The critical health challenges of our day transcend disciplines.

Our ability to address them depends on health professionals working collaboratively to bring our combined experiences, expertise and knowledge to bear on the questions of our time. The Innovations in Wellness Fund (IWF) was created to promote research engagement with eligible industry and community partners in their joint exploration of translational wellness research.

Established with the pledge of $150,000 by The Impact Foundation, the IWF launched in September 2015. Applications will be reviewed and selected in January 2016.

With the support of philanthropic donors and by accessing the Mitacs Accelerate program, IWF has been created to foster partnerships between companies and academia and promote world-class research that aligns with the definition of the World Health Organization on health: “A state of complete physical mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

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About the Fund

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All applications will be reviewed by an FHSD internal review committee.

Applicants must apply with a secured industry partner. All submissions will be reviewed three times a year, coinciding with student intakes, January, April and September. Once a submission has been accepted, applicant must apply to Mitacs* directly.

*Mitacs awards do not conflict with tri-council funding; with the exception of NSERC Engage, which seeks to foster a new partnership. Applicants are welcome to apply to Mitacs Accelerate after initiating an Engage grant.

Amount of the award (stipend + research allowance): Master’s: $18,000+$2,000; Ph.D.,: $23,000+$2,000; Post-Doctoral: $40,000+$5000

Click here for the FHSD Innovations in Wellness Fund Internal Grant Application

Successful candidates will subsequently be required to submit an application to Mitacs for matching support.  

Please review the program guide on the Mitacs website prior to submitting your application to them.

Click here for the Mitacs application.