Sources

The list below is a starting point for research funding. Please contact ARLO to clarify application dates and requirements, and so we can help ensure you submit your best application. Thanks!

For a good overview, please check External Research Funding Opportunities for BCIT Researchers.

Primary Sources

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
NSERC supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects in the natural sciences and engineering.
BCIT is eligible to apply for grants directly to NSERC as a university or as co-applicants. We can also be the university partner with colleges and industry in the CU-I2I program.


Program: Deadlines:
Collaborative Research and Development (CRD)
CRD Grants support well-defined projects undertaken by university researchers and their private-sector partners. CRD awards cover up to half of the total eligible direct project costs, with the industrial partner(s) providing the balance in cash and in kind.

Anytime

College-University Ideas to Innovation (CU-I2I)
CU-I2I Grants are intended to support college and university participation in the improvement or extension of existing company technology or commercial products, processes and/or services.

Oct 1

Discovery Grant (DG)
Support ongoing programs of research (with long-term goals) rather than a single short-term project or collection of projects.
Aug 1
(Intent)
Oct 1
(Application)

Engage Grants
Support new research partnerships between researchers and companies for short-term R&D projects that solve a company specific problem.

Engage Plus Grants
To further developments from an ongoing or recently completed Engage Grant project, or to continue the project while seeking longer-term support, applicants may apply for a subsequent Engage Plus Grant to support a project for an additional six months.

Interaction Grants

Support meetings with Canadian based companies to identify a company specific problem to be solved in a subsequent newly established research partnership.


Anytime

Idea to Innovation (I2I)
Provides funding for research and development activities leading to technology transfer to a new or established Canadian company. Value: up to 12 months, maximum $125,000.
Jan 11
Apr 6
Jul 5
Sep 27

Strategic Workshops
Intended to generate new collaborations that will lead to the submission of proposal by bringing together researchers with industry.

Anytime

Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRA)
Students gain research work experience to complements their studies. Applications are coordinated with the research supervisor (faculty). BCIT’s allocation of USRAs is four (4). Detailed information on application procedures is posted at : http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/UG-PC/USRA-BRPC_eng.asp . Student applicants must make sure they are eligible to apply and supervisors must make sure that they are eligible to supervise - normally, supervisors must hold NSERC funding, however, supervision of faculty members without NSERC funding may be considered.

March / April
internal BCIT deadline

Secondary Sources

BC Innovation Council 
Supports applied and innovative research and commercialization of science and technology to support economic development in British Columbia.

British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund
Focuses on creating and enhancing research infrastructure within the province of British Columbia. Provincial matching funds for (federal) CFI infrastructure funding.

  • British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) provides provincial matching funds for applications to the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF). BCKDF applications are due one month following the CFI deadline for a competition. For example, for the CFI LOF deadline of June 15, 2010, BCKDF applications will be due July 15, 2010. Deadlines for LEF/NIF applications will continue to be determined as those competitions are announced. 

Canada Foundation for Innovation
The CFI is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. Funding programs available to BCIT researchers include:

Canada Research Chairs
The Canada Research Chairs program (CRC) is part of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world's top countries in research and development. It is a permanent program to establish 2000 research professorships—Canada Research Chairs—in eligible degree-granting institutions across the country. Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

Canada Excellence Research Chairs
The Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) Program awards world-class researchers up to $10 million over seven years to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency. Its mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system.

70 per cent of research funding is investigator-driven while 30 per cent is reserved for strategic initiatives. Investigator research regular competition cycle is September, January and March; while strategic is December and June.

Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP)

Connect Canada
Connect Canada is a federally-funded, national internship program that links Canadian companies with graduate students and post-doctoral fellows for research placements. Open to companies in any sector and students in any field, Connect Canada is a cost-effective way for companies to conduct R&D while providing students with an opportunity to enhance their graduate studies while gaining real-world experience. Canada interns will apply the latest in research methods and know-how to the most pressing industrial R&D issues.

Forum Nokia Consultancy and Training Network
BCIT is a member of the Forum Nokia Consultancy and Training Network. Forum Nokia Consultancy and Training Network is a dedicated cluster of world class software service providers to offer the Forum Nokia Developer Community with top quality mobile development consultancy and training services.

Going Global Innovation (DFAIT - Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada)
  Are you:
     -  a Canadian SME or researcher?
     -  wanting to work with a foreign partner?
     -  looking to solidify a international partnership for future R&D collaboration?
If you said "yes" to the all the questions above - then Going Global Innovation funding is right for you.

Indirect Costs Program
The costs of doing research can be broken down into two types of costs: direct costs and indirect costs.

The Government of Canada introduced the Indirect Costs Program (ICP) in 2003. This permanent program provides Canadian universities and colleges with an annual grant to help pay for a portion of their indirect costs of research. Indirect Costs funding requests are made directly by Canadian postsecondary institutions. ICP funding allocations are based on the funding received by institutions from the three federal research funding agencies: NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR. 

Industrial and Regional Benefits (IRB) 
The IRB Policy provides the framework for using federal defence procurement to lever long-term industrial and regional development within Canada. It was created in 1986 to ensure that Canadian companies can derive benefits from procurements, such as new business or investments in new technologies. BCIT's CUBE 3D Simulation project received IRB funding.

Investment Agriculture Foundation (IAF)
Offers a wide range of funding programs designed to assist the agriculture and food processing industries in BC.

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research leads, partners and serves as a catalyst to build British Columbia's capacity for excellence in clinical, biomedical, health services and population health research.

National Cancer Institute of Canada
Provides funding across the full research spectrum from basic to clinical and behavioral research, including research into the causes of cancer and its prevention.

NRC-IRAP (National Research Council - Industrial Research Assistance Program)
NRC-IRAP provides non-repayable contributions to Canadian SMEs interested in growing by using technology to commercialize services, products and processes in Canadian and international markets.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
NSERC promotes discovery and innovation in the natural sciences and engineering. BCIT is eligible to apply for grants directly to NSERC as a university or as co-applicants. We can also be the university partner with colleges and industry in the CU-I2I program.

Program: Deadlines:
Collaborative Research and Training Experience
Supports the training of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs.
May 15 (Intent)
Sep 22
(Application)
PromoScience
NSERC's PromoScience program offers financial support for organizations working with young Canadians to promote an understanding of science and engineering.

Sep 15
Research Tools & Instruments (RTI) Program
One-year awards that assist in buying or developing research equipment that costs more than $7,000.

Oct 25
Strategic Network Grants
The objective of the Strategic Network Grants (SNG) Program is to increase research and training in targeted areas that could strongly enhance Canada’s economy, society and/or environment within the next 10 years. Funding requests are in the $0.5m to $1.0m range.

Jun 20
(preliminary application)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. By focusing on developing Talent, generating Insights and forging Connections across campuses and communities, SSHRC strategically supports world-leading initiatives. BCIT is fully eligible to apply for SSHRC funding.

Vancouver Foundation
Vancouver Foundation is a philanthropic non-governmental community foundation which operates primarily as a permanent collection of endowed funds. Income derived from the investments of the pooled capital of Vancouver Foundation's endowments is distributed to support the activities of charitable organizations across British Columbia.

Western Economic Diversification Canada
WD administers programs and services that advance innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainable communities. In all their activities they use innovative partnerships with public and private sectors, other levels of government, academic and financial institutions, and research centres to make the most of the investment in Western Canada.

United States

Grants.gov contains information on 26 federal grant-making agencies and over 900 individual grant programs in the United States that award over $350 billion in grants each year. The grant community includes: state, local and tribal governments, academia and research institutions, and not-for-profits.