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The Funding Opportunities Database details the full array of grants commonly accessed by SFU faculty. The following granting programs have specific requirements and are managed by Institutional Strategic Awards.

NSERC Alliance Grants

Alliance grants encourage university researchers to collaborate with partner organizations, which can be from the private, public or not-for-profit sectors.

SSHRC Partnership Development Grants

Partnership Development Grants (PDG) provide support for new and/or existing formal partnerships. They are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight and/or Connection program.

SSHRC Partnership Grants

Partnership Grants (PG) provide support for new and existing formal partnerships to advance research, research training, and/or knowledge mobilization in the social sciences and humanities through mutual co-operation and sharing of intellectual leadership.

New Frontiers in Research Fund

The NFRF promotes groundbreaking and interdisciplinary research through three funding streams: Exploration, Transformation and International.

Genome Canada Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition

2020 call: Genomic Solutions for Natural Resources and the Environment [CLOSED]

Climate Action and Awareness Fund

Check back for RFP to launch "spring/summer 2021": support climate research at Canadian think tanks and in academia


CFI awards provide infrastructure funding to support individuals or larger labs. While they are awarded to the institution to manage, researchers are the primary drivers of the proposals and are the principal users of the equipment.


Focused on the individual researcher, the John R Evans Leadership Fund helps institutions to recruit and retain outstanding research talent and acquire the tools that enable the innovative work of leading researchers. Allocations and the application process are managed at the Faculty level. Contact your local Facilitator for more information.

CFI Innovation Fund

The CFI Innovation Fund supports transformative infrastructure projects that underpin cutting-edge, globally competitive research.

Major Science Initiatives Fund

Provides support for the ongoing operating and maintenance needs of research facilities of national importance.


Canada Excellence Research Chair Program

The Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) program offers eligible Canadian, degree-granting institutions an opportunity to establish highly funded research chairs in the Government of Canada’s ST&I priorities for the CERC and CFREF programs. 

Canada Research Chairs

Since 2000, the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program invests approximately $265 million per year to attract and retain diverse world-class researchers, to reinforce academic research and training excellence in Canadian postsecondary institutions. Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences, improving our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthening international competitiveness, and training the next generation of highly skilled people.

CRC allocations are determined by the institution, and nominations are developed by Departments and Faculties. Click above for the complete administration guide to provide you with information about the CRC program at SFU.

Canada Research Chairs Program Robbins-Ollivier Award for Excellence in Equity

This award recognizes the significant and impactful contributions that Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Louise Forsyth, Glenis Joyce, Audrey Kobayashi, Shree Mulay, Susan Prentice, Michèle Ollivier and Wendy Robbins have made to increase the level of equity in the CRCP and Canada’s research ecosystem more broadly. Three awards valued at $100,000 are conferred annually through a peer review process led by the program’s Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Policy. In addition to recognizing faculty members for their contributions, the award funds bold and potentially game-changing projects that will challenge the status quo, spark change and take action to address persistent systemic barriers in the research ecosystem and academia.

SFU is limited to one nomination. Click above for more details on the internal process or contact

CREATE- Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program

This program supports the training of teams of highly qualified students (mainly graduate) and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs.

Last updated: March 31, 2022


March 23, 2022 - Added Canada Excellence Research Chair program

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