External Funding

IMPORTANT - Applying for external research funding?  If so, please complete and submit the Pre-Submission Cover Sheet  located in the ROMEO Researcher Portal, allowing 2 weeks prior to the grant submission deadline.  This will allow sufficient time for the Dean and AVP, Research to review the application to provide feedback, and for Finance to assess the budget.

QUICK LINKS to 2020 SSHRC, NSERC funding opportunities & Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research

SSHRC Funding announcements

NSERC's Award Database - Dimensions Charter


SSHRC Grants
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

SSHRC is a federal government funding agency that supports research and training in the humanities and social sciences. SSHRC welcomes applications involving Indigenous research, as well as those involving research-creation. The funding opportunities are available to faculty and non-faculty researchers who conduct research independently and maintain the affiliation at KPU for the duration of the grant. SSHRC offers the following recurring funding programs.

Insight Research Program

This program support and foster excellence in social sciences and humanities research. The grants are expected to respond to these objectives.

Insight Development Grants

The Insight Development Grant Program supports research in its initial stages for the development of new research questions, and experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and ideas. Funding is available for emerging and established scholars. The grants are valued at $7,000 to $75,000 over 1 to 2 years. A minimum budget of $7,000 is required in at least one of the years. The application deadline is usually in Feb each year (Check SSHRC website for the exact date).

Please refer to SSHRC's home for information and program objectives.

Insight Grants

Supports long-term research for 2 to 5 years. Applicants can choose from one of two streams, depending on the amount of funding required.

Stream A: $7,000 - $100,000
Stream B: $100,001 - $400,000.

The targeted success rate for Stream A is higher than for Stream B. The application deadline is usually in Oct each year (Check SSHRC website for the exact date)

Please refer to SSHRC's home for information and program objectives.

Research Partnerships Program

The program supports research and related activities and tools that facilitate co-creating and exchanging research knowledge. The grant should respond to these objectives.

For individuals and teams

Connection Grants

Supports short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. The grants support events (valued at $7,000 to $25,000) and outreach activities (valued at $7,000 to $50,000) over one year. Note that SSHRC will not fund the full cost of any event or outreach activity. The sponsoring organizations are required to offer cash and/or in-kind contributions equivalent to a minimum of 50% of the amount requested from SSHRC. The application cycles are Nov 1, Feb 1, May 1 and Aug 1 per year.

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ICF Knowledge Synthesis Grants

Funding calls are regularly announced to support research in response to the Imagining Canada’s Future's 16 future global challenges

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For formal partnerships

Partnership Engage Grants

Provide short-term support for partnered research activities that will inform decision making at a single partner organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sector. There are four application cycles per year: Sep 15, Dec 15, Mar 15 and Jun 15. Partnership Engage Grants are valued at $7,000 to $25,000 for one year.

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Partnership Development Grants

Support formal partnerships between postsecondary institutions and/or organizations to develop research and/or related activities in the social sciences and humanities, or design and test new partnership approaches for research and/or related activities.

The grants are valued at $75,000 to $200,000 over 1 to 3 years. Applicants are expected to include a plan to seek and secure cash and/or in-kind contributions for their initiative during the life of the grant.

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Partnership Grants

Support formal partnerships of large teams of postsecondary institutions and/or organizations to advance research, research training and/or knowledge mobilization through mutual co-operation and sharing of intellectual leadership, as well as through resources as shown by cash and/or in-kind contributions.

Partnership Grants undergo a two-stage merit review process. Stage 1 (valued at up to $20,000) aims at helping applicants prepare for the Stage 2 application. Only applicants successful in the Partnership Grants—Stage 1 process are invited to apply in Stage 2 (valued at up to $500,000 per year over 4 to 7 years, up to a total of $2.5 million).

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Natural Science and Engineering Research Council / College & Community Innovation (CCS) Program is responsible for funding research in the natural sciences and engineering. KPU is eligible to apply for grants under the CCI program.

Applied Research and Development grants (ARD)

Support research and development (R&D) projects led by college researchers in partnership with private sector, public sector or not-for-profit organizations based in Canada while encouraging collaboration with universities and/or other colleges. The grants are valued at Up to $150,000 per year (including course release expense) over 1 to 3 years. The industry partner(s) must provide 25% of the funding in cash. Applications can be submitted at any time.

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Applied Research Tools and Instruments grants (ARTI)

Managed by NSERC in collaboration with SSHRC and CIHR, this program supports the purchase of research equipment to foster and enhance the capacity of colleges to undertake applied research projects in partnership with industry, public, not-for-profit and health organizations within their community and to provide training opportunities for students. The grants are valued at $10,000 to $200,000 for 1 year.

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College and Community Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF)

Managed by NSERC in collaboration with SSHRC and CIHR, CCSIF proposals can be multidisciplinary and may fall under the research domains of the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and engineering, and/or health sciences. CCSIF grants are intended to foster community innovation by connecting the talent, facilities and capabilities of Canada’s colleges and polytechnics with the research needs of community organizations. This program is valued at up to $120,000 per year over 1 to 3 years.

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Idea to Innovation (I2I)

Accelerate the pre-competitive development of promising technology originating from the university and college sector, and to promote its transfer to a new or established Canadian company. This program consists of three phases – market assessment, phase I (reduction-to-practice stage), and phase II (technology enhancement). Each phase has its own application requirements, value and duration. Please refer to the program website for details.

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Mobilize grants

Provide Canadian colleges with flexible funding to acquire necessary resources to address applied research priorities in industry, health, and not-for-profit community-based organizations. Colleges conducting applied research in natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities and/or health sciences can apply. There is no minimum or maximum amount of funding. Mobilize grants are considered grants in "aid of research" over 5 years, as they provide long-term stable research funding that can help secure complementary sources of funding.

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The Canadian Institutes of Health Research

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is Canada's federal funding agency for health research. Composed of 13 Institutes, we collaborate with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system.

Applications submitted by KPU must be emailed to CIHR accompanied by a routing slip.

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Additional External Funding Opportunities

Additional External Funding Opportunities available to the KPU Community

BC Economic Development Funding & Grants

Provincial and other (non-governmental, regional, federal) programs and initiatives. ​

Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC​

Agriculture and agri-food industry funding programs.

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute

As a member of the Institute, KPU Indian/Canadian scholars are eligible to apply for grants.

​Canada Foundation for Innovation

CFI Institutional grants that support research infrastructure and support for ongoing operating and maintenance costs.

Michael Smith Foundation of Health Research​​​​

MSFHR Supports health research in the fields of biomedical, clinical, population health and health services.

Spencer Foundation

Field initiated grant programs.

MITACS Accelerate

student internships.