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CBB Seed Fund Applications are now closed. Thank you to the applicants, you will be notified of the decision on March 1, 2021.

Round 5 will open in Fall 2021!

How to Apply

Electronic Word Document or PDF applications should be sent to following the given Application Form (.docx) Application Form (pdf) and include a cover sheet. You must be a CBB member in order to apply. Please fill out this form to apply to become a member of CBB.

Details of applications are as follows:

Seed Funding Objectives

The mission of CBB's seed funding program is to:

  • Help develop sustainable research programs by facilitating applications to external agencies
  • Support multi-disciplinary research across UW faculties
  • Mentor the next generation of researchers under CBB
  • Communicate CBB research impact on a local and global scale

In addition to the existing Interdisciplinary Proof of Concept seed fund CBB launches two new streams of seed funds in 2020 to achieve the Centre’s Strategic Priorities.

The mission of CBB's Transition to Practice seed funding program is to:

  • Access to patients and end-users via coordinated small group meetings, seminars, symposiums, and special lectures to enable a “needs first approach”
  • Access to regulatory information and government requirements associated with health technologies
  • Enabling the marketing, engagement and planning of pathways to clinical validation
  • Expedited access to collaborators, funding opportunities and resources in the region, nationally and internationally

The mission of CBB's Access to Data seed funding program is to:

  • Developing relationships with local, national and international organizations and societies to increase access to health data for the UW community.
  • If demand exists, explore opportunities to enable the management of health data on campus at Waterloo.

Please note that seeking subsequent external support is an important part of the proposal.


  • $5,000 award
  • $10,000 award

A PI may only win one award per competition ($5,000 or $10,000). An individual may apply as a primary applicant on one application per competition but may be included as a team member on other applications during the same competition period.

Transition to Practice up to $15,000

Access to Data up to $15,000

Deadlines (Round 4)

November 15, 2020 Open to applications

December 15, 2020

EXTENDED to January 15, 2021

All applications must be received electronically by 4:30 pm EST. Primary applications will receive acknowledgment of receipt within one week of submission. Late submissions will not be accepted.
March 1, 2021 Primary applicants will receive written notice indicating whether or not the application was successful.

Primary Applicant Eligibility

The Principal Investigator (PI) must be a CBB faculty member (definite/continuing term) at Waterloo and will serve as the contact person for the seed fund.

The PI on the subsequent external fund application should also be a Waterloo faculty member.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by the CBB review committee and the investigator and proposal will be evaluated on:

  • Demonstrated relevance for impact on CBB’s supported research areas.
  • Bringing together new teams or significantly strengthen teams led by Waterloo faculty.
  • Potential collaborations across disciplines at Waterloo, and on a regional, national, or global level.
  • Clearly describing the appropriate use of requested funds (i.e. dollar amount requested should match the scale of activities planned, and the budget outlined should clearly explain how funds will be used).
  • Describing how this grant will help attract further research funding.

Preference will be given to applications that involve:

  • Inter-faculty teams.
  • At least one training opportunity (i.e. grad student or postdoc involvement).
  • Engagement of non-academic collaborators.
  • Researchers who have not previously received research seed funding from CBB.
  • NOTE: Researchers who have been previously funded by CBB but have not submitted their final report (see reporting requirements below) within the specified timeline are not eligible for further support from CBB.

The criterion above applies to the Transition to Practice and Access to Data seed funds. Additionally, proposals that align with the Seed Fund objectives will be given preference.

CBB Review Committee and Decision Process:

Review committee:

  • A committee will be appointed by the CBB Executive Director to review applications. 
  • Any conflicts of interest will be declared in advance (i.e. co-applicants, primary applicant from own department) and reviewers will not participate in discussions or decisions related to applications for which they have a conflict of interest. 

Decision process:

  • Applications will be scored according to fit with the evaluation criteria and preferences noted above and will be declared either approved for funding or not-approved for funding.
  • Approved applications will be ranked from highest score to lowest score and funds will be awarded as requested (to a maximum of $10, 000 or $15,000 per application based on the theme you are applying for), starting with the highest-ranked application and moving down the list until all approved applications are funded or seed funds are depleted, whichever comes first. 
  • Primary applicants will receive written notice indicating whether or not the application was successful.

Requirements of Successful Applications:

In-kind support to CBB:

Successful applicants are required to:

  1. Participate in a research event/symposium for CBB seed funding recipients and;
  2. Participate in a review committee for future CBB seed funding proposals.

Reporting Requirements:

Recipients of a CBB Seed Fund are required to report on outcomes resulting from the award. A brief narrative report will be requested at the end of the funding period (i.e. description of the use of funds, update on the team, progress towards external funding, etc.) and further follow-up will occur to track the outcomes of external funding applications.

Acknowledgment of Support:

Successful team applicants are expected to acknowledge the funding support of the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB) in any public announcements, presentations or publications related to their project. Suggested acknowledgment statement:

This research was funded by the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB) at the University of Waterloo.

Ethics Requirements:

Where applicable and consistent with the University of Waterloo's Guidelines on Research Involving Human Participants and/or Guidelines for the Care and Use of Animals in Research and Teaching. Projects must undergo prior ethics review and clearance through the Office of Research Ethics (ORE). This requirement applies to all research involving humans or live, non-human vertebrate animals regardless of whether the procedures used are invasive or non-invasive in nature. Where applicable, funds will only be transferred after receipt of ethics clearance.

Acknowledgment of Responsibility:

Prior to the release of funds, primary applicants as well as the applicable chair/director will sign an agreement.


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