Fighting Blindness Canada
2021 Research Grant Competition
For More Information
Please see the 2021 Research Grant Competition Guide for complete instructions and guidelines.
The goal of the 2021 Research Grant Competition is to fund research that advances Fighting Blindness Canada’s (FBC’s) mission to accelerate the development and availability of treatments and cures for blinding eye diseases.
Each grant application can have only one Principal Investigator. The Principal Investigator is responsible for the direction of the proposed activities, assumes administrative and financial responsibility for the grant and receives correspondence related to the grant. The Principal Investigator must hold a firm academic position which allows the individual to engage in independent research activities for the duration of the project and includes the ability to supervise trainees and publish research results. They must be based in, or formally affiliated with, an accredited Canadian Host Institution such as a university, hospital or research institute. Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates, Adjunct Professors or Status only appointments (except where they hold a firm academic position at another Canadian institution), technical support staff, or investigators based outside of Canada are not eligible to be a Principal Investigator. The Principal Investigator is not eligible to receive salary support from a grant.
Investigators who have a firm offer of an academic position (as defined above) at an eligible Host Institution and where the appointment is not contingent on the success of a pending application, can submit an application as Principal Investigator provided that the position commences by the start date of the grant. In such cases, a letter of support from an appropriate authority of the Host Institution must be included providing clear details on the exact nature of the appointment (including title and major responsibilities), as well as the expected start date and duration of the appointment.
Grant budgets can be up to $100,000 per year for up to two years (maximum $200,000 per grant). The number of grants to be awarded will be determined by budget availability. Funding will be provided to support the direct costs of research, including supplies, salaries, and equipment associated with the proposed work. FBC does not provide overlap funding. It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator to notify the sponsor if they receive other sources of financial support for a grant under review or once awarded.
Maximum Project Value
Maximum $200,000. $100,000 per year up to two years.
One to two years.
Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.
If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.
Letter of intent to sponsor directly.
Full application if invited to sponsor directly.
How to Apply
Only applicants who submit an LOI and receive confirmation of their eligibility from FBC can submit a full application. A maximum of one application per Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator will be permitted in this competition. However, an individual who is named as a Principal or Co-Investigator may be named as a Collaborator on additional grants.
To facilitate peer-review, we ask applicants to submit applications in English.
Please see 2021 Research Grant Competition Guide for complete instructions on how to apply.
Information For Co-applicants
A researcher designated as Co-Investigator is a researcher who will take responsibility for particular administrative and scientific aspects of the research project. Co-Investigators must hold an academic position which allows the individual to engage in independent research activities for the duration of the project and includes the ability to supervise trainees and publish research results. Co-Investigators may be based outside Canada. This category can include Adjunct Professors or Status only appointments. Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates and technical support staff are not eligible to be Co-Investigators. Co-Investigators can request grant funding but are not eligible to receive salary support from a grant.
Collaborators are individuals who will make substantial contributions to the research project, such as helping with specific techniques or providing tools and reagents but are not requesting funding. Please include letters of support from collaborators as needed.