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  • Cancer Research Training Program (CRTP) Awards

Twice each year the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute holds a funding competition as part of its Cancer Research Training Program (CRTP). The CRTP has a curriculum that provides training and funding to graduate students, medical residents, postdoctoral fellows and clinical research fellows involved in cancer research at recognized institutions in Atlantic Canada.  A limited number of traineeship awards will be offered to outstanding applicants with an interest in cancer research.

Supervisors must be Senior Scientists, Associate Members or Honorary Members (qualifying as a Senior Scientist or Associate Member) of the Institute.

The March 2019 competition is now closed. Thank you to those who applied. Funding will begin on September 1, 2019. Please view the application form and checklist.


Funding for these awards has been made available from a variety of sources; however, significant support is received from The Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI) and the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation (DMRF). The DMRF Board has stipulated that funds they generate may be used to fund up to half of the total amount awarded to non-Dalhousie affiliated researchers. The New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) has partnered with BHCRI to support New Brunswick cancer researchers, via matching funds, to a total maximum of $135,000.00 annually. For other successful applications, whenever possible BHCRI will make up the difference with non-DMRF generated funds, but presently this is a very limited resource. We therefore encourage those researchers not affiliated with Dalhousie or not located in New Brunswick to discuss this with their local university or provincial research funding agencies and encourage them to make matching funds available to potential BHCRI grant awardees. 


Congratulations to the following January 2019 CRTP Award recipients:

Graduate Students:

Emily Drake, Faculty of Health, Dalhousie University
Supervisors: Dr. Robin Urquhart and Dr. Matthew Numer
Funded in partnership with the Terry Fox Research Institute in partnership with the GIVETOLIVE Donald Francis MacDougall PhD Award 

Michael Giacomantonio, Pathology, Dalhousie University
Supervisors: Dr. Shashi Gujar and Dr. Patrick Murphy
Funded in partnership with the QEll Health Sciences Centre Foundation and the GIVETOLIVE Becky Beaton  Award 

Daniel Medina-Luna, Microbiology & Immunology, Dalhousie University
Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Makrigiannis
Funded in partnership with the DMRF Jean Rivers Sawyer Award and the GIVETOLIVE Eric Douglas Grant Award 

Yajun Yu, Genetics, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Supervisor: Dr. Sevtap Savas
Funded in partnership with Terry Fox Research Institute, subject to matching funds

Postdoctoral Fellows:

Smriti Srivastava, Chemistry, Acadia University
Supervisor: Dr. Amitabh Jha
Funded in partnership with the Terry Fox Research Institute and the GIVETOLIVE Marc Furlotte Award, subject to matching funds

Megan Whaley, Pathology, Dalhousie University
Supervisors: Dr. Graham Dellaire and Dr. Brent Johnston
Funded in partnership with the QEll Health Sciences Centre Foundation and the Roses of Hope Foundation 


A sample CRTP Competition Review Form and Lay Summary Readability information is located below. This is provided for your reference only and is subject to change.

Download the CRTP Competition Review Forms: Masters, PhD, PDF

Download the determine the readability of your summary (PC) or click here for Mac.


For more information on this competition, please contact  or phone 902-494-8970.

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