The Banting Research Foundation supports health and biomedical research through an annual grant competition. The Discovery Award is a one-year grant of up to $25,000 for innovative health and biomedical research projects by outstanding new investigators at universities and research institutes in Canada who are within the first three years of their first academic appointment. The intent is to provide seed funding so that applicants are able to gather pilot data to enhance their competitiveness for other sources of funding. We usually expect to fund 6-7 projects each year.

Grants awarded by year

As of 2018, 1347 grants have been awarded. A complete list of grants from 1926 to 2018 is here in MS Excel format.

Meet some of our notable alumni

Many of our past grants sparked remarkable discoveries that transformed the practice of medicine and surgery, reduced illness and death rates, and propelled many of our recipients to positions of leadership and influence across Canada.
Charles H Hollenberg, OC MD FRSC
Charles H Hollenberg, OC MD FRSC
A leader in medical education and patient care who influenced academic institutions and teaching hospitals through his many professional...
Imogen R Coe, PhD
Imogen R Coe, PhD
Promotes diversity and gender equity in science, and is a champion for women and girls in STEM
Brenda L Gallie, CM MD FRCSC
Brenda L Gallie, CM MD FRCSC
A world-renowned ophthalmologist, known for her contributions to the science and medicine of retinoblastoma, a childhood eye cancer.
Janet Rossant, CC PhD FRS FRSC
Janet Rossant, CC PhD FRS FRSC
World-renowned expert in developmental biology
Adolfo J de Bold, OC PhD FRSC
Adolfo J de Bold, OC PhD FRSC
Best known for his discovery of atrial natriuretic factor
Henry G Friesen, CC MD FRSC FCAHS
Henry G Friesen, CC MD FRSC FCAHS
An internationally renowned endocrinologist best known for the discovery of human prolactin

Where we've funded research

The Banting Research Foundation has funded promising new investigators from across Canada since 1926. Links to investigator profiles for research funded since 2011 are available on this map.