Emerging Research Leaders Initiative 2015

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, Allergy, Genes and Environment Network (AllerGen NCE), the Brain Canada Foundation, the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, Pfizer Canada Inc., the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS), the Canadian Stroke Prevention Intervention Network (C-SPIN), the Canadian Vascular Network (CVN), and the Canadian Respiratory Research Network (CRRN), Canadian Arrhythmia Network, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS), CIHR’s Institute for Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH).

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 15, 2015:

Launch Date

July 15, 2015:

Letter of Intent (LOI) submission deadline to Participating Networks
*Applicants interested in applying to CRRN do not require the letter from a sponsor/investigator at the LOI stage.

August 14, 2015:

Notification of LOI stage; Invitations to submit full applications to HSFC

September 14, 2015:

Full application submission deadline to HSFC

December 8-10, 2015:

Scientific peer review meeting

End of January 2016:

Early notifications

April 2016:

Announcement of funding decisions

July 1, 2016:

Funding start date

Duration of grant:

 Up to 3 years


Up to $50,000 per annum (maximum $150,000)


To apply, please see the following documents:

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.