SFU VPRI office’s COVID-related Research website is the one-stop place for all SFU COVID-related research information.  

Recent COVID-related social science research funding opportunities

SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant COVID-19 Special Initiative

Deadline: June 15, 2020 & September 15, 2020
Maximum Award:
$25,000 CAD

Through Partnership Engage Grants (PEG), the PEG COVID-19 Special Initiative provides short-term and timely support for small-scale, stakeholder-driven partnerships. It will allow researchers and their partners to address urgent and specific needs, challenges or opportunities through collaborations. It will also provide a unique opportunity to foster a knowledge exchange on COVID-19 crisis related issues, challenges and impacts between postsecondary researchers and different sectors of society, including graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and other highly qualified personnel. There are two calls for this special initiative: June 15, 2020 and Sep 15, 2020. The grants are valued at $7K to $25K over one year.

The Spencer Foundation educational grant funding opportunity

Deadline: May 4, May 18, June 8
Maximum Award: $50,000 USD

Spencer Foundation is issuing a call for proposals for a COVID-19 Related Special Grant Cycle to support education research projects that will contribute to understanding the rapid shifts in education in this time of crisis and change. As with other Spencer grant programs, this program is “field-initiated.” Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from one to three years.

SFU Community Engagement Initiative 2020

Deadline: May 29
Maximum Award: $10,000 CAD

SFU’s Office of Community Engagement invites proposals from SFU faculty and staff to SFU’s Community Engagement Initiative 2020. The primary goal of the Initiative is to encourage the development of innovative projects that build new or deeper mutually beneficial partnerships with SFU’s communities, including non-profit organizations, industry associations, NGOs, Indigenous communities, and local, first nations, provincial and federal government departments. New this year – support for responses to COVID-19: Up to half of the available funding in the 2020 grant cycle will be considered for proposals specifically describing work with community partners that responds to and helps with recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.