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 


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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 Institute for Advanced Research

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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 

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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

Weston Brain Institute

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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

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

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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

  • 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

Ontario Pork

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2018 Call for Letters of Intent for Swine Research Projects
Details: Ontario Pork is pleased to announce a call for Letters of Intent (LOI) for swine research projects that focus on the Ontario swine industry. Highest priority and consideration will be given to research proposals and projects that address issues and questions that are specific to the Ontario pork industry or that will specifically provide benefits or improve the competitiveness of Ontario producers. Consideration for other projects will be given, if they address priorities outlined in the Ontario Pork Research Strategies document found on the OP research page under call for proposals. Other project funding partners and collaborations are strongly recommended for all submissions.
Value: Various

  • LOI due: October 25, 2018, 6:00 pm
  • Researchers notified of LOI outcome: December 17, 2018
  • Full proposal due for selected LOIs: January 24, 2019, 6:00 pm
  • Researchers notified of full proposal outcome: March 4, 2019

Questions: Kathy Zurbrigg, Ontario Pork, kathy.zurbrigg@ontariopork.on.ca // Jean Howden, LRIC application system, Jhowden@livestockresearch.ca

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
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


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GlycoNet Request for Proposals - Cycle II
Details: A key goal of GlycoNet is to support research projects that are multi-disciplinary, as defined by the NCE program. Accordingly, this Request for Proposals seeks to fund projects that involve two or more research groups in different disciplines. Proposals that involve an investigator who is primarily funded on by one of the tri-council agencies (e.g., CIHR) working with others primarily funded by one or both of the other tri-council agencies (e.g., NSERC and/or SSHRC) will be viewed most favourably.
Value: Up to $200,000 a year for two years, matched 1:1 with a partner for up to $400,000 a year
LOI Deadline: Thursday, August 9, 2018, 11:59 pm PST
Full Collaborative Team Proposal: Friday, February 1, 2019, 11:59 pm PST 

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

Epidemiology Grants
Details: 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.
Value: $100,00 a year for two years
Application Deadline: December 17, 2018, 11:59 pm ET

Young Investigator Grants
Details: 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.
Value: $50,000 annually for three years.
Application Deadline: December 17, 2018, 11:59 pm ET

Barth Syndrome Foundation

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2018 Request for Research Proposals
Details: The Barth Syndrome Foundation, Inc. (BSF) and its international affiliates announce the availability of funding for basic science and clinical research on the natural history, biochemical basis, and treatment of Barth syndrome. Although BSF will consider any research proposal related to Barth syndrome, it is particularly interested in supporting research in the areas identified by REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS (RFAs) that are posted on its website. RFAs for work in clinical/scientific areas that BSF considers to be high priority areas of investigation may have increased budgetary maximums and other requirements (see the BSF website for details about any RFAs). Applications responding to RFAs will be given preferential consideration in the BSF Research Grant Program.
Value: Various
LOI Deadline: September 21, 2018
Application Deadline: October 31, 2018

Crohn's and Colitis Canada

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Grants-in-Aid of Research
Details: The Crohn’s and Colitis Canada Grants-in-Aid of Research 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: $125,000 per year up to three years
LOI Deadline: Friday November 23, 2018, 5:00 pm EST
Application Deadline: Friday January 18, 2019, 5:00 pm EST

Innovation in IBD Research
Details: Crohn's and Colitis Canada invites applications for an Innovations Grant, to fund novel or innovative approaches to IBD research. This grant is intended to stimulate and support research which may not be encompassed within the boundaries of traditional medical research. Research proposals must conform to sound principles of research and may aim to collect pilot data for follow-on application(s). Our organization seeks mission relevance and excellence as well as innovation.
Value: up to $50,000
Application Deadline: Friday January 18, 2019, 5:00 pm EST

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


AGE-WELL Core Research Program 2020
Details: As AGE-WELL completes its first five-year mandate (2015-2020), the Network is developing its plans and goals for its next iteration, specifically from 2020-2023. A key aspect of this planning process is the development of AGE-WELL’s next Core Research Program, which is a set of integrated, long-term research projects that are the cornerstone of the Network’s activities. Applications are invited for new core research projects that will be included as part of AGE-WELL’s renewal application for funding through 2020-2023. AGE-WELL will provide significant funding for 3 years to projects that:

  • Are driven by real-world problems and challenge areas
  • Address specific areas of interest to AGE-WELL and its partners and stakeholders
  • Focus on innovative technology-based solutions to support older adults and caregivers
  • Are user-centred, involving end-users and stakeholders in all stages of the research
  • Deliver not only the technology but the practice, policy, and service delivery models that are needed for the solution to be effective
  • Use a transdisciplinary approach
  • Have the potential to lead to economic and social impact
  • Help AGE-WELL to achieve its mission

Value: Up to $200,000 per year for 3 years
Application Deadline: January 22, 2019