Research Grant Competition

Annual Fellowship Research Grant Competition

The Thalassemia Foundation began 33 years ago in the Greater Toronto Area as a group of patients, their families and friends that came together for support and encouragement. Over the last three decades, this group has grown nationally and become proactive in supporting patient care, research, and education throughout the country. With the hard work of many dedicated volunteers and supporters in fundraising, the Thalassemia Foundation of Canada has awarded approximately $700,000 to support research, and another $300,000 to direct patient care.

Call for Research Grant Applications: The Foundation invites research grant applications to be submitted for funding for the years 2020 to 2021. The Foundation wishes to support basic, clinical, laboratory, and psycho-social research related to thalassemia. Research fellowships and operating grants will both be considered.

Research Fellowships: The first priority of the Foundation’s research support program is the Research Fellowship, under the mentorship of an established investigator who have received their MD degree since 2010 or PhD degree since 2015.

Operating Grants: The Foundation will also consider Operating Grant applications, applications to supplement partial funding from other agencies, or applications for seed money to support studies on sound proposals. The Foundation encourages young faculty investigators to apply.

Funds: The amount funded for each grant is $30,000 to $40,000 per annum. In the case of Fellowships, it is expected that most of the awarded sum will go towards the Fellow’s salary, with most direct costs of the research available to the supervisor from other sources. Two year grants are the norm, although in exceptional cases, renewal application for a third year support may be considered.

Constraints: The research must be carried out in a recognized Canadian institution, and the primary investigator applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada and granted funds cannot go towards any institutional overhead.

Peer Review Of Applications: The grant applications will receive scientific peer review by a five-member Medical Advisory Board, chaired by Douglas Templeton, Ph.D., M.D., Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto. When necessary, outside experts will be enlisted to help the peer review process.

Application Process And Timetable
• August 10, 2019 – Invitations for full application submissions sent to medical schools and research institutions
• October 15, 2019 – Application submissions must be received at the Foundation’s office (address below)
• December 20, 2019 – Grants are announced, applicants are notified of the Board’s decision
• January 31, 2020 – Funding commences for successful applicants

Guidelines for Grant Proposal Submission
A brief curriculum vitae for principal investigator is required. (CIHR common CV will be accepted) If applicable, a brief curriculum vitae for fellow applicant is required (CIHR common CV will be accepted).

Please submit one hard copy (application form and CV), and send a copy by email (application form and CV) by October 15, 2019 to the address below.

Grant Application Form


For more information, please contact:

Angela Covato
Thalassemia Foundation of Canada
151 Bloor St. W.
Suite 600
Toronto, ON M5S 1S4

Direct Tel: (416) 969-7431 x 200
Email: angela(at)