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Discovery Award Guidelines


The Banting Research Foundation Discovery Award grants up to $25,000 to outstanding new investigators in all areas of medical research who are within the first three years of their independent appointment at a university or research institute in Canada. The intent is to provide seed funding so that applicants are able to gather pilot data to enhance their competitiveness for other sources of funding.


This competition is open to new investigators at any Canadian university or affiliated research institute who will be within the first three years of the date of their first career academic appointment at the application deadline date of March 17, 2014;
have not been awarded by their institution more than $150,000 in start-up funding (exclusive of support from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation);
have not been awarded more than $50,000 per annum in external operating funds at the application deadline date. (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, such that the total sum of operating funds received from all sources during the funding year, should the application to the Banting Research Foundation be successful, not exceed $75,000.)

Institutional support

The application must be accompanied by a letter of nomination from the applicant's host Department or Division Head, a) confirming that all eligibility criteria have been met, b) detailing the operating and the institutional start-up funds available to the applicant, and c) confirming that the candidate has been provided the space and access to institutional infrastructure necessary to conduct the proposed research. A Department/Division Head will be permitted to nominate only one potential applicant during each annual granting cycle.


The maximum duration of the grant is one year, from July 1 to June 30. Extensions may be considered and must be requested in writing at least 30 days prior to the grant end date. Grants are paid quarterly within the funding year, starting July 1. Grants are paid to the comptroller of the sponsoring institution. Grantees may draw on this account as needed.


Funds can be used to purchase equipment and for general operating expenses specified in the budget proposal, including salaries for technicians, postdoctoral fellows and students. Funds may not be used to pay the salary of the applicant, overhead, or travel expenses. Equipment purchased with grant funds is the property of the institution at which the grant is held. Any unexpended funds are to be returned to The Banting Research Foundation.

Ethical and safety considerations

Applicants are expected to ensure their proposed research complies with ethics and safety guidelines of their home institution. Human research procedures must comply with the Tri-Council Policy Statement, "Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans." Animal experimental procedures must comply with guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care. Procedures for handling biological and chemical hazards must meet CIHR "Guidelines for the Handling of Recombinant DNA Molecules and Animal Viruses and Cells."

Review process

Applications must be received by the deadline date of March 17, 2014. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by email within one week.
Applications will be reviewed by the Grant Review Panel in May 2014.
Final approval will be made by the Board of Trustees in June 2014.
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in July 2014.


The grantee shall submit to the Banting Research Foundation a brief report of the work performed within two months of the grant end date (June 30). Within two months of the grant end date, an accounting statement must be submitted by the comptroller to The Banting Research Foundation. Any publication or abstract resulting from the work supported by a grant from The Banting Research Foundation should contain the following acknowledgement: "This work was supported by a grant from The Banting Research Foundation." One copy of any publication or abstract must be forwarded to the Foundation.

Submission procedure

Complete the application, convert to a PDF, and submit by email.
To properly identify your application, use this naming convention: LastnameFirstname_BRFApplication_2014.pdf
Attachments may be included with application document or compiled into a single document and named LastnameFirstname_attachments_2014.pdf
Email the application and attachments to @

Mail or courier the original signed application to:

The Banting Research Foundation
6 Queen's Park Crescent West, Rm 10
Toronto ON M5S 3H2

The application deadline is March 17, 2014, 5:00 pm ET. Emailed documents must be received no later than March 17, 2014, 5:00 pm ET. Please mail or courier your original hard copy immediately after this; we must have the original in hand to consider your application.

If you have any questions please first check our FAQ page, and if you don't find an answer to your question, contact The Banting Research Foundation at 416.595.9046, or email @