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.


AntiRisk Initiatives - Microgrants

Details: AgriRisk is a five-year program under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership that supports the research and development of new risk management tools for the agricultural sector. The Microgrants component funds academic research on issues relevant to business risk in agriculture. Successful applicants are eligible to receive up to $75,000 ($25,000 per year over 3 years) in non-repayable grant funding. Eligible applicants are academic institutions with proposals led by academic researchers. Graduate students may apply through their academic institution with the support of their thesis advisor and/or department head.

Value: $75,000 ($25,000 per year over 3 years)

Deadline: Application forms are accepted on a continuous basis until program funds have been allocated, or until otherwise posted on the Microgrants website. The program ends March 31, 2023.

To apply, email us at aafc.ari-iar.aac@canada.ca.

For more information, please visit the Microgrants website.

New Frontiers in Research Fund - 2020 Horizon Global Platform

The NFRF 2020 Horizon Global Platform, International stream, is now open.  This competition provides funding for Canadian researchers who are partners on Horizon 2020 calls that are eligible under the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) program and have been awarded  Horizon 2020  project funding.   

It is expected that the Canadian researcher or research team will be an integral part of the larger Horizon 2020 research team that was awarded a grant.  

Value: Up to $125,000 per year (including indirect costs) upto 4 years
NFRF Registration deadlines: Within two weeks of the Horizon 2020 application deadline for an eligible call to which an application you were part of was submitted.  
NFRF Application deadline: one month after the review results from Horizon 2020 call are communicated to the project team.

For UBC timelines and procedures, visit https://ors.ubc.ca/proposal-development-submission/agency-application-requirements-procedures#22

Northern Scientific Training Program, 2021/22 (Deadline: November 10, 2020)

The 2021/22 Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP) 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.smapply.io/. 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 Yvonne Ng at the UBC Office of Research Services (Yvonne.Ng@ors.ubc.ca). Questions can be directed to Dr. Greg Henry: Greg.Henry@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: If you received funding through the NSTP last year, but have delayed your project due to COVID-19, you must still submit a preliminary report by the deadline stated below. You are also still eligible to submit an application to the current year competition. Your application must demonstrate that the second trip will apply to the next year of study (e.g. Postponed fieldwork for MSc 1st year and new application for MSc 2nd year). The description in the new application must demonstrate a continuation of the project and cannot be identical to the previous year’s. The two trips can be done separately but could also be done one after the other.

The sponsor deadline for submitting Applications on the NSTP portal is Tuesday, November 10, 2020 (also email PDF copy to Yvonne.Ng@ors.ubc.ca

The sponsor deadline for submitting Reports on the NSTP portal (including supervisor comments) is Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

Important resources: NSTP Program FAQNSTP Program Manual 2020-21

Natural Sciences & Engineering Research 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

Encouraging Vaccine Confidence in Canada
Details: Vaccines are fundamental tools for preventing infectious diseases, and low vaccination rates can threaten the health of Canadian and international communities. As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has shown, complex factors influence the decision to accept vaccines. Some of these factors are dependent on science literacy levels and others are personal or societal. Achieving widespread vaccine acceptance requires an understanding of the need for vaccines, an understanding of the safety of vaccines, the removal of barriers to access vaccines, and greater confidence in vaccines. Canadians need reliable and trusted sources of evidence to inform their decisions about vaccines.

To meet this need, Encouraging vaccine confidence in Canada PromoScience grants support organizations with strong track records of science and/or health promotion to deliver evidence-based, vaccine-promoting information to key communities and groups and/or to build capacity in the community to promote confidence in vaccines. Jointly administered by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), it is expected that funded activities will mobilize knowledge to improve public understanding of vaccines and help Canadians to make evidence-based decisions, especially among populations that are hesitant about vaccines. Activities supported by these grants should encourage participants to become discerning consumers of natural sciences and engineering, humanities and social sciences, and health information. Through their proposed activities, organizations should aim to build on existing networks, infrastructures and relationships with Canadian and international partners where possible.

Value: Grants have a value of up to $50,000 and are to be used over a one-year period.
Application Deadline: Before 8 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on April 5, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Grand Challenges ICODA COVID-19 Data Science

The International COVID-19 Data Alliance (ICODA) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges initiative, supported by the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, are announcing an open funding call for research studies to accelerate knowledge of COVID-19 through data science: Grand Challenges ICODA COVID-19 Data Science.

The application deadline is January 19, 2021.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is still accepting applications through the Grand Challenges initiative for the following two requests for proposals:

Global Affairs Canada (ORS Deadline: April 06, 2021; Sponsor Deadline: April 14, 2021)

Call for Concept Notes – Education for Refugee and Displaced Children and Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa

Details: This call is designed to increase access to education for refugee and displaced children and youth. Targeted capacity building, combined with small grants for core activities, locally driven education-related programming and policy engagement, would amplify the voices of refugee and internally displaced people (IDPs) and those of organizations that represent them and are led by them. Through innovative solutions, the call aims to increase access to quality education by providing additional funding for organizations that are best placed to understand the needs of their communities and are on the front lines of providing essential education services for refugees and IDPs. This call will enable dynamic partnerships between Canadian organizations, national organizations, host communities, and refugee-led organizations (RLOs) and IDP-led organizations. It will be an important contributor to the emerging evidence base and global learning on the role of RLOs and IDP-led organizations in directly enhancing education outcomes of refugee and IDP children and youth. Context-specific, locally driven solutions and conflict-sensitive design will be critical in ensuring the use of adaptive and responsive approaches that integrate risk management strategies.

Value: Global Affairs Canada expects to fund a limited number of projects, valued between $5 million and $20 million each.

Deadline: There is an institutional cap of 1 application for this call. Interested applicants are to contact ORS (director@ors.ubc.ca) by 10:30am, Tuesday, April 6th with project rationale draft. In case there is more than 1 expression of interest, a selection committee will be called to select the application to go forward to meet the sponsor deadline on April 14, 2021.

For more information, please visit the Global Affairs website Call for Concept Notes – Education for Refugee and Displaced Children and Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa (international.gc.ca)


Genome British Columbia (EOI Deadline: March 25, 2021)

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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”.

Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Research Initiative in BC

Details: This program aims to address knowledge gaps related to COVID-19 vaccines. The questions for this call are built on review of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) Research Priorities for COVID-19 Vaccines to Support Public Health Decisions statement and of the advice of the BC COVID-19 Strategic Research Advisory Committee (SRAC) and related working groups.

EOI Deadline: Applicants must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) by March 25, 2021 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. EOIs will be reviewed by an internal committee and select applicants will be invited to submit full proposals. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal and will be notified by Thursday, April 1, 2021.

Full Proposal Deadline: Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 5pm Pacific Time.

Website: https://www.genomebc.ca/funding-opportunity/rapid-sars-cov-2-vaccine-research-initiative-in-bc

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

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research

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

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

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) 2021 Call for Opportunity Projects

Applications are now being received from for the PICS Opportunity Projects Program (OPPs) which supports new and emerging leaders to pursue bold and impactful climate solutions research.

Successful projects are awarded up to $180,000 over a maximum three-year duration, and three to five awards are made per call.

Applications close on August 04, 2021. Notification of adjudication decisions will be made in December 2021, with projects to start in 2022.

We encourage teams to contact PICS staff to discuss their proposal before applying. For more information, visit the PICS Opportunity Projects Program page, read the 2021 Competition Guide for Applicants, or contact picsopp@uvic.ca or me at sara.muir-owen@ubc.ca.

To explore what PICS has funded so far under our OPPs program, click here.

Public Health Agency of Canada

Vaccine Community Innovation Challenge (VCIC)

Details: The VCIC encourages individuals and/or groups across Canada to help promote vaccine confidence in their communities. Twenty finalists will each receive $25,000 to create and implement a creative and innovative communications campaign over twelve weeks in Summer 2021. At the end of the campaign, one winner will receive a grand prize of $100,000.

Proposal deadline: April 9, 2021 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

Additional details can be found here.

Government of Canada Climate Action and Awareness Fund

Details: Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Climate Action and Awareness Fund (CAAF) has opened a request for proposals (RFP) for Advancing Climate Change Science and Technology Research. This RFP will fund projects that will strengthen Canada’s science capacity to understand, identify, accelerate, and evaluate actions towards achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The total envelope of the RFP is to $59M.

There is a two-step application process, consisting of a Letter of Intent (LOI) phase open to all eligible applicants, followed by an invitation-only full proposal phase. Applications will be accepted only through the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System

LOI deadline: June 10, 2021.

Note: 20% Indirect Costs of Research must be included in your budgets, per agency guideline; Research Project Information Form (RPIF) is required at the LOI stage for this competition.  

Additional details can be found here: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/environment/weather/climatechange/funding-programs/climate-action-awareness-fund.html

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation - Round 2: Housing supply challenge

“Getting Started” is the second round of the Housing Supply Challenge. In this round, CHMC is focusing on the pre-development phase, and is inviting applicants to propose locally relevant solutions that improve the pre-development process for housing that is affordable. Submit an idea to access up to $75,000 in funding to prototype your solution. If selected, you’ll be eligible for a further pool of up to $38 million dollars to implement it.

Stage 1: June 9, 2021 to August 25, 2021
Stage 2: November 2021 - July 2022 (for shortlisted applicants)

Website: https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/professionals/project-funding-and-mortgag...

AXA Chair 2022

Call: The AXA Chairs


The AXA Chair is the premium funding scheme of the AXA Research Fund. It aims at:

  • creating a dedicated full-time senior academic position in an institution
  • supporting a significant acceleration in the development of a research field
  • fostering a step-change in the career of the appointed AXA Professor

Host Institutions can submit only one candidate for the whole institution (and not one per department, faculty or laboratory).

ORS internal deadline: October 4, 2021

Agency deadline: October 15, 2021

Website: https://www.axa-research.org/en/page/AXA-Chairs

AXA & IOC-UNESCO Call for Research Projects on Coastal Livelihoods

Call: Towards more resilient Coastal Livelihoods

Details: The AXA Fellowship is a funding scheme aiming at supporting young promising researchers on a priority topic aligned with AXA and the Society. Institution can present only one candidate for the whole institution (and not one per department, faculty or laboratory). Only Post-Doctoral fellowship projects are eligible. 

ORS internal deadline: November 1, 2021 

Agency deadline: November 8, 2021

Website: https://www.axa-research.org/en/page/AXA-Fellowships