The HSF Grant-in-Aid (GIA) program provides operating funds to support important, pertinent, novel research in the areas of heart disease and 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.

Research is supported across the four health research themes:

  1. Basic Biomedical
  2. Clinical
  3. Health Services/Systems
  4. Social, Cultural, Environmental and Population Health

 Please Note:

  • GIA applicants are allowed to submit a maximum of one grant application (new or renewal) to the 2017/18 GIA competition as either Principal or Co-Principal Investigator. Applicants are allowed to hold no more than two HSF funded GIAs as Principal and/or Co-Principal Investigator at any one time. If an applicant holds ongoing funding as Principal and/or Co-Principal Investigator for two GIAs that are not scheduled to be completed within the coming funding year, no new applications can be submitted.
  • Figures, charts, tables, etc. can be appended after the references and must not exceed five (5) pages.  The number of pages should reflect the size and scope of the proposed research.  Pages beyond the five (5) page limit will NOT be evaluated by the reviewers.
  • The applicant is required to declare all secured and proposed (i.e. submitted in the same funding cycle) partnered funding at the time of submission.  There can be no overlap/duplication in expenses or activities with partnered funding. See Section 6 (page 14 of the Submission Guidelines).
  • The Foundation will be offering as part of the GIA and National New Investigator (NNI) program funding specifically targeted towards the improvement of the heart health for women.  Applicants applying for this opportunity will also be considered in the regular pool of GIA and/or NNI applications.  Guidelines for application are identical to the GIA and/or NNI except where otherwise indicated.  Please note, all other GIA and NNI guidelines and requirements apply (e.g. maximum number of applications eligible for submission).
  • All applicants (irrespective of proposal focus) to the GIA and NNI programs are required to include a sex and gender-based analysis in their research design (or provide rationale as to why it would not be relevant to their project).
  • Applications to the GIA competition must be submitted by 16:00 EDT 01 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2016 using the HSF’s online system (CIRCUlink). CIRCUlink will not accept submissions after this deadline.
  • We strongly advise applicants to submit well before the 16:00 EDT deadline. Any applications attempted or submitted after the deadline will NOT be accepted. There will be no appeal process to late submission.
  • GIA 2017/18 Application Deadline Support Notice:
    HSF will attempt to provide support to all applicants requiring assistance leading up to the deadline of 16:00 EDT on 01 Thursday, September 2016. Please be advised that due to limited resources the Foundation cannot provide any assurances of available support after 15:00 EDT, 01 Thursday, September 2016. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that a completed application is submitted prior to the deadline. The Foundation strongly recommends that applications be submitted well before the 16:00 EDT deadline.
  • Common CV: please note only the last five (5) years are requested for the following sections:
    • Research Funding History (Awarded, Completed, and Under Review)
    • Supervisory Activities
    • Publications



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