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Funding Programs

 

Canadian Blood Services/Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Operating Grants

Canadian Blood Services partners with the CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health to provide operating grant funding to highly rated applications that are relevant to Canadian Blood Services research priorities in transfusion science and medicine.

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Find out more about these operating grants


Intramural Research Grant Program

The Canadian Blood Services Intramural Research Grant program supports 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. Applicants are required to be Canadian Blood Services scientists, medical officers/directors/consultants, or adjunct scientists and must apply with a team of at least two investigators. Investigators not affiliated with Canadian Blood Services can be part of the project team.

Next competition: Winter 2018

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Transfusion Medicine Research Program Support Award

The objective of the Canadian Blood Services Transfusion Medicine Research Program Support Award (“Program Support Award”) is to promote national excellence in transfusion science and medicine in service of Canadian patients. The Program Support Award will provide funding to research groups that constitute centres of excellence in transfusion research in Canada to enable the development of research activities and to foster collaboration and knowledge dissemination within a centre and across the Canadian transfusion community.

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•    Competition guidelines (PDF)

 


Kenneth J. Fyke Award

The Kenneth J. Fyke Award program supports health services and policy research in order to promote the development of evidence-based Canadian practices and policies in blood transfusion, blood stem cell transplantation, and organ and tissue transplantation for the benefit of Canadian patients. The 2016 Kenneth J. Fyke Award will support one project with up to $100,000 for a period of one year.

Next competition: Fall 2018

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Transfusion Medicine Residency Fellowship

Canadian Blood Services awards salary support to qualified medical residents who are accepted into the Areas of Focused Competency (AFC)-Diploma Program in transfusion medicine. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent Canadian residents to be eligible for the Canadian Blood Services transfusion medicine residency fellowship. Please note that yearly application deadline is typically the end of January but is sometimes modified depending on reviewers' schedules.

The transfusion medicine AFC-diploma program is a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited program. For information about the AFC-program please see Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada website and select Transfusion Medicine under “Information by AFC-diploma.”

The transfusion medicine AFC-diploma program is available at the following universities: University of British Columbia, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, Dalhousie University and McMaster University. To apply for the Canadian Blood Services Transfusion Medicine Residency Fellowship please contact the transfusion medicine AFC program director at one of these participating universities. Applicants must be accepted into one of the accredited programs to be eligible for Canadian Blood Services funding. Program directors apply for funding on behalf of the candidate.

For more information about the Canadian Blood Services Transfusion Medicine residency fellowship please see the program description (PDF). Depending on the quality of applications, and funding available, Canadian Blood Services aims to provide up to two awards annually.

 


James Kreppner Award

The James Kreppner Award program supports legal research relevant to Canadian Blood Services. Research priorities for the James Kreppner Award include the legal and regulatory aspects of (a) donation, collection, storage, and use of blood, blood products, and hematopoietic stem cells; and (b) organ and tissue donation and transplantation. The 2016 James Kreppner Award will support one project with up to $50,000 for a period of one year.

Next competition: Fall 2017

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Canadian Blood Services/Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Salary Award in the Area of Transfusion Science

Canadian Blood Services partners with the CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health to provide outstanding new investigators the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their independence in initiating and conducting health research through provision of a contribution to their salary. New Investigator Salary Awards are awarded to highly rated applications that are relevant to Canadian Blood Services research priorities in transfusion science.

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Canadian Blood Services Summer Research Scholarship Program

Canadian Blood Services Summer Research Scholarship Program provides support to undergraduate students enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary institution to gain experience by contributing to biomedical research projects within Canadian Blood Services. The Summer Research Scholarship provides salary support for up to 16 weeks, to a maximum of $7,500.

Current competition: Closed – no competition planned in 2017


Canadian Blood Services Graduate Fellowship Program

Canadian Blood Services Graduate Fellowship Program provides stipend support for young investigators who want to initiate or continue training in the field of transfusion science. Graduate students undertaking full-time research training in a Canadian institution are invited to apply. The fellowship has a value of $25,000 per annum with an additional travel allowance of $1,000 per year of support. Students may be supported for a maximum of four years, with a requirement for successful renewal half way through the fellowship.

Next competition: Fall 2017

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Canadian Blood Services Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Through its Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, Canadian Blood Services offers salary support for young investigators. Postdoctoral fellows undertaking full-time research training in a Canadian research laboratory affiliated with Canadian Blood Services are invited to apply.

The fellowship provides salary support plus benefits, and a one-time research allowance of $10,000. Fellows may be supported for a maximum of three years.

Proposed research projects must be aligned with one or more of the following 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.

Current competition:

Application deadline: July 14, 2017


BloodTechNet Competition

Through the BloodTechNet award, Canadian Blood Services supports the development of innovative educational projects that network the Transfusion, Cellular Therapy and Transplantation communities in Canada. These projects deliver educational tools and resources that support the development of skills, knowledge and expertise of the health professionals in this network.

Next competition: Winter 2018

 


CIHR Health System Impact Fellowship Program

The Health System Impact Fellowship program is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) program founded on partnerships within the health system and related organizations that are committed to the program objectives, including providing novel experiential learning opportunities for PhD graduates that accelerate their professional growth and career readiness. Canadian Blood Services is a partner organization.

At Canadian Blood Services, the successful fellow(s) will work across divisions and leadership levels within the organization and with internal and external stakeholder groups. Primary activities will include, but not be limited to researching emerging trends and technologies, environmental scanning, stakeholder engagement, evidence brief and policy development, data analyses, risk analyses, modelling and scenario development, and delivery of internal and external presentations. Fellows will also participate in aspects of other divisional initiatives and day-to-day operations. The location is Ottawa, Ontario and the duration is 12 months. 

Next competition: TBD

2017: Competition Guidelines

 


Blood Efficiency Accelerator Award Program

The objective of the Blood Efficiency Accelerator Award Program is to improve the efficient and appropriate utilization of blood products, while maintaining the safety of the blood system. To achieve this objective, the Program will support innovative research projects that seek new knowledge or accelerate the application of existing knowledge.

Application deadline: August 15, 2017


MSM Research Grant Program

The objective of the MSM Research Grant Program is to ensure the generation of adequate evidence-based research for alternative screening approaches for blood or plasma donors, which could evolve the current deferral policy for men who have sex with men (MSM) while maintaining the safety of the blood supply.

Next competition: TBD

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