Funding Opportunities


Stem Cells in 60 Seconds- OIRM Annual Symposium (Deadline to apply: April 26, 2017)



Disease Team and New Ideas 2018-2019 grant competition launching  June 1, 2017.



  • June 1, 2017: Grant competition opens
  • June 30, 2017: Notice of Intent due
  • October 27, 2017: Full grant application due
  • November – December 2017: Review process
  • February 2018: Funding announcement
  • April 1, 2018: Funds are released



The Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine has two grant programs to support research related to the application of stem cells to regenerative medicine and improved health outcomes.



This grant competition is based on a 12-month funding period and is up to $750,000 CDN in value, with possible renewed funding.

The Disease Team grant will support projects that are developing novel cellular or stem cell-related therapeutic approaches to tissue repair and regeneration for specific diseases. Projects may also involve:

  • Completion of proof-of-principle experiments in small or large animal models using novel cells or compounds/drugs or using novel translational approaches;
  • Identification/characterization of compounds/drugs that target stem cell differentiation/proliferation with the aim to develop novel therapeutic approaches;
  • Production of reagents necessary for the completion of a clinical trial. 



The New Ideas Grants, are up to $75,000 CDN in value for a 12-month period.

The New Ideas Grant will support projects at the discovery level in the area of stem cell and regenerative medicine research with a goal to foster cutting-edge research in stem cell biology and/or technology. The project can target: 

  • Basic molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying stem cell properties and behaviours;
  • Stem cell or reprogrammed cell-based in vitro models to gain insight into disease mechanisms; or
  • Stem cell or reprogrammed cell studies leading to novel therapies. 




Stem Cells in 60 Seconds- OIRM Annual Symposium 

Applications Deadline: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 (12:00 pm EST)

Our “Stem Cells in 60 Seconds” presentation will allow 10 lucky participants to present their work at the OIRM Annual Symposium on May 25th 2017. Participants will be allowed a single PowerPoint slide and 60 sec to describe their research to the audience. This pitch is a great opportunity for you to showcase your research to the OIRM community. Be creative and tell us your science story, but keep an eye on the clock, 60 sec is not long! 

This competition is limited to 10 participants; all interested participants must submit an application form. Selected participants will be informed of their successful application. 

To apply download the Application Form. 

For any questions please contact


ISSCR 2017; OIRM Travel Award

OIRM is pleased to announce the 10 trainees who are receiving an OIRM Travel Award to help support their attendance at the ISSCR Annual Meeting in Boston.

Congratulations to the following trainees:

  • Kelsey Adams, Cindi Morsehead lab
  • Brian Ballios, Derek van der Kooy lab
  • Alejandro Gomez-Aristizabal, Sowmya Viswanathan lab
  • Kenneth Grise, Derek van der Kooy lab
  • Miriel Ho, Duncan Stewart lab
  • Qin Liang, Andras Nagy lab
  • Mina Ogawa, Gordan Keller lab
  • Fares Ould-Brahim, Jing Wang lab
  • Gurdeep Singh, Jennifer Mitchell lab
  • Anges Soos, Craig Simmons lab


Postdoctoral Fellowship Award - OIRM & Medicine by Design (MbD)


Highlights include:

  • Up to two postdoctoral positions are available for the 2017 competition
  • Each award will receive up to $50,000 CDN per year for up to three years
  • The host PI will supplement funds to cover travel costs and health benefits
  • Training opportunities available with over 160 research programs across the province (OIRM) and the MbD community at the University of Toronto
  • Opportunity to present your work at the OIRM Annual Symposium, the Till & McCulloch Meetings, and MbD events.
  • Translational and commercialization experience through the activities of the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine in Toronto
  • Canada has one of the highest quality of life rankings in the world including exceptional health care, education and standard of living

Instructions: Guidelines Form

To Apply: Application Form


2016 Postdoctoral Fellowship Awardees

  • Jeffrey Harding, Nagy Lab, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute - Local ON/OFF control of tolerance toward allograft cell transplants
  • Vladimir Manchev, Keller Lab, McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine - Dissecting the role of Notch signaling during the transition of HE to HSC.

Past recipients