Request for Proposals: GHP-MI4 Steinberg Seed Fund Grant


McGill Global Health Programs (GHP) is pleased to collaborate with the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (MI4) to co-sponsor one Seed Fund Grant (SFG) with support from the Steinberg Fund for Interdisciplinary Global Health Research.

The GHP-MI4 Steinberg SFG aims to catalyze innovative and impactful infection or immunity focused global health research at McGill & affiliated hospitals, by providing one seed grant to enable the launch of a new, interdisciplinary, infection or immunity focused global health research project and make it competitive for sustained external funding. The research must be conducted in a low or middle-income country, or in a resource-poor setting within Canada (e.g. with indigenous communities in the Canadian North). Proposals should be forward-thinking and aim to address global health issues that are emerging and will increase in importance over the coming decade.

A summary of the Request for Proposal is available below. The full document is available in this PDF document. In case of a discrepancy between the web and PDF versions of the RFP, the PDF version prevails.

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Key Dates:

  • Launch of GHP-MI4 Steinberg SFG: October 7, 2020
  • SFG application deadline: December 16, 2020, 11:59 PM Eastern Time
  • Evaluation period: December 17, 2020, to February 28, 2021
  • SFG announcement to applicants: March 1, 2021

GHP-MI4 Steinberg SFG - Funding Available and Parameters

Team Composition

  • The GHP-MI4 Steinberg SFG requires a minimum of two Principal Investigators (a nominated Principal Investigator (PI) and a Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI)) from at least two different departments or centres at McGill University or its affiliated institutions.
  • A maximum of three PIs can be included.
  • Preference will be given to proposals that include a Co-PI from a low-resource setting, and that includes opportunities for involvement of McGill students.
  • Additional collaborators are allowed and may come from within or outside McGill and its affiliated hospitals.
  • Subcontracts to investigators outside McGill University and its affiliated institutions are permitted, subject to the approval of GHP and MI4.


  • The nominated PI must be an early (0-5 years)- or mid (6-10 years)-career investigator at McGill University, or an affiliated hospital.
  • A researcher may participate in only one GHP-MI4 Steinberg SFG proposal as a PI or Co-PI.
  • Researchers currently holding an active seed grant from the Steinberg Fund for Interdisciplinary Global Health Research (PI or Co-PI) are not eligible to apply for this grant unless the previous project is complete.

Non-Eligible Projects

The following are examples of projects that are not eligible under this grant opportunity:

  • Fundamental (laboratory or bench) research projects, without a clear translational focus on population outcomes.
  • Research that is already supported by other sources.
  • Gap funding to bridge support between external grants or contracts.

Available Funds and Grant Term

  • One award is available up to a maximum of $50,000 in value.
  • All funds will be disbursed in one payment at the start of the project.
  • The grant term must be between 12-18 months.
  • Grants are non-renewable and unspent funds must be returned to the source from which the funds originated at the end of this period.

Eligible Costs

  • Normal research expenditures like supplies, salaries for research personnel, students, and post-docs are permitted.
  • Funds may not be used to:
    • support salary of PIs,
    • purchase equipment above $7,000 CAD,
    • cover travel expenses related to conferences.
  • All budgeted items must be in compliance and compatible with the policies and guidelines of the co-PIs’ respective institutions, as well as the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide (TAFAG).
  • Please note that final decisions regarding budget eligibility will be made by GHP leadership.
  • There is no acceptable overhead component to the GHP-MI4 Steinberg SFG. All the awarded funds are to be directed towards eligible costs.

Application Instructions

  1. Download and complete all sections of the GHP-MI4 Steinberg SFG Application Form.
  2. Prepare all proposal content as per the ‘Proposal Checklist’ on Page 3 of the Application Form.
  3. Submit the proposal as one PDF containing the completed Application Form and all proposal content.

Submission Deadline and Procedure

  • The deadline for submissions is December 16, 2020, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
  • All applications must be submitted by email in PDF format to [at], copying [at] Please include “GHP-MI4 Steinberg SFG” in the email subject line.


Please see the RFP document for information on the assessment and review process.

Additional Information

If additional information is required to complete a GHP-MI4 Steinberg SFG submission, please contact [at]


Request for Proposals

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