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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2018-19 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Competition
Details: The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country's economic, social and research-basedgrowth. The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is to:

  • Attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally
  • Develop their leadership potential
  • Position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow

Value: $70,000 a year for two years
Application Deadline: September 19, 2018, 8:00 pm EDT

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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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 Scholarships (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 if experiencing technical 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

AI & Society Workshop Call
Details: CIFAR invites the global research and innovation community to submit proposals for workshops on the social, ethical, economic, and legal dimensions of artificial intelligence. Open to applicants anywhere in the world, this call will support short-term collaboration between international, interdisciplinary groups. This collaboration will culminate in a CIFAR-supported publication targeted to non-academic sectors, such as policymakers or NGOs.
Value: Up to $80,000
Application Deadline: May 28, 2018

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 (Alzheimer’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: April 19, 2018, 2:00 pm EDT
Full Proposal Deadline: August 8, 2018, 2:00 pm EDT

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

Weston Brain Institute International Outstanding Achievement Award 2018
Details: Nominations are open for the third annual Weston Brain Institute International Outstanding Achievement Award. The award recognizes an investigator who, in the past 15 years, has made exceptional contributions, through translational research and leadership, to accelerating the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging. The ideal candidate should also be active in research in the next 5 years, and have a record of impeccable citizenship in the research community.
Value: A $40,000 prize will be presented during the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting (San Diego, CA), November 3-7, 2018
Nominations close: Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 2:00 pm EDT

Rapid Response: Canada 2019
Details: Neurodegenerative diseases of aging are among the least understood and most undertreated diseases today. If ignored, the social and economic costs of managing these diseases will continue to rise. Meeting these challenges requires pioneering approaches to accelerating treatments. The Rapid Response: Canada program is seed funding. Preliminary or supporting data is not required.
Value: Up to $200,000 over up to 18 months per project
LOI deadline: August 1, 2018, 2:00 pm EDT
Full Proposal deadline: November 12, 2018, 2:00 pm EST

Transformational Research: Canada 2019
Details: Funding for transformative, novel, high-risk, high-reward translational research projects on neurodegenerative diseases of aging. Applications in this round must relate to one of the following disease(s): Parkinson’s disease, Progressive supranuclear palsy, dementia with Lewy bodies, multiple systems atrophy, prodromes and/or vascular contributions to these diseases.
Value: $200,000 to $1,500,000 over up to 3 years
LOI deadline: August 1, 2018, 2:00 pm EDT
Proposal deadline: November 12, 2018, 2:00 pm EST

Big Ideas: Canada
Details: The Institute is considering supporting a large-scale, pivotal project to significantly and sustainably advance research in our field. With this call, we are seeking to identify highly impactful ideas for consideration.
Value: $5,000,000 to $20,000,000
Deadline: Rolling Applications

International Fellowships: Canada
Details: The Weston Brain Institute is pleased to launch our International Fellowships: Canada program. The program will support top Canadian PhD students to travel to and work in world-renowned international labs for up to 12 months, to further their translational research on neurodegenerative diseases of aging.
Value: $60,000 per year, prorated at $5,000 per month
Deadline: Rolling Applications

Questions: Matthew matthew.sacheli@westonbrain.org // 416-967-7828

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

Questions: helpdesk@msfhr.org // Kate Wilczak, Manager, Research Competitions, kate.wilczak@msfhr.org

2018 Reach Competition
Details: Reach awards fund teams of health researchers and research users as they collaboratively plan and implement research dissemination activities, adapting messages and mode of delivery in order to reach audiences who can directly use the information.
Value: Up to $10,000 for 12 months
Application Deadline: May 30, 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

Hosei University 法政大学

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Hosei International Fund: Foreign Scholars Fellowship
Details: Hosei, as part of its dedication to international academic exchange, welcomes researchers from, and sends its own, to universities and research institutes in several countries. Young academics are also invited as fellows in the Hosei International Fund (HIF) Program, to conduct cooperative research with Hosei professors. In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of its founding, Hosei University established the Hosei International Fund (HIF) to advance international cooperation in academic research and scholarship. Academics may apply to the HIF Fellowship Program, also known as the Foreign Scholars Fellowship Program.

Application Package Here

Questions: hif@hosei.ac.jp

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

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Familial RUNX1 Grant Program
Details: The Familial RUNX1 Grant is seed funding for studies such as understanding the biological basis for disease progression, developing models and identifying strategies leading to the development of therapies for preventing the transition from pre-leukemia to leukemia. The grant is open to adult and childhood cancer investigators at U.S. or foreign institutions.
Value: Up to $250,000 over two years
LOI Deadline: July 2, 2018

Questions: Grants@AlexsLemonade.org // 888-333-1213


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AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge
Details: The AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge is looking for new and unique technology-based solutions that can benefit Canadians as they age. Contestants will compete for prizes and in-kind services by showcasing how their solution could positively impact older Canadians or their caregivers.
Value: Up to $100,000 over 12 months
Deadline: June 20, 2018, 11:59 pm EST

Questions: Margaret Polanyi, Senior Communications Manager, margaret@agewell-nce.ca // 416-597-3422 ext. 7710

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Grand Challenges Explorations
In 2003, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched Grand Challenges in Global Health, which came to include multiple funding partners. This initiative focused on 14 major scientific challenges that, if solved, could lead to key advances in preventing, treating, and curing diseases of the developing world. Seeking to engage the world’s most creative minds, Grand Challenges in Global Health awarded 44 grants totaling over $450 million for research projects involving scientists in 33 countries. Funding included an additional supporting project addressing ethical, social, and cultural issues across the initiative. Solving global challenges is a long-term effort. After a decade of progress, Grand Challenges in Global Health continues as an initiative, but under a new name – Grand Challenges – to reflect the fact that as new challenges have been added, its scope has expanded to encompass global development as well as global health. In 2007, the Gates Foundation launched Grand Challenges Explorations to engage more of the world’s innovators more quickly. Great ideas come from everywhere. Twice each year, Grand Challenges Explorations invites high-risk, high-reward proposals on a range of challenges.
Value: Initial grants of $100,000, with potential follow-on funding of up to $1 million.
Deadline: Various


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GlycoNet Request for Proposals - Cycle II
Details: A key goal of GlycoNet is to support research projects that are multi-disciplinary, as defined by the NCE program. Accordingly, this Request for Proposals seeks to fund projects that involve two or more research groups in different disciplines. Proposals that involve an investigator who is primarily funded on by one of the tri-council agencies (e.g., CIHR) working with others primarily funded by one or both of the other tri-council agencies (e.g., NSERC and/or SSHRC) will be viewed most favourably.
Value: Up to $200,000 a year for two years, matched 1:1 with a partner for up to $400,000 a year
LOI Deadline: Thursday, August 9, 2018, 11:59 pm PST
Full Collaborative Team Proposal: Friday, February 1, 2019, 11:59 pm PST 

BC Innovation Council

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BCIC Ignite
Details: BCIC Ignite provides funding to accelerate the commercialization of new technologies and innovations in the natural resources and applied sciences sectors in British Columbia.
Value: Up to $300,000
LOI Deadline: July 23, 2018

Government of Canada

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2018-2019 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Competition
Details: The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program is designed to support world-class students pursuing doctoral degrees at Canadian institutions. The program is open to both Canadian and international students. Students must be nominated by the Canadian institution at which they plan to study. 
Value: $50,000 per year for three years
Nomination Deadline: October 31, 2018, 8:00 pm ET