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

Best Brains Exchange Travel Award (2017-20Fco18)
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

Team Grant - CEEHRC Phase II
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
Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Operating Grant : SPOR Innovative Clinical Trial Multi-Year Grant (2017)
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
Appliction Deadline: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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 


Accelerate Internship Opportunities
This grant aims to identify talented researchers conducting thesis or dissertation research related to social inclusion.  Research may focus on one or more of the following broad themes:

  • Reduced isolation
  • Access to services
  • Stronger neighbourhoods
  • Diversity
  • Employment for groups that are more often excluded from the workforce

Value: Unspecified
LOI Deadline: January 8, 2018

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


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

Strategic Partnership Grants for Projects
The goal of NSERC’s Strategic Partnership Grants is to increase research and training in targeted areas that could strongly enhance Canada’s economy, society and/or environment within the next 10 years. Research and training under these grants must be conducted through a partnership between academic researchers and industry or government organizations.
Value: TBA
Webinar for Letters of Intent:  November 29 and December 12, 2017, 1:00 pm ET
LOI Deadline: February 1, 2017
Application Deadline: June 7, 2017

Please see here for detailed instructions on how to attend the Webinar.
Please see here for details about the LOI information session.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Career Awards at the Scientific Interface
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
Full Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 4:00 pm EST

Physician-Scientist Institutional Program
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
Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 4:00 pm EST

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

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

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars
Details: The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), a Canadian-based global organization, brings together 370 researchers from 18 countries to work in collaborative research programs that address some of the most complex challenges facing the world today. 

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars receive:

  • A two-year membership in a CIFAR research program, a global network of top-tier research leaders
  • Opportunities to network, collaborate and form a community with colleagues from a range of disciplines
  • Mentorship from a senior researcher within a CIFAR research program
  • Specialized leadership and communications skills training, and support to put skills into action

Applicants can be from anywhere in the world, must hold a PhD (or equivalent) and be within the first five years of a full-time academic appointment. Scholars' research interests must be aligned with the themes of an eligible CIFAR research program. In 2018, the eligible programs are:

Value: $100,000
Application Deadline: February 22, 2018

Questions: global.scholars@cifar.ca

Manitoba Gambling Research Program 

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

Belmont Forum ‐ BiodivERsA

Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services II – NOW OPEN!
This call aims at supporting proposals that explicitly address a scenario dimension, taking into account the following definition of scenarios: “Scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services are the outputs of the combination of scenarios of indirect drivers and direct drivers — such as land use change, invasive alien species, overexploitation, climate change or pollution — and models of impacts of these drivers on biodiversity and ecosystem services.” BiodivERsA Website.
Value: Various
Pre-Registration Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017, 5:00 pm CET
Full-Proposal Deadline: Friday, March 9, 2018, 5:00 pm CET

This is for information purposes only, the website will be updated with the NSERC specific guidlines as soon as they are released.

Questions: Sophie Germann, Scientific project manager, sophie.germann@agencerecherche.fr

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.
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

2018 Health Professional-Investigator (HP-I) Competition
MSFHR has opened applications for the 2018 Health Professional-Investigator (HP-I) competition  to support BC health professionals to conduct and apply research that leverages their practical knowledge of patient care and health services, allowing them to significantly contribute to health, health care, and health system innovation.
Value: Unnanounced
Webinar Date: TBA
LOI Deadline: Friday, November 3, 2017
Full Application Deadline: Monday, January 19, 2018

Questions: Rashmita Salvi, Manager, Research Competitions rsalvi@msfhr.org

2018 MSFHR Scholar Competition
The MSFHR Scholar Program allows 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. Application Information Package
Value: TBA
LOI Deadline: December 1, 2017, 4:30 pm PT
Full Application: January 26, 2018, 4:30 pm PT

Imperial Oil

University Research Awards Program
 University research awards are designed to encourage research at Canadian universities in areas of interest to Imperial Oil's petroleum, petrochemical and energy resource development businesses. These areas include the fields of engineering, environmental, earth, chemical, and physical sciences.  Awards for specific research projects are made to full-time faculty members to support research work carried out by university students under their direction.
Value: $10,000 to $25,000 a year, can be renewed for up to two additional years
Application Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2017

Please note that applications must be submitted in electronic format to email ura.sru@esso.ca.  PDF format is preferred.  Preferred filename convention is ApplicantsSurnameInitialsUniversityName.pdf

Questions: Nancy Bourque, University Affairs Administrator ura.sru@esso.ca

Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

Canadian CubeSat Project
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is happy to inform that the Announcement of Opportunity (AO) under the CSA Class Grant & Contribution (G&C) program has been published. Through the AO, the CSA aims to provide post-secondary institutions across Canada with an opportunity to engage their students in a real space mission by supporting projects that consist of designing, building, launching and operating a CubeSat in space.
Value: Up to $200,000
Application Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2017

Questions: asc.lecedessetc-thegandccoe.csa@canada.ca

NASA Research Announcement (NRA) 80JSC017N0001-BPBA – Topics in Biological, Physiological, and Behavioral Adaptations to Spaceflight: Integrated One Year Mission Project and Other Opportunities
Details: The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) would like to inform the Canadian Health and Biomedical community of the release of a NASA Research Announcement (NRA).  NASA’s Human Research Program (HRP) released Appendix C of the Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO) NRA on November 30, 2017. This NASA Research Announcement solicits proposals to study International Space Station (ISS) crew members participating in six-week, six-month and one year missions. The objective of this NRA is to use the ISS to better understand the dynamics of space adaptation and the efficacy of current countermeasures, in order to better predict human health risks linked to deep space missions that last one year or longer.

NASA opened this opportunity to international participants. Interested international applicants should be aware that this call for proposals by NASA is not a funding opportunity, but rather an opportunity to perform research with ISS crew members. Researchers are responsible for obtaining their own funding for these research activities should their proposal be selected by NASA.

The CSA encourages Canadian scientists to submit proposals to this NASA NRA. Selected proposals from Canadian Principal Investigators will be funded by the Canadian Space Agency. In order to be eligible, each Canadian Principal Investigator must send to the CSA a copy of the Step-1 Proposal.  The deadline for receipt of this Step-1 Proposal by the CSA is January 4, 2018. The CSA will provide a Letter of Support to Canadian Principal Investigators as required by the NASA NRA process and timeline.


  • Pre-Proposers Conference: December 11, 2017 – More details about this event can be found here.
  • Step-1 Proposals Due: January 4, 2018, 5:00 pm ET
  • Step-1 Notification of Proposal Invitation Status: February 2, 2018
  • Step-2 Response Period: February 2, 2018 – April 4, 2018
  • Step-2 Proposals Due: April 4, 2018, 5:00 pm, ET
  • Estimated Step-2 Selection Announcement: August 2018

Questions: asc.santespatiale-spacehealth.csa@canada.ca

Parkinson Canada

Parkinson Canada Research Program
Details: Current Funding Opportunities: Apply here

  • Pilot Project Grants (Includes Targeted Competition: Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) 1 Pilot Project Grant)
  • New Investigator Award Program
  • Basic Research Fellowship
  • Clinical Movement Disorders Fellowship
  • Clinical Research Fellowship
  • Graduate Studentship Award (Note: The Graduate Student Award for the master’s level is not available.)

Value: Various
Application Deadline (for all): Thursday February 1, 2018, 5:00 pm EDT

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC)

2018-2019 Contributions Program: Innovative Research and Knowledge Translation Proposals
(Learn more about the Contributions Program here)
Details: The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) has issued a call for proposals under its 2018-2019 Contributions Program, which funds independent privacy research and related knowledge translation initiatives.  The Office is inviting research and knowledge translation applications that advance its strategic privacy priorities.  In addition, the OPC is particularly interested in funding research or knowledge translation projects that aim to promote the development and adoption of Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs).
Value: up to $100,000
Applcation Deadline: Tuesday, January 16, 2018