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Discovery Grant

Grants to Canada Medical Researchers for Innovative
Prostate Cancer Studies that Lead to New Lines of Research

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC)

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Deadline Date:

01/17/19 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to Canada medical researchers for prostate cancer studies that open new avenues of investigation. Applicants must register online prior to submitting a full application. Proposals are considered from all areas of prostate cancer research, including, but not limited to, biomedical, clinical, population health, and health services and economics.

The Discovery Grant program is designed to:

- Allow both junior and more established investigators to pursue new avenues of exploration
- Allow applications from all areas of prostate cancer research
- Provide a budget of up to $200,000 per project that can be spent in up to two years of funding
- Fund applications that will have been evaluated by a rigorous peer-review process that assessed innovation; track record of investigator team; methodology and feasibility of the proposed work; and potential impact on prostate cancer

The following expenditures are eligible for funding:

- Salaries of research assistants, technicians, project coordinators and other personnel who will enhance the collaborative research productivity of the research team;
- Stipends paid to trainees (e.g., undergraduate, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows) shall be in accordance with institutional policies, up to a maximum of $21,000 per annum for graduate students and $50,000 per
annum for postdoctoral fellows.

Direct research operating costs for the proposed research
- Equipment, up to 5% of funding; up to $10,000 over the term of the grant for small equipment items. Equipment items must be relevant to the research project and justification must be provided.
- Materials and supplies
- Services
- Knowledge Translation activities which can include travel to conferences when presenting results from the funded
research grant/award (up to 1% of funding), publication costs relating to the funded research, and other knowledge dissemination activities
- Other Expenses

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167487

Estimated Size of Grant:

This program will provide a budget of up to $200,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

Funding may be spent over 2 years starting April 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be eligible to apply for a Discovery Grant, applicants must:
- Be an independent investigator;
- Be an applied health researcher and/or hold an MD degree (or equivalent) and/or PhD degree (or equivalent);
- Be licensed to practice medicine in Canada (if holding an MD degree);
- Have an academic or research appointment which commences by the effective date of the award (April 2019) at an eligible institution;
- A New Investigator has held academic or research appointment(s) for no more than 5 (five) years at the commencement date of the award (April, 1, 2019). NOTE: The window of eligibility for a New Investigator may be extended if their career has been interrupted for reasons such as parental leave, illness or health-related family responsibilities. For more information or to apply for an extension please contact the research team.
- An Established Investigator has held academic or research appointment(s) for a period of 5 (five) years or more at the commencement date of the award (April 1, 2019)

To be eligible to apply for a PCC grant or award applicants must be independent investigators.
An independent investigator is an individual who has an academic or research appointment at an eligible Canadian institution which:
- Must commence by the effective date of funding; and
- Allows the individual to pursue the proposed research project, to engage in independent research activities for the entire duration of the funding, to supervise trainees and to publish the research results; and
- Allows the individual to apply for and hold grant funding as a Principal Investigator from the Federal Tri-Council Agencies;
- Obliges the individual to conform to institutional regulations concerning the conduct of research, the supervision of trainees and the employment conditions of staff paid with PCC funding.

Investigators will assume financial responsibility for the grant at his/her own institution and will be responsible for reporting this information back to PCC.

A Co-Principal Investigator or a Co-Investigator is an independent investigator and is part of the team contributing to the grant.

Additional contributors may be named as Collaborators. It is not necessary to qualify as an independent investigator for this role; this includes independent investigators from outside Canada, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, clinical fellows, research associates, project coordinators; collaborators are named in the Full Application.

To be eligible to apply for a PCC grant or award, applicants must be affiliated with an eligible institution. Eligible institutions must meet the following requirements.
1. The Institution type must fall under one of the following categories:
- Canadian post-secondary institutions and their affiliated institutions including hospitals and research institutes;
- Canadian non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations (including community or charitable organizations) with an explicit research or knowledge translation mandate;
- Canadian non-federal government departments or agencies, including regional health authorities, when specific programs of those departments or agencies do not fund the activity that forms the subject matter of the grant.

2. The institution must be a recognized legal entity.

3. The institution must have the necessary accounting systems and financial controls in place to manage PCC Funds.

4. The institution must ensure that the researcher will have the time and infrastructure that will permit the pursuit of the planned research and the freedom to publish the results.

Applications from for-profit organizations are not eligible.

Non-domestic (non-Canadian) entities (foreign institutions) are not eligible to apply

Funding from Prostate Cancer Canada grants is intended to be spent at eligible Canadian institutions. An exception would be if someone you were hoping to work with was doing something that is not available in Canada; they could be reimbursed for work that is a fee-for-service in nature.

The following expenditures are not eligible for funding received through this funding opportunity:
- Indirect costs associated with the conduct of research including, but not limited to, heating, lighting, ethics review, intellectual property and commercialization activities
- Salary or honoraria for PI, Co-PI and Co-Investigators
- Fringe benefits for students, postdoctoral fellows, and clinical research fellows
- Conference travel (except where noted above)
- Entertainment and hospitality costs
- Membership fees, union dues

Pre-Application Information:

The November 30 deadline is registering your intent to submit a Full Application. You need to complete the registration page in the online application.

The deadline for the Full Application is Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 5 pm Eastern, but you must have created and completed the Registration portion of the application before November 30 at 5 p.m. Eastern to be able to proceed and submit an application.

- Registration Deadline: November 30, 2018
- Full Application Deadline: January 17, 2019
- Funding Start Date: April 1, 2019

Applicants may submit one application only where named as either a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Larissa Moniz, PhD, Director, Evidence and Knowledge Translation
416-441-2131, Ext. 243

Joanne Reynolds, Manager, Research Operations
416-441-2131, Ext. 226

Stephanie Bazinet, Coordinator, Research
416-441-2131, Ext. 252

Prostate Cancer Canada
2 Lombard Street, 3rd Floor
Toronto Ontario M5C 1M1

Telephone: 416-441-2131
Toll-free: 1-888-255-0333
Fax: 416-441-2325

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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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