Emerging Research Leaders Initiative


The Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) and Canadian Lung Association (CLA) are pleased to announce the launch of the Emerging Research Leaders Initiative (ERLI). This multi-partnered initiative, led by HSF and CLA, includes organizational partners from non-profit, government, industry, and emerging / existing networks. Partners include CIHR’s Institute for Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), Pfizer Canada Inc., the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS), Allergy, Genes and Environment Network (AllerGen NCE), the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, Brain Canada, the Canadian Stroke Prevention Intervention Network (C-SPIN), the Vascular Network (CVN), and the Canadian Respiratory Research Network (CRRN).

The Emerging Research Leaders Initiative (ERLI) is an establishment grant program for researchers at the transition stage from post-doctoral fellow to early professional career stage in the areas of cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and/or respiratory health research.

This initiative aims to support successful early career launch of new investigators. Through this initiative, partners will provide establishment grant funds that will create a set of conditions conducive to the successful career launch of emerging research leaders in the cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and/or respiratory health research domains.

Establishment grant programs are intended to assist new investigators in establishing independent health research programs and achieving the research productivity necessary to obtain major funding from national and other external granting agencies.


  • June 30, 2014 - Launch date
  • **August 15, 2014 - Submission of cover letter and common CV to network
  • September 15, 2014 - Application submission deadline
  • April 30, 2015 - Announcement of funding decisions
  • July 1, 2015 - Funding start date
  • Up to 3 years - Duration of grant
  • Up to $150,000 - The maximum amount per grant, including equipment, staff, and travel

To apply, please see the following documents:

  • Submission Guidelines  PDF *
  • Application Form           Word
  • Features of Good Mentoring (draft)  PDF

*MODIFICATION (August 7, 2014): Guidelines, Section 3.2 a.

  • Applicants must contact one of these networks prior to submitting an application to the ERLI competition to ensure the proposed research program aligns with the objectives of the network.  Specifically, applicants will be required to submit:
    • The applicant’s Canadian Common CV (https://ccv-cvc.ca/loginresearcher-eng.frm)
    • A maximum one page cover letter outlining the proposed research program, how their work relates to the network, and the potential value they can add to the network if funded (single spaced, 12pt font and 1 inch margins).

These materials should be submitted to the network no later than August 15, 2014. Applicants who have submitted by that date will be notified in writing by the network before August 22, 2014 whether the proposed program is relevant to the network. At that time, eligible applicants can submit a full application to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

For more information, please email research@hsf.ca.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation and Canadian Lung Association are actively looking for new initiative funding and network partners. If you are interested in partnering on the ERLI initiative, please email research@hsf.ca.