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 

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

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

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