SourcesThe 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.
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.
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.
Deadline: Oct 1
CREATE (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.
Deadline:May 15 (Intent)
Discovery Grant (DG)
Support ongoing programs of research (with long-term goals) rather than a single short-term project or collection of projects.
Deadline: Aug 1 (Intent)
Deadline: Oct 1 (Application)
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.
Support meetings with Canadian based companies to identify a company specific problem to be solved in a subsequent newly established research partnership.
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.
Deadlines: Jan 11, Apr 6, Jul 5, Sep 27
NSERC's PromoScience program offers financial support for organizations working with young Canadians to promote an understanding of science and engineering.
Deadline: Sep 15
Research Tools & Instruments (RTI) Program
One-year awards that assist in buying or developing research equipment that costs more than $7,000.
Deadline: 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.
Deadline: Jun 20 (preliminary application)
Intended to generate new collaborations that will lead to the submission of proposal by bringing together researchers with industry.
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.
Deadline: March / April (internal BCIT deadline)
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
The BCKDF provides provincial matching funds for applications to the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund. BCKDF applications are due one month following the CFI deadline for a competition.
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.
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.
- Health Research Roadmap: Creating innovative research for better health and health care
- Funding Overview
Going Global Innovation (Foreign Affairs, Trade Development 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.
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.
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. IRAP funding helps companies access business services or technical assistance at Canada’s learning institutions and publicly-funded research organizations to bring bigger and better innovations to market faster. Programs available to BCIT researchers' partner companies include:
The Research Support Fund (formerly known as the Indirect Costs Program) assists Canadian post-secondary institutions with the indirect costs associated with managing their research enterprise, helping them maintain a world-class research environment. Grants can be used to pay expenditures in the following five categories:
- Research facilities (maintain modern labs and equipment);
- Research resources (provide access to up-to-date knowledge resources);
- Management and administration of an institution's research enterprise;
- Regulatory requirements and accreditation (meet regulatory and ethical standards); or
- Intellectual property (transfer knowledge from academia to the private, public and not-for-profit sectors).
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.
- Community and College Social Innovation Fund
This fund is a pilot initiative starting in 2015 that will provide $15 million over three years to support social innovation research projects at colleges and polytechnics and support partnerships to address the needs of local community organizations. BCIT is eligible for this program as a polytechnic.
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.
Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative
The Western Innovation Initiative (WINN) assists SMEs in commercializing new technology-based products, processes and services. WINN is a $100 million, five-year federal funding initiative that provides repayable contributions to SME’s located in Western Canada.
- Western Diversification Program
WDP invests in projects that support WD's activities of innovation, business development, community economic development and policy, advocacy and coordination, including a number of partnership programs undertaken with other levels of government.
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.