Ongoing Funding Opportunities

Internal SFU Deadlines for faculty members applying to CIHR, SSHRC & NSERC (“Tri-Agencies”)

The information below refers to a number of external programmes which require the University’s electronic submission (“eSUB”) of on-line applications to the external funding agencies. Internal SFU deadlines are established by the Office of Research Services (“ORS”) and precede the external funding agency’s deadlines. SFU internal deadlines are nonnegotiable due to the volume of applications, overlapping external deadline dates, and 3 eSUB platforms. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated!

This information is subject to change; changes are communicated electronically with all mailing list members. (See our e-mail lists page.)

Information on Signature Sheets, Letters of Support, and Tri-Agency Deadlines

The "SFU SIGnature Sheet"

At the time of application, all applications must be approved by ORS using an SFU Research Funding Application Signature Sheet (“SFU Signature Sheet”) prior to their submission. Applicants are strongly advised to allow sufficient lead time for the proper consideration of the application at each level.

SFU Signature Sheets are required from all SFU co‐applicants (“co‐PIs”) from different faculties/departments/schools than the home department/school of the SFU applicant. These additional SFU Signature Sheets normally accompany the SFU applicant’s Signature Sheet; all documents are emailed to ors@sfu.ca. SFU Adjunct Professors must contact their Research Grants Officer in advance of the internal SFU deadline about their plan to apply for a grant.

Letters of Support

SFU applications which require a letter of support from the VP Research (“VPR”) should make arrangements with the Major Projects Office by sending an email to Morgan Mameni (mma3@sfu.ca) well in advance of agency deadlines.

Tri-Agency Deadlines + The E-submission Process

The Tri‐Agency deadlines posted here require the University (i.e. ORS) to complete the eSubmission of all on‐line applications in advance of 5PM PST.

The on‐line application process requires the applicant to choose “submit” on the on‐line application in order for their Research Grants Officer, to review the application with regards to compliance with SFU’s Research policies and funding agency requirements. Problematic applications are “electronically returned” (when time permits) to the applicant for revision. Revised applications are “submitted” (again, by the applicant) for ORS’ final review prior to the final esubmission by ORS on behalf of the University to the funding agency. The funding agency sends an automatic reply to the applicant, confirming their receipt of the on‐line application.

Changes to Engage Grants

Further to the recent update to Engage Grants outlined below that will limit university applicants to one new award per fiscal year, please note that in order for the evaluation and award to occur within the 2015-16 NSERC fiscal year, an application must be submitted by the Office of Research Services to NSERC no later than Friday, February 19, 2016. This should be considered a key date for researchers aiming for another award before the new limit comes into effect. Applications received after February 19th, if awarded, will count as the applicant’s one award for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

To SFU Engage grant applicants:  The SFU internal deadline for receipt of a completed SFU Funding Application Signature Sheet in regard to your Engage application is Monday, February 15.  The application itself must be submitted on-line the following day in order to be reviewed in ORS prior to the February 19 NSERC deadline.

Updates to Engage Grants

Engage Grants are popular with both industry and postsecondary institutions. To ensure the quality and impact of these projects, the following changes will be implemented to preserve the program’s effectiveness while managing its budget:

  • Starting January 15, 2016:

Eligible Engage Grants applicants must have received recent peer-reviewed support through NSERC. The rigorous peer review practices provided to NSERC by Canada’s science and engineering braintrust will ensure that high quality university-based Engage projects are selected.

Companies participating in Engage must have at least two full-time employees and have been in operation for at least two years when applying. This change will support projects with industrial partners that are positioned to exploit research results beyond the completion of the grant and to sustain the collaboration created through Engage.

  • Starting April 1, 2016:

Engage Grants applicants at universities will be limited to one new award per fiscal year so applicants can focus on choosing the right company partners. This will not apply to college-based Engage Grants applicants because it’s the institution that applies rather than the researcher.

Industrial partners will be limited to two Engage grants per year. However, partners providing cash contributions to ongoing NSERC-funded projects outside of Engage will be allowed up to two additional Engage applications per year. This change will allow companies that demonstrate a commitment to industrial-academic research greater opportunity to make use of Engage to expand their collaborative network.

These changes will be detailed in the Engage Grants description as of December 15th. Further additions will be made to the description and instructions to help eligible researchers and companies develop a successful application:

  • An elaborated description of what constitutes a company-specific problem;
  • An Industrial Participation section that describes eligibility considerations for company partners;
  • Clarification on the right of academic participants to use the intellectual property from the project for future teaching and research;
  • Guidance on what must be addressed in the company letter of support; and
  • An expanded application checklist that summarizes what to provide in the full application, along with a template to make it easier to complete the two-page freeform section of the proposal.

Important e-Submission information for applicants' and co-applicants' consideration

  • SFU Internal Deadlines are set one week in advance of the funding agency’s external deadline date. By that date, the SFU Signature Sheet(s) must be emailed to ors@sfu.ca.  SFU co-applicants from departments / faculty which are different than the Applicant's must also submit a complete / fully signed SFU Signature Sheet by the SFU Internal deadline date.  The SFU on-line application must be in the “submit mode” for ORS review.
  • The objective of the ORS review is to ensure as well as possible that the application meets University and agency requirements and in that way, improve the University’s overall success rate.  In many cases, simple omissions or errors may result in a discarded application that is otherwise brilliant.  ORS review provides that final once-over to spot errors that may eliminate your proposal from the competition even before it is read.
  • Applications received in the "submit" mode by the SFU Internal deadline will be reviewed for compliance with the funding agency’s guidelines and application requirements and, where possible, on-line applications will be returned to the applicant for revision prior to forwarding them electronically to the funding agency well before the final competition deadline hour.
  • Although most on-line portals close at 5 pm PT, it takes time for ORS staff to thoroughly review and electronically submit applications to the funding agency. Problems with the portal may create further delays.
  • For many reasons which benefit your application’s likelihood of success, we strongly recommend observing the SFU Internal deadline date and requirements for timely eSubmission of your application to the funding agency.
  • Individual extensions to the internal deadline are no longer necessary. SFU faculty members who "submit" their on-line application after the advertised SFU Internal Deadline date will no longer receive comments / review from ORS staff. Upon receipt of the required SFU Signature Sheet(s), ORS will forward the on-line application (as received) to the funding agency well before the final competition deadline hour.
  • SFU co-applicants on NON-SFU applications must also provide the SFU Signature Sheet + penultimate draft copy of the Applicant's application, including budget and budget justification by the SFU Internal deadline date.  Email these documents to ors@sfu.ca to the attention of your Research Grants Manager.

NSERC Opportunities

NSERC's On-line Services Helpdesk: webapp@nserc-crsng-gc.ca  | Tel: 613-995-4273

Engage Grants Program

SFU Internal Deadline: one week in advance of your intended agency submission

The Engage Grants Program will support the creation of a new university-industry partnership to undertake a fully funded, short-term research project that addresses a company-specific problem. It awards up to $25,000 over a maximum of 6 months to cover direct project costs.

The application deadline for NSERC Engage Grants to be awarded in the 2016-2017 fiscal year is February 17, 2017. Applications received after this date will fall into the 2017-2018 NSERC fiscal year.

SFU Internal Deadlines are set one week in advance of the funding agency’s external deadline date. By that date, the SFU Signature Sheet(s) must be emailed to ors@sfu.ca.  SFU co-applicants from departments / faculty which are different than the Applicant's must also submit a complete / fully signed SFU Signature Sheet by the SFU Internal deadline date.  The SFU on-line application must be in the “submit mode” for ORS review.

Find more information here.

Engage Plus Grants Program

SFU Internal Deadline: one week in advance of your intended agency submission

Following an Engage Grant, applicants may apply for follow-on support for an additional six months of related research activity through an Engage Plus grant (see Engage Plus section), in order to further developments from an ongoing or recently completed Engage Grant project, or to continue the project while seeking longer-term support.

SFU internal deadline: one week in advance of your intended agency submission.

Please note that, since funding will be coming to SFU separately from both NSERC and the company, ORS requires two SFU Signature Sheets: one for NSERC's portion of the funding, the other for the company's portion.

Overhead is charged on the company's portion of the funding (at a rate of 25%), but NSERC will only match the company's contribution to the direct costs (and not the overhead). For example: if the company is contributing $12,500 to the direct costs of the research, they must include an additional $3,125 as overhead (for a total of $15,625). NSERC, however, will match only the $12,500.

SFU Internal Deadlines are set one week in advance of the funding agency’s external deadline date. By that date, the SFU Signature Sheet(s) must be emailed to ors@sfu.ca.  SFU co-applicants from departments / faculty which are different than the Applicant's must also submit a complete / fully signed SFU Signature Sheet by the SFU Internal deadline date.  The SFU on-line application must be in the “submit mode” for ORS review.

Find more information here.

Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Grants (including DND/NSERC Research Partnership Grants)

SFU Internal Deadline: one week in advance of your intended agency submission

The Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Grants are intended to give companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge, expertise, and educational resources available at Canadian postsecondary institutions and to train students in essential technical skills required by industry. The mutually beneficial collaborations are expected to result in industrial and/or economic benefits to Canada.

SFU Internal Deadline: one week in advance of your intended agency submission.

Please note that, since funding will be coming to SFU separately from both NSERC and the company, ORS requires two SFU Signature Sheets: one for NSERC's portion of the funding, the other for the company's portion.

Overhead is charged on the company's portion of the funding (at a rate of 25%). For example: if the company is contributing $50,000 to the direct costs of the research, they must include an additional $12,500 as overhead (for a total of $65,500).

Find more information here.

Connect Grants

SFU Internal Deadline: one week in advance of your intended agency submission

Connect Grants provide targeted financial support to encourage post-secondary researchers at universities and/or colleges to connect with industry and other knowledge end-user communities in order to form new partnerships. Connect Grant recipients can be individuals at either an NSERC-eligible institution or a not-for-profit, non-government organization (including an industry association).

SFU internal deadline: one week in advance of your intended agency submission.

Find more information here.

Creative Works Opportunities

Canada Council for the Arts Online Help-Desk: ma.travelgrants@canadacouncil.ca

Canada Council for the Arts - Travel Grants for Professional Writers

SFU Internal Deadline: one week in advance of your intended agency submission

Travel Grants enable writers, translators, literary performers, spoken word artists and storytellers to respond to invitations to specific international literary events that are important to their artistic development and career, and within Canada, participate in a writer’s residency. Grants are available in fixed amounts of $500, $750, $1,000, $1,500, $2,000 and $2,500.

SFU internal deadline: one week in advance of your intended agency submission.

Find more information here.

Canada Council for the Arts - Travel Grants to Theatre Artists

SFU Internal Deadline: one week in advance of your intended agency submission

The Travel Grants to Theatre Artists program assists with travel costs for professional Canadian theatre artists and arts professionals in response to invitations to accept prizes, attend Canadian or foreign professional productions of their work (including staged readings abroad), or participate as workshop leaders or guest speakers at conventions or conferences. Grants are available in fixed amounts of $500, $750, $1,000, $1,500, $2,000 and $2,500.

SFU internal deadline: one week in advance of your intended agency submission.

Find more information here.

International Funding Opportunities

Alexander von Humbolt Foundation – Humboldt Research Fellowships for Experienced Researchers

SFU Internal Deadline: one week in advance of your intended agency submission

Open to scientists and scholars from all disciplines (who completed their doctorate <12 years ago) to spend extended periods of research in Germany. Candidates should be working at least at the level of Assistant Professor or Junior Research Group Leader or be able to document independent research work over a number of years.

Research projects are carried out in cooperation with academic hosts at research institutions in Germany. Applicants select their own research projects and their host in Germany and prepare their research plan independently. Fellowships are worth €3,150/month and include travel expenses, language courses, and several other allowances.

SFU internal deadline: one week in advance of your intended agency submission.

Find more information here.

MITACS Opportunities

Accelerate Research Internships

SFU Internal Deadline: one week in advance of your intended agency submission

Mitacs is pleased to announce that the Accelerate research internship program is now open to both for-profit businesses and not-for-profit (NFP) organizations (e.g., industry associations, charitable organizations and economic development organizations).

An NFP partner can participate if its 24 proposed project has a demonstrable economic or productivity orientation (e.g., creating new jobs; reducing costs of goods and services; increasing productivity in a process or industry).

Mitacs Accelerate Research Internships are open to researchers in all disciplines, and provide support to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are undertaking research projects in collaboration with industry partners. Internships are available in four-month blocks and can be combined for single or multiple students. Each block is valued at $15,000 ($7,500 provided by both Mitacs and the industry partner) and can be used for both the student stipend, as well as a portion of research costs. 

SFU internal deadline: one week in advance of your intended agency submission.

Find more information here. Find more information about Mitacs opportunities at SFU here.

CIFAR Opportunities

CIFAR Research Workshops: workshops@cifar.ca

CIFAR Research Workshops: Call for Proposals – Rolling Applications

SFU Internal Deadline: one week in advance of your intended agency submission

SFU's Internal Deadline: SFU SIG Sheet, and penultimate copy of Application — one week before you submit your application.

Agency deadline: Rolling deadline. Please note that the applicant, not ORS, is to submit directly to the agency via CIFAR’s website.

CIFAR invites the global research community to submit proposals for workshops that are centred on complex, fundamental questions of importance to the world. Topics selected for workshops should have the potential to impact multiple sectors of society internationally. Topics that are timely in the context of world events, high-risk or which have strong potential for advancement or refinement through a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach are encouraged.

Find more information here.

Genome BC Opportunities

Genome BC Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP)

SFU Internal Deadline: one week in advance of your intended agency submission

This is an ongoing opportunity with a multi-stage application process. As a first step, interested researchers should contact Dr. David Charest, Director, Sector Development, Genome BC: dcharest@genomebc.ca

The Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) funds downstream research and development (R&D) projects that address real world opportunities and challenges identified by industry, government, not-for-profits and other “Receptors” of genomics knowledge and technologies. GAPP projects are collaborations between academic researchers and Receptor organizations, and are funded by Genome Canada and co-funded by Receptors and other stakeholders.

Applicants can request up to 1/3 of the project budget from Genome Canada, from a minimum contribution of $100,000 to a maximum of $2 million. The remaining project funding must be secured from other eligible sources, with at least 1/3 provided by the Receptor(s). The duration of GAPP projects should be a minimum of one year to a maximum of three years, but may be shorter or longer if justified.

Find more information here.