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for Studies Related to Strokes

Stroke Clinical Research Catalyst Grant

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Foundation / Corporation

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Brain Canada, Canadian Stroke Consortium (CSC), and Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

Deadline Date:

08/05/22 16:00 EDT


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Grants to Canada researchers affiliated with research institutions for studies related to strokes. Applicants must register prior to submitting a grant application. Funding is intended for research addressing the causes and treatment of strokes. Studies must involve patients with acute stroke, transient ischemic attack, or established stroke.

The purpose of the Canadian Stroke Consortium-Brain Canada-Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada 2022 Stroke Clinical Research Catalyst Grants program is to increase capacity for clinical stroke research within Canada. The primary aim is to provide seed funding to develop new lines of research and generate preliminary data that would support successful applications to larger grants from granting agencies, while broadening the researcher’s clinical research program. Projects which fall under the scope of this funding opportunity aim at reducing the burden of stroke through clinical research geared towards improving understanding of stroke and advancing stroke care with the ultimate goal of preventing stroke recurrence and improving patient outcomes. The project's primary focus should be the brain and it should contribute to improved care along the continuum of stroke including acute care, secondary prevention, rehabilitation, and recovery. Successful projects will be those that demonstrate value to the research and clinical community. 

The Canadian Stroke Consortium, Brain Canada, and Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada recognize that early-career investigators are at a unique position to formulate innovative and impactful research projects but funding and resources to obtain preliminary data required to apply for larger grants are often scarce. Given this, early-career investigators who are within seven years of their first academic appointment are strongly encouraged to apply.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Evidence clearly shows that increasing equity, diversity and inclusion in research environments enhances excellence, innovation and creativity. In addition, incorporation of principles of EDI in the design and execution of research involving human participants is critically important for broadening the potential impact of the work and the potential for new knowledge to be translated into health benefits. Given this heterogeneity and the diversity of the Canadian population, applicants must consider biological variables (i.e., sex, age, etc.) and social determinants of health (i.e., gender, socioeconomic status, etc.) in the research design, where appropriate. Applicants are encouraged to refer to CIHR’s guidance on how to integrate sex and gender into research for more information ( Applicants are also encouraged to consider how their proposed research addresses EDI consistent with the partners position on EDI and articulated in CIHR’s position on EDI, available in the Tri-Agency Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. See:

Funds must contribute towards the direct costs of the research project for which they were awarded and should be directly attributable to the project or activity being performed. These funds may be used to support any aspect of the operating costs of the research project, including:

  • Supplies and materials;
  • Provision of special services and user fees;
  • Maintenance of essential equipment;
  • End-of-Grant Knowledge Mobilization costs; including, but not limited to, travel of the principal investigator and trainees for presentation of results at conferences, publication costs in peer-reviewed and open-access journals or repositories (including article processing charges), knowledge exchange activities (workshops, brochures, books), knowledge diffusion activities via online technologies (webinars, podcasts);
  • Salaries for technical personnel;
  • Stipends of trainees;
  • New equipment that is currently unavailable but essential for the project. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 203112

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Up to ten grants. A minimum of four grants are intended for early-career investigators.

Estimated Size of Grant:

$100,000 over two years

Term of Contract:

2 years
Applicants must be able to initiate the project in December 2022, when funding will start.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Investigators must be affiliated with and conducting research at an eligible Canadian institution for the entire duration of the grant. Academic appointments must have started by the Full Application submission deadline. The Principal Investigator must be considered an independent researcher at their institution. Such an individual normally holds the rank of assistant or associate professor; can initiate and direct their own independent lines of research as principal investigator; has full responsibility for running their laboratories; has full control of their research funds; and is permitted to supervise trainees (if applicable, as per their institution’s policy). Postdoctoral fellows or adjunct faculty are not eligible to apply.
- Research projects with established seed funding of greater than $75,000 are not eligible. Research projects with established seed funding of less than $75,000 are only eligible if a budgetary shortfall is demonstrated in the budget of the present application, with appropriate accompanying justification. It is the responsibility of the applicant to notify Canadian Stroke Consortium immediately should substantial overlap arise from new funding awarded during the application and review process of this competition.
- Research work must be conducted at a Canadian institution.
- Applicants must submit a Registration Form to be eligible to submit a Full Application.
- Applicants must be able to initiate the project in December 2022, when funding will start.
- The project’s population should consist entirely of patients with acute stroke, transient ischemic attack or established stroke.

In addition to the above, early-career investigators applying to this program must:
- Be within seven years of their first academic appointment by the deadline to submit Full Applications. Leaves of absence (e.g., maternity and parental leave, sick leave, etc.) will not be included in calculating the seven-year window.
- Early-career investigators are required to designate a mentor at the time of submission for the Full Application. An individual can serve as a mentor on multiple applications.
- Please note that members of the Canadian Stroke Consortium may be available for mentorship upon request by early-career investigators without established mentorship.

Brain Canada, The Canadian Stroke Consortium, and Heart & Stroke are committed to excellence through equity and encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply to this funding opportunity, which will promote the expression of diverse perspectives, approaches, and experiences, including those of underrepresented groups.

Funds cannot be allocated for costs and expenses incurred outside of Canada.

Ineligible costs
- Salaries and consulting fees of any investigator or researcher holding an academic appointment.
- As this grant is to be used for the specific project that is proposed, the purchase of general office and lab equipment are ineligible expenses.
- Indirect costs or overhead costs associated with managing the research project

Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and the Canadian Stroke Consortium, as the administrator of the competition, must be consulted on expenses that are not listed here, so that any partners involved can determine the eligibility of other categories of expenditure.

Pre-Application Information:

- Launch of Request for Applications: May 2nd, 2022
- Deadline for Registration Forms/CCV: 16:00 EDT, May 31st, 2022
- Notification of Eligibility: June 10th, 2022
- Deadline for Receipt of Full Applications: 16:00 EDT, August 5th, 2022
- Notification of Decision: October 2022
- Funding Begins: December 15th, 2022

Submission of a Registration Form is a requirement to submit a Full Application. Upon confirmation of receipt and eligibility, the Canadian Stroke Consortium will invite applicants to then submit a Full Application by 16:00 EDT on August 5th, 2022, through the provision of a Full Application Form. There will be no appeal for late submissions. Receipt of the Registration Form and the Full Application will be acknowledged by the Canadian Stroke Consortium within two working days.

Note: An individual researcher can only submit one application as Nominal Principal Applicant.

Contact Information:

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

Registration Forms, Project Summaries, and the Nominal Principal Applicant’s Canadian Common CV (CIHR Biosketch template) are to be submitted via email to Karen Earl:

For more information, please contact Karen Earl at the above email address or Dr. Ashkan Shoamanesh, CSC Research Committee Chair:

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
2300 Yonge St., Suite 1200
Box 2414
Toronto ON M4P 1E4

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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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