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APPLY NOW: announcing the 2019 CDTRP Research Innovation Grant Competition - 16 grants available!

Updated: Jan 28


The Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program (CDTRP), in partnership with the Addison Fund, the Canadian Liver Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Paladin Labs Inc., the • SickKids Transplant & Regenerative Medicine Centre, l’Université de Montréal (UdeM), and the UHN Multi-Organ Transplant Program, would like to encourage you to apply for the 2019 CDTRP Research Innovation Grant competition.

Now in our 6th year, this competition provides funding to seed new and innovative pilot projects in the hematopoietic cell transplant, solid organ transplant and critical care / donation fields that will be integrated and supported by the national research structure of the CDTRP.

This grant competition has had a transformative impact on Canadian transplant investigators, and is an invaluable component of our national research program,” said Dr. Lori West, Scientific Director of the CDTRP. “Our partner-driven collaborations allows investigators from across Canada to integrate their research into the CDTRP structure, enabling them to leverage the full resources of the network to translate their research into clinical practice. We are very grateful for the ongoing support from all our partners who help the CDTRP achieve its goal of addressing the critical gaps and barriers to effective organ transplantation for Canadians.

Fifteen grants of $30,000 each will be available to fund peer-reviewed pilot projects at the national and regional level in 2019. As was the case in previous competitions, we are working with partners who bring funding to support specific targeted research areas within the scope of the competition, so please pay special attention to the partner requirements in the terms of reference.

The Kidney Foundation has been a proud partner of the CDTRP since the network was founded in 2013”, said Elizabeth Myles, National Executive Director of the Kidney Foundation. “Over the course of our partnership, we have seen the amazing results that this network has achieved. The challenge of solving the donor shortage in Canada and turning transplantation into a predictable and sustainable cure for our patients can only be achieved by working together and leveraging our expertise across the country. We recognize the need to bring all partners together to combine expertise across diseases and improve outcomes, and CDTRP achieves this.

The primary area of focus for this competition is to support new peer-reviewed pilot research projects that align with CDTRP’s One-Transplant-For-Life vision, which is to fulfill every donor opportunity and turn transplant into a cure. These projects must be new stand-alone studies that align with one of the 5 Themes of the CDTRP that will be used to generate preliminary data to support further investigation. The 5 CDTRP Themes are:

  1. Create a culture of donation

  2. Inform universal practices for donation

  3. Engineer and allocate a better graft

  4. Tailor an optimal immune system for each patient

  5. Restore long-term health

The deadline for applications to the CDTRP Research Innovation Grant Competition is February 19, 2020. For more information about the application process, including eligibility criteria, please visit www.cdtrp.ca/2019-cdtrp-research-grant

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About the Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program

The Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program (CDTRP) is a nationally funded research network that aims to help Canadians waiting for transplants and extend the lives of those who have already received one. The CDTRP develops new knowledge and health care practices to address barriers to tissue and organ donation, aims to increase the availability of transplants and seeks to enhance the survival and quality of life of patients living with a transplant. The CDTRP brings together investigators, trainees, patient partners and collaborators at 31 institutions across Canada, representing the major health researchers from basic biomedical, clinical and policy arenas. The CDTRP weaves the solid organ transplant, hematopoietic cell transplant and donation and critical care communities, together with patients and families, into a highly integrated national research coalition. For more information about the CDTRP, visit www.cdtrp.ca

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