Faculty Research Award

View previous recipients of this award.

Please fill out a Faculty Research Award Application form [PDF].


This MHRC grant is available to assist faculty in:

  1. obtaining or repairing small research equipment items, or
  2. in initiating research projects that they are not currently funded for, such as:
  • Funding of pilot studies for the initiation of research for which outside grant applications may be subsequently submitted,
  • Limited emergency financial support of ongoing research projects,
  • Funding to cover the partial or full costs of minor equipment, or to cover repair costs.


All full-time faculty members in the MHRC may apply. Priority will be given to applicants who have less access to external sources of funding, and to those who are involved in collaboration or equipment sharing with other MHRC Faculty members. Senior scholars will also be considered, but will be given lower priority.

Applicants who are awarded a MHRC Faculty Research Award may not re-apply the following year. Applicants who were successful in previous years will be considered but will be given lower priority. Recipients may be required to submit a brief report on what was accomplished as a result of the grant before any subsequent funds will be awarded.


Applicants may request a maximum of up to $3000, typically for a one year period. The amount awarded may vary depending on the number of eligible applicants. Applicants can expect to receive partial funding. Applications for retroactive funding will not be considered. Funds allocated will be made by Journal Transfer into the applicants PEA.


Applications will be considered once a year, on October 8. If the deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, applications will be accepted on the next working day.


MHRC Faculty Research Award is adjudicated by the MHRC Executive Committee. The project proposal, budget and justification will form the basis for the evaluation of the application.

Note on Equipment Items

Equipment purchased with a MHRC Faculty Research Award is not the personal property of the grantee but remains the property of York University. It should be understood that such equipment is available to any MHRC faculty member who has a legitimate use for that equipment, unless such a loan disrupts ongoing research.

Ineligible Expenses

While this is not an exhaustive list, the following are not acceptable uses of funds:

  • Travel or conference attendance,
  • Projects intended to support teaching, or for teaching supplies.


Applicants engaging in research with human participants must indicate that they have received approval of the Human Participants Review Committee before any funds will be released. Applicants engaging in research involving animals or biohazards must indicate that they have approval from the Animal Care Committee or the Advising Committee on Biological Safety before any funds will be released.

The applicant agrees to acknowledge the MHRC in any publications or other public documentation.

The applicant consents to have their name, project title, and amount awarded publicized by the MHRC on the website.

MHRC Faculty Research Awards should normally be fully spent no later than 24 months after the grant is awarded.

Application Submission Process

Please submit the Faculty Research Award Application form in hard copy to mailbox of the MHRC Director (David Hood) in room 247 Farquharson (Biology Office) by the October 8 deadline.


For more information, please contact either:

Dr. David Hood, MHRC Director x66640 or by email at dhood@yorku.ca

Liam Tryon, MHRC Coordinator x22999 or by email at mhrc@yorku.ca

 Please note that these guidelines are subject to change. Updated September 2014.

Previous Recipients of the MHRC Faculty Research Award:

Year Recipient Summary of Research

Dr. Ola Adegoke


Amino acids are critical components of our diet, in that they are needed to make the different proteins that perform crucial functions in our bodies. Under some circumstances however, they have been implicated in insulin resistance. In this proposal, Dr. Adegoke will use funds provided by MHRC to examine the link between amino acids and insulin action in skeletal muscle.


Dr. Mazen Hamadeh

Lou Gehrig’s disease is a neuromuscular disease that causes weakness and paralysis of muscle. Dr. Hamadeh is investigating the mechanisms that contribute to muscle dysfunction in this disease model. The award will be used to understand the role of vitamin D in mitigating the severity of the disease by manipulating vitamin D exposure at different levels from deficiency to adequacy to supraphysiological doses.


Dr. Michael Connor