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

Till & McCulloch Meetings 

The Till & McCulloch Meetings are Canada’s stem cell research conference and will be held in Montréal, Québec from November 4-6, 2019. OIRM is offering 10 awards available for OIRM trainees who have had their abstract accepted for TMM2019 (podium or poster). Submit your abstract by July 3, 2019 to be automatically considered for an OIRM travel award.

Non-OIRM Funding Opportunities

ALS Canada Project Grants Program
ALS Canada
Funding Amount: Up to $100,000 for use over 1 or 2 years
Application Deadline: June 7, 2019

CDMRP Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program Clinical Trial Award
Department of Defense, USA
Funding Amount: $58.5M available to fund approximately 9 clinical trials
Application Deadline: July 2, 2019

Canadian Blood Services Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Canadian Blood Services
Funding Amount: up to $50,000 per year for up to 3 years
Application Deadline: July 15, 2019

Charles H. Best Postdoctoral Fellowship 
Donnelly Centre, University of Toronto
Funding Amount: up to $40,000 per year for up to 2 years
Application Deadline: August 8, 2019

Accelerating Clinical Translation Program
Stem Cell Network
Funding Amount: up to $600,000 for up to 25 months
Application Deadline: August 8, 2019

Fueling Biotechnology Partnerships Program
Stem Cell Network
Funding Amount: up to $500,000 for up to 25 months
Application Deadline: August 8, 2019

Advancing Clinical Trials Program
Stem Cell Network
Funding Amount: up to $1,000,000 for up to 25 months
Application Deadline: August 8, 2019

Translation and Society Program
Stem Cell Network
Funding Amount: up to $75,000 for up to 25 months
Application Deadline: August 8, 2019

DoD Spinal Cord Injury, Translational Research Award
Department of Defense, USA
Funding Amount: Up to $1,250,000
Application Deadline: August 27, 2019

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship awards
CIHR
Funding Amount: up to $70,000 per year up to 2 years
Application Deadline: September 18, 2019

DoD Multiple Sclerosis Investigator-Initiated Research Award
Department of Defense, USA
Funding Amount: Up to $600,000
Application Deadline: September 19, 2019

DoD Multiple Sclerosis Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award
Department of Defense, USA
Funding Amount: Up to $150,000
Application Deadline: September 19, 2019