External Grants

Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) Program competition – Letter of Intent

The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) is pleased to announce the launch of a competition for NCE networks. The program plays an important role in mobilizing the best of Canada’s research, translational, and entrepreneurial expertise and engaging Canadian and international partners from the private, public, and non-profit sectors, by de-risking their investments in network activities. In this way, the program helps to expand global knowledge in strategic areas and enables the creation and implementation of multifaceted solutions to specific social and economic challenges, with the goal of helping build a more advanced, healthy, competitive and prosperous country. The funding available is $75 million over five years.

Deadline: November 15, 2017 (Letter of Intent)
Contact: Tia Moffat


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges is a family of initiatives fostering innovation to solve key global health and development problems. Each initiative is an experiment in the use of challenges to focus innovation on making an impact. Initial grants of $100,000 are awarded, and successful projects have the opportunity to receive follow-on funding of up to $1 million.

Deadline: November 8, 2017
Contact: grandchallenges@gatesfoundation.org


NIH R01 Research Grants (renewal, resubmission, revision)

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Project (R01) (renewal, resubmission, revision) grant is an award made to support a discrete, specified, circumscribed project to be performed by the named investigator(s) in an area representing the investigator’s specific interest and competencies, based on the mission of the NIH.

Deadline: November 5, 2017
Applicants may also find it helpful to seek advice from an experienced investigator and to contact the Institute or Centre most likely to fund their application – see R01 Contacts.


MSFHR Health Professional-Investigator (HP-I) Program – Letter of Intent

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Health Professional-Investigator (HP-I) Program is intended to help decrease the gap between health research and its implementation by supporting health professionals to conduct and apply research relevant to health and/or the health system in BC. The HP-I Program achieves this by contributing to the award recipient’s salary in order to protect time for research, and/or by defraying the cost of research personnel directly associated with the award recipient’s proposed research. HP-I awards provide an initial three years of funding support at $90,000 per annum, with the option to renew the award for an additional two years.

Deadline: November 3, 2017 (Letter of Intent)
Contact: HPI@msfhr.org


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 provide $7,000 to $25,000 for events, and up to $50,000 for other outreach activities; higher amounts for outreach activities may be considered if well justified.

Deadline: November 1, 2017
Contact: connection@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca


NSERC Discovery Grants Program

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 and can facilitate access to funding from other programs, but are not meant to support the full costs of a research program. Recipients of Discovery Grants are not restricted to the specific activities described in their applications, and may pursue new research interests, provided they are within NSERC’s mandate. Discovery Grants are awarded to individual researchers, normally for five years.

Deadline: November 1, 2017
Contact: resgrant@nserc-crsng.gc.ca


MSFHR Convening and Collaborating (C2) Competition

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Convening & Collaborating (C2) Program builds capacity for the development and use of research evidence in practice, policy and further research by promoting knowledge exchange between health researchers and research users. C2 awards support support teams of health researchers and research users planning and carrying out collaborative activities such as stakeholder consultations, public engagement or co-development of research methodologies. Grants of up to $15,000 are provided for an award term of up to 12 months.

Deadline: October 27, 2017
Contact: Rashmita Salvi, Manager, Research Competitions: rsalvi@msfhr.org


NSERC Research Tools & Instruments (RTI) Grants

NSERC Research Tools & Instruments (RTI) Grants are one-year awards of up to $150,000 that assist in the purchase or fabrication of research equipment with a net cost between $7,001 and $250,000. NSERC will only accept requests:

  • For tools and instruments that form a comprehensive system intended to support NSERC funded research in the natural sciences and engineering
  • For the purchase of new, used or refurbished equipment, or the repair or upgrade of equipment, or the fabrication of equipment that is not readily available off the shelf.
  • For equipment that is purchased after the application deadline.

Deadline: October 25, 2017 (internal deadline Oct 18)
Contact: resgrant@nserc-crsng.gc.ca


CIHR Operating Grant: Collaborative Health Research Program (2017-2018) (NSERC partnered)

The Collaborative Health Research Program (CHRP) Initiative funding supports innovative, interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects, requiring participation from the natural sciences or engineering community together with the health sciences community. The CHRP Initiative funding requires the translation of the research results to knowledge/technology users (KTUs) and related stakeholders outside the academic or training environment. The proposed research projects must have a strong focus on knowledge translation (KT) and lead to health and economic benefits for Canadians, more effective health services and products, and/or a strengthened health care system. KTU organizations should be meaningfully engaged throughout the research process. For more information on KT at CIHR, please see About KT. Applicants are encouraged to refer to CIHR’s Guide to Knowledge Translation Planning at CIHR: Integrated and End-of-Grant Approaches and “Knowledge to Action: A Knowledge Translation Casebook” for additional guidance.

The CHRP Initiative projects must include training opportunities for trainees in collaborative and interdisciplinary research of relevance to health, preparing them for employment opportunities in the private, public or not for profit sectors. NSERC and CIHR encourage secondments, cross-appointments, co-supervision of students, internships, reciprocal laboratory visits and joint workshops. The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $20.4 million dollars. The maximum duration of support for any one grant is three years.

Deadline: October 17, 2017 (internal deadline Oct 10)
Contact: support@cihr-irsc.gc.ca


SSHRC Insight Grants

SSHRC Insight Grant proposals are expected to respond to the objectives put forward in the call for proposals for the Insight program. The objectives of the program are to:

  • build knowledge and understanding from disciplinary, interdisciplinary and/or cross-sector perspectives through support for the best researchers;
  • support new approaches to research on complex and important topics, including those that transcend the capacity of any one scholar, institution or discipline;
  • provide a high-quality research training experience for students;
  • fund research expertise that relates to societal challenges and opportunities; and
  • mobilize research knowledge, to and from academic and non-academic audiences, with the potential to lead to intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence, benefit and impact.

Insight Grants support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. Funding is available to both emerging and established scholars for long-term research initiatives of three to five years. The Insight Grants funding opportunity supports research proposed by scholars and judged worthy of funding by their peers and/or other experts. Insight Grants research initiatives may be undertaken by an individual researcher or a team of researchers working in collaboration. SSHRC welcomes applications involving Aboriginal research, as well as those involving research-creation.

Deadline: October 15, 2017 (internal deadline Oct 9)
Contact: insightgrants@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca