Foundation Sponsors: Family Relations and Applied Nutrition

1. Disease Prevention

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Funds organizations (not individuals); Funding area: Diarrhea and enteric diseases, HIV/AIDS, Malaria, maternal, newborn, & child health; neglected diseases; nutrition; pneumonia & flu, polio, tuberculosis; vaccine-preventable diseases.

Foundation Lucie et Andre Chagnon

Supports programs that contribute to the development and improvement of health through poverty and disease prevention focused primarily on children and their parents.


2. Early Childhood & Child/Adolescent Development

ALVA Foundation

Funds organizations conducting research and/or developing services that address significant risk factors in early childhood development, prenatal through four years of age; helping organizations that work in the areas of prevention; research into risk factors that limit healthy early childhood development; aim to ensure healthy early childhood development or to remedy an identified disease or disorder.

The ASTLEY Family Foundation

The goal of the foundation is to help youth realize their potential and supports innovative projects that encourage personal development of troubled youth, to aid in the prevention of destructive behaviours. Funds education, community support, health care, as well as arts and culture.

Carthy Foundation

The foundation only provides grants for project support with a maximum granting period of 5 years. Their two program tracks include: Initiatives will have a primary focus on adolescent emotional health and wellness; or on career transitions for youth and young adults; and Initiatives will focus on market-based mechanisms, or urban ecology and ecological design. These may include, experimental and demonstration projects, applied research that supports innovative policies and practices, and initiatives that add significantly and strategically to the national knowledge base.

Thrasher Research Fund

The Thrasher Research Fund remains open to a variety of pediatric medical research topics. Research projects with the potential to impact a large number of children as well as research projects  that address severe problems affecting relatively few children will be considered.  The Fund seeks to maintain a portfolio of grants with a balance of  both domestic and international research. Projects are supported up to 3 years.

Sick Kids Foundation

Funds research in cross-training, home/community, new investigator, alternative health care grants and awards. Research must be relevant to child's health.


3. International initiatives/Regional-Specific:

Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Funds policy research and informed discussions on Canada's relations with Asia (up to $10K).

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Supports international issues, including human rights and international justice, peace and security, conservation and sustainable development, higher education, migration, and population and reproductive health. MacArthur grantees work in 65 countries, and the Foundation has offices in India, Mexico, Nigeria, and Russia.


4. Nutrition

Danone Institute

Provides grants-in-aid for research leading to improved nutrition during pregnancy, infancy, childhood and adolescence, particularly in ways that promote behaviour change. Projects involving evaluation of nutrition education strategies and communication practices and of innovative models will be considered for support. The Institute is also interested in funding studies which investigate the effectiveness of new developments leading to behavioural change, including health claims and the increasing use of functional foods. Criteria for funding include originality, scientific merit, feasibility, and relevance to mission and mandate of the Institute. Submission of applications for projects of a multi-disciplinary and networking nature are encouraged. Human projects only will be considered.

Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research

Supports research that has direct relevance to the nutritional well being of Canadians, food service admin, clinical, community or public health practices.


5. Physical/Mental Health & Well-Being:

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation

Devoted to strategic and applied research in the field of neurotrauma in Ontario, specifically spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. Encourages multi-disciplinary collaboration and a focus on evidence-based best practices that can move research to practice. Research program involves three funding streams: Prevention, quality of life persons with ABI, and SCI.

Ontario Mental Health Foundation

Supports innovative areas of research on mental health. Two types of research project grants: Type A (2yr) and Type B (4yr).

Lupina Foundation

Funds for research into the cause, control and cure of health anxiety, social factors in health risk and access to health services, especially by women.


6. Socialization, and Social Change

Harry Frank GUGGENHEIM Foundation

To increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance. Particular questions that interest HFG concern violence, aggression, and dominance in relation to social change, the socialization of children, intergroup conflict, interstate warfare, crime, family relationships, and investigations of the control of aggression and violence. HFG awards research grants to individuals for individual projects.

Maytree Foundation

Supporting leaders who have the capacity to make social change, specifically related to issues of systemic poverty; providing funding to organizations to sustain their efforts over time; providing loans and scholarships to accelerate the settlement of immigrants and refugees.

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Core grantmaking programs:conservation and science program; population and reproductive health program; children, families, and communities program. Other areas of funding: local grantmaking program; organizational effectiveness and philanthropy funds.

Spencer Foundation

Specific areas of interest: the relation between education and social opportunity; organizational learning in schools, school systems, and higher education institutions; teaching, learning, and instructional resources; and purposes and values of education; also accept proposals that do not fit one of these areas:address explicitly how your proposed study aligns with the Foundation's mission of research toward educational improvement, and whether this proposal promises to advance our purposes more effectively than research we can fund in our declared areas of interest.