In today's climate of constrained public funding, the competition for research dollars is intense. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) receives in excess of 2,000 grant applications annually, but there is only financial capacity to fund about 400. As a result, many deserving programs - especially those clustered around the cut-off point - are left in limbo. Unexpected delays in the re-application process for continued funding can also compromise ongoing research programs.
The result: lost investment, lost momentum and interrupted livelihoods for the researchers, lab technicians and students on the front lines of medical discovery.
Monies from the $5 million DMRF Research Investment Fund will be used to support research programs by providing bridging and matching funds to eligible applicants.