Research & Training Funding

OIRM supports four research-based programs, available to Ontario-based researchers and/or trainees.

OIRM Disease Team projects encompass large, collaborative research teams at multiple institutions across Ontario with potential partnerships outside the province.  Disease Team grants support projects that are developing novel cellular or stem cell-related therapeutic approaches to tissue repair and regeneration for specific diseases. All OIRM Disease Teams are aimed at developing therapies with a clear path to the clinic. Grants are issued on an annual basis following a competitive, externally-reviewed process and are valued up to $750,000.

OIRM’s New Ideas program supports projects at the discovery level in the area of stem cell and regenerative medicine research. New Ideas projects are typically based at one institution with one or two investigators. The projects have clear and achievable short-term goals leading to clinical or commercial activities. Grants are issued on an annual basis following a competitive, externally-reviewed process and are valued up to $75,000.

The OIRM Fellowship Award supports outstanding trainees in basic research or health professions for up to three years to pursue a specific line of research in bioengineering, stem cells and/or regenerative medicine.

Travel awards are available for investigators and trainees to support attendance at OIRM workshops, events and conferences.

Non-OIRM funding opportunities are also posted to help support the research community.

Funding Opportunities

New Idea Grants


  • June 1, 2018: Grant program launches
  • June 29, 2018: Notice of Intent due
  • November 2, 2018: Full grant application due
  • November – January 2019: Review process
  • March 2019: Funding announcement
  • April 1, 2019: Funds are released
This grant competition is based on a 12-month funding period (April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020) and is up to $75,000 CDN in value.

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.

New Ideas Grant Application Package:

New Ideas Grant Notice Of Intent Application Form
New Ideas Grant Guidelines
New Ideas Grant Application Form
New Ideas Grant Budget Template
New Ideas Grant Signatures Form

Disease Team Grants

OIRM will not run an open Disease Team Grant competition for the 2019-2020 funding cycle. This competition will be limited to the nine currently funded teams.

OIRM Fellowship Award

OIRM is seeking the very best candidates with the outstanding potential to be independent leaders in the stem cell and regenerative medicine community. This fellowship program will support one position with salary support up to $50,000 CDN per year for up to three years. The OIRM Fellowship Award is open to basic research trainees (PhD), as well as health professional trainees (MD, DVM and DDS).

Access the Fellowship Award Guidelines to learn more about this program and applicant eligibility. Application forms can be found here. The application deadline is January 11, 2019.

Travel Awards

Clinical Translation Workshop

OIRM is offering a limited number of travel awards to support investigators and HQP to attend the Imaging Technologies and Cell Characterization workshop on November 28, 2018. To be considered for a travel award please register via Eventbrite by November 1, 2018.

Non-OIRM Funding Opportunities

Core Research Program 2020-2025, AGE-WELL
Funding Amount: Up to $200,000 per year for 3-5 years
Application Deadline: January 4, 2019

Charles Hollenberg Summer Student Program
Funding Amount: up to $6,500 per student
Application Deadline: January 17, 2019

BBDC Postdoctoral Fellowship
Funding Amount: Up to $40,000
Application Deadline: February 26, 2019