Tri-Council funding

Continuing deadlines (year round)

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
NSERC NSERC Alliance Research led by collaborative teams with partner organizations for new knowledge or technology and accerlate results. Ongoing 1-5 years Option 1: $20,000 to $1 million/year Option 2: $30,000 to $100,000/year (initial) or $200,0001year (after initial stage). Cost-sharing & 25% overhead required.
CIHR CIHR Catalyst Grants Various grant opportunities throughout the year offered to initiate projects in defined sectors or fields. Variable Deadlines (please consult specific opportunity) Variable Variable
SSHRC SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grants Aimed at conducting synthesis research and informing policy on SSHRC Future Challenge Areas. Variable (announced throughout the year) 1 year $25,000

January

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
SSHRC SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant

Aimed at conducting synthesis research and informing policy.

See SSHRC Future Challenge Areas.

First week of January. 1 year $25,000

NSERC

 

 

 

 

 

 

NSERC Idea to Innovation Grants (I2I)

 

 

 

 

 

Accelerate the pre-competitive development of promising technology originating from the university and college sector and promote its transfer to a new or established Canadian company.

 

 

 

Mar. 30, Jun. 22, Sept. 28, Jan. 6

 

 

 

 

 

6-24 months

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phase I -  Reduction to Practice Stage (≤ $125K – 12 m)

Phase Ib – Supplement (≤ $60K – 6 mos) 

Phase IIa–Technology Enhancement (≤$125K/y – 6-18m)

Phase IIb-Technology Enhancement (≤$350K – 2 years)

February

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
SSHRC SSHRC Connection Grants Events and outreach activities for short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization. Includes Joint Initiative for Digital Citizenship Research

Feb. 1, May 1,

Aug. 1, Nov 1

1 year

$7,000-$25,000 (events)

$7,000-$50,000 (outreach activities)

SSHRC SSHRC Insight Development Grants Support research in the SSH at its early stages (50% budget envelope for emerging scholars in their first 6 years) Feb. 2 1-2 years $7,000-$75,000
SSHRC SSHRC Partnership Grants Support new or existing partnerships to support research (Insight), knowledge mobilization (Connection) and research training (Talent) LOI: Feb. 15
Final: Nov. 1
4-7 years

LOI: $20,000 

Final Application: up to $2.5 million + 35% partner

SSHRC New Frontiers in Research Fund, Transformation Canadian-led interdisciplinary, ground-breaking research projects with potential for real and lasting change. NOI: Feb. 18
LOI: April 15
Full Application: Nov. 18
up to 6 years $2-4 million per year (incl. 25% indirect costs)

March

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount

CIHR

 

 

 

CIHR Project Grant

 

 

 

Capture ideas (at any stage) with the greatest potential for important advances in fundamental or applied health research.

Spring Registration:

March 4

Spring Application: April 1 

 

4-5 years on average

 

 

 

Avg: $650K-$750K for 4-5 years

Max: $13.75M (only 2% largest will received max)

 

SSHRC

 

 

 

 

 

SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants

 

 

 

 

 

Short-term support for targeted partnered research, that will inform decision-making with a single partner organization (public, private, or nonprofit)

Mar. 15, Jun. 15, Sept. 15, Dec. 15

 

 

 

 

 

1 year

 

 

 

 

 

$7,000-$25,000

 

 

 

 

 

NSERC

 

 

 

 

 

 

NSERC Idea to Innovation Grants (I2I)

 

 

 

 

 

Accelerate the pre-competitive development of promising technology originating from the university and college sector and promote its transfer to a new or established Canadian company.

 

 

 

Mar. 30, Jun. 22, Sept. 28, Jan. 6

 

 

 

 

 

6-24 months

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phase I -  Reduction to Practice Stage (≤ $125K – 12 m)

Phase Ib – Supplement (≤ $60K – 6 mos) 

Phase IIa–Technology Enhancement (≤$125K/y – 6-18m)

Phase IIb-Technology Enhancement (≤$350K – 2 years)

 

April

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
SSHRC New Frontiers in Research Fund, Transformation Canadian-led interdisciplinary, ground-breaking research projects with potential for real and lasting change. NOI: Feb. 18
LOI: April 15
Full Application: Nov. 18
up to 6 years $2-4 million per year (incl. 25% indirect costs)

May

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
NSERC NSERC CREATE [Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program] Supports training of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows 

LOI to NSERC: May 1

Final Application to NSERC: Sept. 22

1-6 years Up to $150K in Year 1, $300K/year subsequent ($1.65M)
NSERC NSERC Science Communication Skills Grant (Pilot) Funding to organizations for training for students and researchers in STEM on how to effectively communicate science to the public May 15 1 year $20K
SSHRC SSHRC Connection Grant Support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. May 15 1 year $7,000 to $25,000, and exceptionally up to $50,000 for larger outreach activities (e.g., workshop series, exhibits, etc.)

June

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
SSHRC SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants Short-term support for targeted partnered research, that will inform decision-making with a single partner organization (public, private, or nonprofit sector) June 15, Sept. 15, Dec. 15, March 15 1 year $7,000-$25,000
NSERC NSERC Idea to Innovation Grants (I2I) Pre-competitive development of technology from university/college and promote transfer to new or established Canadian company.

Jun. 22, Sept. 28, Jan. 6, March 30 6-24 months $60K to $350K

July

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
SSHRC New Frontiers in Research Fund, Transformation Canadian-led interdisciplinary, ground-breaking research – potential real and lasting change. LOI: July 15
Full Application: Nov. 18
up to 6 years $2 million to $4 million /year (25% overhead)

August

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
NSERC NSERC Discovery Grants Ongoing programs of research with long-term goals that recognize creativity and innovation. NOI: Aug. 1
Application: Nov. 1
up to 5 years Vairable (e.g., $24K-$100K/year)
SSHRC SSHRC Connection Grants Events ($7K-$25K) and outreach activities ($7K-$50K) for short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization. Aug. 1, Nov. 1, Feb. 1, May 1 1 year

$7,000-$25,000 (events)

$25,000-$50,000 (outreach activities)

SSHRC New Frontiers in Research Fund, Exploration High-risk, high reward and interdisciplinary research. NOI Deadline: Aug. 18
Full Application: Oct. 20
2 years $250,000

September

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
SSHRC SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant: Skills and Work in the Digital Economy Research and produce a synthesis report on new challenges and opportunities as emerging technologies such as AI, VR/AR, block chain, robotics, IoT, and 3D printing are disrupting value chains and global markets; and/or in the context or result of Covid-19. Sept. 3 1 year $30,000
SSHRC SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants and COVID-19 Special Initiative Examining longer-term impacts of the pandemic – and the ensuing economic slowdown – on individuals, businesses and communities. Short-term, small-scale, stakeholder-driven partnerships. Sept. 15   $25,000 for 1 year
SSHRC SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant  
Short-term, small-scale, targeted research initiatives with 1 single partner from the public, private or not-for-profit sector.
Sept. 15, Dec. 15, March 15, June 15 1 year $7,000 - $25,000
CIHR CIHR Project Grant Support research by individual or group research projects that capture ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related fundamental or applied knowledge, health research, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes. Registration: Sept. 16
Final Application: Oct. 14
Average awarded in 2019 was $713,500 over 4.36 years Average awarded in 2019 was $713,500 over 4.36 years
NSERC NSERC Idea to Innovation Grants (I2I) Pre-competitive development of technology from university/college and promote transfer to new or established Canadian company.

Sept. 28, Jan 6, March 30, June 22 6-24 months $60K to $350K

October

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
SSHRC SSHRC Insight Grant Research excellence and initiatives in social sciences and humanities Oct. 1 2-5 years Value - Stream A: $7K to $100K
Value - Stream B: $100,001K to $400,000
CIHR CIHR Project Grant Support research by individual or group research projects that capture ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related fundamental or applied knowledge, health research, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes. Registration: Sept. 16
Final Application: Oct. 14
Average awarded in 2019 was $713,500 over 4.36 years Average awarded in 2019 was $713,500 over 4.36 years
CIHR CCS/CIHR/BC Spark Grants: Novel Technology Applications in Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Contributions from fields of AI, digital solutions and others to improve the efficacy and efficiency of cancer prevention and control through new technologies. Registration: Aug. 28
Full Proposal: Oct. 16
1 year $150,000
SSHRC New Frontiers in Research Fund, Exploration High-risk, high reward and interdisciplinary research. NOI Deadline: Aug. 18
Full Application: Oct. 20
2 years $250,000
NSERC Research Tools NSERC Research Tools and Instruments Purchase of research equipment for discovery, innovation and training capability of university researchers in NSE. Oct. 25 1 year up to $150,000

November

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
NSERC NSERC Discovery Grants Ongoing programs of research with long-term goals that recognize creativity and innovation. NOI: Aug. 1
Application: Nov. 1
up to 5 years Variable (e.g., $24K-$100K/year)
SSHRC SSHRC Connection Grants Events ($7K-$25K) and outreach activities ($7K-$50K) for short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization. Nov. 1, Feb. 1, May 1, Aug. 1 1 year $7,000-$50,000
SSHRC New Frontiers in Research Fund, Transformation Canadian-led interdisciplinary, ground-breaking research – potential real and lasting change. LOI: July 15
Full Application: Nov. 18
up to 6 years $2 million to $4 million /year (25% overhead)

December

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
CIHR CIHR - Indigenous Peoples and COVID-19 Knowledge Synthesis, evaluation, assessment grants rapid research funding opportunity  

Indigenous community-led, stregths-based, solutions-focused research that is bold, innovative and that addresses the immediate, intermediate, and/or long-term consequences of COVID-19 and/or informs future preparedness..
Dec. 2020 1 year Knowledge Synthesis: $100K
Evaluation & Assessment: $200K
SSHRC SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant  
Short-term, small-scale, targeted research initiatives with 1 single partner from the public, private or not-for-profit sector.
Dec. 15, March 15, June 15, Sept. 15 1 year $7,000 - $25,000