2022 Grant Program

CLOSED: The application period has concluded. Follow our funding decisions and grant announcements later this spring/summer.

Grant funding opportunity to support dental hygiene research and education

Canada's only charity dedicated exclusively to dental hygiene research and education invites proposals for a one-year research project that will advance the dental hygiene body of knowledge and, ultimately, enhance the oral health and well-being of Canadians.

A maximum of two (2) grants valued at up to $10,000 each will be awarded.

Important dates
  • 11:45pm ET on February 28, 2022 - Completed applications are due by email to foundation@cfdhre.ca. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • March 1, 2022 - Reviewer submissions due.
  • Spring/Summer 2022- Funding decisions and grant announcements.
Terms and conditions
  • The principal applicant must be a registered dental hygienist in Canada and a member of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA), except in the case where s/he is conducting the research as a graduate student and will be the co-applicant while her/his research advisor/supervisor will be the principal applicant. In this case, the dental hygiene co-applicant must still be a member of CDHA.
  • The principal applicant's organization/institution must meet the requirements outlined by the Canada Revenue Agency, Income Tax Act, in their definition of qualified donees.
  • All proposals must align with the CFDHRE's mission statement.
  • All proposals must indicate within which category of the CDHA Research Agenda their manuscript falls (risk assessment and management; access to care and unmet needs; capacity building of the profession).
  • All proposals must be founded on existing evidence-based oral health research.
  • Applicants/recipients must adhere to Tri-Council Policy Statements on Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans and the framework for Responsible Conduct of Research. These are set out by Canada's three federal research agencies - the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
  • Knowledge translation is integral to CFDHRE's mission. Grant recipients are required to submit their completed research in the form of a research article based on the study (or aspect of the study) supported by the grant to the Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene for possible publication. For details on how to submit a manuscript to the journal, please refer to the journal's Guidelines for Authors. Wide dissemination of the completed research is encouraged.
  • Grant funds will be made available to the principal applicant's organization/institution in three installments.
How applications are assessed

Funded projects from CFDHRE involve the evaluation of applications by a group of selected reviewers with a strong track record of research, grant proposal development, and peer review experience.

Proposals will be assessed according to the criteria in the reviewers' assessment guide. Applicants are encouraged to review the assessment criteria that the 2021 Peer Review Committee will use to evaluate submissions.

Related Links

CIHR Guidebook for New Principal Investigators - Advice from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research on applying for a grant, writing papers, setting up a research team and managing your time.

Contact Us

If you have questions or need help with this application process, email us at foundation@cfdre.ca.

Reviewer Recruitment for 2022 Grant Program

Submission deadline: March 1, 2022

The Canadian Foundation for Dental Hygiene Research and Education (CFDHRE or “the foundation”) is seeking qualified reviewers to evaluate research proposals submitted to our 2022 Grant Program for possible funding. CFDHRE enlists reviewers based on their background and experience in dental hygiene research, grant proposal development, and peer review. No person may serve as a reviewer if a conflict of interest, either real or perceived, exists.

The combined expertise and time given by CFDHRE's volunteer reviewers is a core strength of the foundation's annual grant program, which funds leading-edge dental hygiene research on a variety of topics.

CFDHRE's Peer Review Committees
  • Are responsible for evaluating confidential grant proposals using instructions provided by CFDHRE and participating in consensus discussions to determine which proposals will ultimately be funded.
  • Advise the foundation with respect to continuous quality improvement of the review process.
  • Are typically composed of 3 dental hygienists from the research community who participate remotely as volunteers.
  • Are acknowledged in CFDHRE's annual report.
Reviewer eligibility
  • Minimum of a master's degree. Consideration may be given to those nearing completion of a graduate degree.
  • Experience developing successful grant proposals and reviewing manuscripts, proposals and/or conference abstracts.
  • Publication of research in peer-reviewed journals within the last 10 years.
Time commitment and reviewer deadlines
  • Typically 8 to10 weeks, from mid-March until late May.
  • The peer-review process involves both the evaluation of proposals after they have been screened by CFDHRE staff (the deadline for proposals is late February) and participation in two meetings: an orientation session before reviewing the proposals and a consensus session.
  • Workload depends on the number of proposals received.
  • Final recommendations to CFDHRE are expected by the end of May.
Make a submission
  • Email CFDHRE with (1) an up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae, (2) a brief statement of interest, and (3) a list of your research published within the last 10 years. Please type "CFDHRE Reviewer" in the subject line.
  • Indicate if you would like your expression of interest to stay on file for reviewer needs in future years should you not be selected to participate in the 2022 peer-review process.
For more information or questions

Email us at foundation@cfdhre.ca.