Banting-CANSSI Ontario Discovery Award in Data Science


Banting Research Foundation and The Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute​ (CANSSI) Ontario

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For additional information, please visit the program's websites Banting Research FoundationCANSSI for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


CANSSI Ontario and The Banting Research Foundation are pleased to announce two Banting-CANSSI Ontario Discovery Awards in Data Science.These new investigator awards are intended to support statistical or computational research related to a health or biomedical problem. 

Discovery Awards from The Banting Research Foundation support young Canadian researchers who demonstrate excellence and creativity in health and biomedical science. In keeping with the mission of CANSSI Ontario, applicants to the Banting-CANSSI Ontario Discovery Awards in Data Science should be proposing new, innovative statistical or computational methodology, or proposing to implement existing methods in novel ways, to address a health or biomedical research question.


  • be a new investigator at any Canadian university or affiliated research institute who will be within the first three years of the date of first career academic appointment at the application deadline date of February 14, 2020
  • have not been awarded by your institution more than $150,000 in start-up funding (exclusive of support from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation)
  • have not been awarded more than $50,000 per annum in external operating funds at the application deadline date. (An applicant who has been awarded more than $50,000 per annum in external operating funds may submit a request for less than $25,000, such that the total sum of operating funds received from all sources during the funding year, should the application to The Banting Research Foundation be successful, not exceed $75,000.)
  • Applications will be accepted from new investigators appointed at any CANSSI-member Ontario University. One of the two awards is earmarked for a University of Toronto or affiliated research institute faculty member.

Maximum Project Value

Up to $25,000 

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

 one (1) year grant 

Special Notes

The application must be accompanied by a letter of nomination from the applicant’s host department or division head that:

  • confirms all eligibility criteria have been met
  • details the operating and the institutional start-up funds available to the applicant
  • confirms the candidate has been provided the space and access to institutional infrastructure necessary to conduct the proposed research
  • details a mentorship plan, including the name of a mentor, who will assist the applicant in launching their career by providing guidance with formulating research proposals, defining career goals and the timelines required to achieve them

Applications will be adjudicated on the basis of scientific excellence and innovation by The Banting Research Foundation Grant Review panel, and eligibility requirements and application instructions can be found here.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Applicant to submit copy of application, support letter signed by the Dean or designate on college letter head (ORS will attain AVPR or designate signature) along with a complete OR5 form to:

External Deadline

Applicant: To submit a grant application, download and complete the application form, convert to a PDF and submit by email. 

Application Form

The 2020 form can be downloaded as a word document here: BRFApplication_2020

Naming Submission Files

To properly identify your application, use this naming convention: LastnameFirstname _ BRFApplication_ 2020.pdf
Attachments may be included with the application document or compiled into a single document and named LastnameFirstname_ attachments_ BRF_2020.pdf

Submitting the Application

Email the application and attachment PDF to:
Please paste the title, lay language summary and keywords of your research proposal into your email so that it can be distributed to potential reviewers.

For Questions, please contact

Banting Research Foundation

Phone: 416.595.9046

CANSSI Ontario

Esther Berzunza, Program Manager
Mobile: 416-689-7271

Office of Research

Kristin Zimmermann, Senior Grants & Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56257

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