Funding Opportunities

Last Updated: January 9, 2015.

Competitions with 2015 Deadlines Listed First

UBC Internal Faculty Awards

Guidelines and nomination forms:

Killam Faculty Research Prizes

Deadline: October 1, 2015

    • Up to ten prizes of $5,000 each are awarded annually to full-time faculty members in recognition of outstanding research and scholarly contributions
    • All fields of research are included

Jacob Biely Faculty Research Prize

Deadline: October 15, 2015

  • A $1,500 prize and certificate awarded annually to an active faculty researcher for a distinguished record of published research
  • All fields of research are eligible

Charles A. McDowell Research Award

Deadline: October 15, 2015

This award, consisting of a certificate, will be presented to an outstanding young member of the faculty of UBC who has demonstrated excellence in pure or applied scientific research. The recipient must be currently in receipt of a research grant from NSERC and be nominated in a year not more than 12 greater than the year they received their PhD degree.

Non-UBC Faculty Awards

Mitacs Elevate (requires industry partner)

Next call: Spring 2015

Establish long-term research collaborations that support postdoctoral career development. This competitive two-year fellowship is valued at $57,500 per year.

 Continuing Funding Opportunities

UBC Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Nomination deadline for 2015 prizes: Already passed
Nomination deadline for 2016 prizes: Not yet announced

Postdoctoral applicants are selected based on high academic achievement, personal qualities, and demonstrated aptitudes. Consideration is also given to the applicant’s proposed programme of study. The fellowships are awarded for a maximum of two years, subject to review at the end of the first year, and include a stipend of CAD $50,000 per annum and a travel and research allowance of CAD $4,000 for the tenure of the award. The number of awards varies between three and five per year.

More information about the UBC Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowships may be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website at

Mitacs Accelerate (requires industry partner)

  • No deadlines: applications are accepted at any time
  • Application process: simple, easy, and quick; typically approved within four to six weeks
  • Not a competition
  • International students and Postdocs are eligible to apply
  • Real-world exposure: interns and faculty apply the latest tools and innovations to real issues.
  • Funding provided to support the intern’s research

Each 4-month internship project receives $15,000 in direct funding, with the partner organization and Mitacs each providing $7,500.

Federal Funding

Canadian Foundation for Innovation

Contains online database for searching. Please note that only eligible institutions — and not individual researchers — may submit a proposal to the CFI. They encourage researchers to contact their institutional research office to learn more about internal application processes.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Grant areas that might apply include: Catalyst Grants; Emerging Team Grants; Meetings, Planning and Dissemination Grants; Other; Randomized Control Trials

Networks for Centres of Excellence of Canada

The program invests in Canadian research and entrepreneurial talent to translate and apply knowledge, generating economic and social benefits for Canadians. Networks play an important role in mobilizing some of the best academic research talent found in Canada, and in engaging Canadian and international partners in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Talent, Insight and Connection programs.

The National Research Council

Research and business collaboration opportunities for Human health therapeutics.


Non-Governmental Funding

Canadian Cancer Society – Grants

Travel Awards:

There are three competitions each year:

1st competition 2nd competition 3rd competition
Full application deadline: January 15 May 15 September 15
Results announcement: March July November
Funding start date: April 1 August 1 December 1

A limited number of Awards to PhD or MD/PhD students, and post-doctoral/medical/clinical fellows are available.  The travel award will be made to defray costs of travel, registration, accommodation, meals, ground transportation, etc., and will not exceed $2,000.

Innovation Grants:

There are two competitions each year:

1st competition 2nd competition
Abstract registration: August 15 February 15
Full application deadline: October 1 April 1
Results announcement: January July
Funding start date: February 1 August 1

Created to support innovative, creative problem solving in cancer research.  Grant budgets may be up to $100,000 per year and a maximum of $200,000 per grant. Grant expenditures may be extended over 3 years if justified in the application. Grants will be non-renewable.  Funding will be provided to support the direct costs of research, including supplies, salaries, and equipment associated with the proposed work. Equipment requests cannot exceed 25% of the requested budget. Indirect costs are not eligible.

Impact Grants:

Letter of intent due date: March 25
Letter of intent results: June
Application due date: September 1
Results announcement: January
Anticipated start date: February 1

The goal of the CCSRI Impact grant program is to provide a mechanism for scientists to adopt innovations and accelerate the application of new knowledge to address problems in cancer research that have the potential for practical application.  Budgets awarded will not exceed $250,000 per year, to a maximum of $1,250,000 per grant.  The grant term is up to 5 years. Grants will be renewable.  Funding will be provided to support the direct costs of research, including supplies, expenses, wages and equipment associated with the proposed work. Indirect costs will not be considered eligible expenses.  Equipment requests of up to $125,000 can be included within the proposed budget.

Canadian Society of Microbiologists

Several awards available for students and new researchers and The CSM Award is the Society’s Premier award for senior researchers.

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Clinical and Population Health Research Grants

Canadian Society for Immunology

Travel awards for students

The Kidney Foundation of Canada

Biomedical Research Grants provide financial support to medical researchers to assist in defraying the operating costs of research, which may include the purchase of materials, supplies and equipment and the payment of laboratory assistants.

Canadian Diabetes Association

Operating grants and Post-Doctoral Fellow awards.

Canadian Thoracic Society

The Canadian Lung Association funds research and research training through the CTS at the national level. They offer several competitions for research funding.

Operating grants, studentships and fellowships.


Organizations Outside Canada

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Science Foundation

Other Resources

ORS website – the most commonly held grants at UBC

Office of the VP Research & International website – a directory of major external awards

Office of the Provost & VP Academic website – internal to UBC, academic-related awards

Awards for Faculty members – includes awards from UBC, and the Faculty of Medicine



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