The III New Investigator Forum

CIHR-III is committed to supporting the next generation of infection and immunity researchers in Canada to achieve the highest possible level of scientific excellence. Recognizing the unique challenges faced by early career investigators, CIHR-III is pleased to announce the Spring 2020 New Investigator Forum (NIF).

The purpose of the NIF is to support and promote the professional development of infection and immunity researchers in the early stages of their research career.


To promote the visibility and success of Canadian new investigators in the disciplines of infection and immunity by:

  • Facilitating interaction, learning, collaboration and networking among new investigators and between investigators and other participants in a retreat-like setting
  • Fostering mentoring, training, and knowledge sharing between investigators, senior academics, CIHR staff and other infection and immunity stakeholders within an interdisciplinary environment

To foster the development of a range of skills required to establish and maintain a successful research career by:

  • Discussing opportunities and strategies for addressing research career challenges
  • Familiarizing the new investigators with the Canadian funding landscape, including CIHR programs and alternative funding source
  • Optimizing the new investigators’ ability to communicate and leverage the results of their work with various stakeholders including the media and the public


Travel Awards to cover the cost of participation to the event are available. Individuals interested in the Forum must apply through the Winter 2020 Travel Award competition.

  • The maximum amount awarded for a single award is $3,000.
  • Fifty (50) awards will be reserved for early career investigators.
  • In addition, a maximum of ten (10) awards will be reserved to fund applications from late-stage post-doctoral fellows or research associates who have a minimum of 3 years of postdoctoral experience and are actively looking to pursue an academic career as an independent investigator.
  • Eligible candidates from all CIHR themes (biomedical; clinical; health systems; social, cultural, environmental and population health) in the various areas of infection and immunity are encouraged to apply.

Event Details

Dates: May 22 – 24th, 2020
Sessions will run from Friday evening to Sunday at noon.

Location: Kingbridge Conference Center & Hotel, King City, Ontario

Cost: There is no registration cost associated with this event. Participants are expected to cover travel costs and accommodations with their CIHR Travel Award.

Planning Committee

  • Dr. Keith Fowke (Co-Chair – University of Manitoba)
  • Dr. Shelly Bolotin (Co-Chair – University of Toronto)
  • Dr. Arthur Mortha (University of Toronto)
  • Dr. Catherine Worthington (University of Victoria)
  • Dr. Irah King (McGill University)
  • Dr. Ruth Sapir-Pichhadze (McGill University)
  • Dr. Ziad Chaar (Program Design and Delivery – CIHR)

Please email for more information.

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