Frederick Banting and Charles Best Doctoral Research Award, Canada

Funding Organization: Canadian Institutes of Health Research Program Name: Doctoral Research Award : Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Award: 2019-2020 . Program Launch Date 2019-07-17


Scawab Opportunity Network (SON) connects you with available opportunities available to you around the world. For more funding opportunities you can explore, click here. The Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral (CGS D) program supports high-calibre students engaged in doctoral programs in all academic disciplines. This support allows scholars to fully concentrate on their doctoral studies, to seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields and contribute to the Canadian research ecosystem during and beyond the tenure of their awards.

Research Areas

This funding opportunity will support projects relevant to the following research areas:

Doctoral: Fall 2019 Priority Announcements (Specific Research Areas)

Funds Available

CIHR and partner(s) financial contributions for this initiative are subject to availability of funds. Should CIHR or partner(s) funding levels not be available or are decreased due to unforeseen circumstances, CIHR and partner(s) reserve the right to reduce, defer or suspend financial contributions to awards received as a result of this funding opportunity.

  • The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $18.9 million, enough to fund approximately 180 awards. (Updated: 2019-09-13)
  • The maximum amount per award is $ $35,000 per year for up to three (3) years. Award funding is allocated as follows:
    • Stipend: $30,000 per annum
    • Research Allowance: $5,000 per annum


The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral (CGS D) Program is:

  • To promote continued excellence in Canadian research by rewarding and retaining high-calibre graduate students at Canadian institutions. By providing support for a high-quality research training experience to awardees;
  • Strive to foster impacts within and beyond the research environment.


Eligibility to Apply

Refer to the CIHR Eligibility Requirements regarding the conditions applicable for individuals and institutions.


General CIHR Policies

Successful applicants funded through this funding opportunity and any other persons working on the project must fully comply with the applicable CIHR Funding Policies.

Allowable Costs

Applicants should review the Use of Grant Funds section of the Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) Financial Administration Guide for a complete listing and description of allowable costs and activities.

  • The Tri-Council Policy Statement 2 (TCPS 2 – Chapter 9 Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada) recognizes the importance of respecting the culture and traditions of Indigenous peoples and acknowledges the necessity to incur expenditures in that regard in the conduct of research. As such, the Agency considers these expenditures eligible for payment from the grant holder’s grant funds (with appropriate backup documentation);
    • Costs related to community mobilization and engagement, including culturally relevant promotional items such as, tobacco, cloth, and cash reimbursements (in a method acceptable to the individual or community being reimbursed) to compensate community participation; and
    • Contracts and/or consultant fees for knowledge translation and communication activities for Elders, community members, and other Knowledge Holders involved in activities related to the Indigenous community.

Conditions of Funding
In addition to the General CIHR Policies, the following requirements shall apply:

  • This award must be accepted within 15 working days of the date of offer or the award will be cancelled and potentially offered to the next fundable applicant.
  • Awards will begin only after the recipient has registered in a full-time doctoral program and has provided official confirmation from the Registrar’s office of their registration.
  • Applicants are required to obtain the research institution’s signature.
  • Applicants must begin their award within 12 months of the earliest possible start date and start May 1, September 1 or January 1 following the offer of award.
  • A recipient of a Doctoral Research Award (DRA) with a health professional degree may apply to the Fellowship Funding Opportunity no earlier than the beginning of the last year of their DRA. If a recipient of a DRA with a health professional degree applies to the Fellowship funding opportunity for doctoral support before the last year of the DRA, funding for the currently-held DRA will be cancelled as of the first potential effective date of the Fellowship award, even if the application is not successful through the Fellowship funding opportunity.
  • If the candidate holds another federally-funded award, it must be terminated prior to the start of the CIHR Doctoral Award.
  • The Nominated Principal Applicant will be require to contribute to the monitoring, review and evaluation of CIHR’s programs, policies and processes by participating in evaluation studies, surveys, workshops, audits and providing data or reports as required for the purpose of collecting information to assess progress and results;
  • The Nominated Principal Applicant will be required to encourage their associates, trainees and administration to participate in the monitoring, review and evaluation of CIHR’s programs, policies and processes as required.

Funding Decision

Upon completion of the peer review, CIHR will generate ranking lists for each committee. These lists will be used for funding decision-making purposes and will remain anonymous. Applications will be funded by committee from the top down in order of ranking as far as the budget will allow.

CIHR reserves the right to break ties in ranking by prioritizing applications based on overall scores received for specific evaluation criteria, in the following order of priority: Relevant experience and achievements obtained within and beyond academia followed by Research Ability and Potential.

How to Apply

An applicant must apply through their Canadian institution with a CIHR quota* by completing a ResearchNET application. If the applicant’s  institution does not have a CIHR quota* the applicant must apply directly to CIHR via ResearchNET. Failure to submit an application through the correct channel may result in an application being rejected from the competition.

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