Joint & Bone Initiative

Current Competition


2020 Competition - CLOSED

The Bone and Joint Institute (BJI) invites researchers working in musculoskeletal (MSK) health research to submit innovative and early-stage MSK research projects to the BJI Catalyst Grants Program Competition. Up to $130,000 will be awarded with a maximum of up to $30,000 per team for a funding period of 2 years.

The grants are intended for transdisciplinary teams that will initiate new projects for which external funding would otherwise be difficult to obtain due to the early-stage nature of the proposed project.



September 25, 2020

Competition Announced

 - Application Guidelines (PDF)

 - Application Worksheet (Word download)

November 4, 2020 at 5pm

Notice of Intent (NOI) Due (not adjudicated but required)

 - Online NOI Submission Portal Closed

 - Team Details (Name, Faculty, ResearcherID, Career Status)
 - Working Title
 - Research Area
 - Proposal Description (max 1800 characters incl. spaces)

December 9, 2020 at 5pm

Application Deadline 

Individuals who submitted an NOI will have received a link to the portal directly from the BJI by email. If you have any questions, please contact

 - Online Submission Portal Links Distributed by Email

 - Project Title & Amount Requested
 - Team Details (Name, Faculty, ResearcherID, Career Status)
 - Brief Lay Overview Statement (max 400 characters incl. spaces)
 - Research Area and Ethics Approval Status
 - Lay Summary (max 1500 characters incl. spaces)
 - Project Description (max 4 pages) with optional appendices up to 3 pages 
 - Budget Justification & Table (max 2 pages)

January 2021

Review Process

February 2021

Award Announcement

April 1, 2021

Funding Start Date