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.
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.
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 (Notice of Intent - required)
Deadline: Oct 1 (Application)
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
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)
Alliance grants encourage greater collaboration in Canada’s R&D system by providing support for projects that include both generators and users of research results and knowledge. Alliance is designed to be more responsive and flexible for our research community and to accommodate a broader range of partners. It also includes incentives for collaborations with small and medium-sized enterprises and multi-sectoral partnerships, and offers an accelerated means for projects to scale and grow.
British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund
BCKDF funding is institutional, providing provincial matching funds for applications to the Canada Foundation for Innovation's (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund, including CRC applications. Please refer to the BCKDF Guidelines for further information on the British Columbia strategic research priorities and for details about the application and review process. 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:
- CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF)
- JELF - Canada Research Chairs (CRC)
- CFI Innovation Fund (IF)
- CFI Draft Call for proposals for the 2020 Innovation Fund
- BCIT Internal Request for Allocation of CFI Funding Application Form
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. 70% of research funding is investigator-driven while 30% 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
Innovate BC is a one stop service centre to connect innovators — large and small — with BC government funding, tools, resources and support. Innovate BC’s Ignite Program provides up to $300,000 to fund innovation projects in the areas of natural resources, applied science and/or engineering for collaborating teams of industry and academia to solve real life business problems in a 3-year time frame.
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 (MSFHR) leads, partners and serves as a catalyst to build British Columbia's capacity for excellence in clinical, biomedical, health services and population health research. The MSFHR Innovation to Commercialization (I2C) Program provides funding support to help BC health researchers advance their products or technologies towards practical application
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.
- Concierge is a Government of Canada program that provides a single access point to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) navigate the available federal innovation resources and support programs that will help them innovate and accelerate their growth.
The Research Support Fund 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.
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 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.