HSF of Ontario - Program Grants - Announcement

Request for Applications

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario is continuing to offer a Program Grants competition as part of its Research Grants Program and is requesting applications for Program Grants for the 2009/2010 funding year. 


January 16, 2009


The HSFO Program Grants Program is designed to provide support for teams of three or more investigators engaging in collaborative multidisciplinary research in the fields of cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease in Ontario institutions. The research must be consistent with the mission of the HSFO.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and it application, the promotion of healthy living and advocacy." 
An HSFO Program Grant proposal must consist of at least three HSFO-funded projects, each scientifically meritorious in its own right and which together form an integrated research program. 
The Program Grant must have a clearly defined unifying central theme to which each component grant-in-aid (GIA) relates and to which each investigator contributes. Each component GIA must be scientifically meritorious and headed by a different Principal Investigator. The sum of the component GIAs and of the Program Grant core resources must form an integrated research program. The Director of the group must be a scientist with proven excellence in cardio/cerebro-vascular research and with proven leadership capabilities required to fulfill the role as Director. The Director will be the Principal Investigator of the Program. The Director of the Program Grant must hold a HSFO GIA and that GIA must be included as part of the Program Grant application. At all times during the term of the Program Grant, a minimum of three active, Ontario based GIAs must be maintained. 

Tenure & Application Process 

An HSFO Program Grant may be awarded for five years and is renewable subject to the approval of the Board of Directors and on the availability of funds. The Director of the Program Grant is responsible for completion of the full application, as well as for communicating all Foundation decisions to the Program Grant team members. 

New Applications 

It is the intention of the HSFO to fund new groups whose members propose new initiatives and who are not a part of existing groups, either funded by HSFO or other granting agencies. A new Program Grant application requires that the individual grant-in-aid components are new to the Program Grant and that the overall central theme of the Program Grant is also new. The Terms of Reference, guidelines and forms for completion of the full applications for Program Grants are located on the HSFC research website (www.hsf.ca/research). 

Renewal Applications 

For Program Grants that are up for renewal, if the renewal submission is substantially different from the current Program Grant (membership or direction), the procedures for a new Program Grant should be followed. Continuing funding of the Program Grant is contingent upon submission of a satisfactory progress report to HSFO as outlined in our Progress Report-Appendix 1 document located on the HSFC website (www.hsf.ca/research). Please note that the maximum term of funding on successful program grants will be a total of 10 years i.e. initial 5 year award and one 5-year renewal. 

Commitment of the Institutions 

Each institution in which a member of an HSFO Program Grant holds an appointment is responsible for providing adequate space, facilities, furniture and general services. Institutions are required to provide the principal investigators with an appropriate appointment and salary commensurate with such a position. Salaries can be obtained through HSFC/HSFO personnel programs. Institutions will be asked to provide assurance that an adequate amount of time for research is protected for the Director and the Program Grant members. 

For more detailed information please contact: 

Manager of Research Programs
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario
2300 Yonge Street, Suite 1300 
P.O. Box 2414 
Toronto, Ontario M4P 1E4 
Tel: 416-489-7111 Ext. 396
Fax: 416-489-7003