Research Funding Opportunities

Browse upcoming funding opportunities for UNBC researchers.

Open Research Area (SSHRC/ESRC)

Deadline: September 03, 2019

The 6th round of the ORA is based on an agreement among the French National Research Agency (France), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Germany), the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada). The scheme will provide funding for integrated projects by researchers coming from at least three of the four subscribing countries. There is also a special opportunity for co-operation with projects in Japan. Proposals may involve any of the disciplines, thematic areas or approaches eligible for SSHRC funding.

Application Deadline: September 11, 2019, 4:00 pm Greenwich Mean Time (8:00 am Pacific Time)

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

BC SUPPORT Unit P2P Awards

Deadline: September 06, 2019

BC SUPPORT Unit Pathway to Patient-Oriented Research (P2P) Awards are offered in partnership with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR). These awards support BC-based patient-oriented research teams pilot and test the feasibility of their research project, to make their future grant applications stronger.

LOI Deadline: September 6, 2019 (mandatory)

Full Application Deadline: TBA (Late-October)

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:

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

Rhodes Scholarship

Deadline: September 06, 2019

The Rhodes Scholarship, established in 1902, were designed to bring outstanding students from across the world to study at Oxford University in the interests of promoting international understanding and public service. Eleven Canadians are selected each year to join a class of 84 Scholars from across the world.  A Rhodes Scholarship is tenable at the University of Oxford with election to the Scholarship normally for two years depending on the degree program pursued by the scholar.
Application Deadline to UNBC: September 6th, 2019, 12:00pm 
Contact:
Amy Beyer, Graduate Enrolment and Scholarship Advisor
Phone: 250-960-5007

SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant

Deadline: September 09, 2019

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.

Full application deadline: September 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
Email: nicole.balliet@unbc.ca
Phone: 250-960-5815

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship

Deadline: September 18, 2019

Support the most promising Canadian new scholars in the social sciences and humanities, and assist them in establishing a research base at an important time in their research careers.

Full application deadline: September 18, 2019

Because these fellowships only provide stipendiary support (no research support) to recent PhD graduates and funds are distributed directly to awardees, there is no need to submit these applications for review and approval by the Office of Research (and no requirement to submit applications through Romeo). If applicants wish to have their applications reviewed by Office of Research staff, they are more than welcome to make this request, however, please allow a minimum of 5 business days to do so.

Contact:

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

CIHR Fellowship

Deadline: September 23, 2019

Provide support for highly qualified applicants in all areas of health research at the post-PhD degree or post-health professional degree stages to add to their experience by engaging in health research either in Canada or abroad.

Agency application deadline: October 1, 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 (and ResearchNet). Please allow enough time for Chair and Dean approval.

Contact:

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

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Deadline: September 27, 2019

The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program in 2008 to strengthen Canada's ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and/or humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health. Canadian and international students are eligible to be nominated for a Vanier Scholarship, which is valued at $50,000 per year for up to three years.
UNBC’s internal deadline: September 27, 2019 (4:30pm)
Institutions must forward their selected nominations to the Vanier CGS program by November 6, 2019 (8:00 pm EDT)
Amy Beyer, Graduate Enrolment and Scholarship Advisor
Email: amy.beyer@unbc.ca or grad-scholarships@unbc.ca
Phone: 250-960-5007

CGS - Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement

Deadline: October 01, 2019

The CGS-MSFSS Program supports high-calibre Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences at recognized universities in Canada. By accessing international scientific research and training, CGS-MSFSS recipients contribute to strengthening the potential for collaboration between Canadian universities and foreign institutions. 
The MSFSS covers costs associated with travel, living and other expenses, including accommodation, meals, tuition, insurance and other necessary costs unrelated to research during the research study period abroad.
Eligibility Criteria:
Must have accepted or currently hold one of the following CGS:
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier (SSHRC);
  • Alexander Graham Bell (NSERC);
  • Frederick Banting and Charles Best (CIHR); or
  • Vanier CGS (if eligible);
For complete eligibility criteria and program details, please review the Agency websites below. Applications will vary depending on agency:
Application Deadlines: Internal deadlines are June 1st  and October 1st  annually. 
    Agency deadlines are June 10th and October 10th annually.
Contact:
Amy Beyer, Graduate Enrolment and Scholarship Advisor
Phone: 250-960-5007

Research Project Awards

Deadline: October 01, 2019

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

SSHRC Insight Grants

Deadline: October 07, 2019

Support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities. Funding is available (through two streams) to both emerging and established scholars.

Agency Application Deadline: October 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

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

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral

Deadline: October 18, 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

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

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

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

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