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HHS New Investigators Fund (NIF)

Application Deadline: March 13, 2014

The aim of the NIF is to provide seed funding for HHS employees or affiliated staff members who are novice investigators in the first five years of conducting independing research. Full details and forms are available on the NIF website. Contact Lindsay Akrong if you intend to apply.


Physicians' Services Incorporated (PSI) Grants

PSI Health Research Grants will fund up to $85,000/yr for 2 years and Resident Research Grants will fund up to $20,000 for 1-2 years in the areas of clinical, medical education, and health systems research. Visit the PSI website for full details on these opportunities. Upcoming sponsor and revised internal HRS deadlines are as follows:

1) March 6, 2014 for funding decision / earliest start date is September 2014. The revised McMaster internal deadline is Tuesday February 18, 2014.

2) June 5, 2014 for funding ecision / earliest start date is December 2014. The McMaster internal deadline is Thursday, May 22, 2014.

Planning to submit a proposal? Contact Lindsay Akrong ( to review your budget.


CIHR March 2014 Open Operating Grant: Internal Review Timelines

The Dean has now circulated the timelines for submission of CIHR grants for the March 3, 2014 competition and, as usual, internal review is mandatory. Dr. Stephanie Atkinson is th peer review facilitator for Pediatrics, assisted by Lindsay Akrong.

Key Dates:

As Soon As Possible:
Contact Dr. Atkinson to set-up an internal reviewer.

February 3, 2014:
Mandatory CIHR Registration via ResearchNet

On or before February 3, 2014:
Submit an electronic copy of your grant to Dr. Atkinson for internal review by the committed reviewer. There could be a little leeway on this date if the internal reviewer agrees to a shorter turnaround time. NOTE: Dean Collins requests 10-14 days be allowed to complete the internal review. In addition, as part of the internal department review, the budget for the grant will be reviewed by Lindsay Akrong and Tammy Troy-Hempey and statisticswill be reviewed by Dr. Lehana Thabane so that you hae time to corret any issues.

Since the Dean requires comments by the reviewers on all aspects of each application, the submission for internal review must include:

  • full grant proposal
  • summary of research
  • response to previous reviews if the grant is a re-submission
  • budget
  • budget justification

February 18, 2014
Last day for submission of reviews and completed PRF (Peer Review Feedback) form to Dr. Atkinson from the internal reviewer. The reviewers may meet with you in advance to go over their recommendations if this is mutually agreeable. Alternately, they may provide an e-copy of the proposal with tracked-changes. The PRF form signed by the reviewer and Dr. Atkinson will be returned to you for submission with your grant to HRS office for the Dean's signature.

February 24, 2014 | 4pm EST online
McMaster internal deadline for online submission of grant through ResearchNet to Health Research Services. HRS also requires delivery of hard copy completed HRS Checklist, signed PRF form, routing slip and signature page to their offices.

March 3, 2014 | 4pm EST online via ResearchNet to McMaster HRS who complete final submission for you to ensure that you have all of the necessary signatures.


If you have any questions about the process of submitting grants to CIHR, contact our CIHR specialist in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Health Research Services Offices: Lisa Hodge, Senior Grants Advisor for CIHR ( / 905.525.9140 ext.26367)

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