Other Funding Opportunities

Below are a number of upcoming funding opportunities available to UBC researchers. 

Click below to see details of current funding opportunities that have been shared by various sponsors. For information on large competitions (e.g., Tri-Agency Operating Grants), please visit our searchable funding database of major funding opportunities.

All applications submitted to ORS for approval and signature must be accompanied by a UBC Research Project Information Form. Important information on internal requirements and deadlines can be found at Proposal Submission and Development.



Natural Sciences & Engineering Reseach Council (NSERC)

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Canada Graduate Scholarships - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements
This foreign study supplements program is available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents who hold a Joseph-Armand Bombardier, an Alexander Graham Bell, or a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) at the master’s or doctoral level, or a +++Vanier CGS at the doctoral level.
Value: Up to $6,000 for a period of research study abroad
Application Deadline: Granting agency: June 10 and October 10 each year

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

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Useful CIHR Contacts:
General Inquiries: 613-941-2672
Grants & Awards Information: 613-954-1968
Media Relations: 613-941-4563
Ethics Office: 613-941-6706
Technical / IT Help Desk: 613-941-0068 

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

Innovation Grants
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) seeks game-changing proposals to substantially advance childhood cancer treatments and cures. ALSF’s Innovation Grant provides seed funding for hypothesis-driven research to develop novel and promising ideas. Letters of intent (LOIs) are competitively reviewed. Upon acceptance of the LOI, the full application will be due April 6, 2020. The award is $125,000 annually for two years.

Letter of Intent Deadline: November 4, 2019

Epidemiology Grants 
Funding allows investigators to pursue research studies in human populations, using epidemiological approaches, in order to significantly contribute to the understanding of childhood cancers. Hypothesis-driven research may focus on risk factors, early detection, prevention, effectiveness and treatment outcomes of pediatric cancers. The award is $100,000 annually for two years.

Deadline: December 16, 2019

Young Investigator Grants 
This mentored, career development award is designed to support early career researchers striving to develop independent careers in pediatric oncology research. Eligibility includes clinical fellows during training through the first 3 years of instructor positions. Other applicants must be within 5 years of the last doctoral degree. The award is $50,000 annually for three years.

Deadline: December 16, 2019

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Grand Challenges Explorations
In 2003, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched Grand Challenges in Global Health, which came to include multiple funding partners. This initiative focused on 14 major scientific challenges that, if solved, could lead to key advances in preventing, treating, and curing diseases of the developing world. Seeking to engage the world’s most creative minds, Grand Challenges in Global Health awarded 44 grants totaling over $450 million for research projects involving scientists in 33 countries. Funding included an additional supporting project addressing ethical, social, and cultural issues across the initiative. Solving global challenges is a long-term effort. After a decade of progress, Grand Challenges in Global Health continues as an initiative, but under a new name – Grand Challenges – to reflect the fact that as new challenges have been added, its scope has expanded to encompass global development as well as global health. In 2007, the Gates Foundation launched Grand Challenges Explorations to engage more of the world’s innovators more quickly. Great ideas come from everywhere. Twice each year, Grand Challenges Explorations invites high-risk, high-reward proposals on a range of challenges.
Value: Initial grants of $100,000, with potential follow-on funding of up to $1 million.
Deadline: Various

Crohn's and Colitis Canada

Crohn's and Colitis Canada Grants-in-Aid Research Competition

Details: Crohn's and Colitis Canada is currently accepting applications for its 2020 Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIA) competition. The GIA program supports research on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This research program helps advance prevention, treatments, health policy and, ultimately find cures. Grants support research projects with a defined objective, conducted by an investigator working alone or in collaboration with others.

Value: Research grants will be awarded for up to three years, at maximum $125,000 per year.

Deadlines: Submit a Notice of Intent to apply by 5:00 pm (EST), Friday, November 22, 2019.

Applicants who submit a Notice of Intent may then submit a Full Application by 5:00 pm (EST), Friday, January 17, 2020.

More information:

Applicants must complete the online applications available via the proposalCENTRAL website.

For application instructions & full details on the grant competition, visit the Crohn's and Colitis Canada website.

If you have questions, please contact us at research@crohnsandcolitis.ca.

Genome British Columbia

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Societal, Economic, and Regulatory Implications of Pathogen Control (SERI)
Genome BC recognizes the need for genomics research to be integrated with social science and humanities research to identify and study the societal issues and benefits that emerge from genomics-based innovations. The Societal, Economic, and Regulatory Implications of Pathogen Control RFA (SERI) aims to integrate SSH+ research with genomics research associated with Intake 5 of the Sector Innovation Program (SIP5) which focuses on pathogen control in particular, pathogens that can have a significant impact on food safety and human health in British Columbia. The acronym SSH+ refers to the “social sciences, humanities and related areas of study”. It encompasses all disciplines that use analytical, critical, speculative or empirical methods to investigate the human condition, human behaviour and society. The “+” includes disciplines such as environmental and information sciences that might not otherwise be identified under SSH. For the purposes of this Request for Applications (RFA), it will be used instead of the term “GE3LS”.

Hosei University 法政大学

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Hosei International Fund: Foreign Scholars Fellowship
Details: Hosei, as part of its dedication to international academic exchange, welcomes researchers from, and sends its own, to universities and research institutes in several countries. Young academics are also invited as fellows in the Hosei International Fund (HIF) Program, to conduct cooperative research with Hosei professors. In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of its founding, Hosei University established the Hosei International Fund (HIF) to advance international cooperation in academic research and scholarship. Academics may apply to the HIF Fellowship Program, also known as the Foreign Scholars Fellowship Program.

Application Package Here

Questions: hif@hosei.ac.jp

Innovate BC

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Innovate BC Ignite Program
Details: Innovate BC’s Ignite Program provides funding for innovation projects in the areas of natural resources, applied science and/or engineering. Teams made up of industry and academia come together to solve real life business problems in a 3-year time frame. From helping get clean drinking water into third world countries to diagnosing eye diseases faster than ever before, Ignite is bringing technology to life in BC.
Value: up to $300,000
Round 8 LOI Deadline: August 12, 2019
Full Application Deadline: October 12, 2019

Questions: 604-602-5205

The Klarman Family Foundation

Eating Disorders Research Grants Program

Details: The fundamental aim of this grants program is to understand the biology underlying the psychiatric disease anorexia nervosa, with the goal of accelerating progress toward prevention and treatment.  We fund grants to academic researchers for 1 – 3 year projects to research the biology of this disease, and the questions of how and why it develops and persists.  We encourage approaches that incorporate neurobiology with an up-to-date understanding of the symptoms and dysfunction associated with anorexia nervosa.

Value: Up to $750,000 over 1 - 3 years  

Deadline: December 9, 2019 (1pm EST)

More information: https://www.klarmanfoundation.org/eating-disorders-research/

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research

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Questions: helpdesk@msfhr.org // Kate Wilczak, Manager, Research Competitions, kate.wilczak@msfhr.org

Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP)

The 2020/21 Northern Scientific Training Program is now open for applications. The NSTP supports student research in the North by supplying supplementary funds to offset the additional costs of Northern research.

Before completing the application, students and professors must read the program manual. Answers to common questions can also be found in the "Frequently Asked Questions" document.

Successful NSTP applications typically receive $1,500 to $3,000 per student. These funds are to be supplementary to the total cost of the research, and can only be used for logistical costs and some translator/interpreter fees. They cannot be used to fund field assistants, field schools or to purchase equipment. This must be clearly indicated in the application. Consult the program manual for complete funding and student eligibility guidelines.

Application forms must be completed online at: https://nstp-pfsn.fluidreview.com/. Once a student has completed the online application, it must be released to the supervising professor for approval. Once the professor has approved the application, it is then released to the Chair of the UBC Polar and Alpine Committee (Dr. Greg Henry). In addition to submitting online, please email a PDF copy of the application form (after approval by the supervisor) and a completed and signed UBC Research Project Information Form to Carolyn De Melo at the Office of Research Services (carolyn.demelo@ors.ubc.ca).

If you received support from NSTP this past year, you must complete a Research Report online at the same link as the application. As with the application, the student must release the Report to the supervisor who then completes the section on the relevance of the training to the student. 

NOTE: The application and reporting deadline for this year's competition is earlier than in previous years. Ensure you submit your application and report by the dates stated below.

The sponsor deadline for submitting Applications on the NSTP portal (with PDF copy emailed to carolyn.demelo@ors.ubc.ca) is Friday, November 8, 2019.

The sponsor deadline for submitting Reports on the NSTP portal (including supervisor comments) is Friday, November 8, 2019.

Important resources: NSTP Program FAQ; NSTP Program Manual 2019-2020

National Psoriasis Foundation

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National Psoriasis Foundation Research Grants Program
Details: The National Psoriasis Foundation Research Program funds and promotes research into psoriatic disease and related comorbidities, under NPF's mission of finding a cure for psoriatic disease and improving the lives of those affected. We choose our research projects not only for their potential to yield information that may help treat psoriatic disease, but also to answer basic questions about the underlying disease mechanisms, comorbidities, and public health.  Applications undergo a rigorous scientific peer-review by a panel of experts and are then selected for funding based on patient input and Foundation priorities. 

National Psoriasis Foundation Fellowships Program
Details: The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is pleased to announce the availability of the Psoriatic Disease Research Fellowships program for the academic year 2019-20.  The program provides support to eligible institutions to develop and enhance the opportunities for physicians training for research careers in academic dermatology, rheumatology, pediatric dermatology, and pediatric rheumatology.  Priority consideration will be given to applications that advance psoriatic disease research.

Questions: research@psoriasis.org

Weston Brain Institute

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Rapid Response: Canada 2019 (Parkinson’s & Related Diseases)
Details: Neurodegenerative diseases of aging are among the least understood and most undertreated diseases today. If ignored, the social and economic costs of managing these diseases will continue to rise. Meeting these challenges requires pioneering approaches to accelerating treatments. The Rapid Response: Canada program was created to provide seed funding to catalyse novel, high-risk, high-reward translational research. Preliminary data is not required.
Value: Up to $300,000 over 18 months
LOI Deadline: May 15, 2019, 2:00 pm EDT
Proposal Deadline: September 25, 2019, 2:00 pm EDT

Transformational Research: Canada 2019 (Parkinson’s & Related Diseases)
Details: Neurodegenerative diseases of aging are among the least understood and most undertreated diseases today. If ignored, the social and economic costs of managing these diseases will continue to rise. Meeting these challenges requires pioneering approaches to accelerating treatments. The Transformational Research: Canada program funds transformative, novel, high-risk, high-reward translational research projects.
Value: Up to $1,500,000 over up to 3 years 
LOI Deadline: May 15, 2019, 2:00 pm EDT
Proposal Deadline: September 25, 2019, 2:00 pm EDT



Early Phase Clinical Trials: Canada 2018
The Early Phase Clinical Trials program was created to provide significant support for clinical trials and/or clinical trial sub-studies that have excellent preliminary data. Projects must be a clinical trial and/or a clinical trial sub-study(s) that accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging, and must involve the development of a therapeutic, and/or a tool. Program Details
Value: Up to $1,500,000 over up to 4 years
Deadline: Rolling Applications

Questions: Cristina cristina.tang@weston.ca // 416-965-5356

Big Ideas: Canada
Details: The Institute is considering supporting a large-scale, pivotal project to significantly and sustainably advance research in our field. With this call, we are seeking to identify highly impactful ideas for consideration.
Value: $5,000,000 to $20,000,000
Deadline: Rolling Applications

International Fellowships: Canada
Details: The Weston Brain Institute is pleased to launch our International Fellowships: Canada program. The program will support top Canadian PhD students to travel to and work in world-renowned international labs for up to 12 months, to further their translational research on neurodegenerative diseases of aging.
Value: $60,000 per year, prorated at $5,000 per month
Deadline: Rolling Applications

Questions: Matthew matthew.sacheli@westonbrain.org // 416-967-7828

Postdoctoral Scholars at Oxford
Provides funding to exceptional Canadian postdoctoral researchers for international training at the University of Oxford and affiliation with Merton College. Projects must be translational research to accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.
Value: up to £57,000 per year in salary + benefits
Deadline: Rolling Applications

Questions: Rachel rachel.reeve@weston.ca // 416-965-5656