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Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) New Investigator Fund (NIF) – July 2022

Research Admin Offices:

  • HRS

Funding Type:


Opportunity Type:

  • Grant


A maximum of $50,000 awarded per project.


  • Health Sciences



Internal Deadline:

September 16, 2022

Sponsor Deadline:

October 3, 2022


Hamilton Health Sciences’ commitment to “first stage” research led to the creation of the New Investigator Fund (NIF). The fund is an integration of the former HHS Foundation Young Investigator Grants and the HHS Research Development Fund and provides a unique opportunity to foster and support a culture of inquiry for novice investigators under the mentorship of senior staff. The NIF provides project funding to front-line staff (healthcare professionals and medical staff) toward research initiatives directly relevant to the clinical mission and research strategic direction of HHS. Priority areas for funding include the following:

  • Consistent with, and likely to enhance, the main clinical programs/priorities 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 department or program or healthcare discipline and institution). Priority will be given to NIF proposals that engage team members from diverse backgrounds and/or address healthcare disparities experienced by Indigenous and/or systematically underserviced communities.
  • Builds on existing research strengths.
  • Advances and creates new knowledge that informs patient care by bringing evidence into practice through, innovative solutions, translation and application.
  • Conduct of pilot or feasibility studies which could facilitate obtaining funding for full scale studies through independent peer review or other mechanisms.


  • Grants are limited to novice investigators who are:
    • Within five years of their first academic faculty appointment with any academic institution (physicians must hold full-time appointments but members of other health professions with part-time appointments will also be considered).
    • Conducting independent research as principal investigator.
    • Within first five years of obtaining their healthcare professional degree/certificate conducting independent research as a principal investigator.
    • Within the first five years of completing research training and leading independent investigation as a principal investigator (e.g., someone who holds a faculty appointment or a healthcare profession appointment for more than 5 years, BUT is within the first five years of completing research training and conducting/leading research as a principal investigator)
  • Residents are only eligible when the research is conducted within the sites of the Hamilton Health Sciences.
  • An experienced researcher, who is an active full-time HHS senior staff member or has a joint appointment with Hamilton Health Sciences, must mentor applicants and agree to be a co-investigator on the proposed project. The senior staff mentorship role will include a commitment to project oversight and guidance on good clinical practice principles. This person must also currently (or within the last 3 yrs.) hold external peer-reviewed grants as a principal investigator.

Application/Nomination Process:

Applicants are responsible for sending the following documents 1 through 9 (in the order specified below) as ONE pdf file PLUS original MS Excel Budget file:


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.