Thyroid Foundation of Canada Research Award


Award description:

The Thyroid Foundation of Canada Research Award is a one-year grant provided by the Thyroid Foundation of Canada (TFC) and administered by CSEM to support research in the area of thyroid disease that impacts patient care. Research may be clinical/translational or basic research related to a clinical question.

An award of $50,000 for 1 year will be granted to a researcher focused on thyroid disease. All researchers are encouraged to apply but preference will be given to a young investigator who has been a faculty member at a Canadian university for fewer than 5 years and has demonstrated excellence as an independent investigator in clinical or basic science.

The award consists of a $50,000 CAD award and a plaque which will be presented to the recipient at the in 2024 Diabetes Canada/CSEM Professional Conference in Halifax.

Eligibility criteria:

  • The applicant must:
    • have demonstrated excellence as an independent investigator
    • be on faculty at a Canadian university, with preference for junior faculty (<5 years) but not excluding established investigators
    • be a CSEM member in good standing (membership renewed before application submission).
    • not have won the award within the last 3 years
  • The proposed research project must:
    • represent a new, previously unfunded research project focused on thyroid disease with an impact on patient care
    • be done at an accredited Canadian institution

Application procedure:

Please submit the following documents to the CSEM:

  • lay summary of project (max. 1 page) specifically describing the implications of the research project for patients with thyroid disorders
  • CV of nominee (complete CV or CIHR-type CV)
  • three-page summary of proposed research project including background and purpose, objectives and hypothesis, research design, expectations and possible pitfalls
  • research references (in addition to the three-page summary)
  • budget outlining the use of the funds, including other funding that is being sought
  • proof of ethics approval (or submission to ethics board), where applicable

Deadline: April 2, 2024. No late applications will be considered.

Evaluation criteria:

Project proposals will be evaluated by the CSEM Awards committee which includes senior endocrinologists and researchers and a TFC representative.

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • project relevance: potential significance and impact on thyroid patient care
  • feasibility: sound approaches and methods, appropriateness of timelines and plans, etc.
  • expertise and resources: appropriate expertise and resources to support the project

Reporting requirements:

The recipient is required to provide after 12 months:

  • a brief summary of the project and what has been accomplished to date
  • an implementation plan which outlines next steps or actions
  • results or outcomes of the project including abstracts, publications and all communications related to the project

Additionally, upon completion of the project, the recipient is required to give a presentation on the project for the Thyroid Foundation of Canada at their request. The recipient is also encouraged to submit an abstract to the Diabetes Canada/CSEM Annual Professional Conference.


  • The Thyroid Foundation of Canada precludes the use of the grant funds for any research involving animal models.
  • Grants are payable to the recipient’s institution.
  • Grant funds may be used for research staff or student salary support, as well as an operating grant.
  • The grant is intended to support research. Grant funds must contribute towards the direct costs of the research for which the funds were awarded. CSEM and TFC are not-for-profit organizations and do not allow overhead costs to be deducted from the grant funds; indirect or overhead costs associated with managing the research must be borne by the receiving institution.

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President of the Thyroid Foundation of Canada, Mr. Laz Bouros, presenting the 2023 Thyroid Foundation of Canada Research Award to Dr. Sana Ghaznavi.

Past recipients of the Thyroid Foundation of Canada Research Award:

  • 2023: Sana Ghaznavi
  • 2022: Paul Stewardson
  • 2021: Ralf Paschke