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Heart & Stroke is proud to fund Canada’s best heart and brain health researchers. The links below provide a comprehensive guide to our funding opportunities, application processes, peer review and more.

Grants and awards
Grants-in-Aid +

The Grant-in-Aid (GIA) program provides operating funds to support important, pertinent, novel research in the areas of heart disease and stroke. GIA funding promotes research discovery, exploration and innovation across all health research themes. Knowledge gained from scientific findings contributes to the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health of Canadians through prevention, treatment and recovery.

Research is supported across the four health research themes: 

  • Basic biomedical 
  • Clinical 
  • Health services/systems 
  • Social, cultural, environmental and population health.

Researchers at all career stages are encouraged to apply to the GIA program. Principal Investigators (and co-PIs) must have a full-time academic or faculty appointment (i.e., at minimum, at the assistant or clinical assistant professor level) in Canada at the time of application.

Grant-in-Aid Program Guidelines

Our 2020-21 competition closed in September. Peer review takes place in December 2019 with early results shared confidentially with applicants in the winter of 2020. Results are shared publicly in fall 2020.

Personnel Awards +

The National Personnel Award (NPA) programs provide salary support to Canada’s top researchers across the career continuum. This support helps ensure the training, retention and success of Canada’s cardiovascular and cerebrovascular researchers.

National New Investigator Award 

This award provides salary support to individuals who have clearly demonstrated excellence during their doctoral and post-doctoral training in cardiovascular or cerebrovascular research. New Investigator awards are tenable in Canada only.

National New Investigator Guidelines

Alberta New Investigator Award

This award fosters research excellence and supports retention of outstanding talent in Alberta by providing salary support to excellent Alberta applicants whose innovative research plans demonstrate a focus on cardiovascular or cerebrovascular health.

Alberta New Investigator Award Guidelines 

Ontario Clinician-Scientist Award

Clinician-scientists are licensed healthcare practitioners (MDs or PhDs) who devote most of their professional effort to seeking new understanding about health and disease using established scientific research principles. The award provides salary support to enable clinician-scientists to bring their unique perspective to health research inspired by their experience working with patients along the continuum of care.

Ontario Clinician-Scientist Guidelines

Research Fellowship

The Research Fellowship (RF) program provides support to new researchers who have completed their doctoral degree (PhD, MD, DVM or equivalent) and are beginning or continuing to pursue research training in cardiovascular and/or cerebrovascular fields. This support allows researchers to focus on research training and career development at what is considered a pivotal time in their careers. Training fellowships secure a supply of highly qualified personnel with leading edge research skills.

Research Fellowship guidelines 

Seed/Catalyst Grant Program +

Seed/Catalyst Grants provide funding support to National New Investigator (NNI) applicants to conduct research to lay the groundwork for a new grant application. The Seed/Catalyst grants offer new investigators the opportunity to explore new and innovative ideas with high potential to create impact. Seed/Catalyst grants can support knowledge translation and implementation of knowledge into practice.

There are two funding envelopes:

  1. Seed/Catalyst Grant for Improving Heart and Brain Health for Women or Indigenous Women in Canada
    Through this commitment, Heart & Stroke will be offering Seed/Catalyst Grants specifically targeted towards the improvement of the heart and brain health for women or Indigenous women in Canada for applicants to the 2020/21 National New Investigator (NNI) program.
  2. Seed/Catalyst Grant for Long-Term Commitment to Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease (CCVD)
    Through this commitment, the Heart & Stroke in partnership with the CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health, will be offering Seed/Catalyst Grants, specifically targeted towards applicants demonstrating a long-term commitment to CCVD research in the 2020/21 National New Investigator (NNI) program.  In order to increase capacity and allow as many researchers as possible to benefit from this envelope, NNI applicants are ineligible to apply if they hold or have already held peer reviewed grants as a Nominated Principal Applicant/Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator with a total sum value of $300,000 or more..

Our 2020-21 Personnel Award competition closed in September. Peer review takes place in December 2019 with early results shared confidentially with applicants in the winter of 2020. Results are shared publicly in fall 2020.

Impact Award +

The Impact Award is a transformative, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional and competitive research award. This peer-reviewed award will focus on addressing the most urgent and relevant priorities and incorporate the perspective of people with lived experience. Heart & Stroke has defined its priorities with the support of its advisory committees and broad consultation. 

Eligibility for this award includes all career stages from early to senior-level investigators. While based in Canada, it is hoped that the Principal Investigators will pursue collaborations with international teams, if appropriate. 

There are no Impact Award competitions available at present. Watch this space for information or sign up to our quarterly Research e-newsletter for updates as well as all available funding opportunities.

Scholarships +

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada - McDonald Scholarships

The McDonald Scholarship was established in honour of Ewing (Mac) McDonald, executive director of Heart & Stroke from 1968 to 1987. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to the highest-rated applicant in the New Investigator competition. Recent winners:

  • 2018 – 2019: Dr. Gopinath Sutendra (University of Alberta) — Metabolic modulation as a novel therapy for chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity.
  • 2017 – 2018: Dr. Wenbin Liang (University of Ottawa Heart Institute) — Role of Wnt signaling in cardiac arrhythmogenesis.
  • 2016 – 2017: Dr. T. Alexander Quinn (Dalhousie University) — Mechanisms and importance of mechano-electric coupling in arrhythmogenesis during acute regional ischemia.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada - Henry J. M. Barnett Scholarships

The Henry J. M. Barnett Scholarship is presented annually to a highly rated investigator working in the area of cerebrovascular research. This prestigious award was established to honour Dr. Barnett’s exceptional contributions to stroke research, education, and patient care in Canada.

  • 2018 – 2019: Dr. Thalia Field (University of British Columbia) — SECRET: Safety of rivaroxaban for CeREbral venous Thrombosis.
  • 2017 – 2018: Dr. Glen C. Jickling (University of Alberta) — Genomics of high risk transient ischemic attacks.
  • 2016 – 2017: Dr. Claudine Gauthier (Concordia University) — Quantitative MRI of cerebral vascular and metabolic health; cardiovascular risk factors, stroke and exercise.
Chairs and Professorships +

A Chair/Professorship supports a leading investigator to focus on heart disease and/or stroke, often building a network or centre of excellence at the institution. These initiatives are typically designated endowments or done in partnership with like-minded organizations. They provide salary and infrastructure support to enable a leading researcher to develop a specific heart disease and stroke research focus at a Canadian university. 

Meet our Heart & Stroke Chairs and Professors (coming soon).

Publication update +

GIA

Only updates to the six (6) representative publications attached as part of the proposal and progress sections of the application will be accepted.

Please click to download the Publication Update form and send the completed form with the publication update to research@heartandstroke.ca. Heart & Stroke staff will notify the applicant on acceptance of the publication update.

The Heart & Stroke will not accept letters indicating confirmation of acceptance for publication of a paper after 01 December 2019.

Senior Personnel Awards

Only updates to the three (3) representative publications attached as part of section 15 of the New Investigator application will be accepted.

Please click to download the Publication Update form with the publication update to research@heartandstroke.ca. Heart & Stroke staff will notify the applicant on acceptance of the publication update.

The Heart & Stroke will not accept letters indicating confirmation of acceptance for publication of a paper after 01 December 2019.

Research Fellowship Award

Any document such as a manuscript or paper included with an application, but not yet published must be accompanied by documentation from the journal verifying whether it has been submitted, accepted for publication, or is in press. Letters confirming acceptance of a publication must be received by the Heart & Stroke by 01 December 2019.

Please click to download the Publication Update form and send the completed form with the publication update to research@heartandstroke.ca. Heart & Stroke staff will notify the applicant on acceptance of the publication update.

The Heart & Stroke will not accept letters indicating confirmation of acceptance for publication of a paper after 01 December 2019.

Apply to current funding opportunities
Available opportunities +

There are no open competitions at this time.

Our 2020-21 competition closed in September. Peer review takes place in December 2019 with early results shared confidentially with applicants in the winter of 2020. Results are shared publicly in fall 2020. 

Watch this space for information or sign up to the quarterly Research e-newsletter for updates as well as all available funding opportunities.

Competition results
Latest results +

Heart & Stroke is honoured to fund the best and brightest researchers across Canada. Our awardees will lead us to ground-breaking discoveries that will help people affected by heart disease and stroke live longer, healthier lives.  

Our researchers and their projects represent innovative work within their respective disciplines, as determined by a rigorous peer review process by our Scientific Review Committee (SRC).  

We are proud to support the following researchers (listed by research program):

Post award administration
Grants-in-Aid +

All reporting templates for Grants-in-Aid (GIA) are available on CIRCUlink, Heart & Stroke’s online grants management system. Submissions should adhere to the following schedule:

  • Progress reports: A satisfactory progress report must be filed with Heart & Stroke on an annual basis no later than 30 days following the one-year anniversary date.
  • Final reports: Following completion/termination of the award, a satisfactory final report must be filed with Heart & Stroke within 30 days (this may be the approved carry forward year which extends beyond the normal term of the grant).
  • Close-out reports: A satisfactory close‐out‐report must be filed with Heart & Stroke before the first anniversary of the project completion date.

Guidelines

GIA Financial Report

Personnel Awards +

All reporting templates for Personnel awards are available for download below. Completed reports must be emailed to research@heartandstroke.ca

  • Progress reports: A satisfactory progress report must be filed with Heart & Stroke on an annual basis no later than 30 days following the one-year anniversary date. 
  • Final Reports: Following completion/termination of the award, a satisfactory final report must be filed with Heart & Stroke within 30 days.
Strategic Research Awards +

All reporting templates for Strategic Research Awards are available for download below. Completed reports must be emailed to research@heartandstroke.ca

Progress Report Template – Word Version

Progress Report Template – PDF Version

Final Report Template

Research Fund Initiatives Financial Report

Policies and Resources +

The following policies apply to all researchers funded by Heart & Stroke: 

If you have questions about the above policies, please contact research@heartandstroke.ca.

Notify us of an upcoming paper +

Heart & Stroke strives to showcase our amazing research and highlight the outcomes of our funding to our donors and volunteers. 

To facilitate transparency and promote our research, Heart & Stroke must be notified in advance of the publication date of any major publications and/or news releases arising from research funded by Heart & Stroke. Ideally, papers accepted for publication should be forwarded to Heart & Stroke when you send your revisions back to the journal. This ensures that we have appropriate time to review and identify potential opportunities for promotion. 

Important: Please send all research publications to research@heartandstroke.ca.   

Should Heart & Stroke decide to promote your research, we will work closely with you to draft any relevant materials. While we can't issue a news release for every paper that we receive, we can communicate it via channels including our website and social media.

Peer review
Peer review guidelines +

Peer review at Heart & Stroke is conducted through the Scientific Review Committee (SRC). The SRC’s primary purpose is to ensure transparency, integrity and impact of the resources available for research. In addition to application peer review and program development, the SRC is also responsible for the scientific post-grant administration of funded grants, including scientific monitoring of grants on behalf of multiple funders. The SRC also works with other advisory volunteer bodies within Heart & Stroke.   

The SRC peer reviews well over 500 applications on an annual basis. Membership spans all four themes of health research. SRC members donate an estimated 45,000 volunteer hours every year. 

The overall peer review system is led by the SRC executive chair and vice -chair along with approximately 26 members of the Executive Committee composed of SRC sub-panel chairs and deputy chairs.

The SRC oversees the peer review of all research led by Heart & Stroke; SRC panels are formed based on funding opportunities and applications submitted for Grants-in-Aid, Personnel Awards and Impact Awards.

Explore the steps and stages of peer review.

Resources
Find research participants +

Heart & Stroke can promote research studies and clinical trials in Canada and help researchers recruit participants. We post short descriptions of studies on our website and in a monthly newsletter and circulate to our extensive e-registry of people with lived experience, both caregivers and survivors. 

Heart & Stroke prioritizes studies that have ethics approval, include gender and sex-based analysis and reporting and offer accessible participation (e.g., accommodate for linguistic, financial, medical/physical restrictions). 

If you are interested in having your study included, please complete the application form.

Heart & Stroke will review and respond within 10 business days after receipt of a completed application. Any questions about this process or the application form should be directed to engagement@heartandstroke.ca

View current requests for research volunteers. 

Women's Research Network +

Since 2016, Heart & Stroke has sought to stimulate dialogue about heart disease and stroke in women, address sex and gender disparities in prevention and management, and ultimately transform and save women’s lives through strategic capacity building, research, and knowledge exchange. 

With the support of a $5 million grant from the federal government, Heart & Stroke supports early and mid-career researchers, funds research on women’s heart and brain health, and coordinates a community of interest to facilitate knowledge sharing and capacity building. The Women’s Heart & Brain Health Research Network aims to improve knowledge sharing and collaboration and to enable capacity building for the next generation of researchers. 

The network facilitates learning and sharing of opportunities and resources. Advancing knowledge and skills related to using Sex- and Gender-Based Analysis and Research (SGBAR) for researchers working on women’s heart and brain health is a priority. 

Knowledge sharing activities facilitate learning from researchers funded through our Women’s initiative as well as experts within the Women’s Heart & Brain Health Research Network. Learning opportunities are convened online and in person.  

In this March 2019 webinar,  Dr. Bernice Downey describes her effort to understand how Indigenous women’s heart health has been negatively impacted by various cultural and social factors, and how to remedy this problem.

Membership is open and diverse. The network includes Indigenous organizations and communities, individuals with lived experiences including survivors and caregivers for women, professionals such as researchers, clinicians, and knowledge users like government bureaucrats and policy makers. We solicit the engagement of trainees and early career investigators.

If you are interested in joining, please contact us for more information.

Next research network meeting: Oct. 23, 2019 in Montreal.

To sign up for the Women’s Heart & Brain Health Research Network eNewsletter, please contact us.

View recent editions:

Women’s Heart Health Summit 2020

Join us April 2-3, 2020, in Ottawa to further advance women’s heart health through learning, networking and awareness-raising.

Hosted by Heart & Stroke and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, the 2020 Canadian Women’s Heart Health Summit welcomes primary care providers, cardiologists, neurologists, gynecologists, pharmacists, nurses, rehabilitation providers, allied healthcare providers, researchers, policy-makers, Indigenous organizations, community partners and women with lived experience. 

The 2020 summit will feature plenary sessions, panel discussions, poster displays, and networking opportunities for speakers, delegates and sponsors.

Opportunities for trainees and early career investigators

The Women's Heart & Brain Health Research Network is working hard to enhance the capacity of junior and early career investigators and trainees working on women’s heart and brain health, to better prepare the next generation of researchers.

Trainees can showcase their work and enhance their presentation skills through mini research rounds. These mini-rounds are one-hour webinars open to members of the network and the public to raise the profile of early career investigators, exposing their work to feedback and potential collaboration and career advancement.

If you’d like to showcase your work, please submit an expression of interest.

Contact us +

If you have any questions regarding Heart & Stroke research programs, please contact us at research@heartandstroke.ca

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Announcements

  • Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, October 24-27, Montreal

    Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, October 24-27, Montreal

    It’s the most essential networking event of the year and the best opportunity to stay up-to-date on the latest Canadian research, policy and practice in the field.

  • SCAD Conference, August 30-31, Vancouver

    A team of SCAD experts from throughout Canada and the United States will be on faculty to provide a contemporary update on SCAD

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