CSEP Seed Grant

Introduced in 2018, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Seed Grant is to support Academic members in obtaining pilot data to support a larger funding application at a recognized foundation or agency (CIHR, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Diabetes Canada, NSERC etc).

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be CSEP member within 5 years of taking up their first faculty appointment. Preference will be given to CSEP members who are appointed at a Canadian Institution. International CSEP members are eligible for this award.
  2. The goal of this opportunity is to fund research and thus funds cannot be used for travel, committee participation, position statements, etc. Eligible expenses include, research supplies (chemicals, reagents experimental animals etc.) graduate student stipend support and study participant honorariums.
  3. CSEP must be acknowledged on any research outcome stemming from this grant.
  4. It is expected that successful applicants will assist in the peer review of seed grants in subsequent competitions.

    Application Process

    1. The research proposal must be no longer than 2 pages (not including references), single spaced (12 point Times New Roman or 11 point Arial font, 2 cm margins). The application should include the following information: A) Importance of research question/rationale, B) outline of study design, C) brief highly qualified personnel (HQP) training plan, D) how the seed grant will be used to support future applications. On a separate page, not included in the 2-page limit, include a budget justification and statement of financial need.
    2. In addition to the proposal applicants must submit a Canadian Common CV (CCV) using the “CIHR Academic” format.
    3. The award will consist of $5,000 and registration for the principle applicant at the CSEP AGM within 2 calendar years for the date of the receipt of the award. It is expected that applicants will present the findings of their research stemming from the seed grant at this time. Successful applicants will be invited to write a short review article on the topic of their seed grant in Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, the official journal of CSEP.


    • The seed grant applications will be scored on past track record of research productivity and excellence (1/3) and the research proposal itself (2/3, novelty, importance of research question, strength of design, alignment with CSEP mission etc.).
    • A CIHR scale of 1-5 will be used.
    • In-depth review/feedback comments for unsuccessful applicants are expected. This mentorship is also a service to members.
    • Priority may be given to those with less funding (financial need).  

    Deadline: Please send applications to the Director of Member Services  by July 1, 2019. 

    CSEP will announce the successful recipient at the AGM as part of our efforts to showcase this benefit to members.

    Previous Award Recipients

    Year Recipient Affiliation
    2018 Philip Millar, Ph.D. University of Guelph