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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BC Cancer Agency Genome Sciences Centre

The new quarterly travel award competitions for Canadian Epigenetics, Environment and Health Research Consortium (CEEHRC) travel awards are open to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and medical students traveling to present epigenetics, epigenomics, and related research at Canadian and international meetings. The awards are for up to $500 for Canadian meetings and up to $1,000 for international meetings.

Applications are due one month before the start of the fiscal quarter in which the conference takes place, as follows:

Conference Date Application Date

July 1 - Sep 30

June 1

Oct 1 - Dec 31

Sept 1

Questions: Cath Ennis, Projects Manager (cennis@bcgsc.ca / +1 604-707-5900 ext. 675063)

OICR  The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

CTIP Cancer Therapeutics Innovation Pipeline (CTIP)
Details: A strategic initiative to capitalize on Ontario’s expertise in cancer biology and drug discovery. CTIP aims to support the translation of Ontario discoveries into therapeutic assets with the potential for improving the lives of cancer patients.  To stimulate collaborative research with the Ontario cancer research community in the area of cancer therapeutic discovery, OICR invites applications for early stage drug discovery.  Details and Registration Form
Value: Early Accelerator Projects; up to $100,000 per year for a maximum of one year.  Late Accelerator Projects; up to $250,000 per year for a maximum of two years.  Incubator Projects; up to $250,000 per year for a maximum of two years.
Registration Deadline: June 16, 2017
Application Deadline: August 15, 2017

Questions: scientificsecretariat@oicr.on.ca


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

Catalyst Grant: Population Health Intervention Research on Legalization of Cannabis
Details: This initiative is an initial step aimed at supporting researchers to lay the foundation upon which to develop studies on the impact of cannabis legislation in Canada.
Value: Up to $100,000
Application Deadline: August 22, 2017

Healthy Behaviour Data Challenge
Details: This strategic partnership provides an opportunity to promote an innovative approach to surveillance through non-traditional partnerships, international collaboration and mining and utilizing new sources of data.
Value: Phase 1: 9 grants of $10,000 each / Phase 2: 3 grants of $25,000 each
Application Deadline: August 4, 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

Operating Grant – Impact 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 $200,000 per year for up to 3 years for a total of $600,000
Registration Deadline: July 18, 2017
Application Deadline: August 15, 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 at 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)


Details: Description Spring 2017 call for proposals. A Competitive two-year research management training program and postdoctoral fellowship. To develop critical career skills as you complete a collaborative research-based project with a partner organization. Long-term collaborative research project with a non-academic partner.
Value: $55,000 annual award (plus $7,500 per year non-cash value in training)
One-time Pre-review of Draft Proposals Deadline: 5pm PDT, June 21, 2017
Intent to Apply and COI Deadline: 5pm PDT, June 7, 2017
Application Deadline: 5pm PDT, July 5, 2017

Questions: elevate@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: 8pm ET, August 1, 2017

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: 8pm ET, September 15, 2017

Ministry of Community and Social Services of the Government of Ontario

Ontario’s Developmental Services Research Grant Fund
Details: The objective of the Developmental Services (DS) Research Grant Fund is to support research capacity and innovative initiatives specifically for the Developmental Services sector. The Ministry is interested in obtaining research proposals on three particular topic areas:- Criminal justice system and forensic services
- Support and residential models for people with exceptional needs
- Direct funding
Call for Applications & Application Form
Value: maximum of $400,000 across all funded projects each of two years
Electronic submissions deadline: 5pm EST, July 5, 2017
Signature pages deadline: 5pm EST, July 7, 2017

Questions: Georgina Archbold (416-212-7231 Georgina.Archbold@Ontario.ca)

Weston Brain Institute

Canada: Rapid Response 2017
Details: Seed funding for novel, high-risk, high-reward translational research ideas to catalyze the development of safe, effective treatments for neurodegenerative diseases of aging: website and PDF1 & PDF2
Value: Up to $200,000 over up to 18 months
Information Webinar: 1:00pm May 16, 2017 EDT
LOI Letter of Intent deadline for Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases: 1pm June 12th, 2017
LOI Letter of Intent deadline for Parkinson’s and Related Diseases:  2pm May 9th, 2017 EDT
Application Deadline: 2:00pm July 26, 2017

Questions: neuro@weston.ca  / 1 416-935-4056

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

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 Geneal 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

Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) (2017 Funding submission deadline is Sep 15, 2017)
  • Intensive research and /or academic workshops
  • Short-term research stays (for both young and established researchers)
  • Research-oriented teaching opportunities (e.g. short intensive seminars)

In 2014, Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) and UBC agreed to contribute to a joint-funding scheme for two years. This scheme has been renewed for two more years as the 2017 – 2018 Joint-Funding Scheme.

This joint funding scheme, with an annual budget of EURO 60,000 and competitions twice per year, is designed to develop close collaborations between the partners. It intends to enable FUB and UBC faculty and researchers to identify complementary strengths, leverage synergies and promote the development of outstanding future research projects and other academic opportunities.