Other Funding Opportunities

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

Click on the sponsors listed below to see details of current funding opportunities. 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

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The Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Project Grant Competition Update
Please note that CIHR has postponed the upcoming June 13th Project Grant application deadline for the 2017 Spring competition until September 15th. To mitigate the impact in this delay, CIHR has committed to the following:

- Allocating an additional $100M to the 2016 Fall competition (in addition to the $25M reallocated from the current 2016 Foundation Grant competition), increasing the total available funds from $137.5M to $262.5M (+$30M for Early Career Investigators)
- Extending financial commitments for all existing Open Operating and Project Grants with an expiry date between September 30, 2017 and March 30, 2018 to March 31, 2018. To clarify, this extension provides a maximum of 6 months of ‘bridge’ funding for operating grants set to expire on September 30, 2017.

Please also note that CIHR will release the 2016 Fall Project Grant competition Notice of Decisions (including reviewer reports) on May 15th, 2017 as originally planned.

Best Brains Exchange Travel Award (2017-2018)
Best Brains Exchanges are one-day, in-camera meetings for decision makers and researchers with expertise on a particular topic deemed as a high priority by the Ministry or Health Portfolio. A Best Brains Exchange is an informal forum for interaction, exchange and mutual learning between researchers and decision makers in order to support and facilitate the sharing and use of information on a high priority topic. Application Form
Value: to be determined based off of location
Application Deadline: Various

Team Grant - CEEHRC Phase II
This Funding Opportunity is a component of the second phase of the Canadian Epigenetics, Environment and Health Research Consortium (CEEHRC), which is a pan-Canadian initiative led by CIHR, with a number of dedicated funding opportunities planned over the next several years.
Value: per grant is $300,000 per year for up to 5 years for a total of $1,500,000
Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 6, 2018

2017-2018 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Competition
 The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program is designed to support world-class students pursuing doctoral degrees at Canadian universities. The scholarship awards $50,000 per year for three years. The program is open to both Canadian and international students. Students must be nominated by the Canadian university at which they plan to study.
Value: $50,000 per year for three years
Nomination Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 20:00 ET

Operating Grant: SPOR & JDRF - ICT Multi-Year Grant
JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact and burden of type 1 diabetes (T1D) from people’s lives. This funding opportunity will focus on areas of research that will positively impact the care, treatment and outcomes for Canadians living with T1D.
Value: (a maximum of) $750,000 per year for up to 4 years
Application Deadline: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Operating Grant : SPOR Innovative Clinical Trial Multi-Year Grant (2017)
The Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) is a national coalition of federal, provincial and territorial partners (patients and informal caregivers, provincial health authorities, academic health centres, charities, philanthropic organizations, private sector, etc.) dedicated to the integration of research into care.  Patient-oriented research refers to a continuum of research that engages patients as partners, focusses on patient-identified priorities and improves patient outcomes. This research, conducted by multidisciplinary teams in partnership with relevant stakeholders, aims to apply the knowledge generated to improve healthcare systems and practices.
Value: (a maximum of) $375,000 per year for up to 4 years
Appliction Deadline: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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 


Globalink Research Award
Mitacs’ Globalink Research Award provides travel funding to graduate students for research collaborations with professors in international destinations.
Value: Various
Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 5:00 pm PT

Questions: international@mitacs.ca

Accelerate Internship Opportunities
This grant aims to identify talented researchers conducting thesis or dissertation research related to social inclusion.  Research may focus on one or more of the following broad themes:

  • Reduced isolation
  • Access to services
  • Stronger neighbourhoods
  • Diversity
  • Employment for groups that are more often excluded from the workforce

Value: Unspecified
LOI Deadline: January 8, 2018


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 Scholarship (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

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease
The Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease program provides opportunities for assistant professors to bring multidisciplinary approaches to the study of human infectious diseases. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for accomplished investigators still early in their careers to study what happens at the points where the systems of humans and potentially infectious agents connect. The program supports research that sheds light on the fundamentals that affect the outcomes of these encounters: how colonization, infection, commensalism, and other relationships play out at levels ranging from molecular interactions to systemic ones.
Value: up to $500,000 over 5 years
Full-proposal Deadline: Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 4:00 pm EST

Questions: vmcgovern@bwfund.org with "2018 PATH" as the subject line

Career Awards at the Scientific Interface
These grants are intended to foster the early career development of researchers who have transitioned or are transitioning from undergraduate and/or graduate work in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences, and who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research.
Value: $500,000 over five years
Full Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 4:00 pm EST

Physician-Scientist Institutional Program
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is seeking planning grant proposals from medical schools in the United States and Canada to create programs with the intent of increasing opportunities for the physician interested in a research career. 
Value: up to $30,000
Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 4:00 pm EST

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

Global Call for Ideas
The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) invites the global research community to submit proposals for new programs that address complex, fundamental questions of importance to the world. Ideas must be novel, bold and potentially transformative to warrant the creation of a long-term, multi-disciplinary and collaborative research program. Proposals will be accepted from all areas of research.
Value: N/A

  • Call for Letters of Intent opens: November 15, 2017
  • LOI deadline: End of January 2018
  • Announcement of short-listed proposals: March 2018
  • Final proposal deadline: October 2018
  • Announcement of competition results: Spring 2019

Questions: globalcall@cifar.ca

Manitoba Gambling Research Program 

Conference Grant Applications
The Manitoba Gambling Research Program provides financial support for conferences and seminars to:

  • Assist researchers to enhance their capabilities within the gambling research field.
  • Become up-to-date with recent advances in the gambling field.
  • Provide the opportunity to meet and interact with other researchers in the field.
  • Provide the opportunity to present research to peers. 

Value: up to $2000
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted year-round.

Questions: info@manitobagamblingresearch.com // (204) 957-2500 ext. 2417 // 1-800-265-3912 ext. 2417 // www.manitobagamblingresearch.com

Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada

Networks of Centres of Excellence Program Competition
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.
Value: Various
Deadline Schedule: (please use full screen to view chart)

Aug 23, 2017

Registration of intention to submit an LOI due [info@nce-rce.gc.ca] Please also cc Kyle Demes in VPRI Office: kyle.demes@ubc.ca

Sept 12, 2017 [8:30-10:00 am]

UBC workshop for applicant teams:
Program Updates; KTEE; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; next steps
CIRS Policy Lab [1st Floor, 2260 West Mall]; Remote attendance

As soon as possible

Meet with Institutional Programs Office for financial management support,
E-mail Jackie.cheung@ubc.ca to set up meeting.

Oct 20, 2017 [Noon]

Draft LOIs due to Kyle Demes
Simultaneous internal & external reviews

Oct 25, 2017 [Noon]

Institutional letters of support (drafts received, signed by president and returned to teams)

Oct 30, 2017 [End of the Day]

Reviews of draft LOIs will be returned to teams

Nov 15, 2017 [4:30 pm]

Submission of LOI to NCE Secretariat


Interested applicants should get in contact with Kyle Demes [kyle.demes@ubc.ca] or Dawn Whitworth [dawn.whitworth@ubc.ca] as soon as possible.

Canadian Hemophilia Society

The Canadian Hemophilia Society (CHS) is proud to put out its call for applications for its research programs for the 2018-2019 grant period. The deadline to submit applications for all the programs is November 15, 2017. The eligibility criteria and conditions for all our research programs have been revised and updated. Of note, eligibility has been expanded as follows:

Dream of a Cure: the program is no longer limited to hemophilia A & B-related projects so that projects focusing on von Willebrand disease, rare factor deficiencies, platelet function disorders (and platelet pathophysiology) and other congenital and acquired bleeding disorders can be supported;
Dream of a Cure Studentships in Inherited Bleeding Disorders Research: similarly to our basic scientific research program, the studentships are no longer limited to hemophilia-related projects but include all inherited bleeding disorders. Furthermore, science students in any year of an undergraduate program can apply in addition to medical students in any year of training;
CHS/Pfizer Care Until Cure Research Program: the areas of interest to which investigators are encouraged to submit proposals has been expanded to include mild hemophilia B and Factor Utilization & Cost-effectiveness; all projects included but not limited to the list will be considered.
CHS/Novo Nordisk Psychosocial Research Programme: applications from Social Workers, Nurses, or Physiotherapists with professional experience in a hemophilia treatment centre (or other comparable settings in which care has been provided to people with hemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders) or persons interested in the field of inherited bleeding disorders will be considered. Students in a PhD program in one of the allied health disciplines may also apply. Professionals who have appointments in universities and who can dedicate time to research are encouraged to apply. Professional experience in a hemophilia treatment centre is desirable but not required.

Dream of a Cure
Through funds provided by the Hemophilia Research Million Dollar Club and the CHS, the CHS provides basic scientific research grants and studentships aimed at developing treatments for hemophilia A and B, von Willebrand disease, rare factor deficiencies, platelet function disorders and ultimately, finding a cure.
Value: 1-2 years of up to $75,000 per year
Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Summer Studentships in Inherited Bleeding Disorders Research
The Canadian Hemophilia Society will support interested Canadian Medical or Science students to work for up to 4 months during the Summer of 2018 on a research project relevant to inherited bleeding disorders.
Value: Stipend of $6000
Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The CHS / Pfizer Care Until Cure Research Program
This program allows Canadian investigators to conduct research in fields relevant to improving the health and the quality of life for persons with Hemophilia, persons with von Willebrand disease or other inherited bleeding disorders, persons with related conditions such as HIV or hepatitis C infection, and carriers of an inherited bleeding disorder.
Value: 1-2 years of up to $75,000 per year
Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CHS - Novo Nordisk Psychosocial Research Program
The CHS/Novo Nordisk Canada Psychosocial Research Program was created to engage hemophilia program professionals/graduate students from the allied health disciplines (ie. Nursing, Physiotherapy & Social Work) in research activities addressed to understanding the psychosocial impact of hemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders and to improve the quality of life of persons and families whose lives are affected by these disorders.
Value: Up to $40,000 for a year
Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Questions: Michael Long // 1-800-668-2686 // mlong@hemophilia.ca

Belmont Forum ‐ BiodivERsA

Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services II – NOW OPEN!
This call aims at supporting proposals that explicitly address a scenario dimension, taking into account the following definition of scenarios: “Scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services are the outputs of the combination of scenarios of indirect drivers and direct drivers — such as land use change, invasive alien species, overexploitation, climate change or pollution — and models of impacts of these drivers on biodiversity and ecosystem services.” BiodivERsA Website.
Value: Various
Pre-Registration Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017, 5:00 pm CET
Full-Proposal Deadline: Friday, March 9, 2018, 5:00 pm CET

This is for information purposes only, the website will be updated with the NSERC specific guidlines as soon as they are released.

Questions: Sophie Germann, Scientific project manager, sophie.germann@agencerecherche.fr

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Grand Challenges Explorations
 The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting proposals for the latest round of Grand Challenges Explorations. Grand Challenges Explorations fosters early-stage discovery research to expand the pipeline of ideas for solving our greatest global health and development challenges. Launched in 2008 with an initial $100 million commitment from the foundation, Grand Challenges Explorations grants have already been awarded to more than 1300 researchers in more than 65 countries.  Grants will be accepted from the following three categories:

Value: Initial grants of USD $100,000, with a potential follow up of up to USD $1,000,000
Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 11:30 am PT

The Grand Challenges Website

Weston Brain Institute

Rapid Response Canada 2018 (Parkinson’s & Related Diseases)
Details: The Rapid Response program provides seed funding for high-risk, high-reward, translational research projects on neurodegenerative diseases of aging.  Projects must meet two conditions to be eligible:

  • Be translational research that helps accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.
  • Be the development of a therapeutic and/or tool.

Please refer to What We Fund for Institute definitions of neurodegenerative diseases of aging, translational research, therapeutic, and tool.  The Rapid Response program will have multiple calls per year, alternating between two different disease groups (outlined below). Applicants should apply to the group best suited to their project.
Value: Up to $200,000 over up to 18 months.
LOI Deadline: Monday, December 4, 2017, 2:00 pm EST

Transformational Research Canada 2018
The Transformational Research program provides funding for translational research that will accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.  Projects must meet these conditions to be eligible:

  • Be translational research (excluding clinical trials and clinical trial sub-studies) that accelerates the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.
  • Be the development of a therapeutic and/or tool.
  • Be supported by excellent preliminary data.

Please see below and read our What We Fund webpage before applying to ensure your project is in scope.
Value: up to $1,500,000 over up to 3 years
LOI Deadline: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 2:00 pm EST

Questions: Dr. Rene Prashad, Senior Research Programs Specalist rene.prashad@weston.ca

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

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

Weston Brain Institute Hiring:
Research Programs Specialist
Details: The Research Programs Specialist is responsible for develop a portion of the Institute’s scientific knowledge, running multiple granting programs and managing part of the Institute’s grant portfolio. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Research Programs Specialist is a critical member of the Institute’s team.
Chief Administrator
Details: The ideal candidate will be an excellent collaborator and problem solver who can use data, business judgment and common sense to drive the business forward across different functions. They will be energized by a fast-paced work environment with high expectations. They will work well in a collaborative environment with an open and friendly team.

Questions: Jean jean.surridge@weston.ca // 416-965-5355 

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research

Pathway to Patient-Oriented Reseach (P2P) Award
P2P Awards are offered by the BC SUPPORT Unit in partnership with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR). These awards help BC-based patient-oriented research teams pilot and test the feasibility of their project, to make their future grant applications stronger.
Value: at least 5 awards of up to $20,000 each over a maximum duration of 12 months
Application Deadline: Monday, October 30, 2017, 4:30 pm PDT

2018 Health Professional-Investigator (HP-I) Competition
MSFHR has opened applications for the 2018 Health Professional-Investigator (HP-I) competition  to support BC health professionals to conduct and apply research that leverages their practical knowledge of patient care and health services, allowing them to significantly contribute to health, health care, and health system innovation.
Value: Unnanounced
Webinar Date: TBA
LOI Deadline: Friday, November 3, 2017
Full Application Deadline: Monday, January 19, 2018

Questions: Rashmita Salvi, Manager, Research Competitions rsalvi@msfhr.org

2018 MSFHR Scholar Competition
The MSFHR Scholar Program allows early career researchers to establish an independent research career, build a leading research program, and expand their potential to make significant contributions to their field. Application Information Package
Value: TBA
LOI Deadline: December 1, 2017, 4:30 pm PT
Full Application: January 26, 2018, 4:30 pm PT

Imperial Oil

University Research Awards Program
 University research awards are designed to encourage research at Canadian universities in areas of interest to Imperial Oil's petroleum, petrochemical and energy resource development businesses. These areas include the fields of engineering, environmental, earth, chemical, and physical sciences.  Awards for specific research projects are made to full-time faculty members to support research work carried out by university students under their direction.
Value: $10,000 to $25,000 a year, can be renewed for up to two additional years
Application Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2017

Please note that applications must be submitted in electronic format to email ura.sru@esso.ca.  PDF format is preferred.  Preferred filename convention is ApplicantsSurnameInitialsUniversityName.pdf

Questions: Nancy Bourque, University Affairs Administrator ura.sru@esso.ca

Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

Canadian CubeSat Project
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is happy to inform that the Announcement of Opportunity (AO) under the CSA Class Grant & Contribution (G&C) program has been published. Through the AO, the CSA aims to provide post-secondary institutions across Canada with an opportunity to engage their students in a real space mission by supporting projects that consist of designing, building, launching and operating a CubeSat in space.
Value: Up to $200,000
Application Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2017

Questions: asc.lecedessetc-thegandccoe.csa@canada.ca

The Peter Wall Institute

Wall Scholar Awards
 Available to full-time, tenured or tenure-track UBC faculty members, to spend one year in residence at the Peter Wall Institute, in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment.  Wall Scholars are chosen among leading UBC researchers from all academic disciplines.
Value: $20,000
Application Deadline: Friday, January 5, 2018

Distinguished Visiting Professor (DVP) Awards
 Internationally-renowned scholars who have achieved the highest levels of distinction in their fields, and whose work has had a broad impact well beyond any one discipline may be nominated.  DVP will spend a minimum of 4 months in residence at the PWIAS.
Value: $50,000
Application Deadline: Thursday, November 30, 2017

French Scholar Lecture Series (FSLS)
 The Consulate General of France in Vancouver has partnered with the PWIAS to bring leading French scholars to UBC for short visits, during which they will present one or more public lectures and engage with UBC faculty members.  Scholars are selected from different disciplinary and research backgrounds, with nominations accepted for both senior scholars and outstanding early career faculty.
Value: N/A
Application Deadline: Thursday, November 30, 2017

International Visiting Research Scholars Award
The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies is offering International Visiting Research Scholars (IVRS) awards of $15,000 to bring some of the world’s best scholars to UBC.  Exceptional scholars who have achieved the highest levels of distinction in their fields, and whose work has had a broad impact well beyond any one discipline are invited to spend time at UBC and the Peter Wall Institute. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated their commitment to working across disciplinary boundaries.
Value: $15,000
Application Deadline: Thursday, March 1, 2018

International Research Roundtable Award
 The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) will grant up to five International Research Roundtable Awards each year for scholars from UBC, Canada and the international community to advance excellence in knowledge development in an interdisciplinary environment. The themes or topics must be broad-ranging.
Value: up to $45,000
Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Wall Solutions Award
The Wall Solutions Initiative provides opportunities for University of British Columbia researchers, community organizations and partners to work collaboratively towards solutions. The fundamental aim of the Wall Solutions Initiative is to harness high-level research to the practical needs of local, national or international community partners; in some cases this may require additional research or even open up new research questions, but the emphasis is on finding creative solutions to our most pressing and complicated problems.
Value: up to $50,000
Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Collège de France Professors
Through our partnership with the Collège de France (CdF) in Paris, the PWIAS encourages UBC faculty to nominate CdF Professors for UBC visits lasting 1 – 3 weeks, or longer.  Nominations can be sent directly to the PWIAS Director, outlining the potential synergy between the visiting CdF Professor and on-going UBC research activities.  Joint nominations among collaborating UBC faculty members are encouraged.  A list of CdF Professors is available here.

Questions: Emma MacEntee nationalprograms@pwias.ubc.ca // Bernadette Mah internationalprograms@pwias.ubc.ca


Community Engagement Partnership Recognition Fund
Details: The Community Engagement Partnership Recognition Fund (PRF) is designed to help fill small resource gaps and acknowledge the contributions that community partners make to UBC. It also aims to raise awareness about the value of relationships and working together in a thoughtful way.
Value: N/A
Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Questions: Ryan Brown ryan.brown@ubc.ca