External Grants

NSERC Idea to Innovation (I2I) Grants

NSERC Idea to Innovation (I2I) Grants accelerate the pre-competitive development of promising technology originating from the university sector and promote its transfer to a Canadian company. The Grants provide funding to support research and development projects with recognized technology transfer potential. This is achieved through defined phases by providing crucial assistance in the early stages of technology validation and market connection. Four distinct funding options are proposed, characterized by the maturity of the technology or the involvement of an early-stage investment entity or an industrial partner.

Deadline: October 3, 2016
Contact: i2i@nserc-crsng.gc.ca.

GRAMMY Foundation Grant Programs – Letter of Intent

The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program awards grants to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of North America, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition. Awards are either up to $5,000 or $20,000.

Deadline: October 1, 2016
Contact: loi@grammy.com.

NSERC Collaborative Research & Training Experience (CREATE)

The CREATE Program is designed to improve the mentoring and training environment for researchers of tomorrow by improving training in areas such as professional skills, communication and collaboration, as well as experience relevant to both academic and non-academic environments. The Program furthers the development of new researchers within the natural sciences and engineering (NSE) disciplines, or at the interdisciplinary frontier between NSE and the areas covered under the umbrella of the two other federal granting agencies; the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The award provides a maximum of $1.65M over 6 years.

Deadline: September 22, 2016 (LOI deadline May 1, 2016)
Contact: CREATE@nserc-crsng.gc.ca.

SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grants: Aboriginal Peoples

In support of SSHRC’s continued engagement and investment in Aboriginal research and talent, SSHRC is launching a Knowledge Synthesis Grants funding opportunity for the future challenge area “How are the knowledge systems, experiences and aspirations of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples essential to building a successful and shared future for all Canadians?” These grants provide $25,000 for one year.

Deadline: September 13, 2016
Contact: Roxanne Dompierre, Senior Program Officer.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) 2017 Privacy Research Symposium

The OPC is inviting academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations, to submit proposals to organize and host the next research symposium in the Office’s Pathways to Privacy series, to be held between January 15 and March 31, 2017. The proposed event should emphasis innovation, feature previously funded projects under the Contributions Program, and address one or more of the OPC’s privacy priorities: Economics of Personal Information, Government Surveillance, Reputation and Privacy, and Body as Information. There is a maximum of $50,000 available for this initiative.

Deadline: August 15, 2016
View Agency Call for Proposals. For enquiries from potential applicants, please contact: contrib@priv.gc.ca.

Nunavut Research Institute: Call for Proposals

Irving Shipbuilding Inc., in partnership with Nunavut Arctic College is pleased to launch a call for proposals for applied research projects with a northern focus.  Its key objectives of this joint initiative is to build Arctic community capacity to engage in applied research and co-management decision making process, develop practical solutions to enhance marine safety and develop tools and technologies to respond marine incidents.
Deadline: August 11, 2016
For more information, please visit the website here.
Further inquiries can be directed to generalNRI@arcticcollege.ca.

BC Innovation Council: BCIC Ignite (Letter of Intent)

BCIC Ignite provides funding to accelerate commercialization of new technologies and innovations in the natural resources and applied sciences in British Columbia. The program provides awards of up to $300,000 to consortia that are conducting research projects that address a significant demonstrated problem faced by industry and will commercialize a proposed innovation within a 3-year timeframe.

  • Focus: Proposals must involve the areas of natural resources, applied science and/or engineering, and must provide a clearly articulated solution to an existing problem.
  • Teams: Applicants must be a BC-based consortium comprised of two or more companies, organizations and academic researchers. All consortia must include an academic member and an industry partner.
  • Matching funds: Projects must secure matching funds from industry or government sources at a ratio of 2:1 matching dollars to Ignite dollars.
  • Timing: Projects must plan to move a proposed innovation to market within a 3-year timeframe.

Deadline (Letter of Intent): August 1, 2016

More information can be found at this website.

Interested applicants can direct specific inquiries to:

Kailyn Skuban
Program Manager, BCIC
Telephone: 604-602-5205
Email: programs@bcic.ca

British Columbia Arts Council: Professional Development Project Assistance Program

The Professional Development Project Assistance program assists professional artists and arts administrators 1) to take advantage of opportunities which require travel; or 2) to undertake specific learning activities to advance their practice or career. The program assists those who demonstrate a high degree of critical self-reflection and link activities to the next stage of their professional development.

Deadline: August 1, 2016

Interested applicants can find more information at this website.

NSERC Discovery Grants (Notification of Intent)

The Discovery Grants Program assists in:

  • promoting and maintaining a diversified base of high-quality research capability in the natural sciences and engineering in Canadian universities;
  • fostering research excellence; and
  • providing a stimulating environment for research training.

The Discovery Grants Program supports ongoing programs of research (with long-term goals) rather than a single short-term project or collection of projects. These grants recognize the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of all research advances. Discovery Grants are considered ‘grants in aid’ of research as they provide long term operating funds to support the costs of a research program. As a grant in aid of research, Discovery Grants are not meant to support the full costs of a research program and they can facilitate access to funding from other programs. NSERC recognizes that, while being of a grant in aid nature, Discovery Grants must be sufficient to support a program of quality research that can have a meaningful impact on the field of study.

Recipients of Discovery Grants are not restricted to the specific activities described in their applications, but may pursue new research interests, provided they are within NSERC’s mandate. This provides researchers with the flexibility to pursue promising research avenues as they emerge and the opportunity to address higher-risk (higher reward) topics. Researchers can use their grants to participate in collaborative efforts.

Deadline (Notification of Intent): August 1, 2016

Further information can be found at the agency website here.

SSHRC Connection Grants

Connection Grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and to engage on research issues of value to those participating. Events and outreach activities funded by a Connection Grant may often serve as a first step toward more comprehensive and longer-term projects potentially eligible for funding through other SSHRC funding opportunities.

Connection Grants proposals are expected to meet the objectives of the Connection program.

Connection Grants support workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes or other events or outreach activities that facilitate:

  • disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary exchanges in the humanities and social sciences;
  • scholarly exchanges between those working in the social sciences and humanities and those working in other research fields;
  • intersectoral exchanges between academic researchers in the humanities and social sciences and researchers and practitioners from the public, private and/or not-for-profit sectors; and/or
  • international research collaboration and scholarly exchanges between researchers, students and non-academic partners from other countries.

ORS deadline: July 27, 2016
Agency deadline: August 1, 2016

For more information, interested applicants can visit this site.