External Funding

There are many research grants that are available on a regular basis, some of which are outlined here in this order: 
CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC, The Vancouver Foundation, and CRCEF.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Grants

Project grants are designed to support researchers at any career stage to build and conduct health-related research and knowledge translation projects across CIHR's mandate. View grant here.

Deadlines: Fall and Spring
Length:  Variable
Funding available: Subject to availability of funds

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Grants

The Discovery Grants program assists in promoting and maintaining a diversified base of high-quality research capability in the natural sciences and engineering in Canadian universities, fostering research excellence, and providing a stimulating environment for research training. View grant here.

Deadline: August 1 (notification of intent to apply); November 1 (application)
Length: Up to 5 years
Funding available: Subject to availability of funds

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Grants

Support for events and activities to exchange knowledge and engage on research issues. Events and outreach activities may serve as a first step toward more comprehensive and longer-term projects. Responds to the objectives of the Connection program. View grant here.

Deadlines: November 1, February 1, May 1, August 1
Length: 1 year
Funding available: Events: $7,000 to $25,000; Outreach activities: $7,000 to $50,000; higher if well justified

Stable support for longer-term research initiatives; funding available to emerging and established scholars; Respond to the objectives of the Insight program. View grant here.

Deadline: October 1
Length: 2-5 years
Funding available: $7,000 to $100,000 per year:  Stream A: $7,000 to $100,000; Stream B: $100,001 to $400,000

Research in its initial stages -> shorter term. 50% of funds reserved for emerging scholars. Responds to the objectives of the Insight program. View grant here.

Deadline: February 2
Length: 1-2 years
Funding available: $7,000 to $75,000

Teams working in formal partnership between postsecondary institutions and/or organizations of various types. View grant here.

Deadline: November 15
Length: 1-3 years
Funding available: $75,000 to $200,000

Short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision-making (e.g. an organization-specific need, challenge and/or opportunity) at a single partner organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sector, Canadian or international. View grant here.

Deadline: September 15, December 15, March 15, June 15
Length: 1 year
Funding available: $7,000 to $25,000

Large teams working in formal collaboration between postsecondary institutions and/or organizations of various types. View grant here.

Deadline: February 15 (Stage 1); October 29 (Stage 2)
Length: 4-7 years
Funding available: Stage 1: up to $20,000; Stage 2 (by invitation only): up to $2.5 million

Funding available through initiatives through which SSHRC collaborates with national or international agencies, government departments and organizations across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to help advance strategic objectives.
View current joint initiatives using the SSHRC funding search tool.

Deadline: Variable
Length: Variable
Funding available: Variable

  • Knowledge Synthesis Grants

Knowledge syntheses are comprehensive analyses of literature and other forms of knowledge on a particular question or issue.
Knowledge Synthesis Grants are not intended to support original research.
View current Knowledge Synthesis Grants using the SSHRC funding search tool. (Enter ‘Knowledge Synthesis’ in the filter box.)

Deadline: Variable
Length: 1 year
Funding available: Variable

Vancouver Foundation Grants

Systems Change Grants 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. Systems Change Grants fund charitable projects in and across any sector.  There are three types of Systems Change Grants, depending on the stage of the project: Develop, Test, and Scale. View grants here. 

    • Develop Grants - Up to $20,000, for up to 1 year
      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 
    • Test Grants - Up to $100,000 per year, for up to 3 years
      Test grants are multi-year grants to help project teams test their influence on systems and to learn what leads to change. Test grants are a two-stage application. 
    • Scale Grants - Up to $100,000 per year, for up to 3 years
      Scale grants are multi-year grants to help project teams extend the influence of an existing systems change project to a different scale within the system. Scale grants are a two-stage application.
  • Participatory Action Research Grants

Participatory Action Research Grants 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. There are two types of Participatory Action Research Grants, depending on the stage of the project: Convene and Investigate. View grants here.

    • Convene Grants - Up to $20,000, for up to 1 year
      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.
    • Investigate Grants - Up to $100,000 per year, for up to 3 years
      Investigate grants are multi-year grants to help teams answer a research question, analyze their findings, and share knowledge in a way that supports the community to take action in the future. Investigate grants are a two-stage application.

 

Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF) 

  • Stage 3: Research maintenance/ramp-up costs

Open Call for Applications - Opportunity now closed

The Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF) is a Tri-Agency program that is part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. Royal Roads is undertaking an open call for applications for Stage 3 funding from CRCEF to support research maintenance and ramp-up costs incurred due to COVID-19. For more information regarding RRU’s participation in the program please see https://research.royalroads.ca/canada-research-continuity-emergency-fund

Applications for Stage 3 CRCEF funding can be submitted by core faculty members who hold research funds at Royal Roads University. Applicants must complete the application form and submit to the Office of Research Services (ResearchServices@royalroads.ca) by 11:59pm on December 3, 2020.

Stage 3 of this program is to support direct costs of research that have been incurred to: (i) maintain essential research-related commitments during the COVID-19 pandemic; and/or (ii) ramp-up to full research activities as physical distancing measures are eased and research activities can resume.

  • Stage 4: Extension period for wage support for research-related personnel

Details to come