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)

Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute

CCSRI has recently announced the funding of 29 Innovation, 6 Innovation to Impact, 5 Impact and 4 Quality of Life grants valued at over $15M.  The CCSRI’s Research Impact Report offers details of our ongoing research investments.

Upcoming competitions: 

Canadian Foundation for Governance Research

Bertram Scholarship
Details: CFGR is offering scholarships that will support the work of PHD students who are conducting research into governance as part of their doctoral research project.
Value: $15,000
Application deadline: May 17, 2017
Questions: Heather Wison, Secretary (cfgr@icd.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: 1st Intake: June 12, 2017; 2nd Intake: October 10, 2017

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 

Government of Canada

Development of enabling space technologies (9F063-160953/A)
Details: Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) on behalf of Canadian Space Agency (CSA) located in St-Hubert, (Quebec), is seeking bids to develop and advance fifteen (15) Priority Technologies that are in line with the Canadian Space Agency’s priorities and mission roadmaps. Priority Technologies are those that have been established by the CSA as the critical technologies to be developed to meet objectives set forth by the Canadian Space Strategy.
Closing date: 2:00pm May 31 (EDT)
Questions: Anca Jurca / 514-496-3378


Killam Research Fellowships

Details: These fellowships assist scholars of exceptional ability by providing release time from teaching and administrative duties to allow them to pursue a research project of broad significance and widespread interest.
Value: 2 years release time valued at $70,000 per year 
Application deadline: May 15, 2017
For further information: See the guidelines

Killam Prizes
Details: Five prizes are awarded annually – one in each of the disciplines of engineering, health sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. These career achievement awards recognize substantial and distinguished contribution, over a significant period, to scholarly research.
Value: $100,000 each
Application deadline: June 15, 2017
For further information: See the guidelines

Questions: Luiza Pereira, Program Officer (luiza.pereira@canadacouncil.ca / 613-566-4414, ext. 4086)


Globalink Research Internship (GRI), Summer 2018
Details: For international undergraduates from Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Germany, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia. From May to September of each year, top-ranked applicants participate in a 12-week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines, from science, engineering and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences. For more information, see web site. 
Appliction deadline: 5:00pm, June 14, 2017


Reach Awards
Details: New for 2017, these awards will provide funding to support the dissemination and uptake of research evidence to inform and improve further research, practice and policy-making. Each award will consist of up to $10,000 to help teams of health researchers and research users collaboratively plan and implement dissemination activities, adapting messages and mode of delivery in order to reach audiences who can directly use the information.
Application deadline: May 19, 2017


Call for Nominations for E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship
Details: Candidates should have successfully defended their doctoral thesis within the last 12 years and hold a grant from NSERC. 
Call for nominations deadline: 8:00pm June 7, 2017

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

Pancreas Centre BC

IDEAS Grant 2017
Details: A funding competition for investigators focused on pancreatic cancer research. Applications for IDEAS Grants up to a total of $100,000 CAD for a maximum period of 2 years are invited for basic science, translational and clinical pancreatic cancer projects in British Columbia.
Value: Total $100,000 for a maximum of 2 years  
Application deadline: May 31, 2017
For more information: http://pancreascentrebc.ca/research#panel-3

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 & PDF 2
Information Webinar: 1:00pm May 16, 2017 EDT
Value: Up to $200,000 over up to 18 months
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