2012 Grant Recipients Announced

CFFAR announced the recipients of its annual grants into the research, prevention and treatment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)


CFFAR Awards Research Grants

CFFAR announced its fourth round of grants


Third Round of Grants Awarded; First Findings of Recipients Presented

CFFAR is very proud of the studies conducted by its first grant recipients.




CFFAR Research Grants Funding Announcement - 112013

Beer Canada and its members helped to launch the Canadian Foundation on Fetal Alcohol Research with a $1 million grant in 2007 invested over five years. This funding commitment was extended with a final contribution from Beer Canada totalling $300,000 for 2013-2014 period, intended to permit CFFAR to complete all research projects currently underway and sustain its research objectives. As a result, while CFFAR maintains its commitment to facilitating the prevention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and increasing awareness of the Canadian population and women of childbearing age, we will no longer be providing research grants.

We are thus informing investigators that the Foundation will not be accepting letters of intent this fall. The CFFAR Board wishes to thank Beer Canada and its members for their commitment to supporting research in the field of fetal alcohol research, and the interest and effort shown by the many grant applicants over the years. Details with respect to CFFAR's future direction will be announced in early 2014.


Established in September 2007, the Canadian Foundation on Fetal Alcohol Research (CFFAR), is an independent, non-profit foundation created to promote interest and fund research related to the short and long-term bio-medical, psychological and social effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy, and the prevention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

CFFAR awards research grants annually in conjunction with International FASD day and the annual Fetal Alcohol Canadian Expertise (FACE) Research Roundtable.


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the umbrella term used to describe the range of harm that may result from prenatal exposure to alcohol. These concerns can include health, physical, developmental, intellectual and social challenges.

The term FASD includes the diagnostic categories of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), partial FAS (pFAS), Alcohol-Related Neuro-Developmental Disorder (ARND) and Alcohol-Related Birth Defects (ARBD) (Chudley et al, 2005).


CFFAR supports research into all aspects of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The Scientific Review Committee adjudicates research grant applications submitted from all parts of Canada.

Researchers may obtain a maximum of $40,000 annually for a maximum of two years to support research projects related to the fetal effects of alcohol.