POGO is offering a funding opportunity dedicated to the memory of Dr. Mariana Silva, made possible by a generous donation by her family, with additional contributions from POGO.* Dr. Silva was an energetic contributor to the work of POGO, known for her dedication to her patients and to the development of a childhood cancer care system that provided equitable access to high quality care to all who needed it.
The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $200,000 over two years ($100,000 annually). It is expected that one project or two smaller projects will be funded.
*additional funds are from POGO donations and do not include Ministry of Health funding
Eligibility to Apply
While the competition is open to all applicants, primary consideration will be given to Ontario citizens and landed immigrants within the province. Projects must be conducted at a hospital, research institute or university in Ontario, although applicants do not have to be permanent residents of Ontario.
The Primary Investigator should be on staff at an Ontario university, teaching hospital, or equivalent institution and be able to hold research funds, or affiliated with an Indigenous non-governmental organization operating in Ontario with a research and/or knowledge translation mandate.
When scientific merit is considered comparable, preference will be given to projects that include investigators and patients from more than one pediatric oncology program in Ontario.
Review Process and Evaluation
Applications will be adjudicated by the Project Funding Grant Review Panel consisting of established researchers in pediatric oncology who are not in any way involved with the project.
Applications will be evaluated based on:
- Extent to which the application aligns to the stated themes.
- The extent to which the project includes meaningful contributions from investigators in more than one university (or geographic region) in Ontario and/or is directly relevant to patients, families or survivors from more than one geographic region in Ontario.
- Feasibility of the proposed research approach, timelines and deliverables.
- Consideration of potential barriers or difficulties that may be encountered in the research and the inclusion of strategies to manage them.
Expectations of Successful Applicants
- Provide POGO with a brief (one page) update on the work related to this grant by the end of each fiscal year (March);
- Acknowledge funding from POGO on all outcomes (publications, presentations, posters, etc.) relating to the project, including affixing POGO logos to abstracts, posters and presentations;
- Prepare and present a poster on the project at the annual POGO Symposium;
- Provide copies of all publications resulting in whole or part from the grant to POGO Research at least 60 days prior to publication; and
- Submit a final report (up to three pages) no more than two months after the project’s completion, including an indication of next steps in the development of the research (where the grant provided preliminary or feasibility data).
Registration is now closed.
Deadline for Full Applications
The deadline for submission of the full application is August 20, 2023 by 5:00 p.m. EST. Please note that applications must be received by the deadline. Hardcopy applications are not required. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Successful applicants will be notified by the end of September 2023.
Policy on Deferring Awards
Deferrals are not supported by POGO Research although may be considered under exceptional circumstances. Should a deferral be granted, it may be for a period no longer than one year.