These are some frequently asked questions about grant eligibility and our granting process. If you have a question that is not answered below, please contact us. Questions and answers that are relevant to others will be posted.

  1. I am listed as co-PI on other grants. Does my funding as a co-PI count towards the limit for eligibility to the Banting Research Foundation?
  2. May I submit my application in French?
  3. Does the grant funding cover indirect costs at our university/ research institute?
  4. Is this grant only for medical researchers or can researchers from other fields also apply?
  5. Your posting says you fund “all areas of medical research.” Does this include biomedical engineering?
  6. I am a new investigator working at a research institute. Whose signatures are required from a research institute, especially in place of Dean of Faculty?
  7. I was on maternity leave for one of the last three years since I was appointed. Does that get included in the “first three years of academic appointment”?
  8. May I include a co-applicant on my application?
  9. Our department is very large. May we submit an application from more than one division?
  10. Did my application arrive?
  11. When will the results of the competition be posted?

I am listed as co-PI on other grants. Does my funding as a co-PI count towards the limit for eligibility to the Banting Research Foundation?

Your eligibility depends on the total amount of annual research funding that is available to you. That would include any proportion of funds that is available to you on the grants on which you are co-PI. If you are part of a research group but do not actually have any operating funds allocated to you, then it does not add to your current annual operating funds. You should list the grant and indicate what amount, if any, is available to you.

May I submit my application in French?

While we would like to be able to review applications in both our official languages, at this time the capacity of our Grant Review Panel is limited to reviewing applications in English.

Does the grant funding cover indirect costs at our university/ research institute?

No, our grant funding supports only the direct costs of research and may not be applied to indirect costs of research.

Is this grant only for medical researchers or can researchers from other fields also apply?

As long as the research project itself is medical in nature, investigators from other fields may apply.

Your posting says you fund “all areas of medical research.” Does this include biomedical engineering?

Yes, as long as the work relates to medical research, it is eligible.

I am a new investigator working at a research institute. Whose signatures are required from a research institute, especially in place of Dean of Faculty?

Please check with your research administration office to find out whose signatures are appropriate. At least one official authorized to sign for the institute must sign the application form. If there is no equivalent to “Dean of Faculty,” just indicate that on the form.

I was on maternity leave for one of the last three years since I was appointed. Does that get included in the “first three years of academic appointment”?

No, it is not included. Eligible interruptions, such as parental leave, do not count in calculating your eligibility period. You should indicate this clearly on your application in the Personal Data section, and be prepared to provide a letter of verification from your institution.

May I include a co-applicant on my application?

No, this competition is for individual applicants only.

Our department is very large. May we submit an application from more than one division?

In cases of very large departments, like Medicine, it is acceptable to submit applications from more than one division. Just check with us before you proceed. The explanation should be included in the letter from the division head.

Did my application arrive?

You will be notified immediately that your email-submitted application was received. (Allow extra time over the weekend and on deadline day before you panic.) For the mailed/couriered hard copy, you will only hear from us if it does not arrive within a reasonable time.

When will the results of the competition be posted?

Usually, successful applicants will be notified of their awards by the end of June. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified later (early to mid-July) and will also receive reviewers comments on their applications. In 2015, the Grant Review meeting will take place on June 12, and the Board of Trustees meeting to approve awards in late June.