Research Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research and Innovation 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:

Innovate BC Ignite Program

Deadline: June 30, 2021

The Innovate BC Ignite Program provides funding to help researchers commercialize their research and development projects sooner. The program funds 6-8 research projects each year with up to $300,000 in funding to allow researchers to expedite their Research & Development project, and take their innovations to market more quickly.

Application deadline: June 30th, 2021

Applications must be received in the Office of Research and Innovation a minumum of 5 business days in advance of submission to the funding agency. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research and Innovation 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

ICF Ideas Lab: Canada and the Circular Economy (Stage 1)

Deadline: July 16, 2021

Are you interested in addressing key environmental and economic concerns? Are you seeking sustainable alternatives to the current linear model of production-consumption-waste? Then you may be interested in the concept of the circular economy. Join like minded researchers in a virtual workshop to develop and pitch innovative project ideas.

Stage 1: Virtual Workshop Application Deadline: July 16, 2021 (mandatory)

Stage 2: Funding Opportunity Application Deadline: January 20, 2022 (by invitation only)

Stage 1 applications for the virtual workshop do not need to be submitted to the Office of Research and Innovation via Romeo, however, the Office of Research and Innovation must review/approve/submit applications via the Convergence Portal.  Please allow a minimum of 5 business days to do so.

Contact:

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

CIHR Health Research Training Platform Grant (Full Application)

Deadline: July 20, 2021

Support the development of interdisciplinary, inter-jurisdictional, and intersectoral research training platforms for trainees and ECR's in established or emerging areas (specific research areas identified - please see funding description below).

***Mandatory Registration was due April 21, 2021***

Full application due: July 20, 2021 (deadline extended)

Full applications must be received in the Office of Research a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the 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
Phone: 250-960-5815
Email: nicole.balliet@unbc.ca

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (EOI)

Deadline: July 22, 2021

Support for Canadian and International postdoctoral fellows. Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are Canada's most prestigious and highest valued award for postdoctoral researchers.

Expression of Interest due: July 22, 2021 (noon PT) (mandatory)

Full Application due: September 22, 2021 (by invitation only)

Expressions of Interest must be submitted to the Office of Research and Innovation (attn: Nicole Balliet) and must include:

  • a brief research proposal (max. 4 pages)
  • a letter of support from the applicant's proposed supervisor
  • an up-to-date CV from the candidate
Contact:

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

SSHRC Connection Grant

Deadline: August 01, 2021

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

Application Deadline: August 1, 2021

Applications must be received in the Office of Research and Innovation a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the application deadline. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research and Innovation 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 Discovery Grants (NOI)

Deadline: August 02, 2021

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 2, 2021
Full Application Deadline: November 1, 2021

Applications must be received in the Office of Research and Innovation a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the application deadline. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research and Innovation 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

PICS Opportunity Projects Program (OPPs)

Deadline: August 04, 2021

The PICS Opportunity Projects Program supports new and emerging leaders to pursue bold and impactful climate solutions research.

Application Deadline: August 4th, 2021

Contact:

Michelle Connolly, Program Manager Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
michelle.connolly@unbc.ca

CIHR Project Grant (Registration)

Deadline: August 18, 2021

Support projects or programs of research proposed and conducted by individual researchers or groups of researchers in all areas of health.

Registration Due: August 18, 2021 - Mandatory

Full Application Due: September 15, 2021

Applicants are not required to submit their Registration to the Office of Research, however, please feel free to contact the Office of Research if you need any assistance.

Contact:

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

MSFHR Health Professional - Investigator (Full Application)

Deadline: August 20, 2021

Supports health professionals who are actively involved in patient care to conduct and apply research relevant to health and/or the health system.

***Mandatory Letter of Intent was due: June 4, 2021***

Full application due: August 20, 2021

Applications must be received in the Office of Research and Innovation a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the full application deadline. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research and Innovation 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 Partnership Engage Grant

Deadline: September 15, 2021

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

Application Deadline: September 15, 2021

Applications must be received in the Office of Research and Innovation a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the application deadline. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research and Innovation 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 Project Grant (Full Application)

Deadline: September 15, 2021

Support projects or programs of research proposed and conducted by individual researchers or groups of researchers in all areas of health.

***Mandatory Registration was due August 18, 2021***

Full Application due: September 15, 2021

Full applications must be received in the Office of Research a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the 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
Phone: 250-960-5815
Email: nicole.balliet@unbc.ca

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship

Deadline: September 16, 2021

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 16, 2021

Because these fellowships only provide stipendiary support (no research support) 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 Innovation (and no requirement to submit applications through Romeo). If applicants wish to have their applications reviewed by Office of Research and Innovation 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

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (Full Application)

Deadline: September 22, 2021

Support for Canadian and international postdoctoral fellows. Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships are Canada's most prestigious and highest valued award for postdoctoral researchers.

***Mandatory Expression of Interest was due July 22, 2021***

Full Application due: September 22, 2021

Full applications must be received in the Office of Research and Innovation a minimum of 10 business days in advance of the application deadline (to allow enough time to prepare the institutional letter of endorsement). Full applications must be submitted to the Office of Research and Innovation 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 Insight Grant

Deadline: October 01, 2021

Support research excellence in the social sciences and humanities

Application Deadline: October 1, 2021

Applications must be received in the Office of Research and Innovation a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the application deadline. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research and Innovation 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 Discovery Horizons Program (Full Application)

Deadline: October 18, 2021

The Discovery Horizons grants upport investigator-initiated individual and team projects that broadly integrate or transcend disciplines to advance knowledge in the natural sciences and engineering. An eligible proposal must meet both of the following criteria:

  1. Its primary objective must be to advance knowledge in the natural sciences or engineering.
  2. It must integrate or transcend disciplines in ways that would significantly benefit from peer-review by a tri-agency interdisciplinary committee.

***A mandatory letter of intent was required to be submitted June 15, 2021***
Full application deadline (by invitation only): October 18, 2021

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

Contact:

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

NSERC Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grants Program

Deadline: October 25, 2021

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 25, 2021

Applications must be received in the Office of Research and Innovation a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the application deadline. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research and Innovation 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, 2021

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

Application Deadline: November 1, 2021

Applications must be received in the Office of Research and Innovation a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the application deadline. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research and Innovation 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 Discovery Grants (Full Application)

Deadline: November 01, 2021

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.

Mandatory Notice of Intent to Apply (NOI) was required to be submitted in August.

Full Application Deadline: November 1, 2021

Applications must be received in the Office or Research and Innovation a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the application deadline. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research and Innovation 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, 2021

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, 2021

Applications must be received in the Office of Research and Innovation a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the full application deadline. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research and Innovation 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 Engage Grant

Deadline: December 15, 2021

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

Application Deadline: December 15, 2021

Applications must be received in the Office of Research and Innovation a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the application deadline. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research and Innovation 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

Mitacs Accelerate (Continuous Intake)

Deadline: January 01, 2022

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, 2022

 

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 outside of Canada.

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, 2022

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.

Option 1: No limit on the number of applications per year. Value $20,000 to $1 million per year. 1 to 5 year duration.

Option 2 (Initial Phase): Limited number of applications per year. Value over $30,000 to $100,000 per year. 1 to 5 year duration.

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, 2022

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

ICF Ideas Lab: Canada and the Circular Economy (Stage 2)

Deadline: January 20, 2022

Are you interested in addressing key environmental and economic concerns? Are you seeking sustainable alternatives to the current linear model of production-consumption-waste? Then you may be interested in the concept of the circular economy. Join a team of like minded researchers to address an innovative and interdisciplinary research project.

***Mandatory Stage 1: Virtual Workshop was due July 16, 2021***

Stage 2: Full Application due January 20, 2022

Applications must be received in the Office of Research and Innovation a minimum of 5 business days in advance of the full application deadline. Applications must be submitted to the Office of Research and Innovation 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