2022-2025 Research Funding Competition

The Stem Cell Network has launched a new multimillion-dollar national research funding competition to support world-class, translational, regenerative medicine research, across the research continuum, to facilitate health, social and economic benefits for Canadians.

This new competition is now open and will support research activities during the 2022 to 2025 time period. Seven regenerative medicine research programs will be available that support early career investigators, innovation, clinical translation, policy and societal impact, commercialization and transformative technology development.

How to apply

SCN has modernized its funding application process for this 2022 competition. The previous application documents have been phased out and replaced with an online application process hosted through the ProposalCentral application portal. All investigators (Lead and Co-investigators) on a team should register and open an account on ProposalCentral prior to initiating an application. ProposalCentral accounts are not required for collaborators or highly qualified personnel (HQP; e.g. graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, technicians or research associates). The lead-investigator’s institutional signing authorities (e.g department or grants administrators) are also required to have a ProposalCentral account in order to sign-off on the submission of the full application.

This web page includes:

  1. Letter of Intent (LOI) instructions
  2. Research programs application instructions
  3. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and resources


1. Letter of Intent instructions 

A Letter of Intent (LOI) submission is mandatory for all SCN funding programs.

LOIs will be used to identify peer review requirements, gauge the level of interest in SCN’s programs, and ensure projects fall within SCN’s regenerative medicine mandate.

  • LOI submissions open on Wednesday, September 1, 2021
  • LOI submission deadline is Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PT
  • Full application submission will be opened to eligible LOI submitters on Friday, September 24, 2021
  • Full application submission deadline is Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PT



Additional ProposalCentral resources (available in English only):


2. Research programs application instructions

Early Career Researcher Jump Start Awards
SCN will provide up to $300,000 for early career researchers (within the first five years of an initial academic appointment) to develop a research program with a regenerative medicine focus.

Impact Awards
SCN will provide up to $250,000 to support proof-of-principle experiments, including novel therapeutic or technical approach development that will drive regenerative medicine therapies forward.

Clinical Trial Awards
SCN will provide up to $1,000,000 to support early-stage clinical trial projects with high translational potential. 

Clarification: Please note, academic or clinical institutions should serve as the sponsor on SCN funded clinical trials. However, if a trial is sponsored by an SME, then a risk mitigation letter will be required at the point of submitting the full application.

Translation & Society Teams Award
SCN will provide up to $750,000 to support high-calibre ELSI research teams to undertake innovative, high-impact research that facilitates regenerative medicine for the benefit of society.

Knowledge Translation Awards
SCN will provide up to $200,000 to support the knowledge translation of regenerative medicine research for targeted stakeholders and/or users.

Fueling Biotechnology Partnerships Awards
SCN will provide up to $400,000 to support academic partnerships with emerging Canadian regenerative medicine biotechnology companies to bring innovative technologies or therapies to the clinic or market.

Horizon Awards
SCN will provide up to $3,000,000 to fuel national multi-disciplinary teams focused on developing transformative technology solutions for tackling significant regenerative medicine challenges.


3. FAQs and resources

Read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the research funding competition.

View the online technical briefing webinar:

Download the presentation slides.

Funding is dependent on the completion of SCN’s 2022-2025 contribution agreement with the Government of Canada.

Additional questions: LOI and full application-related questions should be addressed to Rebecca Cadwalader (