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Grants to Canada Researchers at Hospitals
and IHEs for Cystic Fibrosis Research

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Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Canada

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Deadline Date:

11/01/21 5:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to Canada researchers affiliated with hospitals and universities to conduct studies related to cystic fibrosis. Funding is intended to support research projects that enhance the understanding of the disease, advance successful treatment methods, improve the quality of life and health of patients, and bridge the gap between research and clinical care. Consideration will be given to proposals that have the highest likelihood of positively impacting cystic fibrosis patients.

  • Basic Science Research grants: These grants support innovative basic science research projects that: (i) improve our understanding of cystic fibrosis and/or (ii) have a significant impact on the concepts, methods, treatments, and/or technologies applicable to CF. Grant applications submitted to the Basic Science Research Grant stream must focus on basic science research, including molecular, cellular, and animal studies aimed at better understanding the pathology of cystic fibrosis and its complications or the preclinical development of treatments for cystic fibrosis and its complications. 
  • Clinical Research grants: These grants support clinical research projects that: (i) improve the health and quality of life of cystic fibrosis patients and/or (ii) bridge the gap between research and clinical care.

Clinical Trials: Cystic Fibrosis Canada recognizes the importance of strong support for clinical trials of new drugs or treatments for cystic fibrosis. In most instances, particularly where new products are involved, funding will emanate from the manufacturer, as a normal component of the drug or product development process. In cases where such funding is not available or appropriate, the organization will entertain applications for limited support. In no instance will Cystic Fibrosis Canada provide financial support to trials which, by their nature, should be assumed by pharmaceutical companies or equipment manufacturers. For further information, see

Travel: Research grants include a travel component. The organization encourages investigators to attend CF-related meetings in Canada or elsewhere, when advisable according to public health guidelines, to report on their own research and to remain abreast of significant developments in CF research. Presentation of a paper at a reputable scientific meeting, or attendance at a major symposium or conference related to the grantee's research are considered legitimate uses of travel funds.

Research grants may be allocated, in accordance with the approved budget, to:

  • Personnel (research assistant(s), technicians, fellows, students, specified other personnel);
  • Materials and supplies (expendables, animals, services);
  • Equipment (total not to exceed $10,000, once per term grant);
  • Travel 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161561

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum budget request is $100,000 per year. Cystic Fibrosis Canada will accept budget requests beyond $100,000/year if there is a funding partner.

Maximum travel allowance per year of the grant: $1,565- ON/QC; $1,905- AB/MB/SK; $1,450-BC; $2,313- PEI/NS/NB; $2,720-NL

Term of Contract:

Grants are awarded for a term of one to three years. They are renewable for one to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Basic Science Research grant: Applicants must be independent researchers who hold a full-time academic or research appointment relevant to CF at a Canadian university or hospital. Under exceptional circumstances, and at the discretion of the Research Advisory Council, research grant applications from other individuals may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, with significant emphasis placed on the degree of independence of the applicant, and on the institutional commitments to this individual.
- Clinical Research grant: The applicant must hold an academic or research appointment relevant to CF at a Canadian university or hospital.

There are no limits on the number of co-investigators or collaborators that can be listed. The investigators must have clearly defined roles which are justified. The institution receiving funds indicates where the ultimate responsibility for the grant lies. Generally, the organization funds research which is carried out in Canada, and the principal investigator must be based at a Canadian institution. While Cystic Fibrosis Canada will fund a collaboration from outside of Canada, funds must be directed through a Canadian institution and Canadian investigators intending to collaborate with individuals from outside of Canada should contact Cystic Fibrosis Canada in advance.

Research grants do not provide support for:
- Construction costs;
- Institutional overheads for laboratory facilities;
- Institutional overheads and/or indirect costs of research;
- Purchase of equipment in excess of $10,000;
- Principal investigator salary;
- Severance pay/packages.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Zoom webinar discussion of the 2021/2022 Grants and Fellowships Competition and Q&A will be held on Monday, July 26th, 2021, at 4:00-5:00pm (EDT)/1:00-2:00pm (PDT).

The Webinar will be hosted by Dr. Paul Eckford, Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s newly appointed Director of Research.

Location (link):

For further information, see

Pre-Application Information:

- Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply for a Basic or Clinical Research Grant: September 15, 2021
- Notification of Intent to Apply: 20 September
- Deadline for Basic and Clinical Research Grants Full Application: November 1, 2021
- Notification of funding: Mid March, 2022

Application deadline is 5:00 PM ET on the date indicated. If an application deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline will be 5:00 PM ET on the following business day.

Applications received by the date indicated in the application schedule will be assessed by Cystic Fibrosis Canada's scientific review panel.

Successful grantees must submit all required institutional approvals for experiments involving human participants and/or animals, and/or biohazardous materials by March 31st of the year following that in which the application for a Research grant is submitted.

Investigators are eligible to hold more than one research grant. It is a requirement that the focus of any additional grant application be clearly delineated from any existing ones. The specific aims of an additional grant should represent new approaches to the CF problem, and not an expansion of an existing research program.

Canadian CF Registry data can be made available for research and clinical study purposes following a formal request to Cystic Fibrosis Canada and pending the review and approval from the Registry Review Panel. Application form for accessing Canadian CF Registry data may be submitted year-round, with notification of approval after 4-8 weeks. For further infromation, see

It is the organization’s policy that if funds are donated by National Support Groups directly to a Cystic Fibrosis Canada-funded researcher, or to the hospital/host institution organization in the researcher’s name, an equal amount will be deducted from his/her research grant in the following fiscal year.

For Cystic Fibrosis Canada policies, including the support of personnel, see

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online through proposalCENTRAL:

Grants are administered by Cystic Fibrosis Canada's office, to which all correspondence should be directed:

Cystic Fibrosis Canada
2323 Yonge St., Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario M4P 2C9
Local: 416-485-9149
Toll free: 1-800-378-2233

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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