Heart & Stroke: Grant-in-Aid 2024-2025


Heart & Stroke Foundation

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the Heart & Stroke website for

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria

See attached Grant-in-aid Guidelines.


The Heart & Stroke Grant-in-Aid (GIA) program provides operating funds to support important, pertinent, novel research in the areas of heart disease and/or stroke. GIA funding promotes research discovery, exploration and innovation across all health research themes. Knowledge gained from scientific findings contributes to the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health of Canadians through prevention, treatment and recovery. 

Applications for Renewal   A grantee wishing to renew an active grant typically makes an application for renewal during the final year of the active grant.  If a grantee applies for a renewal earlier than this, the grantee immediately forfeits all remaining years of the active grant, except the current year. 


Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in research environments enhances excellence, innovation and creativity. Heart & Stroke is committed to excellence through equity and encourages applicants from diverse and equity deserving groups to apply to our funding opportunities. Heart & Stroke encourages Principal Investigators (PI) to integrate EDI considerations in selection of members of the research team.


Principal Investigators (and co-PIs) must have a full-time academic or faculty appointment (i.e., at minimum, at the Assistant or Clinical Assistant Professor level) in Canada at the time the application is submitted. The date of first faculty appointment will be based on the date listed in the Common CV (i.e., under Employment).  Please ensure your Common CV is updated and correctly identifies a valid appointment. Applicants holding lecturer/clinical scholar of similar university appointments that are of lower tier than Assistant Professor appointments are not eligible to apply as  PI and co-PI. 

For any application with a PI and co-PI, should the PI be deemed ineligible the entire application will be withdrawn from the competition. There will be no appeal process for applications deemed ineligible. 

Applicants holding adjunct appointments at an academic institution must submit a letter from their dean/chair/division director to clarify that through their specific appointment they are accorded protected time for research. The letter is required to quantify the amount of protected time available, their access to research infrastructure and their access to other resources necessary to conduct the proposed research study. Failure to include this explanatory letter with all required components will result in withdrawal of the application (without appeal).

Maximum Project Value

maximum of $100,000 per year

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

1 to 3 years


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

Internal Deadline

Applicant to submit a copy of application, along with the signature page and a complete OR5 form to research.services@uoguelph.ca.

External Deadline

Applicants:  Applications are to be submitted using the Heart & Stroke electronic grant management system (CIRCUlink).

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 omccarro@uoguelph.ca at the Office of Research  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).


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For Questions, please contact

Email research@heartandstroke.ca.

Visit the Heart & Stroke webpage for researchers: https://www.heartandstroke.ca/what-we-do/research/for-researchers.

Office of Research

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

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