Other research funding

Continuing deadlines (year round)

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
Canada Council for the Arts Digital Literacy and Intelligence An individual or an organization wishing to receive funding must have a validated applicant profile.  Ongoing   $50,000
Canada Council for the Arts Digital Literacy and Intelligence initial stages of the creative project Any time before start date of project or part of project for funding   $25,000
Canada Council for the Arts Arts Abroad: Travel for artists/groups/orgs to travel abroad to network, collaborate and build the international profile of Canadian arts practice   between March 1 to Feb. 28/29 up to $30,000/year between Mar. 1 to Feb. 28/29
Canada Council for the Arts Arts Abroad: Circulation and Touring of artists, exhibitions, or artistic works to 1 or more intl locations and cross-border Canada/US tours     up to 50% of maximum of $200,000
Canada Council for the Arts Arts Abroad: Residencies international artistic and cultural exchanges that support creative research, creation and networking     up to $20,000
Canada Council for the Arts Research and Creation initial stages of the creative project. Project cut-off dates: April 22, October 7, 2020   $25,000
Vancouver Foundation Systems Change - Develop Grants 

Short-term grants to help teams generate ideas for a project plan. 

Within the Systems Change program which aims to take action to address the root causes of pressing social, environmental or cultural issues by influencing the behaviours of populations, organizations, and institutions. 

* Due to institutional quotas, please inform isa@sfu.ca if you plan to apply.

rolling 1 year $20,000 ($10Kr project process, 10K community participation
Vancouver Foundation Participatory Action Research - Convene Grants

Short-term grants to help teams generate ideas for a project plan.  

Within the Participatory Action Research Program for projects co-led by community members and researchers to learn more about the root causes of pressing issues impacting the health of communities.

* Due to institutional quotas, please inform isa@sfu.ca if you plan to apply.

rolling 1 year $20,000 up to 1 year 
Multiple Sponsors Sept-Dec Awards and Prizes Supported by ISA Faculty members interested in being nominated or nominating, please communicate with your School Directors 3-4 months in advance (School Directors please communicate with Associate Dean of Research).

     
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Support to Canadian authors and publishers in publishing or translating a book in the humanities and social sciences. Anytime   $8,000 (publication); $12,000 (translation and publication)
MITACS MITACS Accelerate paid internships co-funded by MITACS and partner organizations (businesses or non-profits) for full-time students in Canada or Mitacs partner countries Anytime 2-4 months or - 8 months $7,500
MITACS MITACS Entrepreneur International Travel grants to Canadian start-ups housed in a university-linked incubator or accelerator to connect with international host incubators. Anytime   $5,000
Translink TransLink New Mobility Research Grant  Provides grants to project undertaken by Canadian post-secondary researchers and their partners. May span a range of disciplines (e.g. engineering, planning & policy, urban design, computer science, environmental & resource science, business, psychology, sociology, and economics) Ongoing 1 -2 years Up to $50,000
Genome BC Genome BC: Various funding opportunities https://www.genomebc.ca/funding/current-opportunities      

January

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
OPC Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) Contributions Program Funds independent privacy research and related knowledge translation initiatives Jan. 6 1 year Up to $50,000
MITACS MITACS Globalink Post-doctoral fellowships with a partner organization and a project management component

Intention to Apply & COI Decl.: Jan 8

Final App: Feb 19

1-2 years

$60,000 annual (MITACS: 30K, Partner: 30K)

Training curriculum at $7,500/year

Submission assistance & certificate of completion

Bill & Melinda Gates Bill & Melinda Gates Grand Challenge Competitive challenge to innovate with new digital payment solutions for feature phone users in India.   Jan. 12 Feb-March 2020

First Prize: USD 50K

Second: USD 30K

Third: USD 20K

Grawemeyer Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition International award for composition in choral, orchestral, chamber, song-cycle, dance, opera, musical theater, extended solo or other. Jan. 13   $100,000 USD
Desire2Learn Desire2Learn Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning Recognizes up to 5 post-secondary educators each year for innovative approaches to teaching and learning Jan. 19 1 year $2,200 (STLEHE conference and Recipients' Retreat)
Vancouver Foundation Vancouver Foundation Systems Change Grants Address root causes of pressing social, environmental or cultural issues by influencing the behaviours of populations, organizations, and institutions. Stage 1: Oct. 16
Stage 2: Jan. 24
up to 3 years up to $300K (require matching funds)
Vancouver Foundation Vancouver Foundation Participatory Action Research Grants Co-led by community members and researchers to learn more about the root causes of pressing issues impacting the health of communities.  Stage 1: Oct. 16
Stage 2: Jan. 25
up to 3 years up to $300K (require matching funds)
MSFHR Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Innovation to Commercialization (I2C) Advance products or technologies for health innovation and societal benefit. LOI: Jan. 27
Full Application: March 31
1-4 years

$150,000/year for 2 years (Phase I)

$75,000/year for 2 additional yrs (successful renewal)

Oscars.org Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – Academy Film Scholars Grant Support significant new English-language works of film scholarship that address cultural, educational, historical, theoretical or scientific aspects of theatrical motion pictures. 2 awarded. Jan. 31 1 year $25,000

February

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
Motorola Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant Funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee volunteerism and education, especially engineering and IT programming. Feb. 3, Apr. 17   $50,000
Brain Canada Foundation Brain Canada Foundation – Platform Support Grants Enhanced technical and research capabilities to multiple investigators in neurosciences (mental health). Registration Form: Feb. 4
Full Application: March 10
3 years Typically $750,000 to $2 million
Chan Zuckerberg Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Essential Open Source Software for Science (1 year): open source software projects that are essential to biomedical research Feb. 4 1 year 50,000 to 250,000 USD
CIFAR CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program For researchers within first 5 years of a full-time research position (e.g., Assistant Professor) in Child & Brain Development, Learning in Machines & Brains, Quantum Information Science, Quantum Materials. Feb. 5 2 years Up to $100,000 in unrestricted research support
MSFHR Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research – 2020 Scholar Competition  Supports early career researchers to form their own research teams and develop strong research programs that advance cutting-edge health solutions. LOI: Nov. 29
Final: Feb. 7
up to 5 years $90,000/year (up to 5 yrs)
IRP Community Foundations of Canada: The Investment Readiness Program (IRP) Non-repayable capital to help launch, design, measure and scale a social enterprise (note: may be relevant for faculty members’ non-profit or for-profit partners) Feb. 10   $10,000 to $100,000
Open Society Foundations The Open Society Foundations Soros Equality Fellowship for individuals to support the production of an innovative racial justice project (US issues; English) Feb. 13 18 months $100,000
WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC Innovation at Work Research to develop practical solutions to address workplace health and safety issues. LOI (optional): Dec. 20
Final (mandatory): Feb. 14
1 year Up to $50,000
MITACS MITACS Globalink Post-doctoral fellowships with a partner organization and a project management component Intention to Apply & COI Decl: Jan 8
Final App: Feb 19
1-2 years $60,000 annual (MITACS: 30K, Partner: 30K) | Training curriculum at $7,500/year | Submission assistance & certificate of completion
Government of Canada Canada Environmental Conservation and Protection Grants   Various deadline starting mid-Feb   Variable ranging from $25,000 and more
EduCanada Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) Program  reduce poverty in developing countries of ASEAN by offering PD opportunities through short-term courses in Canada, aligned with 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Feb. 27 scholarships run from June 1 to no later than March 1, 2021 Variable - $10K for course + $5K travel + $1.6K weekly
Spencer Foundation Lyle Spencer Research Awards to Transform Education Supports intellectually ambitious research projects that aspire to transform education Feb. 27 up to 5 years 525,000 to 1 million USD
Government of Canada Accessibility Standards Canada – Advancing Accessibility Standards Research Advancing Accessibility Standards Research Feb. 28 6 to 36 months $30,000 to $500,000 per fiscal year

March

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
SPIE SPIE Education Outreach Grants Program Support for optics and photonics related education outreach activities (universities, science centers, high schools, etc.) March 1   $5,000 USD
Art and Education 2020-22 Vera List Center Fellowships Curatorial and professional development advancing discourse on art and politics – Theme: As for Protocols March 1   $15,000 USD
Brain Canada Brain Canada Foundation – Platform Support Grants enhanced technical and research capabilities to multiple investigators in neurosciences (mental health).

Registration Form: Feb. 4


Full Application: March 10

3 years Typically $750,000 to $2 million
Prix Ars Prix Ars Electronica 2020 in the categories of Computer Animation, Digital Communities, Interactive Art + and u19 (create your world) March 2 

  Golden Nicas + 10,000 Euros | Prominent appearance at Ars Electronica Festival
Koussevitzky Music Foundation Koussevitzky Music Foundation Grant commission of chamber (groups) and symphonic (orchestra) music compositions March 15 1 yr – performance expected 2 years after grant $15,000 USD
Endangered Language Fund Language Legacies Grant Program small grants for language documentations and revitalization March 15 1 year Average USD $2,000
Genome BC GENOME BC RAPID RESPONSE FUNDING FOR COVID-19 RESEARCH PROJECTS Genome BC will fund research and innovation 6-month projects (priority BC researchers and innovators) on COVID-19. rolling intake starting March 30   up to $250,000
HFSP Human Frontier Science Program Innovative basic research on biological problems with novel and interdisciplinary approaches

LOI: March 30

Final: Sept 10 

variable duration Up to $450,000 / year
From the Heart of Production From the Heart Production Roy W. Dean Film Grants Funds independent feature films, documentaries, web series and short films March 31 1 year $3,500 USD + long list of goods and services discounts
Fraser Health Planning Award for Patient-Oriented Research and Knowledge Translation Research teams partnering with patients and stakeholders to plan research studies or KT projects in the Fraser Salish region March 31 9 months $10,000

 

April

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
Artistic Research and Project Grants National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) Largest film fest for encouragement and acknowledgement of young artists (24 y.o. or younger) working in the media arts. April 10 ($30), May 15 ($40), June 19 ($50), July 17 ($60) with 10% discount for FilmFreeway Gold members   Different prizes (last year, gave out over $7,000 in cash awards, $5000 in software and gear and $40,000 in scholarships)
BC Support Unit Fraser Centre  YⱭ:Y̓ƏSTƏL̓ AWARD Support research teams in partnering with Indigenous communities in the Fraser region Apr. 15 8 months $30,000
Spencer Foundation Spencer Foundation: Large Grants on Education Program Supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. This is a US foundation and grants are highly competitive, however, strong projects for researchers from other countries, including Canada are eligible. LOI - Apr. 17 1-5 years Funding tiers of $125K-$250K, $250,001-$375,000, $375,001-$500,000
Bill and Melinda Gates Bill & Melinda Gates Grand Challenges and Grand Challenges Exploration Initiatives Innovation to solve key global health and development challenges in: 1) non-hormonal contraceptives, 2) use of safe and appropriate cesarean section, 3) materials science for a transformative menstrual health and hygiene product, 4) improving the impact of health campaigns. LOI - Apr. 22
Final - July
1-3 years 1)  USD 2 million for up to 3 years; 2) $100K for 24 mos, $300K for 24 mos; 3) $100K for initial grants; 4) $100K for initial grants

May

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
Microsoft Microsoft Research New collaborative research between Microsoft and universities to make advances in AI to solve computing security problems.  See also more MICROSOFT RESEARCH opportunities for faculty, students and post-docs at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/ May 1 12-18 months USD 150,000
WorkSafeBC WorkSafeBC 2020 Specific Priorities - Changing Nature of Work and the Work Environment Research Research projects on whether and how new work trends (e.g., emerging industries, business models, new and advancing technology, EDI) may affect the risks of work injury in BC or impact prevention and management of work disability. May 29 1 year $50,000 - $150,000
IDA Design Awards IDA Annual Int'l Designer of the Year Awards The International Design Awards and European Product Design Awards jointly launched the Covid-19 Design Innovation Grant in an effort to support the global effort to find solutions in tackling some of the crucial issues and problems relating to the global Coronavirus pandemic. enter before the 10% early bird deadline on May 30    

June

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
CCA CCA - Governor General Awards in Visual and Media Arts Granted to artists in recognition of remarkable careers in either of those fields (up to 8 awards) June 1   $25,000
MITACS MITACS Elevate Post-doc funding to manage a long-term collaborative research project with a company or non-profit.

June 10 (submit draft application for pre-review)


July 22 (Full Application)

2 years $60,000/year plus professional development training ($7,500/year non-cash value). Partner contribution: min. $30,000
MITACS MITACS Globalink Research Internship (GRI) GRI pairs faculty in Canada with international undergrads from Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India, Mexico, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA.  All disciplines are eligible. June 10 12 week research projects from May-Oct.  
Facebook Facebook Open Research Awards Exploring unique challenges, threats, attacks, mitigations, and other considerations in the burgeoning space of AR, VR, and smart devices. June 12 Not mentioned $75,000
CANSSI Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute - Collaborative Research Teams Projects Foster fundamental statistics and inferential data science research and training interactions that span disciplines and institutions. LOI: June 15
(full proposals - Aug)
  $180,000
MIT Solve MIT Solve 2020 Global Challenge: Health Security and Pandemics MIT Solve is seeking tech innovations that can slow and track the spread of an emerging outbreak, for example by improving individual hygiene, developing low-cost rapid diagnostics, analyzing data that informs decision making, and providing tools that support and protect health workers. June 18    

July

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
Global Grand Challenges Bill & Melinda Gates Grand Challenges and Grand Challenges Exploration Initiatives Innovation to solve key global health and development challenges in: 1) non-hormonal contraceptives, 2) use of safe and appropriate cesarean section, 3) materials science for a transformative menstrual health and hygiene product, 4) improving the impact of health campaigns. LOI - Apr. 22
Final - July 
1-3 years 1)  USD 2 million for up to 3 years; 2) $100K for 24 mos, $300K for 24 mos; 3) $100K for initial grants; 4) $100K for initial grants
Grand Challenges Canada Grand Challenges - Global Mental Health Seed Funding Program Proof-of-concept grants that focus on mental well-being of youth in low and middle-income countries. Register: July 9
Apply: July 17
18-24 months $250,000
Spencer Foundation Spencer Foundation: Large Grants on Education Program Supports education research projects. Highly competitive and US-based, however, strong projects from other countries are eligible. LOI: July 14, 2020 1-5 years Funding tiers of $125K-$250K, $250,001-$375,000, $375,001-$500,000
National Geographic National Georgraphic AI for Earth Innovation Novel projects that create and deploy AI tools to improve the way we monitor, model, understand, and ultimately manage Earth's natural resources for a more sustainable future. July 22 1 year $5,000 to $100,000
AI Lab The AI LAB (European Artificial Intelligence Lab). Astronomy x AI Offers international artists working in the field of AI to win a residency at a scientific partner institution and at the Futurelab of Ars Electronica. July 22 7-12 weeks An artist fee in the amount of € 3.000,-, a production budget of € 7.000,- as well as accommodation and travel
Government of Canada Ideas Challenge - Moral Trauma on the Frontline Investigate new ways to identify, diagnose and treat the moral injuries left by providing care during this worldwide pandemic. July 30   Value: $200K (6 mos) to $1M (1 year)

August

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
PICS Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions Targeting new entrants and emerging leaders, the program aims to support researchers to take bold, calculated, risks in pursuit of high-impact climate solution results. August 4 max. 3 years $180,000 (3-5 awards/call)
Innovate BC Innovate BC Ignite Program Innovation projects in areas of natural sciences, applied sciences and/or engineering. LOI: Aug. 10
Final: Oct. 19
3 years $300,000
ResearchNet Team Grant: More Years, Better Lives (MYBL) 2020 Research on demographic change and its impacts on income and wealth, caring responsibilities, and social and political participation with an emphasis on reducing inequalities.

3 eligible applicants from 3 EWG countries
EOI (optional): Aug. 14
Full Proposal: Sept. 14
Abbreviated Proposal: Sept. 15
3 years $250K
European Research Fund European Research Fund - Advanced Grants Long-term funding for ground-breaking, high-risk projects of established, leading PIs (10-year track record) August (no CFP yet in 2020) 5 years up to 2.5 million

September

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
Future Skills Centre Future Skills Centre - May 2020: Shock Proofing the Future Research, network development and innovation pilots that target sectors, regions and populations with needs to build resiliency in the face of social and economic shock and to recognize emerging opportunities to accelerate skills, adopt new technologies and promote innovative policy or program approaches. Final Deadline: Sept. 1   $25K (small scale) to $2.5M (exceptional potential for impact)
European Commission European Commission Marie-Sklodowska Curie Actions Fellowships European or Global research fellowships for experienced researchers with a doctoral degree or at least 4 years full-time research experience. All research areas are eligible. Sept. 9   TBD based on # applications. Covers living, travel, family costs, training, networking and research costs of the fellow, as well as to the management and indirect costs of the project
ResearchNet Team Grant: More Years, Better Lives (MYBL) 2020 Research on demographic change and its impacts on income and wealth, caring responsibilities, and social and political participation with an emphasis on reducing inequalities.

3 eligible applicants from 3 EWG countries
EOI (optional): Aug. 14
Full Proposal: Sept. 14
Abbreviated Proposal: Sept. 15
3 years $250K
Fulbright Canada Fulbright Canada Reciprocal exchange and opportunity for Canadian scholars to lecture and/or conduct research in the US. Various award opportunities Mainly Sept. 15 or Nov. 15   Variable
Fulbright Canada Fulbright Canada - Canadian Scholars Arctic Initiative Network to stimulate international scientific collaboration on Arctic issues. Sept. 15   US $40,000
Sony Sony Research Award Program Build relationships between universities and Sony for cutting-edge academic research to drive technologies, industry and the future. Sept. 19   Faculty Innovation Award: US$100,000
Focused Research Award: US$150,000
MITACS Globalink Program Competitive initiative for international undergraduates from: Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, HK, India, Mexico, Taiwan, Tunisia, Ukraine, UK, US. Sept. 23 12 weeks Funds logistics, accommodation, medical insurance, etc.
MSFHR Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research - 2020 Reach Competition Bring together researchers and research users to support the dissemination of research evidence to facilitate its effective uptake and potential to impact health and care. Sept. 28 12 months up to $15K
MSFHR Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research - 220 Convening & Collaborating (C2) Competition Bring together researchers and research users to co-develop research aligned with BC's health system priorities with findings relevant to users. Sept. 28 12 months up to $15K
Microsoft Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship Early career researchers in the Americas with innovative, breakthrough and high impact research. Sept. 30 2 years US $200,000

October

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
Canada Council for the Arts Research and Creation several grants and awards to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts October 7   25,000
Canada Council for the Arts Concept to Realization several grants and awards to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts October 7   $60,000
Vancouver Foundation Vancouver Foundation Systems Change Grants

Address root causes of pressing social, environmental or cultural issues by influencing the behaviours of populations, organizations, and institutions.

* Due to institutional quotas, please inform isa@sfu.ca if you plan to apply.

Stage 1: Oct. 16
Stage 2: Jan. 24
up to 3 years up to $300K (require matching funds)
Vancouver Foundation Vancouver Foundation Participatory Action Research Grants

Co-led by community members and researchers to learn more about the root causes of pressing issues impacting the health of communities. 

* Due to institutional quotas, please inform isa@sfu.ca if you plan to apply.

Stage 1: Oct. 16
Stage 2: Jan. 24
up to 3 years up to $300K (require matching funds)
Canada Council for the Arts Professional Development for Artists Support the careers of Canadian artists and artist groups with professional development. Oct. 21 1 year $10,000

 

November

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
Spencer Foundation Spencer Foundation Small Research Grants Support education research projects Nov. 3 1-5 years up to $50,000
Fulbright Fulbright Canadian Research Chair Program Awards 2020-2021 Research and teaching grants in the US provided to exceptional Canadian scholars and/or experienced professionals within humanities and social sciences. **Please check site and attached pdf for further details (pls. contact hdragats@sfu.ca) Nov. 15 4, 5 or 8 months US$25,000-$50,000   
Fraser Health BC Support Unit Fraser Centre Awards for patient-oriented research and knowledge translation support in the Fraser region (pls. see attached for both events and awards) Nov. 15    Patient-Oriented Clinician Research Impact: $6,000           Knowledge Translation: $50,000 Planning for Patient-Oriented Research and KT: $10,000
Fulbright Canada Fulbright Canada Reciprocal exchange and opportunity for Canadian scholars to lecture and/or conduct research in the US. Various award opportunities Mainly Sept. 15 or Nov. 15   Variable
Cultural and Scientific Services French Embassy in Canada France-Canada Research Fund Provide funding for new scientific projects jointly developed by French and Canadian teams that have not worked together before. Primarily intended to support mobility of researchers and their students. **submitted proposals MUST be joint projects between a French institution and one of 20 FCRF’s Canadian member universities Nov. 16 2 years $8,000 - $15,000
Mozilla Mozilla Research Grants Specific Priority Areas TBD TBD   $50,000 (generally includes 10% child care)
MSFHR Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research – Scholar Competition  Supports early career researchers to form their own research teams and develop strong research programs that advance cutting-edge health solutions.

LOI: Nov. 29

Final: Feb. 7

up to 5 years $90,000/year (up to 5 yrs)
Government of Canada Bank of Canada Fellowship Award Recognizes research excellence and supports research in one of the Bank's core functions (monetary policy, funds management, financial system and currency) Nov. 30 up to 5 years Value: $50K (grant)and $40K (research allowance) / year

December

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
Government of Canada Canadian Heritage - Anti-Racism Action Program  Research to build understanding of discrimination faced by minority communities. Help address barriers to employment, justice and social participation among racialized and religious minority communities, and Indigenous peoples.  Dec. 17 3 years $150,000