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Research Funding Opportunities and Events Newsletter

Upcoming Research Funding Opportunities

Social Sciences and Humanities
Nov 21, 2019 SSHRC Partnership Grants Stage-1 2020 (Internal Letter of Intent)
Dec 15, 2019 SSHRC – Partnership Engage Grants
Jan 7, 2020 SSHRC – Knowledge Synthesis Grant – Living Within the Earth’s Carrying Capacity
Feb 1, 2020 SSHRC – Connection Grant
Feb 1, 2020 SSHRC – Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative
Natural Sciences and Engineering
August 1, 2020 NSERC Discovery Grants Program (Notice of Intent)
No Deadline NSERC Alliance Grants – Option 1
Health Research
Feb 5, 2020 CIHR – Project Grant: Spring 2020 (Registration Deadline)
Apr 22, 2020 CIHR – Team Grant : Canada-EU Smart Living Environments – Transitions in Care
No Deadline PHAC – Multi-sectoral Partnerships to Promote Healthy Living and Prevent Chronic Disease
No Deadline Weston Brain Institute – Big Ideas: Canada
No Deadline Weston Brain Institute – Postdoctoral Scholars at Oxford
All/Multiple Disciplines
Nov 27, 2019 Mitacs – JSPS Summer Program
Nov 28, 2019 CANARIE – Research Software Program
Nov 29, 2019 Bank of Canada 2020 Fellowship Program – Fellowship Award
Nov 29, 2019 Bank of Canada 2020 Fellowship Program – Governor’s Award
Nov 29, 2019 French Embassy in Canada – Cultural and Scientific Services – Mourou-Strickland 2020 Mobility Program
Nov 30, 2019 Dan David Prize
Dec 9, 2019 Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program
Dec 9, 2019 *NEW* – Atomwise AIMS Awards
Dec 10, 2019 CIHR/NSERC/SSHRC – Training Grant : Healthy Cities Research Training Platform (Letter of Intent)
Dec 17, 2019 Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute – Shastri Programme Development Grant
Dec 17, 2019 Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute – Shastri Mobility Programme
Dec 17, 2019 Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute – Shastri Institutional Collaborative Research Grant
Dec 17, 2019 Government of Canada – Anti-Racism Action Program
No Deadline Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission – Participant Funding Program
No Deadline IC-IMPACTS – Innovative Technology Demonstration Projects


1) New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) – Transformation Stream

We are anticipating a call for proposals in November 2019 for the Transformation Stream of the New Frontiers in Research Fund. The Transformation stream is designed to support large-scale, Canadian-led interdisciplinary research projects that address a major challenge with the potential to realize real and lasting change (high reward). The challenge may be fundamental, leading to a scientific breakthrough, or applied, with a social, economic, environmental or health impact. Projects are expected to be world-leading, drawing on global research expertise, where relevant.

The Transformation stream grants will support projects that:

  • tackle a well-defined problem or challenge;
  • propose a novel world-leading approach that is different from the current state-of-the art approaches to the issue;
  • are interdisciplinary, bringing different perspectives to the defined problem; and
  • have the potential to be transformative, defined as the potential to create a significant and real change or impact—a noticeable leap or tangible breakthrough versus an incremental advance.

Further details can be found here. As these are large-scale, interdisciplinary research projects, if you are considering applying, please contact a Research Facilitator to discuss further.

2) Next Phases of Alliance Grants

NSERC is pleased to announce the opening of the next phases of Alliance grants.

On December 2, 2019, Alliance grants will be open for Option 1 applications requesting over $30,000 annually from NSERC. Applications requesting between $20,000 and $30,000 annually from NSERC will be accepted beginning on December 11, 2019.

Option 2 applications requesting support for up to 90% or 100% of the costs of the project will be accepted in early 2020. This component of the Alliance grants is intended for proposals that:

  • aim at conducting natural science or engineering research that addresses an unmet societal need. This may include research affecting public goods, or that will address national or global issues that benefit more than a single or a few organizations, and where sources of funds are unavailable;
  • connect partner organizations willing and able to overcome existing barriers to address these challenges and achieve results that can lead to a societal impact beyond economic benefits, and where an increased level of support from public funds is justified.

More details on the objectives and on the application and evaluation processes for Option 2 will follow soon.

For full details about Alliance grants and how to apply, please visit the Alliance webpage.

3) Notice of Upcoming Funding Opportunity: 2019 Platform Support Grants

The Brain Canada Foundation is pleased to announce the second funding opportunity to arise from the $40 million committed by the Government of Canada in Budget 2019. Building off the success of past competitions, the 2019 Platform Support Grants (PSG) competition will be formally launched on November 26, 2019 with a Request for Applications outlining the guidelines, eligibility criteria, and application components. To date, Brain Canada has supported 25 projects through the PSG program, with over $40 million dollars invested.

Support for operations and maintenance of Canadian research platforms has been identified as a gap in the neuroscience research funding environment. Through this sponsored PSG funding opportunity, Brain Canada aims to address this gap in order to enhance the technical and research capabilities of collaborative research teams in the neurosciences and/or mental health fields. Examples of platforms that fall within the scope of PSGs include brain banks, clinical trial networks, imaging facilities, transgenic animal facilities, specialized high-throughput genomics facilities, drug discovery platforms, data repositories, informatics systems, and data-sharing systems.

Briefly, the competition will be open to groups of investigators working in brain research (interdisciplinary teams are especially encouraged). Research teams must apply for funding with sponsors who will commit to providing matching funds (50% of the total funding requested). Grants are generally $1.5 million over three years, although there may be some flexibility to accommodate the needs of specific platforms, with funding to start in Summer/Fall 2020.

Following the release of the Request for Applications, interested applicants will be required to submit a Registration Letter in early February 2020, which includes an overview of the platform they intend to implement or build upon and a Letter of Support from prospective sponsor/s. The Registration Letter will not be peer reviewed but will be used to guide the formation of an expert panel of national and international reviewers for full applications. Formal commitments with sponsors do not need to be in place until the Full Application deadline in March 2020.

For more information, contact

Upcoming Events

NSERC Alliance Grants Update Workshop with John Jackson of NSERC

When: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 1:00 PM
Where: 608 Robertson Hall

More Information →

SSHRC Insight Development Grant – Canadian Common CV (CCV) Workshop

When: Friday, November 29, 2019 at 1:00 PM
Where: Discovery Centre, Room 482 MacOdrum Library

More Information →

Check out Carleton Scholar for more upcoming information sessions, workshops and other resources pertaining to research success!

Please contact us if you have any questions.