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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. There are 2 competitions held per year and it is open to all members of the Heart Centre. Collaboration with staff outside the Heart Centre is also encouraged.  For non-Heart Centre staff, projects should identify a collaborator within the Heart Centre.

Recent funded projects.


PDF version of the application can be found here

Word version of the application can be found here.


The next deadline for submissions will be Monday November 13, 2017


Types of projects:

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 if they have a collaborator who is affiliated with the Heart Centre.

Funding provided:

Up to $25,000 is available for each award.
Project duration should be no longer than two years.

Allocation of Funds

The ability to measure a successful outcome is crucial to the assessment of your application.

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

Evaluation Criteria

Innovation:  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:  This is perhaps the most 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? If research, is the work scientifically sound?

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

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

Budget: 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 who were successfully funded this past April.



 Budget awarded 

Nita Chahal

 Parents and Adolescents Living with Kawasaki Disease with Coronary Artery Aneurysms: Educational and Psychosocial Needs Assessment


Glen Van Arsdell, Adi Fahy

High intensity focused ultrasound histotripsy to treat congenital cardiac disease



Brian McCrindle and Mike Khoury

Lifestyle behaviours and cardiometabolic risk in children: evaluating changes and associations that occur from childhood to adolescence


Christoph Haller and Osami Honjo

Closed-circuit ex-vivo perfusion of the heart in a porcine DCD transplant setting


Lars Grosse-Wortmann and Aamir Jeewa

The effect of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibition on myocardial fibrosis and function in Duchenne muscular dystrophy: A randomized multi-centre cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging study


Vann Chau, Torin Glass, Mike Seed

 IGF-1 and Brain growth in Congenital Heart Disease