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2021 Intramural Research Grant Program


$200,000 for up to 2 years


The objective of the Intramural Research Grant program is to support research that will advance knowledge in specific research priorities, as described below. Increasing the stock of knowledge underpinning blood transfusion and blood-related stem cell transplantation practices will lead to new discoveries that will improve the safety and efficacy of blood products and the blood system in general. The research supported through the Intramural Research Grant program will contribute to Canadian Blood Services reaching its overall goal of attaining excellence in the manufacturing and distribution of biological products and in the provision of clinical services and will contribute to Canadian Blood Services corporate strategy to meet changing patient needs by providing lifesaving products and services.

Eligible Applicants

Principal Investigator: The Principal Investigator must be affiliated with a Canadian academic program as a faculty member. The Principal Investigator is responsible for submitting the application, delivering the project as approved, and reporting on project progress to Canadian Blood Services.

Team composition: The research team must include at least two investigators (including the Principal Investigator) and at least one of the investigators must be affiliated with Canadian Blood Services (i.e., Canadian Blood Services Scientist, Medical Officer/Director/Consultant, or Adjunct Scientist). For help identifying a Canadian Blood Services-affiliated investigator to join the project team, applicants can contact

All investigators must have a defined role in the project, and their expertise must be clearly required to adequately address the project goals. Investigators are expected to require material budget items of some nature. All investigators must be affiliated with a Canadian academic program as faculty members.

Collaborators: Collaborators with a defined role in the project may complement the team but are not eligible for funding. Their role in the research project is to provide a specific service or expertise (e.g., access to equipment, provision of specific reagents, statistical analysis, etc.).

Eligible Expenses

he proposed project budget must not exceed $200,000 per year for a maximum duration of two years ($400,000 total) across three fiscal years. Funding will be administered in three installments over the two-year award term, in alignment with Canadian Blood Services’ fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).

• Funds cannot be used for salary support for investigators (i.e. individuals who are eligible to apply for operating funds from the federal agencies).

• Funds may be used for trainee stipends, research staff salaries (e.g. research assistants, technicians, etc.), the purchase of expendable materials and supplies, the purchase and maintenance of experimental animals, project team collaborative and networking activities (e.g., team meetings, conference calls, travel), and knowledge dissemination activities (e.g., publication costs). Travel expenses will be supported to a maximum of $3,000 per year.

• The purchase of small items of equipment is permissible; however, the maximum that can be spent on equipment over the two-year grant funding period is $8,500 (exclusive of applicable taxes). Small equipment including electronic devices comprising communication, computer, or audiovisual devices may be purchased using these funds. Canadian Blood Services assumes ownership of all items purchased with Intramural Research Grant funds.

• Funds cannot be used towards equipment maintenance or service contracts.

• Intramural Research Grant funds are only to be used towards the direct costs of research; no funding is to be used for indirect costs (e.g. institutional overhead).

Deadline Date

February 26, 2021


Contact Name: Lisa Singh

Phone Number:


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