Canadian Blood Services’ Blood Efficiency Accelerator Award Program 2018


Canadian Blood Services


The objective of the Canadian Blood Services’ Blood Efficiency Accelerator Award Program is to improve the efficient and appropriate utilization of blood products, while maintaining the safety of the blood system. To achieve this objective, the Program will support innovative research projects that seek new knowledge or accelerate the application of existing knowledge. In the context of this competition, blood product is defined as a therapeutic product derived from the donation of blood or blood components and includes red blood cell and platelet concentrates, plasma and plasma derivatives (including plasma protein products), and hematopoietic stem cells (including those derived from cord blood).

While all applications aimed at improving the efficient and appropriate utilization of Canadian Blood Services’ blood products are encouraged, the current competition will give priority to projects focused on improving procedures and protocols at Canadian hospitals or at Canadian Blood Services that will result in improved utilization of red blood cells, platelets, and plasma products. These improvements may be realized at any point from vein to vein, that is, from the point of blood collection, through the manufacturing, distribution, and blood banking processes, to clinical utilization. Projects with a defined knowledge translation strategy to accelerate the uptake of the study findings or of existing knowledge by the knowledge user group will also be prioritized.


Primary Applicant: The Primary Applicant must be affiliated with a Canadian academic program as a faculty member or with Canadian Blood Services. The Primary Applicant is responsible for submitting the application, delivering the project as approved, and reporting on project progress to Canadian Blood Services.

Team composition: All project teams require at least one Canadian Blood Services employee. All project team members must have a defined role in the project, and their expertise must be clearly required to adequately address project goals. Applicants are encouraged to contact if help is needed to identify a Canadian Blood Services project team member.

The project must have a clear plan with defined goals that will be completed within the one year term of the award and that are aligned with the research priorities outlined in Section I.

Funding Availability

Canadian Blood Services has allocated $60,000 per year for the Blood Efficiency Accelerator Award Program and anticipate funding two (2) projects annually.

Maximum Project Value

Maximum value of $30,000 per project.

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

1 Year


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

Internal Deadline

PI to submit copy of application along with a signed OR5 form to:

External Deadline

PI to submit Application Package (Application Form and supporting documents) by email to No applications, updates, or additional materials will be accepted after the deadline date.

More information and competition guidelines can be found on the Canadian Blood Services website.

Information For Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least five days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).

For Questions, please contact

Centre for Innovation at or (613) 739- 2496.

Office of Research

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

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