Stem Cell Network: National Research Funding Competition 2019-22


Stem Cell Network (SCN)

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Stem Cell Network Research Funding Opportunities


The Stem Cell Network is pleased to launch the second round of its national research funding competition for the 2019-22 period. The competition is comprised of three translational research programs and SCN’s new Innovation Research Program for early-career investigators. 

1. The Accelerating Clinical Translation Program

Supports multi-disciplinary research projects that are moving toward the clinic. This program will also support translational research activities (including ​Ethical, Legal and Social Implication​ questions) associated with an upcoming or ongoing clinical trial. Project awards will be up to $400,000.

2. The Fueling Biotechnology Partnerships Program

Supports academic partnerships with emerging Canadian regenerative medicine biotech companies who are working to drive an innovative stem cell-based technology or therapy into the clinic or market. Project awards will be up to $350,000.

3. The Innovation Research Program for Early Career Investigators

Supports early-career investigators (within the first five years of an initial academic appointment) to develop a stem cell research program with a regenerative medicine focus. This program is also open to researchers studying the ethical, legal and social implications of stem cell and regenerative medicine. Funded Projects will serve as a foundation for a longer-term translational research program. Project awards will be up to $150,000.

4. The Translation and Society Team Awards

Supports national teams of high-calibre, multi-disciplinary investigators to undertake ELSI (Ethical, Legal and Social Implications) research projects that focus on key opportunities and impediments to progress in the translation of innovative stem cell research. Project awards will be up to $175,000.


Please see the program-specific eligibility criteria in each program's Guidelines Document. 

Funding Availability

Together, this research funding competition will provide approximately $5M to support stem cell research across Canada. 

Maximum Project Value

Award values vary across the four programs. Details can be found in the Guidelines for each program. The range starts at $150,000 and goes up to $400,000. 

Indirect Costs

 Indirect costs and PI salaries are not eligible for funding 

Project Duration

 The funding term will run for 18 months from August 1, 2020 to January 31, 2022. 

Special Notes

 SCN-funded projects require partner support (in-kind or financial). Eligible partners include industry, not-for-profit organizations, foundations, research institutions, health charities and provincial governments. Please note, federal funders (e.g. CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC, CFI, NCEs, Genome Canada, New Frontiers Research Fund, IRAP) are ineligible for matching.


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

Internal Deadline

Please submit a copy of the signed OR-5, along with the Full Application Package to

External Deadline

Lead investigator must submit the Full Application Package to

How to Apply

Please visit the SCN website to download the applicable Guidelines Document, Application Form, Institutional/Investigator Signature Document, and Budget Template for the program you intend to apply for. ​

All applications must be emailed on or before the deadline to: Rebecca Cadwalader at

A confirmation email will be sent within 48 hours of SCN receiving the submitted application package. If a confirmation email is NOT received from SCN within 48 hours of submission it is the responsibility of the lead applicant to contact SCN and ensure that the application package has been received.

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 at 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

For questions, please consult the FAQs, or contact Jon Draper at

Office of Research

Gregor Lawson, Industry Liaison Manager
Research Innovation Office
519-824-4120 x54807

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