Banting Research Foundation Discovery Award


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 your first career academic appointment at the application deadline of January 24, 2024.

You must not have received more than $250,000 in start-up funding provided by your institution, excluding support from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

You must not have been awarded more than $50,000 per annum in external research funding (operating grants) at the application date of January 24, 2024.

An applicant who has been awarded more than $50,000 per annum in external research funding may submit a request for up to $30,000, provided that the total sum of the operating funds received from all sources during the funding year, including any funding awarded by The Banting Research Foundation, will not exceed $80,000.


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 $250,000 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.

Agency Name: 
Banting Research Foundation
Contact Name: 
Keiko McFarland
Grant Amount: 
One-year grant up to $30,000
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Internal Deadline: 
Wednesday, January 10, 2024
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