Member Funding Opportunities

LKSIoV FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology provides financial support to its members through various Funding Programs.


LKSIoV Research Support & Innovation Grants (VALUE $40,000.00)

This grant competition provides operating funds for members of the LKSIoV that focus their research in line with the mission and the vision of the Institute. Below are the Terms of Reference

  • Funding Sources for LKSIoV Research Support and Innovation Grants
    The LKSIoV Research Support and Innovation Grants are funded through the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology. In the event that all of the LKSIoV Research Support and Innovation Grants available for any given competition are not administered, the funds for these awards will remain and carry forward to the next competition.
  • Eligibility Requirements

    All applications to LKSIoV must align with our relevance criteria in order to be eligible for funding. Eligibility criteria for this funding program:

    1. The Principal Investigator must be a member of LKSIoV;
    2. The Principal Investigator can be anyone eligible to apply for national or international grants;
    3. The Principal Investigator may put forward a maximum of one application per year;
    4. Additional considerations such as compliance with reporting requirements will also be taken into consideration by the review committee (refer to Awardee Obligations below).
  • Financial Support & Expenses

    All funding requests are limited to a total maximum of $40,000.00 CAD per grant application. Applications with a budget request greater than $40,000 must include matching funds.

    The budget request in this grant application represents the total budget for a 12 month period of support. Funding associated with this award cannot be used as top-up funding. All principal investigators, co-applicants and collaborators must demonstrate an independent stipend/salary source.

    Note: LKSIoV Research Support and Innovation Grants will be awarded based on need and merit of the applicant and application.

    Eligible Expenses

    Eligible expenses include (but are not limited to):

    • Materials, supplies, and other expendables;
    • Equipment costs may not exceed 10% of the total proposed project budget;
    • Animals and animal facilities;
    • Computer/CPU time, data access charges and library resources;
    • Computer and computing equipment or software limited to $2,000;
    • Publication costs (including open access publishing);
    • Salaries (including benefits) for research assistants, technicians, postdoctoral fellows;
    • Stipends for summer and graduate students;
    • Travel - limited to $2,000.00 (total) for conference attendance (includes transportation, registration fees, per diem/meals, accommodation, etc.);
    • Travel required for research data collection (mileage paid according to U of A guidelines).

    Ineligible Expenses

    Ineligible expenses include:

    • Secretarial and clerical support;
    • Stipend for members of the research team;
    • Renovations;
    • Maintenance of equipment;
    • Installation of major equipment;
    • Membership fees;
    • Equipment purchases valued at over 10% of the total proposed budget;
    • Indirect university costs.
  • Institutional Sponsorship & Signature Requirements

    All applications must be institutionally sponsored on behalf of the Principal Investigator. Changes to institutional support may result in LKSIoV’s withdrawal of an application during the competitive process or financial commitments for an offered or currently implemented award. Application sponsorship confirms that adequate support exists at the institutional level to achieve the proposed and funded research. Furthermore, it confirms that all signees have reviewed and agreed that:

    1. The application meets research scholarship and practice requirements;
    2. The application is consistent with UAPPOL policies and procedures.

    Each signature represents knowledge of details on sponsorship responsibilities.  As per the University of Alberta’s Research Services Office, the following is an outline of the signature requirements along with their meaning on funding requests, including the LKSIoV Research Support & Innovation Grants Application. For further details, including RSO/RF signatures, consult the University of Alberta Research Services Office page on Meaning of Signatures.

  • Innovation and Translational Grants

    The LKSIoV offers various funding opportunities to its members.

    Rapid Response

    These grants are intended to provide an applicant with access to funding within a fairly quick time frame. Although rarely sought, these funds are meant to enable an applicant to pursue a novel investigation and acquire data as a foundation for future funding competitions of a larger platform.

    Proof of Principle

    PoP funding requests are discovery grants intended to provide investigators with funds to explore research opportunities with potential for generating IP (intellectual property). Funds can be used to apply for patents, as well as prosecute them. Guidance on development and protection of patents will be provided to successful applicants, if needed.

    Translational Research

    TR grants anticipate a clear vision for how a proof of principle can be translated into clinical practice. If an IP has already been acquired, these funds can assist (for example) in the development of a spin-off company, or in the acquisition of pre-clinical data for potential commercial partnerships.

    Collaboration (Multi-Disciplinary)

    These grants are designed to support any of the above grants with collaborative efforts, involving two (2) or more investigators in a multi-disciplinary research proposal. The research project must clearly detail the work that will be done by the Principal Investigator and each Co-investigator. For LKSIoV funding purposes, a Co-Investigator is defined as an individual who contributes to the proposed research activities.

    Collaborator Requirements:

    Many research grants involve the assistance of collaborators. The LKSIoV defines a Collaborator as a person who provides a specific service or resource (i.e.: access to equipment, provision of specific reagents, training in a specialized technique, statistical analysis, access to a patient population, etc.). If any of the LKSIoV Research Support & Innovation Grants involve collaborators, a letter of support for each collaborator may be provided with the application submission as an appendix. Letters of Collaboration must clearly detail the role of each collaborator.

  • Application Requirements

    To apply for LKSIoV Research Support & Innovation Grants, the applicant must complete the application form. In addition to the application form, the following is required:

    Lay Information

    This information may be used and/or released publicly for communication initiatives. Specifically, it may be used to inform our stakeholders (or others), and/or to promote the work of the LKSIoV and its members in the media (i.e.: website, radio, TV, social media, etc.) Please provide a lay title and lay summary of the research proposed in this application. Ensure the language is suitable for a broad/lay audience; do not use scientific or technical language. Successful applicants (i.e.: Principal Investigator) that do not present suitable lay information will be asked by LKSIoV for amendment. Please ensure the lay summary is a maximum half a page.

    Scientific Summary

    Please provide the scientific title of the proposed research. Also, provide the scientific abstract (summary) of the work proposed in this application. The summary should be a maximum half a page. 

    LKSIoV Relevance

    Please detail the relevance of the proposed research to the LKSIoV in a maximum of half a page. 

    Research Project

    Please provide an outline of your research proposal, including a concise summary of the current state of knowledge relating to the work proposed. The objectives and research plan must be clearly detailed, with the rationale for the methods and approaches addressed. A maximum of three (3) pages may be appended for this section. Page total does not include references. NOTE: An additional two (2) pages may be added for charts, figures, etc.

    Knowledge Translation Plan

    Please provide a knowledge translation plan that details the expected outcomes and impact of the proposed research. Include a clear statement outlining the plan for outputs/next steps (i.e.: future grant applications, impacts on health policy, commercialization, etc). This section should be maximum half a page.  

    Budget Summary

    The budget summary and justification represent the total budget request and cannot exceed $40,000.00 CAD. Applications with a budget request over the $40,000.00 must present with matching funds. Please refer to Financial Support & Expenses section for detailed eligible and ineligible expenses.

    Note: Use Budget Template for this section.

    Budget Justification

    Please outline the expenses listed in the budget with a clear justification. The budget justification is limited to a maximum of two (2) pages. Any matching funds must be clearly identified and detailed.

    Principal Investigator Summary of Other Funding

    Please provide a complete list of currently held or pending grants (including potential submissions) by the Principal Investigator.
    In addition, provide the following information for each listed item:

    • The status of each award with the corresponding period of support;
    • A copy of the summary page of the application;
    • A statement on the conceptual and budgetary overlap with this application.

    Note: Eligibility to hold LKSIoV Grant funds may be impacted by compliance in funding overlap declaration.

    Principal Investigator Curriculum Vitae

    Please provide an abbreviated Canadian Common CV, listing your most recent activity for the last five (5) years. If co-investigators are listed on this application, please provide their abbreviated Canadian Common CV as well.

    Note: Applications will be considered by the LKSIoV Awards Review Committee. Application adjudication will be based on demonstrated financial need and scientific merit. All awards will be contingent on the availability of funds.

  • Application Submission and Deadlines

    To apply for LKSIoV Research Support and Innovation Grants, the completed and signed original application form, along with required documentation must be submitted by the deadline. There are two funding periods per year therefore the closing date is dependent on the competition.

    Submission Deadlines

    Winter Competition: Applications are due by December 1, 5:00 pm local time (MST)*.
    Selection committee results are announced by February 15 in the subsequent calendar year.

    Summer Competition: Applications are due by June 1, 5:00 pm local time (MST)*.
    Selection committee results are announced by August 15 in the same calendar year.

    *When application deadline falls on a statutory holiday or weekend, the applications shall be due by 5:00 pm local time (MST) on the next business day.

    Submission Instructions

    All complete grant applications must be received in the LKSIoV Office by the stipulated deadline. Application packages can be delivered in-person or electronically:

    In-Person Submission: In-person deliveries must be made to the LKSIoV Operations and Research Manager (Dr. Carla Salvado) at 6-010B Katz Centre for Health Research. DO NOT staple any of the forms/documents together – please submit ordered pages bound by a clip or inserted into a folder.

    Electronic Submission: Electronic submissions must be emailed to lksiov@alberta.ca. Complete application packages must be submitted as a single PDF file.

    Important Notes:

    • Late applications will not be accepted.
    • Applications with missing information / documentation will be given to the Selection Committee as submitted. It is the Principal Investigator’s responsibility to ensure a funding request application package is accurate and complete. Eligibility to participate in the competition and/or hold funds may be affected and result in an unsuccessful application.
  • Notification of Competition Results & Funding Implementation

    Competition Results

    The adjudication of funding applications for a Winter competition will be completed by February 1 of the subsequent year. Official competition result letters and competition feedback will be emailed to the Principal Investigator within two (2) weeks following the adjudication (by February 15).

    The adjudication of funding applications for a Summer competition will be completed by August 1 of the same calendar year. Official competition result letters and competition feedback will be emailed to the Principal Investigator within two (2) weeks following the adjudication (by August 15).

    LKSIoV Research Support and Innovation Grant Awardees will be posted on the LKSIoV website, social media, SUTV, etc. after the official competition result letters and competition feedback has been emailed to the Principal Investigator. All institutional sponsors will be provided with application outcomes.

    Funding Implementation

    All offers of LKSIoV Research Support and Innovation Grant funding must be implemented within the period stipulated on the formal award letter:

    Winter Competition: Awardees receive funding for the period of March 1 to February 28 of the subsequent year (1 year);

    Summer Competition: Awardees receive funding for the period of September 1 to August 31 of the current year (1 year).

    The LKSIoV Research Support and Innovation Grant is disbursed as a one-time lump sum payment. LKSIoV will only distribute award funding upon confirmation from the Research Services Office (RSO) that an account has been opened (Advice Notice).

    Note: Ethical and all other institutional approvals must be received by RSO in order to open the account. LKSIoV must be listed as the award funder.

  • Extension Requests

    Upon receipt of a LKSIoV Research Support and Innovation Grant, it is expected that the funded research will be completed within the awarded timeframe stipulated in the formal award letter. In the event that progress is delayed, LKSIoV may consider a no-cost extension to the initial period of financial support.

    Extension Request Requirements:

    To assess extension eligibility, the LKSIoV requires a formal extension request outlining:

    1. the reason for the extension;
    2. expected completion timeline;
    3. any other pertinent information

    Extension request must be submitted no later than two (2) months prior to the end of the period of support:

    Winter competition awardees must submit extension request by December 31.

    Summer competition awardees must submit extension request by June 30.

    All formal extension requests must be sent electronically to LKSIoV Operations and Research Manager (Dr. Carla Salvado) via email lksiov@ualberta.ca.

    If the spend rate for any LKSIoV Research Support and Innovation Grant at the time of formal extension request is deemed inappropriate, LKSIoV may opt to terminate the grant and recover any residual funds.

    Notification Results for Extension Requests:

    All formal extension requests will be reviewed by the LKSIoV Director (Dr. Lorne Tyrrell).  If needed, the LKSIoV Director will consult with the Selection Committee for further advice. All extension request results will be delivered via email no later than 1 month after receipt of request.

  • Awardee Obligations

    LKSIoV Research Support and Innovation Grant recipients must agree to certain obligations that include, but are not limited to:

    Acknowledgement:

    All oral or poster presentations, publications, including public messages, arising from research supported by LKSIoV grants must acknowledge the support of LKSIoV. A funding acknowledgement example is provided in the formal offer of award letters, and, the email notification contains logos for such use.

    Progress / Final Report:

    The Principal Investigator is required to complete and submit a progress and/or final report within 30 days of the request to report. An email with instructions will be sent to the Principal Investigator to facilitate the reporting. Failure to comply with reporting requirements may result in ineligibility to apply to future LKSIoV funding programs.

    Progress / Final Presentation:

    The LKSIoV will occasionally hold a Research Grant Symposium focused on showcasing the various research initiatives investigated by the LKSIoV members that are supported (in full or in part) by the LKSIoV. Principle Investigators are expected to deliver a short oral presentation outlining the progress or the results of a research projection supported by the LKSIoV. If an awardee is unable to present, a member of their research team is expected to present the evolvement or the outcomes of their research supported by LKSIoV. Symposium date(s) and presentation expectations will be emailed to the Principal Investigator awardee.

  • Termination of LKSIoV Grant Funding Support

    LKSIoV reserves the right to terminate any grant funding if the conditions of the award are not met, or if there is evidence of unsatisfactory progress. LKSIoV supports the University of Alberta's efforts to ensure the highest standards of research and scholarship practice and behaviour. By submission of the signed application, the Principal Investigator asserts that the information provided in the document(s) adheres to all research policies and procedures in place at the University of Alberta. 

    Misrepresentations of authorship, credentials or research support may result in disqualification of the application from this competition. Further actions may include disqualifying the Principal Investigator and/or research team member(s) from future competitions, withdrawal of any remaining installments of support for any existing LKSIoV grant for which misrepresentation appears in the submission, and seeking partial or full repayment of any past financial support under any LKSIoV grant for which misrepresentation appears in the submission.

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LKSIoV Bridge Funding Grants (Value $40,000.00)

Bridge Funding Grants are available to members that applied to a national or international funding agency but were not funded, yet ranked highly (top 35%). To encourage successful results at the next national or international funding competition, LKSIoV Bridge Funding Grants are intended to support the research momentum and sustain research programs for LKSIoV members.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE for Summer Competition: July 26, 2019 at 5:00pm MST

  • Funding Sources for LKSIoV Bridge Funding Grants
    These grants are funded through the Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology. In the event that all of the LKSIoV Bridge Funding Grants available for any given competition are not administered, the funds for these awards will remain and carry forward to the next competition.
  • Eligibility Requirements

    To apply for LKSIoV Bridge Funding, members must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

    1. The Principal Investigator must be a member of LKSIoV;
    2. The Principal Investigator can be anyone eligible to apply for national or international grants;
    3. The Principal Investigator may put forward a maximum of one application per year;
    4. The Primary Investigator must have been unsuccessful in a current national or international competitions, scored in the top 35%, and may not have alternative forms of funding;
    5. Regardless of the ranking, a grant application must have been reviewed and discussed by the national or international funder (i.e.: CIHR) adjudication committee (and not triaged) for eligibility of LKSIoV
    6. Bridge Funding;
    7. The Primary Investigator agrees to re-submit their revised application in the immediately following competition;
    8. Priority will be given to those that have not held LKSIoV Bridge Funding in the last three years.
    9. Additional considerations such as compliance with reporting requirements will also be taken into consideration by the review committee (refer to Awardee Obligations below).

    All awards will be contingent on the availability of funds.

    Note: Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in the University of Alberta Grant Assist Program (GAP) review prior to submission.

  • Financial Support & Expenses

    All bridge funding requests are limited to a total maximum of $40,000.00 CAD per grant application. Applications with a budget request greater than $40,000 must include matching funds. The budget request in this grant application represents the total budget for a 12 month period of support.

    Note: LKSIoV Bridge Funding Grants will be awarded based on need and merit of the applicant and application. All awards will be contingent on the availability of funds.

    Eligible Expenses

    Eligible expenses include (but are not limited to):

    • Materials, supplies, and other expendables;
    • Equipment costs may not exceed 10% of the total proposed project budget;
    • Animals and animal facilities;
    • Computer/CPU time, data access charges and library resources;
    • Computer and computing equipment or software limited to $2,000;
    • Publication costs (including open access publishing);
    • Salaries (including benefits) for research assistants, technicians, postdoctoral fellows;
    • Stipends for summer and graduate students;
    • Travel - limited to $2,000.00 (total) for conference attendance (includes transportation, registration fees, per diem/meals, accommodation, etc.);
    • Travel required for research data collection (mileage paid according to U of A guidelines).

    Ineligible Expenses

    • Ineligible expenses include:
    • Secretarial and clerical support;
    • Stipend for members of the research team;
    • Renovations;
    • Maintenance of equipment;
    • Installation of major equipment;
    • Membership fees;
    • Equipment purchases valued at over 10% of the total proposed budget;
    • Indirect university costs.
  • Application Requirements

    To apply for LKSIoV Bridge Funding Grants, the following is required:

    Application Form

    A completed and signed LKSIoV Bridge Funding Application Form.

    Grant Proposal

    A copy of the complete grant application submitted to national or international funder (i.e.: CIHR) for which bridge funding is sought.

    Competition Result

    A copy of the competition result indicating a score within the top 35%, with all outcome documentation provided, including the formal results letter, the notice of decision, all application review and scientific officer notes.  

    Note: Regardless of the ranking, a grant application must have been reviewed and discussed by the national or international funder (i.e.: CIHR) adjudication committee (and not triaged) for eligibility of LKSIoV Bridge Funding.

    Plan

    A brief outline of how LKSIoV Bridge Funds will be used to increase the Primary Investigator’s competitiveness in upcoming national or international funding competitions (maximum 1/2 page);

    Budget Summary

    The budget summary and justification represent the total budget request and cannot exceed $40,000.00 CAD. Applications with a budget request over the $40,000.00 must present with matching funds. Please refer to Financial Support & Expenses for details on eligible and ineligible expenses.

    Note: Use Budget template for this section.

    Budget Justification

    Outline the expenses listed in the budget with a clear justification. The budget justification is limited to a maximum of two (2) pages. Any matching funds must be clearly identified and detailed.

    Note: Applications will be considered by the LKSIoV Awards Review Committee. Application adjudication will be based on demonstrated financial need and scientific merit. All awards will be contingent on the availability of funds.

  • Application Submission & Deadlines

    To apply for a LKSIoV Bridge Funding Grant, the completed and signed original application form, along with required documentation must be submitted by the deadline. There are two funding periods per year therefore the closing date is variable.

    Submission Deadlines

    For both the Winter or Summer competition, applications are due approximately two weeks after CIHR competition results are released, by 5:00 pm local time (MST)*. Please consult website for exact deadline dates.

    Selection committee results are announced within 30 days of application submission deadline.

    Submission Instructions

    All complete grant applications must be received in the LKSIoV Office by the stipulated deadline. Application packages can be delivered in-person or electronically:

    In-Person Submission

    In-person deliveries must be made to the LKSIoV Operations and Research Manager (Dr. Carla Salvado) at 6-010B Katz Centre for Health Research. DO NOT staple any of the forms/documents together – please submit ordered pages bound by a clip or inserted into a folder.

    Electronic Submission

    Electronic submissions must be emailed to lksiov@alberta.ca. Complete application packages must be submitted as a single PDF file.

    Important Notes

    Late applications will not be accepted.

    Applications with missing information or documentation will be given to the Selection Committee as submitted. It is the Principal Investigator’s responsibility to ensure a funding request application package is accurate and complete. Eligibility to participate in the competition and/or hold funds may be affected and result in an unsuccessful application.

  • Notification of Competition Results and Funding Implementation

    Competition Results

    The adjudication of LKSIoV Bridge Funding Grant applications for both the Winter or Summer competition will be completed within 30 days of the application deadline. Official competition result letters and competition feedback will be emailed to the Principal Investigator within two (2) weeks following the adjudication (within 45 days of application submission).

    LKSIoV Bridge Funding Awardees will be posted on the LKSIoV website, social media, SUTV, etc. after the official competition result letters and competition feedback has been emailed to the Principal Investigator. All institutional sponsors will be provided with application outcomes.

    Funding Implementation

    All offers of LKSIoV Bridge Grant funding must be implemented within the period stipulated on the formal award letter:

    Winter Competition: Awardees receive funding for the period of March 1 to February 28 of the subsequent year (1 year);

    Summer Competition: Awardees receive funding for the period of August 1 to July 30 of the same year (1 year).

    The LKSIoV Bridge Funding Grant is disbursed as a one-time lump sum payment. LKSIoV will only distribute award funding upon confirmation from the Research Services Office (RSO) that an account has been opened (Advice Notice).

    Note: Ethical and all other institutional approvals must be received by RSO in order to open the account. LKSIoV must be listed as the award funder.

  • Extension Requests

    Upon receipt of a LKSIoV Bridge Funding Grant, it is expected that the funded research will be completed within the awarded timeframe stipulated in the formal award letter. In the event that progress is delayed, LKSIoV may consider a no-cost extension to the initial period of financial support.

    Extension Request Requirements

    To assess extension eligibility, the LKSIoV requires a formal extension request outlining:

    • the reason for the extension;
    • expected completion timeline;
    • any other pertinent information.

    Extension request must be submitted no later than two (2) months prior to the end of the period of support:

    • Winter competition awardees must submit extension request by December 31.
    • Summer competition awardees must submit extension request by May 31.

    All formal extension requests must be sent electronically to LKSIoV Operations and Research Manager (Dr. Carla Salvado) via email lksiov@ualberta.ca.

    If the spend rate for any LKSIoV Bridge Funding Grant at the time of formal extension request is deemed inappropriate, LKSIoV may opt to terminate the grant and recover any residual funds.

    Notification Results for Extension Requests

    All formal extension requests will be reviewed by the LKSIoV Director (Dr. Lorne Tyrrell).  If needed, the LKSIoV Director will consult with the Selection Committee for further advice. All extension request results will be delivered via email no later than 1 month after receipt of request.

  • Awardee Obligations

    LKSIoV Bridge Funding Grant recipients must agree to certain obligations that include, but are not limited to:

    Acknowledgement

    All oral or poster presentations, publications, including public messages, arising from research supported by LKSIoV grants must acknowledge the support of LKSIoV. A funding acknowledgement example is provided in the formal offer of award letters, and, the email notification contains logos for such use.

    Progress / Final Report

    The Principal Investigator is required to complete and submit a progress and/or final report within 30 days of the request to report. An email with instructions will be sent to the Principal Investigator to facilitate the reporting. Failure to comply with reporting requirements may result in ineligibility to apply to future LKSIoV funding programs.

    Progress / Final Presentation

    The LKSIoV will occasionally hold a Research Grant Symposium focused on showcasing the various research initiatives investigated by the LKSIoV members that are supported (in full or in part) by the LKSIoV. Principle Investigators are expected to deliver a short oral presentation outlining the progress or the results of a research projection supported by the LKSIoV. If an awardee is unable to present, a member of their research team is expected to present the evolvement or the outcomes of their research supported by LKSIoV. Symposium date(s) and presentation expectations will be emailed to the Principal Investigator awardee.

  • Termination of LKSIoV Grant Funding Support

    LKSIoV reserves the right to terminate any grant funding if the conditions of the award are not met, or if there is evidence of unsatisfactory progress. LKSIoV supports the University of Alberta's efforts to ensure the highest standards of research and scholarship practice and behaviour. By submission of the signed application, the Principal Investigator asserts that the information provided in the document(s) adheres to all research policies and procedures in place at the University of Alberta. 

    Misrepresentations of authorship, credentials or research support may result in disqualification of the application from this competition. Further actions may include disqualifying the Principal Investigator and/or research team member(s) from future competitions, withdrawal of any remaining installments of support for any existing LKSIoV grant for which misrepresentation appears in the submission, and seeking partial or full repayment of any past financial support under any LKSIoV grant for which misrepresentation appears in the submission.

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Questions and Support

Direct all questions regarding LKSIoV funding and / or the application process to:

LKSIoV Operations & Research Manager

Dr. Carla C. Salvado
Email: craveiro@ualberta.ca     
Phone: 780.492.1084     
In Person: 6-010B Katz Centre for Health Research


OTHER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The University of Alberta's Research Services Office (RSO) maintains a funding database about current funding opportunities for researchers.

The following is brief list of various funding opportunities that may be of interest to our members:

Provincial Funding Agencies / Foundations / Societies

National Funding Agencies / Foundations / Societies

If you have any additions or other suggestions, please email us at lksiov@ualberta.ca.