CFID works with strategic partners and supporters to hasten
the discovery of innovative solutions to better understand,
diagnose, prevent, control and treat existing and
emerging infectious diseases that threaten our good health.

Grants and Fellowships

CFID currently offers the following project grants and fellowships in support of research and training in infectious diseases. The number and value of each award are contingent on available funds and are prioritized by the Board of Directors on an annual basis. The awards are adjudicated by the CFID Awards Committee. Notices of the availability of these awards are usually announced in December of each year, and successful applicants are notified of the results in early March.

CFID Safe Drinking Water Pilot Project Grant

The award was established by Dr. Michel Bergeron from a restricted fund for the promotion of studies investigating one of Canada's most valuable resources, water. Notably, one in eight people around the world do not have access to safe drinking water leading to significant global morbidity and mortality. It is intended as seed funding to promote research in this field. Currently, one award of $25,000 will be conferred.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Currently holds a Faculty position at a Canadian Post-Secondary Institution
  • Preference will be given to members of AMMI Canada or CHICA-Canada working in Medical Microbiology or Infectious Diseases
  • Submit a summary of research achievements by two years after receipt of the award

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Examples of Recent Awards:

  • Naturized E. coli and fecal indicators in drinking water wells: implications for testing, risk assessment and as potential environmental reservoirs for antimicrobial resistance (2017)
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  • Metagenomic analysis of drinking well water for rural and marginalized populations in regional Ontario - implications for testing, including human, public and environmental health (2015)
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  • Electrochemical disinfection using copper and/or silver (2014)
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  • Association of enteric viruses in source water for drinking (surface and ground water) and sporadic viral gastroenteritis and outbreaks in Alberta (2012)
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  • Molecular epidemiology of Giardia lamblia in British Columbia's water supplies (2007-2009)

CFID Theme-specific Pilot Project Grants

These pilot project grants are funded from various unrestricted funds to promote research in focused areas identified by the Foundation in its strategic plans

Examples of Recent Awards:

  • Performance and cost-effectiveness evaluation of multiplex molecular testing for enteric pathogens in a Canadian health-care setting (2015)
  • Cost-effectiveness of preventive and therapeutic pandemic influenza mitigation strategies (2008)
  • Use of phage-derived therapies to treat Clostridiuim difficile-associated diarrhea (2007-2008)

CFID Infectious Diseases Fellowships

These awards are funded through matching funds from partnering agencies such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Small Health Organizations Partnership Program (SHOPP), and the CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity.

Examples of Recent Awards:

  • A systems biology approach to understanding the pathogenetics of innate immunity (2007-2009)
  • Characterization of a novel putative secretory system involved in bacterial survival and pathogenicity of Burkholderia cenocepacia (2007-2009)
  • Structural studies of DNA transfer signal transduction during bacterial conjugation (2007-2009)