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.

Trainee travel awards are available for qualifying applicants for OIRM supported workshops, events and conferences.


Funding Opportunities

Disease Team Grants

Currently closed. Next competition opens June 2018.


New Idea Grants

Currently closed. Next competition opens June 2018.


OIRM Fellowship Award  

Open to basic research trainees (PhD), as well as, health professional trainees (MD, DVM and DDS). Other health professions should contact OIRM regarding eligibility prior to applying. The supervising PI must be a member of OIRM and have a primary, full-time faculty appointment at an Ontario University or affiliated research institute. Please read the complete guidelines before completing this application.

  • One fellowship position is available for the 2018-2019 competition
  • This awardee will receive up to $50,000 CDN per year for up to three years

Instructions: Guidelines Form

To Apply: Application Form


Trainee Travel Awards

  • 2018 ISSCR Annual Conference; deadlines: Abstract - February 12, 2018, Award application - April 13, 2018

    OIRM trainees (graduate students & postdoctoral fellows in OIRM PI labs) that have submitted an abstract to the 2018 ISSCR Annual Meeting in Melbourne, Australia (June 20-23) may qualify for an OIRM Travel Award. There will be five awards available ($2,000 CDN/award) for OIRM trainees who have top-ranking abstracts as selected by the ISSCR Abstract Committee. Funds from the travel award can go towards meeting registration, flight, hotel and meals.

    The OIRM application package will include a copy of the abstract, proof of acceptance for poster or podium presentation at the conference and an application form. All documents are due to by April 13, 2018 (12:00 pm EST). Award winners will be informed by OIRM by April 24, 2017. The application form can be found here.
  • RNA-Seq Analysis Workshop; deadline February 28, 2018

    OIRM and the Stem Cell Network are offering a 2-day RNA-Seq Analysis Workshop, with an optional third day for those trainees with their own RNA-Seq data. This workshop will take place in Ottawa from May 7-9, 2018 and is organized by Dr. William Stanford, Dr. Ted Perkins and Gareth Palidwor at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Taught through a mixture of interactive lectures and computer lab exercises, participants will be exposed to the RNA-seq data acquisition and analysis pipeline and will gain hands-on training with available tools for network and pathway analysis of -OMICS data.

    All applications will be considered for either a SCN or OIRM travel bursary. For more information on this workshop please visit the SCN website or email Jodi Garner.