Internal Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research will be implementing a new internal grants program come April 1, 2021. 

The Office of Research administers a number of internal grants for which UNBC researchers are eligible to apply. Each grant competition has its own set of guidelines and either a downloadable application form or a link to the Romeo Research Portal for on-line applications. Competitions that have only the Romeo link must be applied for through the portal. For "How-to" Manuals please see our Romeo support webpage. https://www.unbc.ca/research/romeo  

Important: Romeo accounts have already been created for existing faculty and registration notifications were sent in January of 2017.  If you need a new notification please email researchportal@unbc.ca. For new faculty members please contact research@unbc.ca to have your account set up.

(*For grants where students are eligible to apply, but the application must be completed and submitted through Romeo (e.g. BC Real Estate Foundation Partnering Fund), a supervisor must submit the application in the Romeo Research Portal).

Please Note: A review of your application is available if submitted through Romeo two weeks prior to the application deadline with a review request made to research@unbc.ca.  

In order to ensure that applications received are representative of UNBC’s diverse research community, the Office of Research invites and encourages people from underrepresented groups (Indigenous, visible minorities, diversely-abled, women, LGBTQ2S+) to apply for the programs listed below. We recognize the additional burden placed on everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic, but especially, and often disproportionately, on people from the four designated + groups.


Funding Opportunities for Faculty

Note: Some internal grants are currently under review and have been temporarily removed from this page. Please submit all other grant requests through the Research Strategic Initiative Grant form.


BC Real Estate Foundation Partnering Fund

The goal of the Foundation Partnering Fund is to support research and educational programs, following objectives specified in the competition application form. Initiatives should involve collaboration among university entities and public, non-profit and/or professional organizations. For eligibility requirements, please review the guidelines.  Supervisors must submit the application via Romeo.

Deadline: April 15


RDC Research Award

The Office of Research and Research Data Centre (RDC) have developed the RDC Research Award to support the development and implementation of research projects conducted in the RDC. Eligible faculty researchers must complete the UNBC RDC Research Award application form in Romeo to apply. As well, researchers must set up a consultation with RDC staff (rdc@unbc.ca) to access the feasibility of their proposal. Please note that RDC hours are limited, so plan ahead accordingly. Please note that the guidelines have been updated as of January 2021.

Deadline: April 1, 2021


Research Strategic Initiatives Grant (RSIG)

The Research Strategic Initiatives Grant (RSIG) welcomes requests from all UNBC faculty, research organizations, graduate and undergraduate student groups engaged in research. Funds are directed toward research activities for which other sources of funding are not available.

Deadlines: 1st and 15th days of each month


Research Grant in Lieu of Salary

For faculty.


University Achievement Award - Research


Funding Opportunities for Students

Graduate Student Research and Conference Travel Awards

*Temporarily Suspended due to Covid-19* 

Open to graduate students to cover the costs of travel for the purposes of attending a conference to present or travel costs associated with independent research.

Deadline: Minimum of 10 days prior to travel.


International Student Research Award

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. 

Deadline: March 1st


Research Project Awards

Open to masters, doctoral and undergraduate students (In their 3rd or 4th year).  To provide funding for student led research projects.

Deadline: March 1st and October 1st


Undergraduate Research Experience Award

The Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) program is offered to provide opportunities for UNBC’s undergraduates to be involved in research and scholarly activities. It is also intended to provide encouragement for faculty members to mentor UNBC undergraduate students in their areas of research. Faculty members are encouraged to approach undergraduate students who would not otherwise have access to research opportunities and invite them to co-apply for the UNBC URE award.

Deadline: January 15