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

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2018-19 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Competition
Details: The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-basedgrowth. The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is to:

  • Attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally
  • Develop their leadership potential
  • Position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow

Value: $70,000 a year for two years
Application Deadline: September 19, 2018, 8:00 pm EDT


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 

NSERC

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Canada Graduate Scholarships - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements
Details: 
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


NSERC Prizes – Synergy
Details: The Synergy Awards for Innovation honour outstanding research and development (R&D) partnerships between a university or a college, and industry, in the natural sciences and engineering. Since 1995, the Awards have showcased the value of pooling Canadian research excellence and Canadian industrial expertise to address challenges that provide tangible benefits to Canada.
Nomination deadline: April 15, 2019, 8:00 pm ET 


Discovery Frontiers Call for Proposals: Antimicrobial Resistance in the Environment
Details: 
Discovery Frontiers grants support a limited number of large international activities, opportunities or projects that are of high priority in the context of advanced research in Canada. These are led by world-class Canadian researchers and comprise multi-institutional team that generate substantial impact, for the benefit of Canada. Approaches used will emphasize new ideas, perspectives and solutions and interdisciplinary thinking with potential for long-term impacts. International linkages are required.
Value: Up to $1,000,000 per year for 4 years
LOI Deadline: March 1, 2019

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

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Global Call for Ideas
Details: 
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
Deadlines: 

  • 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

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


Rapid Response: Canada 2019 (Alzheimer’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: April 1, 2019, 2:00 pm EDT
Proposal Deadline: July 30, 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


Transformational Research: Canada 2019 (Alzheimer’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: April 1, 2019, 2:00 pm EDT
Proposal Deadline: July 30, 2019, 2:00 pm EDT


Early Phase Clinical Trials: Canada 2018
Details: 
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
Details: 
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

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research

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2018 MSFHR Implementation Science Team Program
Details: New for 2018, this exciting program will support teams of BC researchers, research users and senior decision-makers studying what interventions work within the health system and why, and how these interventions can be implemented, adapted to other settings, or scaled-up across regions to improve the quality and effectiveness of population health, health services and care.
Value: $10,000 Development Grant, with potential $500,000 Project Grant
Deadlines:

  • Webinar: Introduction to implementation science: February 22, 2018, 11:00 am PT
  • Webinar: Application support: February 27, 2018, 10:00 am PT
  • Development Grant LOI deadline: April 16, 2018, 4:30 pm PT
  • Anticipated notice of LOI decision: Late-June 2018
  • Anticipated start of Development Grant: July 1, 2018
  • Project Grant full application due: Mid-January, 2019
  • Anticipated notice of decision: Early April 2019
  • Anticipated start of Project Grant: May 1, 2019

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


2019 Scholar Competition
Details: The MSFHR Scholar Program is designed to attract and foster the development of outstanding health researchers in BC. The intent of our Scholar awards is to allow 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. The Scholar Program achieves this by providing funding support to a portion of the award recipients’ salaries to protect their time for health research activities.
Value: $90,000 per year up to 5 years
LOI Deadline: November 29, 2018, 4:30 pm PT
Full Application Deadline: January 31, 2019, 4:30 pm PT
Anticipated Notice of Funding Decision: Late June 2019
Anticipated Start of Funding: July 1, 2019

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

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Grand Challenges Explorations
Details:
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

Alex's Lemonade Stand

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Innovation Grants
Details: 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.
Value: $125,000 a year for two years
LOI Deadline: November 1, 2018, 11:59 pm ET
Full Application Deadline: April 8, 2019

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

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
Ignite Round 7:
LOI Deadline: January 28, 2019
Full Application Deadine: April 8, 2019
Ignite Round 8:
LOI Deadline: August 12, 2019
Full Application Deadline: October 21, 2019

Questions: 604-602-5205

Genome British Columbia

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Societal, Economic, and Regulatory Implications of Pathogen Control (SERI)
Details: 
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”.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學

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Internationalisation Faculty Mobility Scheme (Inbound) 2019-20
Details: The Internationalisation Faculty Mobility Scheme (Inbound) encourages faculty members from universities and institutions overseas to initiate visits to the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) for exploration and development of institutional/faculty/departmental-level collaborations as well as collaborative research with leaders in frontier research in different fields. The scheme allows faculty members to pursue international academic exchanges to strengthen ties with institutions overseas.
Deadline: Wednesday, April 10, 2019


Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence for 2019-20
Details: The Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence was launched in 2007 with a generous funding provided by CNOOC. The programme aims to enhance research excellence at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) through building and strengthening the University’s ties with leading research universities and institutes around the world and to increase the visibility of CUHK as a world-class research university through student mobility. It allows students to enrich their learning experience and facilitates research collaborations between faculty members at CUHK and their international counterparts.
Deadline: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Questions: Olivia Kwok, 3943-1315, oliviakwok@cuhk.edu.hk

Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research

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CIMVHR TPL Research Initiative
Details: The CIMVHR TPL Research Initiative encourages researchers from relevant fields to submit project proposals to compete for access to funding to accelerate research and improve the health and wellbeing of Canadian military, Veterans, and their families. This opportunity has been made possible through the support of True Patriot Love and the True Patriot Love Fund. The True Patriot Love Fund was established in January 2015 for the purposes of supporting research to discover new treatments, establish evidence-based programs, and increase access to programs and treatments dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of Canadian military members, Veterans, and their families.
Deadline: Friday, April 12, 2019

Questions: Madelaine Meehan, Project Manager, 613-533-6000 ext. 74533, madelaine.meehan@queensu.ca