Discovery Award Guidelines

The Banting Research Foundation Discovery Award grants up to $25,000 to outstanding new investigators in all areas of biomedical 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.

Eligibility

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 15, 2016,
AND
have not been awarded by their institution more than $150,000 in start-up funding (exclusive of support from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation),
AND
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 that:

a) confirms that all eligibility criteria have been met,
b) details the operating and the institutional start-up funds available to the applicant, and
c) confirms 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.

Funding Payments

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.

Acceptable Use of Funding

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.”

Application Procedure

Please see the Application page for complete details about completing and submitting a grant application.

Review Process

Applications must be received by the deadline date of March 15, 2016. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by email within one day.

Applications will be reviewed by the Grant Review Panel in late May or early June 2016.

Final approval will be made by the Board of Trustees in late June 2016.

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in early July 2016.

Reporting

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.

Acknowledgement

Any publication 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.”

Any abstract resulting from the work supported by a grant from the Banting Research Foundation should contain the following acknowledgement in the body of the abstract, in the proceeding s of the conference and/or in the presentation of the abstract:

“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.

Questions?

If you have any questions please first check the Frequently Asked Questions page, and if you don’t find an answer to your question, contact us.

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Founded in 1925 by supporters of Frederick Banting,
1923 Nobel Laureate for the discovery of insulin


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