(I wrote this yesterday but forgot to click 'Publish'.)
I've been spending an inordinate amount of time preparing the 'Notification of Intent to Apply for a Discovery Grant' for NSERC, and I submitted that this morning. I was about to get back to writing the CIHR proposal, but then I remembered that Cystic Fibrosis Canada also makes research grants, and since the CIHR proposal is so strongly focused on respiratory infections I thought I should check these out.
Well, they make about 20 grants per year (about 30% of these are new, success rate for new applications about 25%). The application deadline is Oct. 3, which is 2 weeks after the CIHR deadline and a month before the NSERC deadline, so that's feasible, especially as what I'd send them would be a modified (reduced?) version of the CIHR proposal.
They also have an Intent to Apply notification process, and I'd need to email the form tomorrow, August 1. Our chances probably aren't great, as the proposal isn't close to therapy, but it's worth a try.
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