Peer Reviewed Grant

Oral Health Research Funding Agencies

This list is not exhaustive and other funding opportunities may exist at the provincial and territorial level and through university grant offices. If you know of funding institutions that should be included in this list, please email

Key Non-Governmental Funding Agencies

Canadian Foundation for Dental Hygiene Research and Education (CFDHRE)

CFDHRE exists to enhance the oral health and well-being of Canadians through dental hygiene research and education. The foundation's undertakings include conducting and disseminating research, publishing useful materials, and educating the public.

Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

CFI invests in Canadian research by providing funding to Canadian research institutions, including universities and research hospitals. CFI funding allows Canadian institutions the freedom of innovation for the betterment of Canada.

Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF)

CHSRF sponsors health systems research by providing funding to Canadian health research institutes, especially for research that focuses on priority issues in health systems and the gaps between research in applied health services and policy.

Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)

CIFAR (formerly CIAR) provides funding programs for research projects that tackle challenging questions about the natural world and human society.

Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)

CIHI publishes reports, analytical documents, and special studies on Canada's health system and the health of Canadians. CIHI also funds research projects that address topics in population health, Canadian society in relation to community health, and Canada's health from a global perspective.

Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW)

CRIAW is a national organization committed to advancing women's equality through research. CRIAW is focused on research that promotes social and economic justice.

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC)

HSFC funds research in heart disease and stroke by supporting research grants, new investigators, research fellows, doctoral research awards, nursing research fellows, and visiting scientists.

Canadian Association for Dental Research (CADR)

CADR is a division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), which establishes and supports programs that promote oral health research. CADR provides awards and fellowships for students and researchers of oral health in Canada.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

JDRF research priorities reflect three fundamental goals: restoration of normal blood sugar levels; avoidance and improved treatment for complications; and prevention of diabetes and its recurrence.

Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute

The Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute funds the most promising cancer research through its world-renowned peer review process. This institute offers programs that help train, develop, and support the next generation of cancer researchers.

Cancer Research Society (CRS)

CRS is a national not-for-profit organization that funds cancer research exclusively and offers seed money for the most promising cancer research in Canada.

Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR)

CCGHR focuses on research that improves health in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America through training, mentoring, and research opportunities.

Federal & Provincial Funding Agencies

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

CIHR integrates research through a unique interdisciplinary structure made up of 13 virtual institutes. CIHR's institutes are networks of researchers brought together to focus on important health problems. Six institutes of particular relevance are:

Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health (IAPH)

IAPH will support research that addresses the special health needs of Canada's Aboriginal peoples.

Institute of Aging (IA)

IA supports research that promotes healthy aging and addresses health issues associated with aging.

Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR)

HSPR is dedicated to supporting innovative research, capacity building, and knowledge translation initiatives designed to improve health care services in Canada.

Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA)

IMHA's areas of focus include arthritis, rehabilitation, and bone, muscle, skin, and oral health.

Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH)

IPPH supports research in individual, community, and global population health.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

NSERC supports university-based research and training in all the natural sciences and engineering.

Some of NSERC's research projects which may be of interest include:

  • Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) Program

    CHRP supports focused collaborative research projects in any field of the natural sciences and engineering that, if successful, will lead to health benefits for Canadians, more effective health services, and economic development in health-related areas.
  • Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program

    CREATE supports the training of teams of outstanding students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) Program

    PDF offers highly trained and qualified professionals the opportunity to undertake research with Health Canada researchers within a wide range of scientific disciplines.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

SSHRC-funded research fuels innovative thinking about real life issues, including education, health care, the environment, immigration, globalization, poverty, politics, addiction, Aboriginal rights, the past, and our future.

University of Toronto—Dental Research Institute (DRI)

The DRI is a leading research institution in oral health care delivery and population health.

Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (NSHRF)

NSHRF is committed to fostering health research throughout Nova Scotia by assisting, collaborating with, and funding individuals and organizations conducting health research.

The Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and Evaluation (MCHPE)

MCHPE is the research unit in the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Medicine. MCHPE conducts research on how health care services are used by Manitobans, by examining topics such as illness patterns and population health relations.

International Funding Agencies

American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) Institute for Oral Health

The ADHA Institute for Oral Health funds educational scholarships, fellowships, research grants, and community service grants to dental hygienists throughout the United States.

Commonwealth Fund (CF)

CF is a private foundation that awards grants for health care research and promotes a health care system that works for everyone, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC is an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. CDC awards and administers grants for research programs in disease control and prevention, including research in oral health.

International Association for Dental Research (IADR)

IADR provides programs that promote oral health research worldwide. They provide fellowships, awards, and competitions for the oral health research community.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH is an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and provides grants for health-related research and research-training projects in the United States.

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

NIDCR aims to improve oral, dental, and craniofacial health through research, research training, and the dissemination of health information. The organization also conducts and funds research-training and career-development programs for researchers.

American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)

AICR is a cancer charity that fosters research on diet and cancer prevention, interprets the evidence, and educates the public about the results.