Young Researcher Scholarships - Pediatric Research Foundation
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1st edition of the Provincial Competition for Young Researchers Scholarships.

The Pediatric Research Foundation will award four pediatric research excellence scholarships of $30,000 each in 2023-2024.

Value is not measured in number of years in the field; in fact, there are young researchers at our research centres and universities who share a common vision with the Pediatric Research Foundation. Like us, they dream of helping sick children get better—and they have the tools and skills to make it happen.

The Pediatric Research Foundation will make it possible for the next generation of researchers, the daring, deserving and ambitious researchers to develop a project that will allow them to qualify for funding from major granting agencies. The Foundation firmly believes in collaborative work and the importance of creating synergy in pediatric research: we hope that researchers will team up with researchers from different research centres working in the pediatric field.

For this first edition, the Pediatric Research Foundation awarded four $30,000 grants of excellence to enable these new researchers to develop a pilot project enabling them to qualify with major granting agencies.
One of these grants was made possible thanks to the financial support of PowerCorporation.

La Fondation de la recherche pédiatrique croit à l’importance du travail en collaboration et de décloisonner la recherche en pédiatrie : elle souhaite que les jeunes s’entourent de collaborateurs de plusieurs centres de recherche à mission pédiatrique.

2023 prizewinners
  • Power Corporation of Canada Scholarship
    Dr. Raoul Santiago, CHU de Laval – Centre mère-enfant Soleil, for his project “Provincial prospective registry on the use of exception drugs in pediatric oncology.”
  • Pediatric Research Foundation Scholarship
    Dr. Kenneth Myers, Montreal Children’s Hospital, for his project “Premature telomere shortening: a treatable disease mechanism in mitochondrial DNA depletion disorders?”
  • Pediatric Research Foundation Scholarship
    Dr. Alexandre Reynaud, Montreal General Hospital, for his project “Evaluation of the efficacy of a new binocular treatment for amblyopia by diacopic reading of electronic books.”
  • Pediatric Research Foundation Scholarship
    Dr. Mallory Downie, Montreal Children’s Hospital, for her project “Using genetics to understand phenotypic variability in childhood nephrotic syndrome for precision medicine.”
Eligibility rule

Principal investigator eligibility:

  • Researcher supported by a research centre (with a pediatric research mission) recognized by the FRQS
  • Be a researcher with 10 years of experience or less
  • The researcher agrees to participate in activities organized by the Foundation to promote the project
  • Annual reporting for five years based on the Foundation’s form
  • Early career researchers who do not yet have major funding from a granting agency or through their institution’s external peers will be prioritized
  • Commitment to knowledge transfer and progression
  • Commitment to promoting a DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) culture


  • May be researchers (10 years and >)
  • One or more researchers must be from at least two research centres located in Quebec. However, they must not be from the same centre as that of the principal investigator’s and must also include at least one collaborator from a university other than that of the principal investigator’s


  • Original (new project)
  • Structuring (leverage effect of the proposed project)
  • Innovative (what new knowledge will the project bring?)
  • Will have an impact on children’s health
  • Clear knowledge transfer plan
  • Must not be funded by an organization external to the research centre
  • Two years duration
  • $30,000 in funding ($15,000 per year)
  • With potential to lead to a broader research program
  • Some axes will be predetermined 
  • The scholarship will be named after the donor or the company  


  • Fill out a standardized competition form
  • Obtain a letter of support from the head of the centre or university
  • Principal investigator’s FRQS CV with the usual appendices

Schedule :

  • Competition launch – June 1, 2023
  • Deadline for electronic submission – July 15 2023 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Announcement of winners – October 2023
  • Official presentation of scholarships – with donors – October 20, 2023


  • Dr. Bruno Piedboeuf, Director, Reproduction, Maternal and Child Health Research Axis, CHU de Québec
  • Dr. Isabelle Marc, Researcher, Reproduction, Maternal and Child Health Research Axis, CHU de Québec
  • Dr. Fréderic Dallaire, Director, Mother and Child Research Axis, CHU de Sherbrooke
  • Dr. Jean-Paul Praud, Researcher, Mother and Child Research Axis, CHU de Sherbrooke
  • Dr Sebastien Perreault, Research Associate, CHU Sainte-Justine
  • Dr. Jean-Sébastien Joyal, Research , CHU Sainte-Justine
  • Dr. Dan Poenaru, Researcher Child Health Research Research Institute of the MUHC 
  • Dr. Marie Brossard-Racine, Researcher Child Health Research Research Institute of the MUHC 


  • For questions about the contest, eligibility rules and for receipt of forms before July 15, 2023 -11:59pm.
    Contact Carole Lalande at or by telephone at 514-595-5730 ext. 221.

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