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Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) Health Professional Investigator Operating Grant (HPI) – July 2022

Research Admin Offices:

  • HRS

Funding Type:


Opportunity Type:

  • Grant


Up to 15,000 each, for a one-year term.


  • Health Sciences



Internal Deadline:

October 17, 2022

Sponsor Deadline:

October 31, 2022


The Health Professional Investigator (HPI) Operating Grant provides project funding to principal investigators (PI) who are HHS-employed healthcare professionals. Inter-Professional teams, which include physicians, are encouraged, but physicians are not eligible to apply as lead PI for this grant. The HPI Operating Grant is for research initiatives directly relevant to the clinical mission and priorities/strategic plan of HHS. The grant objective is to provide support for pilot studies or research projects that have the potential to lead to larger projects and the possibility of external funding. The HPI Operating Grant offers an opportunity to foster and support a culture of inquiry for novice to mid- career investigators (within first ten years) under the mentorship of experienced researchers. Priority areas for funding include the following:

  • Consistent with, and likely to enhance, the main clinical programs at HHS.
  • Enhances research that aims to improve virtual clinical care pathways at HHS during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Multidisciplinary and collaborative (involving more than one clinical area or healthcare profession). Priority will be given to HPI proposals that engage team members and/or address healthcare disparities experienced by Indigenous and/or systematically underserviced communities.
  • Advances and creates new knowledge that informs patient care that aligns with HHS strategic plan and corporate goals: Patients, People, Sustainability, Innovation and Learning.
  • Conduct of pilot or feasibility studies which could facilitate obtaining additional funding through independent peer-review or other mechanisms.
  • Commitment to dissemination of research findings both internally and externally. Publication of findings is an expectation.


HPI Grants are limited to novice to mid-career investigators who:

  • Have never conducted independent research as a principal investigator.
  • Have less than 10 years of experience as a principal investigator.

Application/Nomination Process:

  • Completed and signed HPI Application Form
  • Completed HPI Budget Form & Justification
  • Role Descriptions of Principal Investigator and/or Co-PI (if applicable) and Investigative Team
  • Role of Scientific Mentor
  • Scientific Summary
  • Lay Summary
  • Research Outline
  • Up-to-date full Canadian Common CV (CCV) of Principal Investigator
  • Up-to-date full Canadian Common CV (CCV) of Co-principal Investigator
  • Up to date BioSketch Canadian Common CV (CCV) of Scientific Mentor
  • Two letters of support: (one from the Clinical Manager or Director AND one from the Site-based Chief of Interprofessional Practice).


Additional Details


If applying from the Faculty of Health Sciences, unless otherwise indicated, you no longer need to send documents to HRS Intake. Your first point of contact is your assigned Senior Grants Advisor.