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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Project Grant: Fall Competition
Details: The Project Grant program is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential for important advances in fundamental or applied health-related knowledge, the health care system, and/or health outcomes, by supporting projects with a specific purpose and a defined endpoint. The best ideas may stem from new, incremental, innovative, and/or high-risk lines of inquiry or knowledge translation approaches.
Changes to the Competition // Webinar Links
Value: Various
Registration Deadline: August 15, 2017
Application Deadline: September 15, 2017

Questions: support@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

Fellowship: Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program (2017-2018)
Details: Distinguished from existing postdoctoral fellowships programs by its emphasis on the synergy between an applicant’s individual merit and potential to launch a successful research-intensive career and the host institution’s commitment to the research program and environment with which the applicant is to be affiliated.
Value: Maximum per award $70,000 per year for up to two-years for a total of $140,000, per award
Application Deadline: September 20, 2017

Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement (2017-2018)
Details: A program supporting high-caliber Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences abroad. By accessing international scientific research and training, CGS-MSFSS recipients will contribute to strengthening the potential for collaboration between Canadian institutions and other research institutions outside of Canada.
Value: Maximum amount per award is $6,000
Application Deadline: October 10, 2017

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)
Details: 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

Catalyst Grant: HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research (2017)
Details: The aim of the Catalyst Grant component of the CBR program is to provide seed money to support HIV/AIDS CBR research activities which represent a first step towards the pursuit of more comprehensive funding opportunities.
Value: $240,000 is available to fund six applications relevant to the General Stream.  $240,000 is available to fund six applications relevant to the Indigenous Stream.
Application Deadline: October 3, 2017

Operating Grant: Collaborative Health Research Program (2017-2018)
Details: The CHRP Initiative funding supports innovative, interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects, requiring participation from the natural sciences or engineering community together with the health sciences community. 
Value: amount available for this funding opportunity is $20.4 million dollars
LOI Deadline: June 6, 2017
Application Deadline: October 17, 2017

Operating Grant: HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research (2017-2018)
Details: The aim of the Operating Grant component of the CBR program is to contribute to the creation, dissemination and use of health-related knowledge, and to help develop research capacity, by supporting original, high quality projects proposed and conducted in partnership between the community and academia.
Value: per grant is $150,000 per year for up to three years for a total of $450,000
Application Deadline: October 3, 2017

Team Grant - CEEHRC Phase II
Details: 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
LOI Deadline: August 15, 2017
Application Deadline: February 6, 2018

2017-2018 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Competition
Details: 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: November 1, 2017, 20:00 ET

Operating Grant: SPOR & JDRF - ICT Multi-Year Grant
Details: 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
Webinar Session: July 11, 2017, 1:00 pm ET Register Here
LOI Deadline: August 8, 2017
Application Deadline: November 14, 2017

Operating Grant : SPOR Innovative Clinical Trial Multi-Year Grant (2017)
Details: 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
Webinar Session: July 6, 2017, 1:00 pm ET Register Here
LOI Deadline: September 12, 2017
Appliction Deadline: January 16, 2018

Travel Awards - Institute Community Support (Summer 2017)
Details: Through the Institute Community Support (ICS) Program, the CIHR Institutes and Initiatives are launching the ICS Travel Awards competition for students, postdoctoral fellows, new investigators and knowledge users to present their own research at national and international meetings and/or conferences.
Value: Various
Application Dealine: September 25, 2017

Questions: Vanier@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

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 

RTO/ERO (Retired Teachers of Ontario) Foundation

Geriatrics/ Gerontology Grant Criteria & Call
Details: Funding opportunity for research projects that focus on enhancing the quality of life of aging adults. This competition is open to qualified grantees based in Ontario and British Columbia.
Value: (2) grants of $25,000
Application Deadline: 4:30pm EDT, September 14, 2017

Questions: Yolanda Bronstein, Director, Granting & Donor Stewardship (ybronstein@rto-ero.org)


Globalink Research Award
Details: Mitacs’ Globalink Research Award provides travel funding to graduate students for research collaborations with professors in international destinations.
Value: Various
Call for applications will open on: September 13, 2017

Questions: international@mitacs.ca

Susan G. Komen

Career Catalyst Research Grants CCR
Details: Early Career breast cancer researchers anywhere in the world are invited to apply for our Career Catalyst Research Grants. LOI Announcement and Instructions PDF
Value: $450,000 combined direct and indirect costs; ($150,000 per year for up to 3 years)
LOI deadline: 1pm EST, June 5, 2017
Application deadline: 1pm EST, September 6, 2017

Questions: 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636)


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 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

2018 Discovery Grant NOI Notification of Intent to Apply
Details: It is time to start preparing your Discovery Grant application. The NOI is mandatory when applying for a Discovery Grant. Consult the Memo to Potential Applicants for information regarding the 2018 discovery grants competition. Webinar Schedule
NOI Notification of Intent to Apply Deadline: August 1, 2017, 8:00 pm ET

Questions: coord@nserc‑crsng.gc.ca

NSERC Award for Science Promotion
Details: The NSERC Awards for Science Promotion honour people and groups that are inspirational in the way they promote science to the general public.
Value: Individual Recipients: $10,000 / Group Recipients: $25.000
Nomination Deadline: September 1, 2017

NSERC PromoScience Grant
Details: NSERC's PromoScience Program offers financial support for organizations working with young Canadians to promote an understanding of science and engineering (including mathematics and technology). Organizations may request funds for up to three years at a time.
Value: Unspecified
Application Deadline: September 15, 2017, 8:00 pm ET

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease
Details: 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
Pre-proposal Deadline: July 14, 2017, 4:00 pm EDT
Full-proposal Deadline: November 15, 2017, 4:00 pm EST

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

Career Awards at the Scientific Interface
Details: 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
Pre-proposal Deadline: September 6, 2017, 4:00 pm EDT
Full Proposal Deadline: Jan 10, 2018, 4:00 pm EST

Physician-Scientist Institutional Program
Details: 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
Pre-proposal Deadline: Sep 28, 2017, 4:00 pm EDT
Application Deadline: Jan 10, 2018, 4:00 pm EST

Career Awards for Medical Scientists
Details: The Career Awards for Medical Scientists (CAMS) is a highly competitive program that provides $700,000 awards over five years for physician-scientists, who are committed to an academic career, to bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service.
Value: $700,000 over five years
Application Deadline: Oct 3, 2017, 4:00 pm EDT

Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation

Program to Accelerate Clinical Trials
Details: The PACT RFP funds biomarker-based clinical trials for Alzheimer's, as well IND-enabling studies to accelerate new drugs into trials.
Value: Up to $3 million
Letter of Intent: July 31, 2017
Invited Full Proposal: September 8, 2017

Biomakers Development
Details: This RFP supports the development and validation of biomarkers to enhance clinical trials for Alzheimer's disease, related dementias, and cognitive aging.
Value: $150,000 - $300,000 per year
Letter of Intent: July 31, 2017
Invited Full Proposal: September 8, 2017

Prevention Beyond the Pipeline
Details: This RFP seeks to support prevention drug discovery not covered by most research funders or our other RFPs.
Value: Various
Letter of Intent: July 31, 2017
Invited Full Proposal: September 8, 2017

Preclinical Drug Discovery
Details: This RFP funds translational research, specifically promising preclinical drug discovery.
Value: $150,000 - $600,000
Letter of Intent: July 31, 2017
Invited Full Proposal: September 8, 2017

Accelerating Drug Discovery for Frontotemporal Degeneration
Details: The ADDF and The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration seek to accelerate and support innovative drug discovery programs for frontotemporal degeneration.
Value: $100,000 - $150,000
Letter of Intent: July 31, 2017
Invited Full Proposal: September 8, 2017

For General info: here

All documents must be received by 11:59 pm EST on the deadline date

Faculty of Medicine

Internal Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier 1 Competition
Details: With the launch of the Faculty of Medicine's 2016-2021 strategic plan, the Faculty of Medicine is looking to nominate one Faculty member for a Tier 1 CRC chair in the area of Life Course and Aging with an emphasis on Pediatric Precision Health.
Value: (the institution receives) $200,000 a year for 7 years.
FoM Competition Deadline: August 14, 2017, 9:00 am

Questions: juzer.kakal@ubc.ca


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

  • 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

Cancer Research Institute

Postdoctoral Fellowships (CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Progrm)
Details: The Cancer Research Institute is currently accepting applications for its CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The program supports qualified young scientists at leading universities and research centers around the world who wish to receive training in cancer immunology. The Institute is seeking hypothesis-driven, mechanistic studies in both immunology and tumor immunology that aim to directly impact our understanding of the immune system’s role in cancer risk, tumor initiation, progression, metastasis, host response to tumors, and/or the treatment of cancer.
Application Information // Application Instructions
Value: $175,500 over three years
Full Deadline: October 2, 2017

Questions: grants@cancerresearch.org

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

2017-18 Quebec-Ontario Cooperation for Agri-Food Research Competition
Details: One of the aims of the Ontario-Quebec Trade and Cooperation Agreement is to improve the competitive position of the agriculture and agri-processing sectors. Both provinces recognize the mutual benefits of developing common responses to the challenges facing these sectors.
Value: up to $250,000
Application Deadline: September 20, 2017, 4:00 pm

Questions: stacy.favrin@ontario.ca // 519-826-5178

Manitoba Gambling Research Program 

The Manitoba Gambling Research Program supports the development of high quality research that enables evidence-based advancement of responsible gambling programs, and problem gambling prevention and treatment. Research opportunities are available for researchers across Canada.

Small Grant Proposals
Details: Small Grants support research projects of high scientific standard within the research priorities of the Manitoba Gambling Research Program. Through Small Grants, the program aims to:

  • Enhance understanding of topics within the Manitoba Gambling Research Program’s research priorities.
  • Increase Manitoba-based gambling research.
  • Support the development of existing and new researchers in the field of responsible gambling and problem gambling research, and build research capacity in Manitoba universities.
  • Support gambling research projects that have practical application.
  • Disseminate information and share expertise on gambling research.

Value: up to $50,000
Application Deadline: October 11, 2017, 4:00 pm CDT

Studentship Applications
Details: Studentships offered through the Manitoba Gambling Research Program aim to:

  • Provide financial support to students who undertake gambling research as a part of their undergraduate honours thesis or graduate studies programs in Manitoba.
  • Build research capacity in the province of Manitoba in the gambling field and support the development of quality gambling research in Manitoba.

Value: up to $60,000
Application Deadline: October 18, 2017, 4:00 pm CDT

Conference Grant Applications
Details: 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
Details: 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
Details: 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: November 15, 2017

Summer Studentships in Inherited Bleeding Disorders Research
Details: 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: November 15, 2017

The CHS / Pfizer Care Until Cure Research Program
Details: 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: November 15, 2017

CHS - Novo Nordisk Psychosocial Research Program
Details: 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: November 15, 2017

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

Belmont Forum‐BiodivERsA

Pre‐announcement of the Belmont Forum‐BiodivERsA Call on Biodiversity Scenarios:

NSERC is pleased to announce that we will be participating in the Belmont Forum and
BiodivERsA joint call on the following theme: Scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem

The call for applications will be launched in October 2017, and will close in March 2018.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Grand Challenges Explorations
Details: 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

Grand Challenges Canada: Saving Brains
Details: This challenge seeks bold ideas for products, services and implementation models that protect and nurture early brain development in a sustainable manner. Funding is open to innovative solutions that address the risk factors facing children living in adversity by promoting health and nutrition, providing enrichment and nurturing, and or protecting against maltreatment.
Value: Up to CAD $250,000 over a maximum of 24 months.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 3:00 pm ET

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.
Funding: Up to $200,000 over up to 18 months.
LOI Deadline: December 4, 2017, 2:00 pm EDT
Proposal Deadline (by invite only): April 4, 2018, 2:00 pm EDT