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HHS Early Career Awards

Need Salary Support Funding? Apply to HHS “Research Early Career Awards”. Applications are now being accepted for this opportunity! This program offers individuals who are early in their research career an opportunity to receive a personnel stipend up to $50,000 to provide protected time and support for carrying out A research project. These Early Career Awards are to be used for the purchase of a portion of time for the applicant to pursue research in their specialty area. The call for applications is open until midnight November 15, 2015. To view the guidelines for submitting an application, please visit:

J.P. Bicknell Foundation 2015 Medical Research Program Competition: $50-$60,000

This grant targets biomedical scientists across faculties in Ontario Universities, hospitals and scientific institutions concerned with medical research. New researchers seeking startup grants and innovative projects receive priority. Only one applicant per institution is eligible for submission to the foundation for November 1st, 2015. This is determined through an HRS internal peer review process. The HRS Deadline for draft applications is Friday October 9th, 2015. Please contact Martha Cousins now if you intend to apply so that she may review your budget and HRS checklist in advance of the HRS deadline. Interested applicants should contact Augusta Beck, or ext. 22465 with questions and to be forwarded the application form and guidelines.

Research Support Services from the Ontario Child Health SUPPORT Unit (OCHSU)

The OCHSU is one of the 12 research centres funded by CIHR and the Ontario government through the Ontario SPOR Support Unit with the goal to implement Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research within Ontario. OCHSU’s mandate is to provide clinical research support to researchers and to build clinical research capacity by providing a coordinated and integrated clinical research infrastructure across pediatric academic health centers in Ontario. It contributes to the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP) to support training in patient oriented research for child health researchers. Led by SickKids and CHEO, the OCHSU is comprised of a network of the 6 pediatric academic health centers in Ontario including McMaster: and provides innovative and efficient clinical research supports and services through a hub focused on Clinical Trials (Methods, Biostatistics and Health Economics) at SickKids; and a hub focused on Administrative Data Research and Database Management for Research at CHEO. Access to the facilities in the hubs is available to all academic researchers. Details can be found on the OCHSU website (under the Research Services tab).

For further information contact Dr. Stephanie Atkinson (McMaster liaison to OCHSU) or Martha Cousins (OCHSU site coordinator). Watch for further details of services available in future issues of the Department Digest.


HHS Research Strategic Initatives

2015 Research Strategic Funding Programme (RFA)
Offered through the Research Administration Office, the aim of this call is to support the development of high quality and productive teams by providing funding to support new collaborations between existing established groups or institute/centres to build sustainable merging research programmes at HHSC.

Funding is $600,000 over 3 years but the maximum funding per project per year is $100,000 – so it is likely that 2 projects will be funded based on recommendations of a peer-review committee for the fiscal years 2016-2018.

Researchers previously funded by an RFA can apply as long as the Theme area/programme is new. There are no specific priority areas associated with the call but the primary criteria will be based on scientific excellence and sustainability beyond the period of the grant.

LOI deadline: September 30, 2015
Full proposal deadline: November 30, 2015
Competition details, guidelines, and budget form are available here.


HHS New Investigator Fund
Novice investigators (less than 5 years) are reminded that the NIF deadline is October 1st, 2015 4:00 pm EST by email to Your budget should be sent to Mary Ciaramella in HHS Research Administration as soon as possible and if any of your employees will be from McMaster, please check in with Martha Cousins.

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