Research Funding Opportunities

Browse upcoming funding opportunities for UNBC researchers.

CIHR Operating Grant: POR Impact Assessment

Deadline: October 15, 2019

Increase Canadian capacity to measure the impact of patient-oriented research in Canada in order to: enable summative evaluation and meta-analyses on the impact of patient-oriented research; and demonstrate how patient-oriented research compares to other health research approaches in terms of the potential to translate evidence into the health care system.

Agency Application Deadline: October 22, 2019

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

Fish and Wildlife Grants

Deadline: October 18, 2019

This grant funds research, monitoring, stewardship, land securement and on-the-ground habitat- and species-based projects that align with priorities in our Peace Region Basin and Action Plans. 

Notice of Intent deadline: September 9th, 2019 at 5:00 PM (mandatory)

FWCP full application deadline: Friday October 25th, 2019

Full 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:

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

Discovery Grants Program

Deadline: October 18, 2019

The Discovery Grants Program supports ongoing programs of research with long-term goals rather than a single short-term project or collection of projects. These grants recognize the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of all research advances. Discovery Grants are considered “grants in aid” of research, as they provide long term operating funds and can facilitate access to funding from other programs, but are not meant to support the full costs of a research program.

NSERC Deadline: November 01, 2019

Internal Deadline: October 18, 2019

Applications must be received in the Office of Research by the internal deadline date. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research via Romeo. Please allow enough time for Chair and Dean Approval.

Contact:

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

Research Tools and Instruments Grants Program

Deadline: October 18, 2019

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.

NSERC Deadline: October 25, 2019

Internal Deadline: October 18, 2019

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

Contact:

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

BC Parks Living Lab for Climate Change and Conservation Program

Deadline: October 21, 2019

Encourage climate change research in protected areas that documents changes in BC's natural world, and that guide protected area management for an uncertain future.

Application Deadline: October 28, 2019

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
Phone: 250-960-6357
Email: jacqueline.dockray@unbc.ca

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral

Deadline: October 21, 2019

The Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral (CGS D) program is a federal program of scholarships awarded through national competitions by the granting agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
In addition to the CGS D, each agency has its own doctoral awards. Refer to the appropriate literature for CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC for further details. Meritorious CGS D applicants may also be eligible for agency-specific doctoral awards. Applicants complete and submit one application to be considered for both a CGS D scholarship and an agency doctoral award. CGS D scholarships are offered to top-ranked eligible applicants.
Applications through the appropriate agency portal: 
Contact:
Amy Beyer, Graduate Enrolment and Scholarship Advisor
Phone: 250-960-5007

Genome BC Sector Innovation Program - Intake 6

Deadline: October 23, 2019

The focus of Intake 6 of the Sector Innovation Program (SIP) is environmental DNA (eDNA). The intention of this intake is to support genomics research which will address gaps in eDNA analyses that pose barriers to extract and utilize environmental information.  Specifically, research supported through this call will focus on the development and validation of eDNA techniques, standards and methods to drive and facilitate the adoption of eDNA by industry and government organizations.

Statements of Interest due: October 30, 2019

Full Applications due: December 12, 2019 (by invitation only)

Researchers interested in applying to this program should contact Jacqui Dockray a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the Statement of Interest deadline.

Full 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:

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

SSHRC Connection Grants

Deadline: October 25, 2019

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

Agency Application Deadline: November 1, 2019

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

SSHRC Partnership Development Grants

Deadline: November 08, 2019

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, 2019

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

Fulbright Canada Research Chairs Program

Deadline: November 15, 2019

Fulbright Canada Research Chairs are intended for Canadian citizens who are exceptional scholars and/or experienced professionals who wish to conduct research an/or lecture in the United States. Please visit the Fulbright Canada Research Chair Program website (via the link below) to view available Research Chair opportunities.

Application deadline: November 15, 2019

Award values range from US$25,000 to US$50,000 for 4 to 9 month periods.  Awards typically begin in either September 2020 or January 2021.

Please connect with the Office of Research if you are interested in pursuing a Fulbright Canada Research Chair.

Contact:

Nicole Balliet, Research Project Officer

Email: nicole.balliet@unbc.ca

Phone: 250-960-5815

or

Jacqui Dockray, Research Project Officer

Email: jacqueline.dockray@unbc.ca

Phone: 250-960-6357

Mitacs JSPS Summer Program

Deadline: November 20, 2019

Offered in partnership with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), these grants provide opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in Canada to pursue collaborative research in Japan.

Projects must take place between June 9 and August 19, 2020 (10 weeks).

Application Deadline: November 27, 2019 (5:00 pm PT)

Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research no later than Wednesay November 20, 2019 for institutional signature.  As UNBC will be managing some funds on behalf of Mitacs, please submit your application through Romeo. Please work with your home supervisor to complete this process.

Contact:

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

Sigma/Canadian Nurses Foundation Grant

Deadline: December 01, 2019

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

Agency application deadline: December 1, 2019

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 enought time for Chair and Dean approval.

Contact:

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

Canada Graduate Scholarship - Masters (CGS-M)

Deadline: December 01, 2019

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

Mitacs Accelerate - Continuous Intake

Deadline: January 01, 2020

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, 2020

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, 2020

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.

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, 2020

Support projects that take action to address the root causes of pressing social, environmental or cultural issues by influencing the behaviours of populations, organizations, and institutions.

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, 2020

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 May 21, 2019, Option 1 will be open for applications requesting $150,000 or more 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

Deadline: January 01, 2020

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

SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant

Deadline: January 02, 2020

SSHRC will be launching a Knowledge Synthesis Grant competition in the following challenge area in the fall of 2019: Living within Earth's Carrying Capacity. More information about this funding competition will be posted when it becomes available.

Application Deadline: January 7, 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

Indigenous Mentorship Network of the Pacific Northwest

Deadline: January 27, 2020

The Indigenous Mentorship Network of the Pacific Northwest (IMN-PN) supports Indigenous students (UG, Grad), Postdocs and New Investigators to pursue research and travel.

The IMN-PN currently offers five awards and stipends:

  • Research Experience Award (UG, Grad)
  • Research Expense Stipend (Grad, Postdoc)
  • Conference/Community Travel Award (Grad, Postdoc, New Investigators)
  • Northern Travel Award (Grad, Postdoc, New Investigators)
  • New Investigator Seed Grants (Postdoc, New Investigators)

Application Deadline: February 1, 2020 and August 1, 2020 (there are two competitions in 2020)

Students (UG, Grad) applying to these programs can submit their applications directly to IMN-PN at imnpn@uvic.ca

Postdocs and New Investigators must submit their applications through the Office of Research. 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 - 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 (50%)
  • Research Ability and Potential (40%)
  • Written Communication Skills (10%)
Contact:
Amy Beyer, Graduate Enrolment and Scholarship Advisor
Phone: 250-960-5007