Funding Opportunities

Explore the funding opportunities for Faculty of Education members below. If you are planning to submit a grant to any External or SFU Internal funding program, please let the Associate Dean, Academic and Research Office know as soon as possible and no later than 3 months in advance of the Faculty of Education internal deadline. This will enable us to assist you best and plan appropriate levels of support.

Send all correspondence concerning grants to

Research Funding and Award Opportunities Database

The Office of the Vice-President, Research is pleased to introduce the Research Funding and Award Opportunities Database, containing the details of over 450 research grant and faculty award opportunities.

The database is now available to be browsed or searched at

It will be continuously updated and expanded by the Office of Research Services (ORS) and Major Awards staff. Additionally, we will email you directly about selected funding deadlines and new calls for proposals based on topic preferences that you can control. We invite you to explore this new resource and let us know what you think.

The Research Funding and Award Opportunities Database will replace the mailing lists used by ORS to keep researchers informed about grants and new developments, so please make sure you have been included as a subscriber

Important notice:

All grants and signature sheets (including Small SSHRC grants and VPR Travel grants) must be submitted to the ADAR office for Chair’s evaluation and/or signing no later than three working days prior to the SFU internal deadline. The ADAR office will send all grant submissions and signature sheets to the Office of Research Services (ORS) on behalf of all applicants.

For further information about funding opportunities visit:

2018 - 2019 SSHRC Grants

SSHRC Program

FoE Internal Review Deadline (Full Draft, incl. Budget and CV).  

SFU Internal Deadline


Agency Deadline

SSHRC Small Grant

Ideal for doing preliminary or pilot work on which to base larger scale research; $7K max for 1-2 years


  • May 14, 2018
  • Nov 15, 2018


  • Jun 1, 2018
  • *Dec 15, 2018


SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant *NEW*

For initiating research partnerships with one main knowledge user or collaborator organization from nonprofit, public or private sector; $7K-25K; 1 year. Small-scale, stakeholder-driven grants to respond to immediate needs and time constraints facing organizations in non-academic sectors.


  • Feb 15, 2018
  • May 15, 2018
  • Aug 15, 2018
  • Nov 15, 2018


  • Mar 11, 2018
  • Jun 11, 2018
  • Sept 11, 2018
  • Dec 11, 2018


  • Mar 15, 2018
  • Jun 15, 2018
  • Sept 15, 2018
  • Dec 15, 2018

SSHRC Connection Grant

Knowledge mobilization funding; requires cash/in-kind from partners/sponsors, $7,000 to $25,000 for events, up to $50,000; 1 year. For outreach activities Connection Grants support short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives, i.e. workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes or other events or outreach activities.



  • July 1, 2018
  • Oct 1, 2018
  • Jan 1, 2019
  • Apr 1, 2019


  • Jul 26, 2018
  • Oct 25, 2018
  • Jan 25, 2019
  • Apr 25, 2019


  • Aug 1, 2018
  • Nov 1, 2018
  • Feb 1, 2019
  • May 1, 2019

SSHRC Insight

Support research excellence in the SS&H; 70-100K (2-5 years) or 100-400K for 2-5 years. Uses the SSHRC Web Platform & SSHRC CV system

  • Sept 15, 2018
  • Oct 9, 2018
  • Oct 15, 2018

SSHRC Partnership Development Grant

To foster new research and/or related activities with new or existing partners; and to design and test new partnership approaches for research and/or related activities; $75K to $200K over 1-3 years

  • Oct 30, 2018
  • Nov 24, 2018
  • Nov 30, 2018

SSHRC Insight Development Grant

Support research in its initial stages. enables the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas; $7K and $75K, 1-2 years. Uses the Research Portal & SSHRC CCV.

  • Jan 2, 2019
  • Jan 29, 2019
  • Feb 2, 2019

SSHRC Partnership Grant - Feb 15, 2018 Letter of Intent due

These grants involve two stages and require significant development work.

Stage 1: Letter of Intent (up to $20,000)

Stage 2: Formal Application (by invitation) up to $2.5 million



  • Nov 1, 2018

Other Funding Opportunities


FoE Internal Review Deadline (Full Draft, incl. Budget and CV)

SFU Internal Deadline


Program Deadline

Spencer Foundation Small Research Grants

Funds academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education through a range of topics and disciplines. Up to US$50,000; applications accepted 4 times per year.

Jul 1, 2018


Aug 1, 2018


CIFAR Global Call for Ideas (LOI)

CIFAR supports sustained collaborations between Canadian and international researchers to address global problems, open new fields of inquiry, and accelerate the creation and mobilization of knowledge that address these challenges. The proposed team must be international, interdisciplinary, and diverse. A budget is not required at the LOI stage.


Jan 1, 2018


Jan 21, 2018


MITACS Accelerate Fellowship *NEW*

Provides long-term funding for a significant part of graduate degree programs:

  • Master’s students can complete an 18-month project (minimum $30,000 stipend)
  • PhD students can complete a three-year project (minimum $72,000 stipend)

Fellowships can form new Accelerate projects or be added to existing ones, and applications are accepted any time.




MITACS Accelerate (General)

Mitacs Accelerate supports collaborative research between faculty members, graduate students or postdoctoral fellows, and non-academic partners including industry and eligible not-for-profit organizations. Past partners have included Science World, the Canucks Autism Network, and Pearson Education Canada, as well as various First Nations Economic Development Corporations and private schools. Funding starts at $15,000 per four months, applications are non-competitive and accepted anytime.

Please contact Dr. Allison Brennan, SFU’s Mitacs representative, for additional information: or 778-237-2411.





Vancouver Foundation

Starting in July, Vancouver Foundation is enhancing the way they respond to community needs by evolving their current Field of Interest Grants to two new grant programs:

  1. Participatory Action Research Grants will support research that is co-led by community members and researchers to learn more about the root causes of pressing issues impacting the health of communities.
  2. Systems Change Grants will support projects that take action to address the root causes of pressing issues by influencing the behaviours of populations, organizations, and institutions.

What happens next?

They open for applications in July 2018 – visit their website and download the Factsheet and FAQ

Learn more about the kinds of projects they fund: |

Vancouver Foundation | #200 - 475 West Georgia Street Vancouver BC Canada V6B 4M9
T 604-688-2204 | |

Teaching and Learning Development Grants program (TLDG)

SFU faculty can receive grants of up to $6,000 through the Teaching and Learning Development Grants program (TLDG). The grants are intended to support faculty to investigate questions about teaching and learning (e.g., effectiveness of new approaches, design and evaluation of new instructional tools, program evaluation, etc.). Attendance at a proposal development workshop (2, two-hour sessions) is required for those interested in these grants. The workshop sessions focus on refining project ideas, identifying questions and sources of evidence and drafting the project proposal.

The grants program is funded by the Office of the Vice-President, Academic, and is facilitated by the ISTLD. You can find more information about the grants program and descriptions about all projects already funded on the TLDG website.

Upcoming workshop dates:

July 18 & August 1, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

To register:

 For more information about the TLDG program email or visit

CRCC Announces new tri-agency grants focused on Indigenous research, reconciliation

The Canada Research Coordinating Committee has announced the launch of new tri-agency Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation—Connection Grants. These grants support interdisciplinary events and outreach activities that address themes such as supporting Indigenous talent and research, engaging Indigenous knowledge mobilizing knowledge and partnerships for reconciliation, and fostering mutually respectful relationships. The projects must involve the participation of First Nations, Métis, or Inuit communities in their leadership and governance. The grants are valued at $50K for six months with the possibility of a six-month extension. Application Deadline is September 6, 2018. 

For more information:

Crowdfunding at SFU

Do you have a specific project or trip that requires funding to get off the ground? Do you have a group of at least 5-8 people (students, faculty and/or staff) willing to lead the campaign as well as an additional 10+ people to promote the cause through their email contacts and social media accounts? If so, you may be eligible to run a crowdfunding campaign through SFU's free platform, USEED

Crowdfunding enhances SFU-wide fundraising efforts and allows donors a new way to get inspired and support students, outreach programs and other unique initiatives. It is not intended to replace existing funding and fundraising at SFU, but to allow smaller projects the chance to succeed (funds raised typically range from $5,000 - $20,000 to start, but can grow upwards of $25,000 depending on the number of participants).

Once you have completed the application form, you will be interviewed by our crowdfunding partner, USEED, who works closely with us to ensure that projects comply with University guidelines. If your application is approved, you and your team will be trained on how to use the platform, rally support from your community and bring in donations! You will be matched with a support person from USEED who will be available to coach the team throughout the process.

Examples of successful USEED crowdfunding campaigns:

University of Alberta's Projet Afrique:

University of Washington's Growing the farm:

SFU's own MASS Impact Cybathlon:  


Step 1: Apply (

Step 2: Interview with USEED to elaborate on your project and explore resources.

Step 3: With support from USEED, team leaders put together the campaign content: text, short video, photos and recruit others to help spread the word. Allow 2-6 weeks for content creation and set up.

Step 4: Once approved for launch, your campaign goes live! Campaigns run for 30 days.

Step 5: Provide your supporters with weekly email updates throughout the campaign and a final thank you at the end.

**For more information about crowdfunding and USEED, please call Rachel Lowry, in the Annual Giving office (778-782-9946) to discuss your project.