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 for 1-5 years

Option 2: $30,000 to $100,000/year for 1-5 years.

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 Indigenous Leadership Circle in Research
Call for expressions of interest for a minimum of 10 individuals to join the Indigenous Leadership
Circle in Research with the three federal research funding agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC).
January 15, 2021 Mandate until end of 2022
Expenses to attend in-person meetings and honoraria may be paid.

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.

 

 

 

Jan. 5, Mar. 29, Jun. 28, Sept. 27

 

 

 

 

 

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. 10
Final: Nov. 1

SFU deadlines

January 11, 2021: Draft application components due to ISA for internal review

January 20, 2021: Requests for institutional support letters due to ISA (both SFU-led and non-SFU-led)

February 5, 2021: Final Stage 1 applications due to Research Services for submission to SSHRC by February 10, 2021

4-7 years

LOI: $20,000 

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

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging Phase 3
To support the continued positioning of the CLSA as a world-class platform for multidisciplinary research and to ensure that CLSA data is findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable.
 

Feb 16, 2021

(SFU Signature Sheet, Routing Slip and Full Application due to ORS 3 business days before the application deadline)

  Up to $52.2 million for up to six years
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 (Internal Deadline: Mar 29)

 

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. 29, Jun. 28, Sept. 27, Jan. 5

 

 

 

 

 

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)

Human Frontier Science Program
HFSP Research Grants
Support innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems with emphasis on novel and interdisciplinary approaches that involve scientific exchanges across national and disciplinary boundaries.  

Letter of Intent initiation: March 18

Letter of Intent submission: March 30, 2021

Final Application: Sept. 2021 (TBD)

3 years
$465,000

 

April

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 (Internal Deadline: Mar 29)

 

4-5 years on average

 

 

 

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

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

 

NSERC Encouraging Vaccine Confidence in Canada
Improve understanding of vaccines and help Canadians to make evidence-based decisions. April 5, 2021 1 year
$50,000
SickKids-CIHR-IHDCYH Operating Grant: New Investigator Grants in Child and Youth Health Research in biomedical, clinical, health systems and services, population and public health sectors that has the potential for significant impact on children's health outcomes. April 20
3 years
$300,000

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 

Internal LOI (isa@sfu.ca): Feb. 24

Requests for Institutional Letters of Support due to ISA: April 19 (noon)

Draft NSERC LOIs for critical review with ISA and FCAT: April 7

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 17 (forms due to ORS by May 12) 1 year $20K
SSHRC SSHRC Connection Grant Support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. May 1 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

SSHRC + 

  • FAPESP (Brazil)
  • FRQSC (Canada/Quebec)
  • IDRC (Canada)
  • MinCiencias (Colombia)
  • HRZZ (Croatia)
  • AKA (Finland)
  • ANR (France)
  • DLR-PT (Germany)
  • NCN (Poland)
  • NRF (South Africa)
  • SNSF (Switzerland)
  • UKRI AHRC (UK)
  • UKRI ESRC (UK)
  • NSF (USA)

 

 

Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) Recovery, Renewal and Resilience in a Post-Pandemic World (RRR)

To understand and address the complex societal effects of COVID-19 and inform mitigation efforts, thus contributing to a more equitable, resilient and sustainable future. 5 main challenge areas:

(i) reducing inequalities and vulnerabilities;

(ii) building a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable society;

(iii) fostering democratic governance and political participation;

(iv) advancing responsible and inclusive digital innovation; and

(v) ensuring effective and accurate communication and media.

[Eligibility: At least 1 PI in 3 different T-AP participating countries]

Webinars: April 27 from 7:30-9am (French) (Password: sshrc2021)

April 28, 2021 from 7:30-9am (English) (Password: sshrc2021)

Intention to Submit: June 14

Full Proposals: July 12

Project Start Date: March 1, 2022

Between 24-36 months

Variable according to country funding agency. 

In Canada:

FRQSC: $50K-70K + ICR

IDRC: $200K

SSHRC: $200K

NSERC Discovery Horizons (pilot) Investigator-initiated individual and team projects that broadly integrate or transcend disciplines to advance knowledge in the NSE.

LOI: June 15

Full Application: Oct. 18

 up to 5 years $50K-100K/year or up to $500,000
CIHR Indigenous Gender and Wellness Team Grant Funding for Indigenous-led teams to implement their ideas through research and action-oriented, community-based participatory projects that will improve wellness for Indigenous Peoples from a gendered perspective.

Registration: June 22

Application: July 29

3 years
$500,000
CIHR  Training Grant : Health Research Training Platform This funding opportunity is to support the development of interdisciplinary, inter-jurisdictional, and intersectoral research training platforms to attract high-caliber trainees and ECRs

Registration deadline: April 21st, 2021

All completed forms are due by June 17, 2021

Application Deadline: June 22nd, 2021

 

Up to 6 years

Total amount available is $28,800,000

Maximum amount per grant is $400,000 per year for up to 6 years, for a total of $2,400,000 per grant

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. 28, Sept. 27, Jan. 5, March 29 6-24 months $60K to $350K

July

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
CIHR Indigenous Gender and Wellness Team Grant Funding for Indigenous-led teams to implement their ideas through research and action-oriented, community-based participatory projects that will improve wellness for Indigenous Peoples from a gendered perspective.

Registration: June 22

Application: July 29

3 years
$500,000

SSHRC + 

  • FAPESP (Brazil)
  • FRQSC (Canada/Quebec)
  • IDRC (Canada)
  • MinCiencias (Colombia)
  • HRZZ (Croatia)
  • AKA (Finland)
  • ANR (France)
  • DLR-PT (Germany)
  • NCN (Poland)
  • NRF (South Africa)
  • SNSF (Switzerland)
  • UKRI AHRC (UK)
  • UKRI ESRC (UK)
  • NSF (USA)

 

 

Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) Recovery, Renewal and Resilience in a Post-Pandemic World (RRR)

To understand and address the complex societal effects of COVID-19 and inform mitigation efforts, thus contributing to a more equitable, resilient and sustainable future. 5 main challenge areas:

(i) reducing inequalities and vulnerabilities;

(ii) building a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable society;

(iii) fostering democratic governance and political participation;

(iv) advancing responsible and inclusive digital innovation; and

(v) ensuring effective and accurate communication and media.

[Eligibility: At least 1 PI in 3 different T-AP participating countries]

Webinars: April 27 from 7:30-9am (French) (Password: sshrc2021)

April 28, 2021 from 7:30 to 9am (English) (Password: sshrc2021)

Intention to Submit: June 14

Full Proposals: July 12

Project Start Date: March 1, 2022

Between 24-36 months

Variable according to country funding agency. 

In Canada:

FRQSC: $50K-70K + ICR

IDRC: $200K

SSHRC: $2

SSHRC  Imagining Canada’s Future Ideas Lab: Canada and the Circular Economy

Stage 1: a virtual, interactive and interdisciplinary research design workshop.

Stage 2: Only selected teams' ideas will then be invited to apply for funding to further advance projects and multisectoral partnerships.

The following criteria and scoring scheme will be used to evaluate applications:

1. Research and interdisciplinarity (20%)
2. Collaborations and partnerships (20%)
3. Knowledge mobilization and communication (20%)
4. Innovation and creativity (20%)
5. Overall potential to contribute to workshop (20%)

Merit review committee members will assign a score for each of the five criteria above. More information here.

Stage 1: Virtual workshop:
1. Application deadline: July 16, 2021 (8 p.m. eastern)
2. Workshop dates: October 18-29, 2021

Stage 2: Funding Opportunity:
1. Application deadline January 20, 2022 (8 p.m. eastern)

Note: The call for Stage 2 will be released in November 2021. Only participants in the workshop will be invited to apply.

Duration: Two years (Stage 2 only) Value: Up to $250,000
(Stage 2 only)

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)

Tri-Council New Frontiers in Research Fund, Exploration High-risk, high reward and interdisciplinary research. NOI Deadline: Aug. 10
Full Application: Oct. 19
2 years $250,000
NSERC NSERC NOVA- FRQNT-NSERC Program for Early Career Researchers (ERC) Program (pilot) Support research projects led by Quebec ERC in collaboration with researchers from other Canadian provinces and territories.

NOI: Aug. 18 at 1pm (PST)

Full Application: Sept. 22 at 1pm (PST)

3 years

$75,000

(NSERC $45,000 and FRQNT $30,000)

September

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
SSHRC SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants 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 1 year $25,000
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 Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program (CREATE) Supports the training and mentoring of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad.

Internal LOI (isa@sfu.ca): Feb. 24

Requests for Institutional Letters of Support due to ISA: April 19 (noon)

Draft NSERC LOIs for critical review with ISA and FCAT: April 7

LOI to NSERC: May 1

Final Application to NSERC: Sept. 22

6 years Up to $150,000 in Year 1 and up to $300,000 for up to 5 subsequent years (total: $1.65M)
NSERC NSERC NOVA- FRQNT-NSERC Program for Early Career Researchers (ERC) Program (pilot) Support research projects led by Quebec ERC in collaboration with researchers from other Canadian provinces and territories.

NOI: Aug. 18 at 1pm (PST)

Full Application: Sept. 22 at 1pm (PST)

3 years

$75,000

(NSERC $45,000 and FRQNT $30,000)

NSERC NSERC Idea to Innovation Grants (I2I) Pre-competitive development of technology from university/college and promote transfer to new or established Canadian company.

Sept. 27, Jan 5, March 29, June 28 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: $100,001 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
NSERC Discovery Horizons (pilot) Investigator-initiated individual and team projects that broadly integrate or transcend disciplines to advance knowledge in the NSE.

LOI: June 15

Full Application: Oct. 18

 up to 5 years $50K-100K/year or up to $500,000
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  NSERC-European Commission - Joint call on quantum technologies For a team of Canadian researchers (with at least 1 university) and European applicants to address a mix of quantum technology challenges in the areas of quantum communication, computing, simulation and sensing October 21 36 months considered appropriate by NSERC; 60 months maximum

Approx. CAN$2M per consortia

(Total budget allocation is approx. CAN$6M)

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

December

Sponsor Grant Name Description External Deadlines Length Amount
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
SSHRC SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant Mobilize SSH to examine and synthesize existing knowledge on mobility and public transit issues. Dec. 17, 2020 1 year $30,000