Annual Funding Opportunities Calendar

~ Refer to agency websites to confirm deadlines and program requirements ~

January

NSERC Idea to Innovation (I2I)

  • quarterly deadlines (Jan, Apr, July, Sep)
  • to support research & development projects with recognized technology transfer potential
  • funding opportunity details

February

NSERC Strategic Partnership for Projects

  • LOI deadline: Feb 1
  • invited applicants submit full application on June 7
  • to increase research & training in targeted areas that could enhance Canada’s economy, society &/or environment within 10 years
  • research must involve a partnership between academic researchers & industry or government organizations
  • 1 - 3 yr grants
  • funding opportunity details

March

April

NSERC Idea to Innovation (I2I)

  • quarterly deadlines (Jan, Apr, July, Oct)
  • to support research & development projects with recognized technology transfer potential
  • funding opportunity details

May

Killam Research Fellowship

  • May 15
  • Release-time fellowships to support scholars of exceptional ability engaged in research projects of broad significance & widespread interest
  • funding opportunity details

CIHR Project Grant Spring 2017: Registration Deadline Delayed

June

CIHR Project Grant Spring 2017: Application Deadline Delayed

CIHR/NSERC Collaborative Health Research Projects: LOI

  • LOI: June 6, '17
  • invited applicants submit full application in Oct
  • to support interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects that bring together natural sciences or engineering & health sciences researchers
  • funding opportunity details

NSERC Strategic Partnership for Projects

  • deadline: June 7 (by invitation only; LOI due Feb 1)
  • to increase research & training in targeted areas that could enhance Canada’s economy, society &/or environment within 10 years
  • research must involve a partnership between academic researchers & industry or government organizations
  • 1 - 3 yr grants
  • funding opportunity details

Mitacs Elevate: LOI

  • LOI: June 7, '17
  • application: July 5, '17
  • 2-year postdoctoral funding
  • provides critical career skills and support to complete a collaborative research-based project with a partner organization
  • funding opportunity details

Mitacs Globalink Research Internship

  • application: June 14
  • 12-week summer research internships for senior undergrads from a set group of countries to work with Canadian university faculty members
  • internships for the following year (May - Sep)
  • all academic disciplines eligible
  • funding opportunity details

July

NSERC Idea to Innovation (I2I)

  • quarterly deadlines (Jan, Apr, July, Sep)
  • to support research & development projects with recognized technology transfer potential
  • funding opportunity details

Mitacs Elevate: Application

  • LOI: June 7, '17
  • application: July 5, '17
  • 2-year postdoctoral funding
  • provides critical career skills and support to complete a collaborative research-based project with a partner organization
  • funding opportunity details

August

NSERC Discovery Grant (DG) - NOI

  • notice of intent: Aug 1
  • full application: Nov 1
  • to support a individual's research program in natural sciences & engineering
  • funding opportunity details

CIHR Foundation Grant 2017: Registration

  • registration: Aug 8
  • full application (Stage 1): Sep 12
  • to provide new & established health research leaders with long-term support for the pursuit of innovative & high-impact research programs
  • for all areas of health research
  • funding opportunity details
  • registration instructions

CIHR Project Grant 2017: Registration

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada Grants-in-Aid

September

CIHR Foundation Grant 2017: Application (Stage 1)

  • registration: Aug 8
  • full application (Stage 1): Sep 12
  • to provide new & established health research leaders with long-term support for the pursuit of innovative & high-impact research programs
  • for all areas of health research
  • funding opportunity details
  • application instructions

CIHR Project Grant 2017: Application

October

NSERC Idea to Innovation (I2I)

  • quarterly deadlines (Jan, Apr, July, Oct)
  • to support research & development projects with recognized technology transfer potential
  • funding opportunity details

CIHR/NSERC Collaborative Health Research Projects: Full Application

  • application deadline: Oct 17, '17 (June LOI required)
  • to support interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects that bring together natural sciences or engineering & health sciences researchers
  • funding opportunity link

NSERC Research Tools & Instruments

  • deadline: Oct 25
  • for purchase of equipment to support natural sciences & engineering research
  • open to all eligible Canadian university researchers (quota system removed for fall 2017 competition)
  • researchers can participate on one application per competition (as applicant or co-applicant, but not both)
  • funding opportunity link

SFU's V-P, Academic Conference Funding

November

NSERC Discovery Grant (DG) - Full Application

  • full application: Nov 1 (Aug NOI required)
  • to support a individual's research program in natural sciences & engineering
  • funding opportunity link

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Scholar Award - LOI

  • letter of intent: Nov 7
  • full application: Dec 16
  • to support the establishment and retention of outstanding early career health researchers
  • funding opportunity link

December

MSFHR Scholar Award - Full Application

  • full application: Dec 16 (Nov NOI required)
  • to support the establishment and retention of outstanding early career health researchers
  • funding opportunity link

Rolling Deadlines

Mitacs Accelerate

  • no deadline
  • internship program (grad students, PDFs)
  • to broaden the research impact of trainees and faculty by connecting with partner organizations
  • partners can be industry, not-for-profits
  • 1:1 cost-sharing (partner:Mitacs, $7,500 ea/4 mo unit)
  • scalable 4 month internships ($10k minimum stipend; $5K expenses)
  • funding opportunity link

NSERC ENGAGE

  • no deadline
  • to give companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge, expertise & capabilities available at Canadian universities & colleges
  • in-kind contribution needed from industry partner
  • short-term grants (up to $25K for up to 6 mo)
  • funding opportunity link

NSERC Collaborative Research & Development (CRD)

  • no deadline
  • to give companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge, expertise, & educational resources available at Canadian postsecondary institutions & to train students in essential technical skills required by industry
  • Direct project costs shared by industry partner and NSERC
  • 1 - 5 yr projects allowed (most are 2 - 3 yrs)
  • funding opportunity link

Institutional Grants

Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

  • John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF)
    • annual deadlines: Feb 15, June 15, Oct 15
    • to provide individuals or small groups of researchers with research infrastructure necessary to conduct their research program
    • applicants are selected & put forward by the institution
  • Innovation Fund
    • CFI issues periodic calls for proposals

Canada Research Chair (CRC)

  • deadlines: Apr & Oct, annually
  • no deadline for new nominees working outside of Canada
  • new nominations & renewals
  • candidates invited to apply by the institution
  • funding opportunity link

NSERC Collaborative Research & Training (CREATE)

  • notice of intent: May 1
  • full application: mid-Sep
  • to support the training of teams of highly qualified students & PDFs from Canada & abroad through the development of innovative training programs
  • funding opportunity link