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 info@cdha.ca.

Key Non-Governmental Funding Agencies

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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. The 13 institutes are:

Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions

Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions is a publicly funded, board-governed corporation that delivers funding and support to a broad provincial community that spans all dimensions of health research and innovation activity.

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.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

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

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.

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.

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.

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 .

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.

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.

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 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.

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.