Canadian Blood Services is pleased to announce its 2019 Intramural Research Grant Program Competition. The objective of the Intramural Research Grant Program is to support collaborative research projects that will generate knowledge and lead to new discoveries that will improve the safety and efficacy of blood products and the blood system in general.

Applications are welcomed from project teams led by an investigator affiliated with a Canadian academic program as a faculty member. Project teams must be composed of at least two investigators (including the Principal Investigator) and at least one of the investigators must be affiliated with Canadian Blood Services as a scientist, medical officer/director/consultant, or adjunct scientist.

Opportunity

The objective of the Intramural Research Grant program is to support research that will advance knowledge in specific research priorities, as described below. Increasing the stock of knowledge underpinning blood transfusion and blood-related stem cell transplantation practices will lead to new discoveries that will improve the safety and efficacy of blood products and the blood system in general.

The research supported through the Intramural Research Grant program will contribute to Canadian Blood Services reaching its overall goal of attaining excellence in the manufacturing and distribution of biological products and in the provision of clinical services and will contribute to Canadian Blood Services corporate strategy of improving patient outcomes and continually earning the right to serve the health care system.

Research Priorities:

  • Promoting appropriate blood product utilization;
  • Ensuring an adequate blood product supply;
  • Minimizing the adverse effects of blood product transfusion;
  • Optimizing blood product quality;
  • Replacing or improving blood products through new therapies or technologies.

Blood product is defined as a therapeutic product derived from donation of blood or of stem cells capable of producing blood cells after transplantation. Blood products include red blood cell and platelet concentrates, plasma and plasma derivatives (including plasma protein products), and hematopoietic stem cells (including those derived from cord blood). Applications focusing predominantly on therapies that do not involve blood products will only be considered if a convincing case is made that the research addresses one of the research priorities stated above.

Another objective of the Intramural Research Grant program is to support and maintain a network of researchers who are dedicated to addressing the needs of Canadian Blood Services. As such, the program requires a minimum of two investigators per team, including a minimum of one Canadian Blood Services – affiliated investigator per team.

Eligibility

  • Principal Investigator: The Principal Investigator must be affiliated with a Canadian academic program as a faculty member. The Primary Applicant is responsible for submitting the application, delivering the project as approved, and reporting on project progress to Canadian Blood Services.

  • Team composition: The research team must include at least two investigators (including the Principal Investigator) and at least one of the investigators must be affiliated with Canadian Blood Services (i.e., Canadian Blood Services Scientist, Medical Officer/Director/Consultant, or Adjunct Scientist). For help identifying a Canadian Blood Services – affiliated investigator to join the project team, applicants can contact centreforinnovation@blood.ca.
  • All investigators must have a defined role in the project, and their expertise must be clearly required to adequately address the project goals. Investigators are expected to require material budget items of some nature. All investigators must be affiliated with a Canadian academic program as faculty members.

  • Collaborators: Collaborators with a defined role in the project may complement the team but are not eligible for funding. Their role in the research project is to provide a specific service or expertise (e.g., access to equipment, provision of specific reagents, statistical analysis, etc.).

  • Program objective and research priorities: Intramural Research Grant proposals must be aligned with the program objective and one or more of the research priorities identified in Section I. Proposals that are not relevant will not be considered for funding.

  • Budget: The proposed project budget must not exceed $200,000 per year for a maximum duration of two years ($400,000 total).
  • Funds cannot be used for salary support for investigators (i.e. individuals who are eligible to apply for operating funds from the federal agencies).
  • Funds may be used for trainee stipends, research staff salaries (e.g. research assistants,technicians, etc.), the purchase of expendable materials and supplies, the purchase and maintenance of experimental animals, project team collaborative and networking activities (e.g., team meetings, conference calls, travel), and knowledge dissemination activities (e.g., publication costs). Travel expenses will be supported to a maximum of $3,000 per year.
  • The purchase of small items of equipment is permissible; however, the maximum that can be spent on equipment over the two-year grant funding period is $8,500 (exclusive of applicable taxes). Funds cannot be used towards maintenance/service contracts.
  • Intramural Research Grant funds are only to be used towards the direct costs of research; no funding is to be used for indirect costs (e.g. institutional overhead).

Funding Available

The Intramural Research Grant program competition is held annually. For the 2018 competition, the total amount available is $1,200,000, and it is anticipated that three (3) new grants will be funded.

Useful Links

Deadlines

CORIS Internal Review Please contact your Research Facilitator
cuResearch Checklist January 25, 2019
Submission to Sponsor February 1, 2019

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator.