Heart & Stroke: New investigator award 2024-25


Heart & Stroke Foundation

For More Information

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

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria

Also see attached New Investigator Guidelines


The New Investigator (NI) program is a salary award to support new investigators who have demonstrated excellence in their doctoral and post- doctoral training and wish to establish their own independent research career. Salary awards provide an added incentive for researchers to continue or begin their program of cardiovascular or cerebrovascular research within Canada. 


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.

General –New Investigator 

  1. A New Investigator may not be in receipt of another major personnel award from another national funding agency at the same time as holding a Personnel Award from Heart & Stroke. Likewise, an awardee may not concurrently hold a Canada Research Chair and a Heart & Stroke New Investigator, Alberta New Investigator, or an Ontario Clinician Scientist award. In addition, an awardee may not hold two Heart & Stroke Personnel Awards (national and provincial) concurrently. However, an awardee may accept supplemental funding no greater than 50% of the value of the Heart & Stroke award if it is from a local or provincial funding source.
  2. At the time of submission, the applicant must have a full-time appointment at the Assistant Professor level or above in Canada.
  3.  At the time of submission, and for the duration of the award, award recipients are ineligible if they hold or have already held funding, directly or indirectly, from the tobacco industry.
  4. The applicant should clearly demonstrate the potential to become an independent investigator.
  5. At the time of submission, no more than five (5) years may have passed since the date of the first faculty appointment at the Assistant or Clinical Assistant Professor level. This would include adjunct positions in a research track for which the applicant is eligible to write a Grant-in-Aid as a Principal or Co-Principal Investigator. The date of first faculty appointment will be based on the date listed in the Common CV (i.e., under Employment).
  6. Applications for this award must be supported by the university or institution at which the applicant will conduct the proposed research program. The university or institution is expected to guarantee the applicant appropriate academic rank and to provide adequate space and facilities for the investigator’s research, commensurate with the status of the individual’s experience and level of support from Heart & Stroke.
  7. The applicant must have an MD, PhD or equivalent degree.
  8. The Dean and Department Head (or institutional equivalents) must guarantee at least 75% of the applicant’s time will be allocated to the proposed research program.
  9. The applicant must hold an operating grant in support of the proposed research program at the time of this award; such grant(s) may be from Heart & Stroke and/or other granting agencies. The research grant support has the following additional requirements:
    1. For each year of the three (3) years of the award, the recipient must be a Principal or CoPrincipal Investigator on a peer-reviewed grant originating from a national or provincial funding agency, irrespective of the amount of the grant.
    2. The recipient must have at least $30,000 per year of research funding for which the recipient is Principal or Co-Principal Investigator. 
    3. Peer reviewed/Non-Peer reviewed funding
      • For years one (1) and two (2) of the award, research funding may originate from peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed sources.
      • For year three (3) of the award, research funding must originate from peer-reviewed sources.

Maximum Project Value

$60,000 per year including the employer’s share of benefits, for a maximum of three (3) years. There are no additional allowances

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

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 and signature page along with a complete OR5 form to research.services@uoguelph.ca.

External Deadline

Applications are to be submitted using the H & S electronic grant management system (CIRCUlink)


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For Questions, please contact

Email research@heartandstroke.ca

Office of Research

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

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