Awards Guide - Project Grants


Total Maximum Amount: $30,000
Maximum Duration: 2 years
Grants per Funding Cycle: Up to 2
Application Deadline: January 26, 2016

Funding Announcement: April 2016

Purpose & General Guidelines

Project Grants will support an individual or a group of individuals led by a Principal Investigator. The purpose of these grants is to support small projects of high scientific quality that are of direct relevance to the Provincial Healthy Aging Policy Framework.

A total of $30,000 can be awarded either to one applicant or to several applicants, depending on the merit of the proposals submitted.

These grants are designed to defray the normal direct costs of research including personal costs, supplies and expendable materials, equipment, computing costs, research travel (to a maximum of 20% of the total budget),dissemination and communications.

Project Grant funds will be released only upon the receipt of a letter of approval from the appropriate ethics review committee. Once a proposal has been funded, major changes in the project design or major departures from the budget will require prior approval.


The Principal Applicant(s) for the Health Aging Research Program Project Grants must be a faculty member -current or retired- affiliated with Memorial University, or an employee of the health and community services system with substantial dedicated time for research.

The Principal Applicant is the person who will take primary responsibility for the intellectual direction of the research and assume administrative responsibility for the funds. Project Grant funds are not intended to supplement the salary of the principal investigator; salary from these grants may be paid only to research assistants.

Co-applicants do not need a doctorate but may be trainees or independent researchers with Master's qualifications in a field relevant to health research. A researcher employed elsewhere in Canada may be a Co-applicant (a person playing a substantial role in the project's design and execution) or an Associate but not a Principal Applicant.

Researchers from non-Canadian institutions may be Associates but not Principal Applicants.

Selection Criteria for Project Grants

Applications for Project Grants will be judged according to the following selection criteria:

  • Relevance of the proposed research to the Provincial Healthy Aging Policy Framework
  • Research record and potential of the candidate(s) based on expertise and research experience and past contributions to applied health research and related fields.
  • Merit of the proposal based on:
    • quality of the proposed project
    • potential contribution to healthy aging research.

Role of Host Institutions

Institutions that employ holders of Project Grants are called host institutions. NLCAHR requires signatures from host institution representatives on all grant application forms. NLCAHR expects host institutions to accept the responsibilities outlined below on behalf of their award or grant-holding employees:

The financial administration of awards and grants
Reporting to NLCAHR any change in the funding recipients’ status that may affect the fulfillment of their research commitment, for example resignation or termination.

Submission of an annual financial statement covering the period from April 1 to March 31 for each award or grant; the statement(s) are due no later than May 1 of each year.

Application Process

When completing your application, be sure to download the BLANK form to your hard drive first. Then, complete the form and save it to your hard drive using Adobe Acrobat; if you work on the forms online (e.g., fill them out in Safari or Google Chrome), changes will not be saved when the forms are downloaded for emailing.

The following information is to be submitted to NLCAHR by 4:30pm NST on January 26, 2016:


Newfoundland & Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000