The Discovery Award is a one-year grant of up to $30,000 for innovative health and biomedical research projects by outstanding new investigators at universities and research institutes in Canada, who are within the first three years of their first academic appointment and who have received less than $200,000 as part of their start-up package. The intent is to provide seed funding so that applicants can gather pilot data to enhance their competitiveness for other sources of funding. We fund at least 6 awards per year. In addition, we partner with other organizations to grant co-funded Discovery Awards.
To be eligible to apply for the Discovery Award, you must:
- be a new investigator at any Canadian university or affiliated research institute and be within the first three years of the date of first career academic appointment at the application deadline date of January 24, 2022.
- not have been awarded by your institution more than $200,000 in start-up funding, excluding support from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and not have been awarded more than $50,000 per annum in external operating funds at the application deadline date of January 24, 2022. (An applicant who has been awarded more than $50,000 per annum in external operating funds may submit a request for less than $25,000, provided the total sum of operating funds received from all sources during the funding year, including funding awarded by The Banting Research Foundation, will not exceed $75,000).