Emerging Research Leaders Initiative 2016


The Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) is pleased to announce the launch of the Emerging Research Leaders Initiative (ERLI). This multi-partnered initiative led by HSF includes organizational partners from non-profit, government, industry, and emerging / existing networks. Partners include the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, Pfizer Canada Inc., Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS), the Canadian Stroke Prevention Intervention Network (C-SPIN) the Canadian Venous Thromboembolism Clinical Trials and Outcomes Research Network (CanVECTOR), the Canadian National Transplant Research Program (CNTRP), the Cardiac Arrhythmia Network of Canada (CANet), the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

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 and/or cerebrovascular 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 and/or cerebrovascular health research domains.

Establishment grants 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, 2016:

Launch Date

July 15, 2016:

Letter of Intent (LOI) submission deadline to Participating Networks*

August 12, 2016:

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

September 12, 2016:

Full application submission deadline to HSFC

December 13-15, 2016:

Scientific peer review meeting

Late January 2017:

Early notifications

April 2017:

Announcement of funding decisions

July 1, 2017:

Funding start date

Duration of grant:

Up to 3 years


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

*Except for the Canadian National Transplant Research Program (CNTRP). LOI deadline will be 29 July 2016 for CNTRP.

To apply, please see the following documents:

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

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

Note (July 6, 2016): Applicants wishing to submit an application to the ERLI program must first submit an LOI to one of the participating networks for approval (i.e. an applicant may only submit one LOI to the overall competition).