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:

CIHR Project Grant (Registration)

Deadline: March 04, 2021

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

Registration Due: March 4, 2021 - Mandatory

Full Application Due: April 1, 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

International Student Research Award

Deadline: March 08, 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 $6,000 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

NSERC - Undergraduate Student Research Award

Deadline: March 08, 2021

*2021 Deadline extended to March 8th*

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 $6000.00 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 1st 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 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

SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants

Deadline: March 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: March 15, 2021

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

Human Frontiers Science Program - Research Grants (Registration)

Deadline: March 18, 2021

'support innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems with emphasis placed on novel and interdisciplinary approaches that involve scientific exchanges across national and disciplinary boundaries. Research grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories.'

Types of Grants:

  • Research Grants - Early Career
  • Research Grants - Program

Initiation of LOI (obtaining reference number) by March 18, 2021
Letter of Intent due March 30, 2021 (Mandatory)
Full application by invitation only (mid-September 2021)

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 ot 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
 

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

MSFHR Scholar Program (Full Application)

Deadline: March 22, 2021

Supports early-career health researchers who are building leading-edge health research programs, training the next generation of scientists, and expanding their potential to make significant contributions to their field.

***Mandatory Letter of Intent was due February 8, 2021***

Full Application due: March 22, 2021 (4:30 pm PT)

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

MSFHR Research Trainee Award (Full Application)

Deadline: March 29, 2021

Support outstanding early career researchers from across BC who have recently completed a PhD, or are a health professional eligible for a research fellowship program.

***Mandatory Letter of Intent was due February 8, 2021***

Full Application due: March 29, 2021 (4:30 pm PT)

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

Human Frontiers Science Program - Research Grants (LOI)

Deadline: March 30, 2021

'support innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems with emphasis placed on novel and interdisciplinary approaches that involve scientific exchanges across national and disciplinary boundaries. Research grants are provided for teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories.'

Types of Grants:

  • Research Grants - Early Career
  • Research Grants - Program

***An Initiation of LOI (obtaining reference number) was required by March 18, 2021***
Letter of Intent due March 30, 2021 (Mandatory)
Full application by invitation only (mid-September 2021)

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 ot 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
 

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

CIHR Project Grant (Full Application)

Deadline: April 01, 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 March 4, 2021***

Full Application due: April 1, 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

RDC Research Award

Deadline: April 01, 2021

Support the development and implementation of research projects conducted in the Research Data Centre (RDC) at UNBC and promote the goals of the CRDCN. The RDC Research Award is also intended to assist researchers in obtaining external funding for their research in the future.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

Applications must be submitted via Romeo using the RDC Research Award application form.  Applicants must schedule an appointment with the Research Data Centre Analyst to discuss their proposal before submission.  Applications that have not been reviewed by the RDC prior to submission will not be accepted. Applicants wishing to resubmit a prior unsuccessful application are required to set up a new appointment for the current competition.

Contact:

Larine Sluggett, Statistical Assistant, UNBC RDC
Phone: 250-960-5332
Email: larine.sluggett@unbc.ca
 

L'Oreal Canada for Women in Science Research Excellence Fellowships

Deadline: April 14, 2021

The L'Oreal Canada for Women in Science Research Excellence Fellowships, with support from the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, recognize the outstanding contributions of women in science as part of the For Women in Science Program.

Application Deadline: April 14, 2020 @ 2:00pm PT

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
jacqueline.dockray@unbc.ca
250-960-6357

CIHR Health Research Training Platform Grant (Registration)

Deadline: April 21, 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).

Registration Deadline: April 21, 2021 (mandatory)

Application Deadline: June 22, 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

PICS Opportunity Projects Program

Deadline: April 30, 2021

The PICS Opportunity Projects Program provides funding to advance new entrants and unleashes emerging leaders with innovative research ideas and approaches for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The next call for proposals is late April, 2021

Contact:

Michelle Connolly, PICS Program Manager
michelle.connolly@unbc.ca

NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience program (CREATE)

Deadline: May 01, 2021

The objective of the NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience program (CREATE) is to support the training and mentoring of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs. 

Deadline for mandatory Letter of Intent (LOI): May 1st, 2021
Full application deadline (if invited): September 22nd, 2021

Contact:

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

NSERC Science Communication Skills grant

Deadline: May 15, 2021

The Science Communication Skills grant (pilot) supports organizations providing science communication skills training to students, fellows, and faculty in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) from Canadian postsecondary institutions. 

Training supported by this pilot grant will educate students and researchers in STEM on how to effectively communicate science to the public.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2021 @ 5:00pm PST

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

CIHR Health Research Training Platform Grant (Full Application)

Deadline: June 22, 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: June 22, 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

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

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

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

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