills. 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 Dates: October 15th, 2020

Funds Available: $5,000 for 1 year

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 Matching Funds

Aim: Numerous funding programs now require institutional matching funds (in-kind or cash). Matching funds will be available for grant proposals to government and non-for-profit organizations when require by the sponsor or as part of the grant application.

Deadline Dates: Applications may be submitted at any time during the fiscal year (April 1st – March 31st) 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.

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Click here for Matching Funds Application Form

 Equipment Refresh/Replace

Aim: 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 has been inadequate or unsuccessful and that realistic fees have been collected from users.

Deadline Dates: September 30th, 2020

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

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Click here for Equipment Refresh/Replace Application Form

 Translating Research into Care (TRIC)

Purpose: 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.

Deadline date: September 14 at 4 PM

Funds available: Level 1 up to $3,000 / Level 2 up to $30,000 / Level 3 up to $60,000.

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 Establishment Recruitment

Aim: The purpose of this award is to aid 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 the 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

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Personnel Support

Aim: These grants are intended to support promising summer students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows engaged in research aimed at improving child, youth, maternal or women’s health at the IWK. 

 Summer Studentship

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

Deadline Dates: January 10

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

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 Graduate Studentship

Eligibility: A Masters or PhD candidate whose primary supervisor is an IWK researcher. The applicant must be enrolled in a graduate program. Applicants are eligible for a second year of funding, provided they demonstrate proof of application to an external funding source during their first year.

Deadline Dates: July 6th, 2020

Funds Available (no match required): $25,000/year for up to 2 years

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 Postdoctoral Fellowship

Eligibility: A PhD or resident physician/clinical fellow whose primary supervisor is an IWK researcher. Seventy-five per centre (75%) or more of the applicant’s time must be spent engaged in research at the IWK. Applicants are eligible for a second year of funding, provided they demonstrate proof of application to an external funding source during their first year.

Deadline Dates: January 10

Funds Available (no match required): $50,000/year for up to 2 years

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Overhead Award

Aim: The purpose of the Overhead Award is to assist investigators with research-related expense. The Overhead Award allows investigators to apply for a grant based on the overhead applicable contract research they have generated within the current fiscal year. 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 within the fiscal year (April 1st – March 31st) the funds have been received but no later than April 30 of the following fiscal year.

Funds Available: The amount of the award will depend on the revenue share and will be matched based on the amount provided by the applicant’s department(s) towards the award (50/50 cost share). Where all overhead revenue was allotted only to the Health Centre, the applicant can request up to a maximum of 50% toward the award. Awards will be granted for a one year term.

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Click here for Overhead Award Application Form

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