Research Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research provides support in the preparation of applications to all researchers who meet the funding call eligibility criteria. We encourage Indigenous people, visible minorities, diversely-abled people, women, and people from the LGBTQ2S+ communities to apply.  We look forward to assisting you with your application to ensure submission of the highest quality proposal.


Browse upcoming funding opportunities for UNBC researchers:

Mental Health of Black Canadians Fund

Deadline: October 22, 2020

Support community-led projects that implement and evaluate culturally responsive programs that promote mental health and address its determinants for Black LGBTQI+ Canadians

Application Deadline: October 22, 2020 (3:00 pm EDT)

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

BC Parks Living Lab for Climate Change and Conservation Program

Deadline: October 25, 2020

The purpose of the Living Lab Program is to encourage climate change research in protected areas that documents changes in BC's natural world, and that guides protected area management for an uncertain future. Funding supports researchers to conduct climate change research in BC's protected areas. 

Application Deadline: October 25th, 2020

Contact:

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

NSERC Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grants Program

Deadline: October 26, 2020

The RTI grants program provides the primary avenue for university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering to obtain up to $150,000 in support for research tools and instruments with a net cost between $7,001 and $250,000. 

Application Deadline: October 26, 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:

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

FWCP - Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program

Deadline: October 30, 2020

The Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) conserves and enhances fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by BC Hydro dams. 

Projects must align with FWCP's regional action plans in the Coastal, Columbia and Peace regions. 

Deadline for Notice of Intent (mandatory for Peace Region projects): September 11, 2020

Deadline for Full Application (all regions): October 30, 2020 @ 5:00pm

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:

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

SSHRC Connection Grant

Deadline: November 01, 2020

Support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives.

Application Deadline: November 1, 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
Email: nicole.balliet@unbc.ca
Phone: 250-960-5815

Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes

Deadline: November 01, 2020

The Molson Prizes recognize outstanding achievements by an individual in the social sciences and humanities, and in the arts.

Nomination deadline: November 1, 2020

Nominations must be submitted to the Canada Council of the Arts via email.

Contact:

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

NSERC Discovery Grants

Deadline: November 02, 2020

The NSERC Discovery Grants program supports ongoing programs of research in the natural sciences and engineering with long-term goals rather than a single short-term collection of projects. 

Notice of Intent to Apply (NOI) Deadline (mandatory): August 4, 2020
Full Application Deadline: November 2, 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:

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

Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP) Grants

Deadline: November 06, 2020

The Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP) is a federally funded grant program that supports travel for graduate and senior undergraduate students from the natural, physical and social sciences, and humanities who are doing research in the Canadian and Circumpolar North. All student research funded by the NSTP must be tied to the student's thesis work. 

Application Deadline: November 6th, 2020

Contact:

Dr. Darwyn Coxson, Acting Chair, UNBC NSTP Committee
Email: darwyn.coxson@unbc.ca

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) Grants

Deadline: November 06, 2020

The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) provides funding for the following grant programs:

  • Enhancement and Restoration (E&R) Grants - supports projects with conservation outcomes for native freshwater fish, wildlife and their habitats.
  • Stewardship Grants - supports projects that create stewards who take responsibility for promoting, monitoring, conserving, and restoring ecosystems.
  • Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund (CHRF) Grants - supports projects that restore high-value habitat for caribou in BC using functional and ecological restoration methods.

Application Deadline: November 6, 2020 @ 4:30pm (PST)

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:

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

SSHRC Partnership Development Grants

Deadline: November 15, 2020

Support to develop research and related activities by fostering new partnerships for research and related activities involving existing and/or potential partners, as well as to design and test new partnership approaches for research and/or related activities.

Agency Application Deadline: November 15, 2020

Applications must be received in the Office of Research a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the full 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

Research in Technology Fellowship 2020

Deadline: November 15, 2020

The Research in Technology Fellowship (RTF), co-sponsored by UNBC and TeejLab was established to provide Research and Development (R&D) opportunities to UNBC students in any discipline who are interested in technology related research. The selected candidates will be involved in a combination of research activities and an internship to earn valuable experience while working with Research Engineers from TeejLab. Two fellowships of $5,000 each will be provided to the successful students for the period of December 7th, 2020 - August 27th, 2021 (can be negotiated depending on COVID-19 related issues). This competition is open to upper level UNBC undergraduate or graduate students who are interested in pursuing R&D in the areas of cybersecurity, data privacy, security and integrity.

Application Deadline: November 15th, 2020

What do past recipients have to say about the fellowship?

Former recipient Davis Goulet enjoyed the flexibility of the fellowship and reported that the fellowship enhanced his UNBC experience and prepared him for future careers in the tech industry.

“This fellowship has allowed me to apply my research skills to real applications rather than just theoretical and academic purposes.” – Davis Goulet

After his fellowship, Goulet incorporated what he had learned into his master’s program at UNBC. Baljeet of TeejLabs was even one of his committee members.

Former fellowship recipient Jacob Johnson emphasized that the fellowship helped him gain a better understanding of working in a professional environment and gave him insight into software development and API management.

“Through this fellowship, I have gained an in depth understanding of APIs and their importance to the future of digital services.” – Jacob Johnson

Contact:
Mark Barnes, Director of Research
Phone: 250-960-5184
Email: mark.barnes@unbc.ca

CIHR Fellowship

Deadline: December 01, 2020

Support for highly qualified applicants in all areas of health research at the post-PhD degree or post-health professional degree stages.

Agency Application Deadline: December 1, 2020

Applications must be received in the Office of Research a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the agency 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

Sigma/Canadian Nurses Foundation Grant

Deadline: December 01, 2020

Support research that advances the practice of nursing with an emphasis on nursing care issues.

Application Deadline: December 1, 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

Canada Graduate Scholarship - Masters (CGS-M)

Deadline: December 01, 2020

The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

The CGS M Program provides financial support to high-calibre scholars who are engaged in eligible master’s or, in some cases, doctoral programs in Canada. This support allows these scholars to fully concentrate on their studies in their chosen fields.

Depending on the research subject matter, students will apply under the following awards: 

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) – Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) – Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships 

Please consult the guide on Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s Program Instructions for Completing an Application.

Contact:
Amy Beyer, Graduate Enrolment and Scholarship Advisor
Phone: 250-960-5007

SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant

Deadline: December 15, 2020

Provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities.

Application Deadline: December 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

SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant - Mobility and Public Transit

Deadline: December 17, 2020

Support to examine and synthesize existing knowledge on mobility and public transit issues.

Application Deadline: December 17, 2020

Applications must be received in the Office of Research a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the applciation 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: December 31, 2020

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

***The Seeding Food Innovation 2020 Call has been closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Call will be re-opened later this year***

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

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

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

Natural Resources Canada - Green Jobs in Natural Resources

Deadline: January 01, 2021

Through the Science and Technology Internship Program, this opportunity provides wage subsidies of up to 75% of the intern's salary, for youth between the ages of 15 and 30 to work in Green jobs in STEM for 6-12 months. 

Application deadline: continuous intake. Please see the funding description for timelines for specific funding opportunities.

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

NSERC - Undergraduate Student Research Award

Deadline: March 01, 2021

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 01, 2021

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