Banting Research Foundation Discovery Award

Updated Information

Internal deadline upated: Monday, January 18, 2021


Banting Research Foundation

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the Banting Research Foundation website for:

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


The Discovery Award is for innovative health and biomedical research projects by outstanding new investigators at universities and research institutes in Canada who are within the first three years of their first academic appointment. The intent is to provide seed funding so that applicants are able to gather pilot data to enhance their competitiveness for other sources of funding.  In addition, we partner with other organizations to grant co-funded Discovery Awards.

Institutional Support

A letter of nomination from the applicant’s host department or division head is required confirming:

  • all eligibility criteria have been met details the operating and the institutional start-up funds available to the applicant
  • the candidate has been provided the space and access to institutional infrastructure necessary to conduct the proposed research details a mentorship plan: 1) the name of a mentor, 2) who will assist the applicant in launching their career by providing guidance with formulating research proposals, 3) defining career goals and the timelines required to achieve them.

A department/division head will be permitted to nominate only one potential applicant during each annual granting cycle.


  • 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 January 25, 2021.
  • have not been awarded by your institution more than $150,000 in start-up funding exclusive of support from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) 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 exceeding $75,000).

Funding Availability

We fund at least six awards per year.

Maximum Project Value


Indirect Costs


Project Duration

One year


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

Internal Deadline

Applicant to submit a copy of application, nomination letter and complete OR5 form to;

External Deadline

Applicant to submit 2021 Discovery Award application form as per the instructions

Fill in and upload the signed form as a .pdf.

How to Apply

2021 Discovery Award application procedure

For Questions, please contact

Banting Research Foundation

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52832

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