Inspiring health science discovery – building on the Banting legacy

The Banting Research Foundation is a registered charity that funds health and biomedical research in Canada.

Our mission is to invest in the early careers of researchers who demonstrate excellence and creativity in health and biomedical sciences.

Established in 1925 to support the research of Frederick Banting and other scientists across Canada, the Foundation now focuses on funding early-career researchers with innovative projects in all areas of health and biomedical research at universities and research institutes in Canada. Since inception, the Banting Research Foundation has awarded over 1300 grants to support a broad range of health and biomedical research projects all across Canada.

In Canada, the transition from postdoctoral fellow to independent investigator is no easier now than it was in Banting’s era. However, the resources required to initiate new lines of research are often orders of magnitude greater. With national peer-review granting agencies constrained in their capacity to provide high-risk early career support, an ever-increasing number of young faculty from across the country turn to the Banting Research Foundation for seed funding. For example, in 2016, we received 50 such requests and were able to fund only 6.

The Banting Research Foundation provides peer-reviewed grants to assist independent faculty initiating their careers at a university or research institute in Canada who have modest resources but a passion to pursue imaginative, exciting, yet well-grounded new lines of medical research.


Banting logo insulin iconAbout Our Logo

Our dynamic and forward-looking graphic design is anchored by an icon that shows the characteristic three-pair structure of the insulin molecule with white lines radiating brightly from the centre. The stylized molecule and rays together evoke the explosive power of scientific discovery to change our lives profoundly.

This icon serves as a graphic metaphor for both the history and contemporary mandate of the Banting Research Foundation, which was established in celebration of a momentous discovery by a young idealistic clinical scientist who found himself in much the same position as the early-career researchers we now fund.

Banting Research Foundation
Founded in 1925 by supporters of Frederick Banting,
1923 Nobel laureate for the discovery of insulin


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