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The advancement of health research outcomes would not happen without the time, education, expertise, and dedication of the local health researchers we are so proud to support.

We work with its donors to support hundreds of these world-class researchers by endowing projects, training leaders in health research, building partnerships, and funding new discoveries. We are helping researchers impact health outcomes here in the Maritimes, and all over the world.

With that in mind, we welcome researchers at Dalhousie to review our competition schedule and apply for any grant they deem applicable to their research project.

Competition Schedule - Currently Open

DMRF Harold A. Robertson Award in Parkinson's Research

The purpose of the DMRF Harold A. Robertson Award in Parkinson's Research is to recognize the leadership and achievements of Dr. Harold A. Robertson. The award is intended to support research to generate health, social, communications and other knowledge related to Parkinson's Disease, and may be used for conference travel, presentations, lab supplies/equipment and/or salary support. There will be a minimum of one award valued at a maximum of $5,000 annually.

DMRF Equipment Grants

DMRF Equipment Grants are for research equipment necessary to research taking place within the Faculty of Medicine. They are judged on scientific merit, impact on the research program and perceived need by the Scientific Advisory Committee, typically capped at $30,000.

DMRF Frank and Debbi Sobey Lectureship

The purpose of this Lectureship is to bring internationally respected experts in one of the following areas of research: Alzheimer's, prostate cancer, or cardiovascular, to Dalhousie University to engage with students, faculty, staff, donors, volunteers and/or members of the general public. Up to $5,000 is available annually to support each visit. Please note that there is a rotation in the area of research. This year's area of research is ALZHEIMER'S.

DMRF Gillian's Hope Visiting Scholar in MS Research

A maximum of $3,250 to support the costs of a visiting lecturer to the Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine (in the area of MS Research)

DMRF Picchione Visiting Scholar Programme - Fall Competition

A maximum of $3,250 to support the costs of a visiting lecturer to the Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine.

Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation / Faculty of Medicine RIM Studentships

DMRF supports RIM by providing $5,000 stipends for medical students to carry out a research project in the summer after their Med 1 or Med 2 year.


Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation supports Emergency and Critical Care Award in Emergency Medical Innovation by providing $1,250 annually. The award is available to a DMNB Medical Student, a Dalhousie Medicine Resident based in New Brunswick, or other New Brunswick based health care professional working with a Dalhousie Faculty member, e.g., a nurse researcher.

DMRF Dr. J. Donald Hatcher Research Prize

For fourth-year medical students, this $2,000 prize recognizes medical research excellence in work undertaken during undergraduate medical training.

Recruitment & Training Awards

The influx of new ideas, skills, and expertise is fuel for a productive, competitive research program—while young new talent ensures the vibrancy of the research effort into the future. DMRF salary awards play a key role in attracting new members to the Faculty of Medicine, providing opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to strengthen their research skills, and encouraging medical students to pursue research-oriented careers.