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

OIRM Travel Awards

Clinical Translation Initiative Workshop: Cell manufacturing, clinical trial reimbursement and logistics of running a clinical trial

A limited number of travel awards are available to help support out of town attendees attend this workshop. Please indicate your interest in being considered for travel support when you register. Deadline to apply for travel support is January, 31, 2019.

Directed Differentiation of iPS Cells into Systems to Model CF Lung Disease Workshop

OIRM is providing a limited number of travel awards to support trainees attendance at the Directed Differentiation of iPS Cells into Systems to Model CF Lung Disease Workshop being held in Toronto from May 7-10, 2019. Travel awards will support transportation and accommodations for trainees outside of Toronto or registration fees for Toronto based trainees. More information about this workshop and travel award applications can be found here

ISSCR 2019 Annual Meeting

The ISSCR Annual Meeting will be held in Los Angeles, California from 26-29 June, 2019. OIRM is offering 9 awards available ($1,000 CDN per award) for OIRM trainees who have had their abstract accepted for ISSCR 2019 meeting (podium or poster). Those selected by ISSCR to present an abstract at the meeting can then apply for an OIRM travel award by April 19, 2019.

Non-OIRM Funding Opportunities

Stem Cell Investigator Awards
New York Stem Cell Foundation- Open to international applicants
Funding Amount: Up to $1.5M over 5 years
Application Deadline: February 20, 2019

Neuroscience Investigator Award
New York Stem Cell Foundation- Open to international applicants
Funding Amount: Up to $1.5M over 5 years
Application Deadline: February 20, 2019

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