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Research Funding Opportunities and Events Newsletter

Upcoming Research Funding Opportunities

Social Sciences and Humanities
Aug 1, 2018 SSHRC Connection Grant
Aug 1, 2018 Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Grants 
Aug 14, 2018 Minerva Research Initiative – Department of Defense
Sept 6, 2018 SSHRC Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation – Connection Grants
Sept 15, 2018 SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant
Oct 31, 2018 CMHC-SSHRC Joint Initiative To Build Collaborative Housing Research Network
Natural Sciences and Engineering
Aug 1, 2018 NSERC Discovery Grant Program – 2019 (NOI)
Aug 1, 2018 NSERC Subatomic Physics Discovery Grants Program – 2019 (NOI)
Sept 8, 2018 Human Frontier Science Program
Sept 15, 2018 NSERC PromoScience Program Grant
Sept 30, 2018 *NEW* – Google Global Faculty Research Awards
Oct 2, 2018 Weston: Seeding Food Innovation Grants 2018 Program Announcement (Proposal Deadline)
Oct 15, 2018 *NEW* – UNESCO International Geoscience Programme
Oct 25, 2018 NSERC Research Tools and Instruments Program
No Deadline NSERC Connect Grants
No Deadline NSERC Engage Grants
No Deadline NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grants
Health Research
Aug 1, 2018 Weston Brain Institute – Rapid Response: Canada 2019: Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s Disease (LOI)
Aug 1, 2018 Weston Brain Institute – Transformational Research: Canada 2019: Parkinson’s & Related Diseases (LOI)
Aug 1, 2018 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Blue Sky Research Grant (LOI)
Aug 8, 2018 Weston Brain Institute – Rapid Response: Canada 2018: Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s Disease (Final Proposal)
Aug 10, 2018 Canadian Cancer Society: Stand Up to Cancer Canada Metastatic Breast Cancer Dream Team (LOI)
Aug 16, 2018 Gambling Research Exchange Ontario: Secondary Data Analysis Funding
Aug 30, 2018 Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada – Grants-in-Aid 
Sept 1, 2018 Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation – Research Funding (Full Application)
Sept 7, 2018 Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada – National New Investigator
Sept 7, 2018 Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada – Ontario Mid-Career Investigator 
Sept 12, 2018 Canadian Institutes of Health Research: Project Grant 2018-2019
Sept 13, 2018 Canadian Cancer Society: Impact Grants (LOI)
Sept 26, 2018 2018 Ontario / Gairdner Foundation International Symposium
Oct 12, 2018 Craig H. Neilsen Foundation: Spinal Cord Research on the Translational Spectrum (Final Proposal)
No Deadline Weston Brain Institute – Big Ideas: Canada
All/Multiple Disciplines
July 31, 2018 Independent Electricity System Operator Conservation Fund
Aug 9, 2018 *NEW* – Social Science Research Council – Social Media and Democracy Research Grants
Aug 16, 2018 Genome Canada: 2018 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition
Aug 20, 2018 Russell Sage Foundation: Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act (LOI)
Aug 31, 2018 Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s 2018 Grants Program
Sept 12, 2018 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions – Individual Fellowships
Sept 19, 2018 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (see internal process)
Sept 20, 2018 IMéRA Academic Research Residencies in France
Oct 18, 2018 Global Affairs Canada: Faculty Mobility Program
Oct 30, 2018 CIHR/NSERC – Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) with SSHRC Special Call
Nov 15, 2018 Fulbright Canada: Canadian Traditional Scholar Awards
No Deadline Mitacs Globalink Research Awards – 2018


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Have you completed the Equity and Diversity Questionnaire for CIHR?

As of May 15, 2018, all CIHR application participants must complete the questionnaire before an application can be submitted. To explain further, this means that principal investigators and co-applicants need to complete the questionnaire—and, of course, so does the nominated principal investigator (NPI) prior to submitting their application. “Collaborators” are the only exception to this rule.

To avoid additional pressure around application deadlines this fall, CIHR is encouraging all potential applicants to complete the questionnaire during the summer break. It’s quick. It’s easy. And, it supports better research. To guide you through the process, CIHR has posted instructions and FAQs on their website. If you have any additional questions, you can also get in touch with the Contact Centre at

Supporting A New Generation of Research Partnerships

NSERC will be working with its community to develop a new research partnerships program.

The research and innovation ecosystem in Canada has evolved rapidly with significant new investments in recent years. It is invigorating to witness this growth.

Budget 2018 also made significant investments in NSERC to support knowledge discovery. In addition, the Federal Government committed to simplify the landscape of federal grants in support of research and innovation to further accelerate the application of knowledge. Budget 2018 proposed that Engage Grants (including Engage Plus Grants), Industrial Research Chairs, Connect Grants, Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks and Projects, Experience Awards Grants, and the existing Collaborative Research and Development Grants be consolidated into a single grant program.

NSERC will lead in this effort by modernizing, simplifying and improving its Research Partnerships (RP) programs in consultation with its community.

NSERC will seek your input and feedback

Opportunities to provide feedback and input on the new program will take place late Summer and Fall.

In the Interim

  • NSERC will continue to administer and fulfill current awards and offer its existing RP programs, according to their original terms and conditions.
  • Application deadlines for each of the existing RP grant programs have not yet been finalized; they will be shared with the community as they are known.
  • The College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program is not part of this consolidation.

Moving forward

  • The transition strategy from current programs to the new program will be determined once the new program has been fully developed, and after consultations with the community.
  • Although it is still in the early stages for the development of the program, it will build on the strengths of the current partnerships programs and will also include the following features to adapt to the needs that have emerged in recent years:
    • a scalable program that supports the evolution of a partnership as it grows
    • a broader range of outcomes (economic, socio-economic and environmental)
    • supporting interdisciplinary, national and international collaborations
    • a broader set of partner organizations
    • continued investigator- or partner-driven collaborations, as well as being responsive to specific priorities
    • focusing on potential impact of the partnership
    • working with other funding organizations
    • reducing timelines from application to decision through simplified processes

If you have questions or comments, please email us at

NSERC implements policy changes to CRD and IRC Programs

NSERC is pleased to announce policy changes to its Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) and Industrial Research Chair (IRC) programs to broaden their impact and expand eligibility. These changes will also provide faster and simpler delivery of funding to support research partnerships in Canada and to diversify the innovation ecosystem in Canadian universities.

The policy changes will attract additional partners to university research in Canada and provide more opportunities for multinational and foreign companies to partner with Canadian university researchers to conduct R&D here. Researchers will benefit with more opportunities to participate in collaborative projects with leading innovative companies.

The following is a breakdown of the changes. Additional details are available on the updated webpage.

NSERC is broadening the impact of its grants by:

Allowing Canadian university researchers to partner with multinational companies

  • Canadian university researchers can now partner with the best industrial researchers wherever they are located across the globe. Multinational companies (MNEs), either head-quartered in Canada, or with significant Canadian operations, may partner on an NSERC CRD or IRC grant to create a collaboration that has benefits for Canada and Canadians.

Having foreign companies collaborate with Canadian companies on an equal basis

  • Foreign company(ies) are now fully eligible partner(s) in partnership with at least one Canadian company. NSERC will match cash and in-kind contributions from all companies involved on an equal basis.

NSERC is simplifying the access to CRD and IRC grants by:

  • Providing a faster response by no longer reviewing Intellectual Property Agreements, empowering universities to negotiate satisfactory arrangements with their partners, in compliance with NSERC’s IP Policy.

We encourage you to share these important updates with your networks. If you have any questions or comments please contact

Upcoming Events

Canadian Rural and Remote Housing and Homelessness Symposium – 2018

When: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 – Friday, October 26, 2018
Where: Canmore, Alberta

More Information →


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