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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Best Brains Exchange Travel Award (2017-2018)
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

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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Mitacs Elevate
Details: Mitacs Elevate is a postdoctoral fellowship with a customized research management training component. Fellows address complex challenges through:

  • An exclusive research management curriculum for postdoctoral fellows in any discipline
  • A minimum one-year research project (normally two years in duration) with a partner organization in need of high-level expertise
  • A Partner Organization Business Case, developed to outline project objectives, risks, and stakeholder success criteria, and ensure project value

Value: $60,000 annual award (plus $7,500 per year non-cash value in training)
Intent to Apply Deadline: January 24, 2018, 5:00 pm PT Form
Application Deadline: February 21, 2018, 1:00pm PT

Questons: elevate@mitacs.ca


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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 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

Details: Equity, diversity and inclusion strengthen the scientific and engineering communities and the quality, social relevance and impact of research. Increasing diversity and gender equity in the research enterprise are key priorities in NSERC’s current strategic plan, NSERC 2020, as part of the strategic goal of “Building a Diversified and Competitive Research Base.” As a promoter of gender equity, NSERC is pleased to participate in the GENDER-NET Plus European Research Area Network (ERA-NET) Cofund, which was launched September 15, 2017 and will run until 2022. GENDER-NET Plus brings together a consortium of 16 partners from 13 different countries including Canada. It is an important opportunity to fund research projects that will promote the integration of sex and gender analysis into research at an international level. GENDER-NET Plus builds on the priorities identified by GENDER-NET, which ended in 2016.
Value: $100,000 for up to 3 years
Webinar Info:

  • Join Here
  • Thursday, February 1, 2018
  • 1:00 pm ET English Presentation
  • 2:00 pm ET French Presentation
  • Local dial-in: 613-960-7514
  • Toll-free dial-in: 1-877-413-4790
  • ​Conference ID: 7462843
  • (Join through teleconference only if experiencing techincal difficulties, and only when instructed to do so)

Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2018
Full Application Deadline: July, 2018

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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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.
Value: Up to $200,000 over up to 18 months.
LOI Deadline: Monday, December 4, 2017, 2:00 pm EST

Transformational Research Canada 2018
The Transformational Research program provides funding for translational research that will accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.  Projects must meet these conditions to be eligible:

  • Be translational research (excluding clinical trials and clinical trial sub-studies) that accelerates the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.
  • Be the development of a therapeutic and/or tool.
  • Be supported by excellent preliminary data.

Please see below and read our What We Fund webpage before applying to ensure your project is in scope.
Value: up to $1,500,000 over up to 3 years
LOI Deadline: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 2:00 pm EST

Questions: Dr. Rene Prashad, Senior Research Programs Specalist rene.prashad@weston.ca

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

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 Innovation to Commercialization (I2C) Program
Details: The I2C Program provides funding to support feasibility research and commercialization activities to help BC researchers improve the viability of their intellectual property and advance their discoveries or inventions towards products that will ultimately improve health outcomes and enrich the health innovation ecosystem of BC.
Value: Phase 1: $150,000 for two years

  • Applications open: Early January 2018
  • Webinar: January 19, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 am (email i2C@msfhr.org for details on webinar registration)
  • Letter of intent deadline: February 16, 2018, 4:30 pm PT
  • Full application deadline: April 3, 2018, 4:30 pm PT
  • Anticipated notice of funding decision: Late June 2018
  • Anticipated start of funding: August 1, 2018

Questions: Kate Wilczak, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, kate.wilczak@msfhr.org

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 a.m. PT
  • Webinar: Application support: February 27, 2018, 10:00 a.m. PT
  • Development Grant LOI deadline: April 16, 2018, 4:30 p.m. PT
  • Anticipated notice of LOI decision: Mid-June 2018
  • Anticipated start of Development Grant: July 1, 2018
  • Project Grant full application due: January 14, 2019, 4:30 p.m. PT
  • Anticipated notice of decision: Early April 2019
  • Anticipated start of Project Grant: May 1, 2019

Questions: helpdesk@msfhr.org

2018 Research Trainee Competition
Details: Each Research Trainee award provides funding for up to three years to help protect time for health research activities, enable career development and support the long-term success of the BC health research landscape.
LOI Deadline: March 1, 2018
Full Application: April 10, 2018

The Marfan Foundation

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The Faculty Grant Program
Details: The Faculty Grant Program provides financial support to faculty who hold a position of associate professor or above. Faculty with less experience who have received an NIH R0-1 grant are also eligible to apply. Work may be performed in the U.S. or internationally and non-U.S. appointments are acceptable.
Value: $50,000 per year for two years
Application Deadline: April 20, 2018

Clinical Research Grant Program
Details: The Clinical Research Grant Program provides financial support for non-cardiovascular clinical research studies. Proposals can be retrospective or prospective and utilize data obtained through registries/databases, observational studies, and surveys. Work may be performed in the US or internationally and non-US appointments are acceptable.
Value: $25,000 - $50,000 per year for up to two years
Application Deadline: April 20, 2018


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AGE-WELL 2018 Catalyst Program
Details: AGE-WELL is excited to launch its 3rd Catalyst Funding competition to support innovative research projects aimed at generating, promoting or accelerating economic and social benefit in the field of technology and aging. The Catalyst Funding Program represents the first-stage in AGE-WELL’s innovation funding stream. Catalyst grants will support early-stage, scalable research projects including pilot studies, feasibility studies and novel approaches that are aligned with AGE-WELL’s mission and vision. Projects must demonstrate strong potential for real-world impact.
Value: $50,000 over 12 months
Deadline: March 23, 2018, 5:00 pm EST

Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada

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NCE Knowledge Mobilization (NCE-KM) Initiative competition
Details: The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) is pleased to announce the launch of a competition for Knowledge Mobilization networks. The program funds networks dedicated to transferring knowledge to those who can put it into practice. The program supports collaborations between knowledge producers and knowledge users from various disciplines, sectors and institutions, including industry, government, not-for-profit organizations and various sources and types of knowledge for the social, economic, technological, and/or wellness benefit of Canada and the Canadian population. Networks focus on addressing key problems, challenges and opportunities of high strategic importance to Canada.
LOI Deadline: April 16, 2018

Cancer Research Institute

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CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Details: The Cancer Research Institute is currently accepting applications for its CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The CRI Irvington Fellowship furthers career development and supports laboratory research for promising young scientists working under the mentorship of leading immunologists
Value: $175,500 over 3 years
Deadline: April 2, 2018

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: March 30, 2018, 6:00 pm
  • Researchers notified of LOI outcome: April 20, 2018
  • Full proposal due for selected LOIs: May 18, 2018, 6:00 pm
  • Researchers notified of full proposal outcome: June 15, 2018

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