Research Funding Opportunities

Browse upcoming funding opportunities for UNBC researchers.

Research Project Awards

Deadline: March 02, 2020

Open to masters, doctoral and undergraduate students (In their 3rd or 4th year).  To provide funding for student led research projects. The RPA provides up to $5,000 in funding for a research project that must be spent during the fiscal year (April to March).  Application form and award guidelines can be found on the Office of Research website under Internal Funding Opportunities
Contact:
Amy Beyer, Graduate Enrolment and Scholarship Advisor
Phone: 250-960-5007

NSERC - Undergraduate Student Research Award

Deadline: March 02, 2020

Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA) are meant to stimulate your interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering. They are also meant to encourage you to undertake graduate studies and pursue a research career in these fields. The award provides funding for a 16 week research position with $4500.00 from NSERC and the University (supervisors) supplementing the amount of the award by at least 25% (or to meet minimum wage). Travel allowances may also be granted.

Eligibility Criteria can be found on the funding description link below. 

Application​s

Applicants must submit the NSERC application through the NSERC portal by the deadline.  Applicants, in addition to completing the NSERC application requirements, must also submit a one-page project summary and a letter of reference to the Office of Graduate Programs by the application deadline.  The project summary and the reference letter will accompany the NSERC application materials in the adjudication process.

On the NSERC website:

1.     Complete Form 202 Part I, which includes uploading official transcripts (from all post-secondary institutions attended).  

Please note: Students must upload their own official transcripts to their application using NSERC's Online Services.  A legend is only required if transcripts are from outside of UNBC.  Students must retain hard copies of all official transcripts in case NSERC requests to see them at any time in the application process.  NSERC USRA applications must be prepared using the NSERC Online Services by selecting Login to the System or Register as a New User.

2.     Once Form 202 Part I is completed, you must provide your reference number to your proposed supervisor to enable him or her to complete Part II.  Please ensure you leave enough time for your proposed supervisor to complete Form 202 Part II.

Submit to UNBC:​​

3.     UNBC requires students to submit (by the March 2nd application deadline) a one-page project summary (written by the student) and a letter of reference (from the project supervisor or other faculty member).  These can be submitted as harcopies to the Office of Graduate Programs or electronically to grad-scholarships@unbc.ca.

Evaluation Criteri​a
The following evaluation criteria will apply to all applicants:
  • Academic Excellence (40%)
  • Research Ability and Potential (40%)
  • Expected Quality of the training to be received (20%)
Contact:
Amy Beyer, Graduate Enrolment and Scholarship Advisor
Phone: 250-960-5007

International Student Research Award

Deadline: March 02, 2020

UNBC International Student Research Awards (ISRA) is designed to support international undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing careers in research, by gaining research work experience in the natural sciences or engineering fields. The award provides $4,500 to support a 16 week (May - August) full-time (35 hours per week) research position. The remaining funding to be provided by the research supervisor.
Application form and award guidelines can be found on the Office of Research website under Internal Funding Opportunities. Students should review the award guidelines carefully to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria.  
Contact:
Amy Beyer, Graduate Enrolment and Scholarship Advisor
Phone: 250-960-5007

SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants

Deadline: March 09, 2020

Provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision-making at a single partner organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sector.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2020

Applications must be received in the Office of Research a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the application deadline. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research via Romeo. Please allow enough time for Chair and Dean approval.

Contact:

Nicole Balliet, Research Project Officer
Phone: 250-960-5815
Email: nicole.balliet@unbc.ca

CIHR Planning and Dissemination Grants (ICS)

Deadline: March 10, 2020

Through the Institute/Initiative Community Support (ICS) Program, CIHR Planning and Dissemination Grants are intended to provide support for planning and/or dissemination activities consistent with the mandate of CIHR and relevant to CIHR Institutes and Initiatives. 

Application Deadline: March 17, 2020

Applications must be received in the Office of Research a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the application deadline. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research via Romeo. Please allow enough time for Chair and Dean approval.

Contact:

Nicole Balliet, Research Project Officer
Phone: 250-960-5815
Email: nicole.balliet@unbc.ca

MSFHR/CIHR Health System Impact Fellowship

Deadline: March 25, 2020

Support  the development of BC's health policy research talent (PhD trainees and Post-doctoral Fellows).

Full Application due: April 1, 2020

Full applications must be received in the Office of Research a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the application deadline. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research via Romeo. Please allow enough time for Chair and Dean approval.

Contact:

Nicole Balliet, Research Project Officer
Phone: 250-960-5815
Email: nicole.balliet@unbc.ca

2020 Seeding Food Innovation

Deadline: April 08, 2020

Support interdisciplinary research or technology development that will help accelerate solutions to sustainable food challenges.

LOI Deadline (mandatory): April 8, 2020 (5 pm ET)
Full Application Deadline: September 4, 2020 (2 pm ET)

Full applications must be received in the Office of Research a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the full application deadline. Full applications must be submitted to the Office of Research via Romeo. Please allow enough time for Chair and Dean approval.

Contact:

Jacqui Dockray, Research Project Officer
Phone: 250-960-6357
Email: jacqueline.dockray@unbc.ca

MSFHR Reach Program

Deadline: April 20, 2020

Support to bring researchers and research users together to support the dissemination of research evidence to facilitate its effective uptake and potential to impact health and care.

Application Deadline: April 27, 2020 (4:30 pm PT)

Applications must be received in the Office of Research a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the application deadline. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research via Romeo. Please allow enough time for Chair and Dean approval.

Contact:

Nicole Balliet, Research Project Officer
Phone: 250-960-5815
Email: nicole.balliet@unbc.ca

MSFHR Convening & Collaborating Program

Deadline: April 20, 2020

Support to bring researchers and research users together to co-develop research aligned with BC's health system priorities.

Application Deadline: April 27, 2020 (4:30 pm PT)

Applications must be received in the Office of Research a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the application deadline. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research via Romeo. Please allow enough time for Chair and Dean approval.

Contact:

Nicole Balliet, Research Project Officer
Phone: 250-960-5815
Email: nicole.balliet@unbc.ca

NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program

Deadline: April 24, 2020

CREATE supports the training and mentoring of students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs that encourage collaborative and integrative approaches that address significant scientific challenges, and facilitate the transition of new researchers from trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce. At least 80% of grant funds must go towards trainee stipends. 

Letter of Intent Deadline: May 1, 2020

Full Application Deadline (by invitation only): September 22, 2020

Contact:

Jacqui Dockray, Research Project Officer
Phone: 250-960-6357
Email: jacqueline.dockray@unbc.ca

NFRF Horizon 2020 Global Platform Competition, International Steam

Deadline: August 24, 2020

The NFRF International Stream supports international research collaborations and positions Canada and Canadian researchers as strategic partners at the international level.

Registration Deadline (mandatory): Two weeks after the Horizon 2020 application deadline for an eligible call

Application Deadline: One month after the review results from a Horizon 2020 call are communicated to the project team

***Please Note: Registration and Application deadlines vary by Horizon 2020 competition. Please visit the link below to confim deadlines***

Registration applications must be received in the Office of Research a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the Registration deadline as RGO's are required to confirm the status of all applicants and approve/submit the registration. The same process will be required at the Full Application stage. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research via Romeo. Please allow enough time for Chair and Dean approval. An amendment to the original Romeo file can be created at the Full Application stage using the event form, which is tied to the original Romeo file.

Contact:

Jacqui Dockray, Research Project Officer
Email: jacqueline.dockray@unbc.ca
Phone: 250-960-6357

Nicole Balliet, Research Project Officer
Email: nicole.balliet@unbc.ca
Phone: 250-960-5815

Mitacs Accelerate - Continuous Intake

Deadline: January 01, 2021

Put your talent to work with an organization that needs it and apply your skills in a non-academic environment. Accelerate grants are open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Agency application deadline: continuous intake. Allow six to eight weeks for peer review.

Applications must be received in the Office of Research a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the agency deadline. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research via Romeo. Please allow enough time for Chair and Dean approval

Contact:

Jacqui Dockray, Research Project Officer (Natural Sciences and Engineering)

Email: jacqueline.dockray@unbc.ca

Phone: 250-960-6357

or

Nicole Balliet, Research Project Officer (Social Sciences and Humanities and Health)

Email: nicole.balliet@unbc.ca

Phone: 250-960-5815

Mitacs Globalink Research Award - Continuous Intake

Deadline: January 01, 2021

THIS PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED. Please contact the Office of Research for more information.


The Mitacs Globalink Research Award provides $6,000 for senior undergraduate and graduate students in Canada to conduct 12–24-week research projects at universities overseas.

Agency application deadline: continuous intake.

Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research a minimum of 5 business days in advance of submission to the agency for review and signature.

Contact:

Jacqui Dockray, Research Project Officer (Natural Sciences and Engineering)

Email: jacqueline.dockray@unbc.ca

Phone: 250-960-6357

or

Nicole Balliet, Research Project Officer (Social Sciences and Humanities and Health)

Email: nicole.balliet@unbc.ca

Phone: 250-960-5815

Vancouver Foundation Participatory Action Research Grants - Convene Grant (Continuous Intake)

Deadline: January 01, 2021

Support research that is co-led by community members and researchers to learn more about the root causes of pressing issues impacting the health of communities. Convene grants are short-term grants to help teams to unpack a complex health issue and to question the systemic behaviours that have created that issue, or that are holding the issue in place. Convene grants help teams to articulate a research question and to develop a participatory research project plan that can then be submitted to funding organizations in the future.

Agency application deadline: continuous intake

Applications must be received in the Office of Research a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the agency deadline. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research via Romeo. Please allow enough time for Chair and Dean approval.

Contact:

Nicole Balliet, Research Project Officer

Email: nicole.balliet@unbc.ca

Phone: 250-960-5815

Vancouver Foundation Systems Change Grants - Develop Grant (Continuous Intake)

Deadline: January 01, 2021

Support for charities and other qualified donees with projects that take action to address the root causes of pressing social, environmental or cultural issues in BC. Develop Grants are short-term grants to help teams to unpack a complex issue and to identify the systemic behaviours that have created that issue, or that are holding the issue in place. Develop grants help teams to generate ideas for a project plan to influence or change these behaviours that can then be submitted to funders in the future.

Agency application deadline: Continuous Intake

Applications must be received in the Office of Research a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the agency deadline. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research via Romeo. Please allow enough time for Chair and Dean approval.

Contact:

Nicole Balliet, Research Project Officer

Email: nicole.balliet@unbc.ca

Phone: 250-960-5815

NSERC Alliance Grants (Continuous Intake)

Deadline: January 01, 2021

Encourage university researchers to collaborate with partner organizations, which can be from the private, public or not-for-profit sectors. These grants support research projects led by strong, complementary, collaborative teams that will generate new knowledge and accelerate the application of research results to create benefits for Canada.

Alliance will be launched in a phased approach. As of Dec. 11, 2019, Option 1 will be open for applications requesting $20,000 to $1M annually from NSERC.

Application deadline: Continuous Intake. Allow 4-16 weeks for the review process (depending on the size of the project).

Applications must be received in the Office of Research a minimum of 5 business days in advance of submission to the funding agency. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research via Romeo. Please allow enough time for Chair and Dean Approval.

Contact:

Jacqui Dockray, Research Project Officer
Email: jacqueline.dockray@unbc.ca
Phone: 250-960-6357

FHSS Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (Continuous Intake)

Deadline: January 01, 2021

Support the publication or translation of scholarly books on topics in the humanities and social sciences.

Application Deadline: Continuous Intake

Applications must be received in the Office of Research a minimum of 5 business days in advance of submission to the funding agency. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research via Romeo. Please allow enough time for Chair and Dean approval.

Contact:

Nicole Balliet, Research Project Officer
Phone: 250-960-5815
Email: nicole.balliet@unbc.ca