2021 Grant Cycle

Current status: Closed

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s grant applications, which closed on February 15, 2021. Applications will be evaluated by the 2021 Peer Review Committee. Funding decisions and grant announcements will be made later this spring/summer.

Grant funding to support dental hygiene research and education

CFDHRE is pleased to launch its 2021 grant cycle. The foundation funds dental hygiene research projects that build the profession’s body of knowledge, improves dental hygiene education, and develops research-enhanced dental hygiene practice to ensure optimum oral health across the lifespan.

NEW FOR 2021! This year, the CFDHRE Board unanimously approved grant funding to support dental hygiene research proposals related to COVID-19. This funding applies to one grant of up to $10,000. Research proposals that align with CDHA’s Research Agenda for the second grant of up to $10,000 are also invited.

Important Dates

  • February 15, 2021 at 11:59pm ET – Completed applications are due by email to foundation@cfdhre.ca. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Early March – Recruitment of 2021 peer reviewers.
  • Spring/Summer 2021- Funding decisions and grant announcements.


Principal applicants/investigators must be a registered dental hygienist in Canada and member of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association, except in the case where she or 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. Graduate students are welcome to apply.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be affiliated with organizations that can issue official donation receipts for gifts that individuals and corporations make to them.

How to apply

The application form includes instructions and guidelines for completing applications. Applicants must submit all information specified in the application form and the required supporting documents/information. Applicants should provide information in the most concise format possible, while still providing sufficient details to ensure complete comprehension by reviewers.

Terms and conditions

  • All proposals must align with the CFDHRE’s mission statement.
  • 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.

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.

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