Funded Initiatives

Medicine by Design Award Process

Medicine by Design awards funding to outstanding regenerative medicine projects at the University of Toronto and its affiliated hospitals through a strategic and rigorous peer-reviewed process that recognizes excellence and innovation and advances collaboration throughout our community. Funded projects can range from early-stage research to the development of products and technologies that are ready for clinical trials, creating a robust pipeline of research that drives Toronto’s burgeoning regenerative medicine sector.

Competitions involve external reviewers from a range of relevant disciplines. Our Scientific Advisory Board, made up of international leaders in regenerative medicine, provides advice and input on our scientific and translational projects. Our Executive Committee, composed of deans and vice-presidents of research from participating institutions, approves funding models, reviews award decisions and provides strategic guidance and support.

Team Project Awards

Nineteen research teams are receiving funding worth a total of $9 million per year for three years beginning in 2016 through Medicine by Design’s first investment in collaborative team projects. The teams are composed of more than 75 researchers and clinicians from diverse disciplines across the University of Toronto and its affiliated hospitals. Projects include research into fundamental questions in regenerative medicine, innovations that are expected to be ready for clinical trials within a few years and enabling technologies that have the potential to accelerate discoveries across the field.

Learn about the funded team projects

New Ideas Grants

New Ideas Grants support projects at the discovery level in stem cell and regenerative medicine research with the goal of fostering cutting-edge research in stem cell biology and/or technology. Learn about the projects we have funded:
  • 2017
  • 2017 (co-funded with the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine)
  • 2015 (co-funded with the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine)


Medicine by Design funds projects that align with its research priorities through the EMHSeed program. EMHSeed supports pairs of co-principal investigators — one from the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and and one from the Faculty of Medicine/a hospital research institute — to build collaborative projects that advance the health sciences.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Awards

These awards support high-calibre post-doctoral fellows at University of Toronto and its affiliated hospitals with outstanding potential to become independent researchers in the stem cell and regenerative medicine fields.

  • 2017
  • 2017 (co-funded with the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine)
  • 2016 (co-funded with the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine)

Trainee Support

Medicine by Design invests in the next generation of regenerative medicine researchers by providing awards to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to attend conferences and workshops. Medicine by Design support has allowed trainees to attend the following events:

  • 2017 International Society for Stem Cell Research annual meeting
  • 2016 Till & McCulloch Meetings in Whistler, B.C. (See the list of 24 award recipients and read about their conference experience.)
  • Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine Science Communication Workshop (November 2016)