SickKids: New Investigator Research Grant


SickKids Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health

For More Information

For additional information, please visit the SickKids Foundation website for:

  • Program guidelines
  • Application forms
  • Evaluation criteria


New Investigator Research Grants provide important early career development support to child health researchers. It is intended this program will enhance the grant recipient’s ability to compete with more senior investigators for research grants from other funders. Through this grants program we are seeking to fund research carried out by new investigators across Canada who successfully lead, participate in and translate outstanding child health research that will respond to children’s health challenges and needs.


The Principal Investigator must be eligible to apply for grants as an independent researcher (autonomous regarding their research activities and has an academic or research appointment) and be formally affiliated with an Eligible Institution, where that institution is willing to financially administer the grant.
The Principal Investigator will usually hold a doctoral degree (Ph.D) or equivalent medical/health care degree and have had formal research training. If there will be two applicants (Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator) on the same project, both must be eligible as a New Investigator.
Co-Investigators are researchers who may or may not have a formal affiliation (faculty appointment) with the Eligible Institution but will take responsibility for particular administrative and scientific aspects of the research project. Trainees (i.e. doctoral students or fellows) cannot be Principal Investigators, but they may be Co-Investigators.
Eligible applicants are required to work with a clearly-identified mentor/mentors (up to two). The mentor will work with the applicant on a plan; review the application before submission; provide advice throughout the project to ensure it is competitive in terms of both scientific excellence and relevance to child health.
The applicant must be a new investigator at the date of application; i.e. at the application deadline of April 22, 2024. For the purpose of this award, a new investigator is defined as an individual who:
  • As a Principal Investigator has not been awarded combined Operating Grant funding of $500,000 or more Canadian dollars. An "Operating Grant" is defined as a grant that can be used to cover administrative or any other research-related costs (including salary of trainees or students) in order to carry out a research project. This does not include startup funds, salary awards, equipment or infrastructure funds. Note: Should an Operating Grant be received after the application is submitted, the applicant must notify SickKids Foundation immediately.
  • Is within 5 years from appointment of their first academic appointment. Academic appointment is defined as an appointment that allows an individual to apply for research grants as an independent researcher. (See ‘Recognition of a break in research career’ on page 5 of the New Investigator Guidelines document for additional considerations related to delays due to COVID).
  • Has at least 50% of protected research time for the duration of the project.

Maximum Project Value

Maximum of $100,000 per year for up to three years

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Up 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, institutional support letter and complete OR5 form to

External Deadline

Applicant to compete and submit application using the Online Application Portal.

How to Apply

Please refer to the competition guidelines attached for additional details on how to apply.


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Laurie Gallinger, Awards & Agreements Officer
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