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Labatt Family Heart Centre
Labatt Family Heart Centre

Funding opportunities

Labatt Heart Centre Innovation Funds

The Heart Centre Innovation Fund (IF) was established in 2007 as part of the $10M Labatt Family Endowment. Deadlines are in April and November each year. The fund supports projects that require start-up funds for basic research, clinical research, or quality improvement projects that impact cardiac patients.  

Please download and fill out the application. The next deadline for submissions is Friday, November 1st, 2019

Please submit your applications by the deadline to Christine Kerr (christine.kerr@sickkids.ca).

Eligible Applicants:

The Innovation Fund is open on a competitive basis to researchers and clinicians within the Labatt Family Heart Centre. 

External applicants are eligible to apply however, the applicant must have a collaborator who is affiliated with the Heart Centre and also the project should have direct impact to Cardiology patients.

Funding provided:

Up to $25,000 is available for each Innovation Fund Award.

Project duration should be no longer than two years.

Allocation of Funds

Funds will be awarded only if the applicant’s proposal is in alignment with the future directions of the Heart Centre.

Evaluation Criteria


  • Proposed work represents novel, unique, high risk concepts and creative thinking.

Potential for future development / dissemination:  

  • Proposed research represents work that will lead to future expansion.  
  • For research, is this an important proof of concept or pilot work that will lead to new research directions or larger funding applications or development of new research teams?  
  • For clinical, is this a program that might be applied in other settings and other centres and achieve wider dissemination?
  • For education, is this a program that can be disseminated or expanded?

Measures of impact
Note: This is important criteria

  • How will the work impact its intended target or field of inquiry?  
  • Measures must be clearly delineated and specific to the proposed work.

Quality of the proposal:

  • Is the proposal well-organized and written?
  • Are the purposes or aims of the work clearly specified?
  • Is the work to be performed clearly described? 
  • Is there a rigorous and relevant evaluation of outcomes? 
  • Is the work scientifically sound?


  • Can the work proposed be successfully performed given the expertise and resources available and requested?


  • Do the applicants have sufficient expertise, experience and motivation to perform and report the work?


  • Is the budget sufficient to perform the work proposed successfully?
  • Is the budget reasonable and well justified?  

Review Committee Members

Review members commit to a 3 year term and review the applications twice per year.  The reviews come from the departments of Cardiovascular Surgery, Nursing, Critical Care Medicine, the Research Institute, and Cardiology.

Congratulations to the following applicants whose projects were successfully funded through the April 2019 Competition.

PI and Heart Centre Co-I(s) Project Title Funding Awarded
Emilie Jean-St-Michel and Aamir Jeewa Survival and Cardiac Recovery in Pediatric Cardiomyopathy (SCRIPT study) $25,000
Anusha Jegatheeswaran, Robert Greer, Mjaye Mazwi Application for Automatic Labelling of Patient Events in the Cardiac Critical Care Unit $24,675
Samantha J. Anthony Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Retreat for Mothers of Pediatric Heart Transplant Recipients $24,977
Vanna Kazazian, Robert Greer, Mjaye Mazwi Integration of Electroencephalographic (EEG) Data with All Other Physiological Data to Create a Pervasive Postoperative Seizure Screening Program $25,000
David Faraoni Effect of desmopressin on post-cardiopulmonary bypass platelet dysfunction and von Willebrand factor activity in children with congenital heart disease: a prospective randomized controlled trial $25,000

Waugh Family Innovation Award

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Hamilton for being awarded the inaugural Waugh Family Innovation Award ($50,000) for his project entitled "A Novel Accurate Blood Test and Mechanistic Discovery in Brugada Syndrome, A Sudden Unexpected Nocturnal Death Syndrome (SUNDS)"