Funding Opportunities


Stem Cells in 60 Seconds- OIRM Annual Symposium 

Applications Deadline: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 (12:00 pm EST)

Our “Stem Cells in 60 Seconds” presentation will allow 10 lucky participants to present their work at the OIRM Annual Symposium on May 25th 2017. Participants will be allowed a single PowerPoint slide and 60 sec to describe their research to the audience. This pitch is a great opportunity for you to showcase your research to the OIRM community. Be creative and tell us your science story, but keep an eye on the clock, 60 sec is not long! 

This competition is limited to 10 participants; all interested participants must submit an application form. Selected participants will be informed of their successful application. 

To apply download the Application Form. 

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ISSCR 2017; OIRM Travel Award

Applications Deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017 (12:00 pm EST)

OIRM trainees (graduate students & postdoctoral fellows of an OIRM PI) that are planning to submit an abstract to the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) 2017 Annual Meeting in Boston (June 14-17, 2017) may qualify for an OIRM travel award. There will be 10 awards available ($1,000 CDN per award) for OIRM trainees who have had their abstract accepted for ISSCR 2017 meeting (podium or poster). Funds from the travel award can go towards meeting registration, flight, hotel and meals (as per the OIRM trainee travel awards expense policy).

Abstracts are due to ISSCR by Tuesday January 24, 2017; see ISSCR abstract guidelines for more information. Abstract presentation notifications will be sent by ISSCR by Wednesday March 29, 2017. OIRM is not involved with the abstract submission or review process.

Those selected by ISSCR to present an abstract at the meeting in Boston (podium or poster), can then apply for a travel award by completing the application form below. Please submit the completed application package to by Friday, April 14, 2017 (12:00 pm EST). Award winners will be informed by OIRM by Monday, April 24, 2017. Please note, if you receive other travel awards for this conference, OIRM will deduct this amount from the $1000 OIRM travel award.

To apply: Application form.

Below is a list of the 2016 ISSCR travel award winners who attended the ISSCR Annual Meeting in San Francisco, USA (** indicates trainees with podium presentations):

  • Stephanie Protze, Keller Lab, University Health Network**
  • Nafees Rahman, Zandstra Lab, University of Toronto**
  • Tammy Ryan, Ryan Lab, University of Guelph
  • Mohamad Khazaei, Fehlings Lab, University Health Network
  • Yang Li, Zuniga-Pflucker Lab, Sunnybrook Research Institute
  • Mehdi Shafa, Thebaud Lab, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Ross Fitzsimmons, Simmons Lab, University of Toronto
  • Ashkan Azimi, Morshead Lab, University of Toronto



Postdoctoral Fellowship Award - OIRM & Medicine by Design (MbD)


Highlights include:

  • Up to two postdoctoral positions are available for the 2017 competition
  • Each award will receive up to $50,000 CDN per year for up to three years
  • The host PI will supplement funds to cover travel costs and health benefits
  • Training opportunities available with over 160 research programs across the province (OIRM) and the MbD community at the University of Toronto
  • Opportunity to present your work at the OIRM Annual Symposium, the Till & McCulloch Meetings, and MbD events.
  • Translational and commercialization experience through the activities of the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine in Toronto
  • Canada has one of the highest quality of life rankings in the world including exceptional health care, education and standard of living

Instructions: Guidelines Form

To Apply: Application Form


2016 Postdoctoral Fellowship Awardees

  • Jeffrey Harding, Nagy Lab, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute - Local ON/OFF control of tolerance toward allograft cell transplants
  • Vladimir Manchev, Keller Lab, McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine - Dissecting the role of Notch signaling during the transition of HE to HSC.

Past recipients