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Pilot Project for Early-Career Investigators


This program is designated to support early-career investigators and vision rehabilitation professionals (actively seeking an independent researcher position or who have been in their independent position for less than 5 years) to launch their independent career in research. This includes postdoctoral fellows, residents in medicine, optometrists (O.D.) in graduate studies or other vision rehabilitation professionals who will be holding a university position at the time funding is activated.

Preliminary results obtained during this granted period will help the funded researcher to improve their performance and facilitate accessibility to prestigious grants at provincial/federal organizations, private foundation grants, etc. Candidates will benefit from constructive comments of experienced reviewers that will allow them to improve their application and increase their chances of success in other competitions.

This program is now also funded by the “Fondation des maladies de l’oeil(2023-01-13).

Amount: up to $ 50,000 per grant

This grant is for one year (renewal not applicable).

Evaluation Grids

Evaluation Grid 1_Trainee_PDF Version_December 2019

Evaluation Grid 2_Early-career (less than 2 years)_PDF Version_December 2019

Evaluation Grid 3_Early-carrer (between 2 and 5 years)_PDF Version_December 2019


February 15 2023* 

* Should this date falls on a Friday or Saturday, the candidate will have until Sunday night to send the application..

2022-2023 Documents 

Pilot Project_Form_PDF Version_January 2023

Pilot Project_Form_Word Version_January 2023

Detailed Contributions

Scientific Report

A SCIENTIFIC REPORT must be submitted at the end of each grant, and at the occasion of the VHRN renewal application (for the 2024-2032 VHRN renewal, please submit your report before February 15, 2023).

Financial Report 

For any funded project, a FINANCIAL REPORT must be submitted by June 1st of the fiscal year following the grant year and also at the end of this grant.