External Funding

Opportunities to fund research innovations, programs, personnel, infrastructure and equipment are available through Federal, Provincial and Agency funding opportunities. For internal opportunities visit Internal Funding.


Deadline: March 31, 2017

Mitacs is accepting applications for competitive international research opportunities, including student travel to and from Canada. The following two funding opportunities are available for graduate students:

Globalink Research Award supports research collaborations between Canada and select partner countries.  Funding and eligible disciplines vary by destination. The call for applications is now open, competition closes March 31, 2017. Applications are awarded competitively and subject to available funding.  

Globalink Partnership Award supports research collaborations between graduate students at Canadian universities and international industry partners. The award is open to graduate students in all disciplines at Mitacs Full and Associate Partner universities and for-profit companies in any country. Applications are accepted anytime (no competition deadline)

To learn more about these initiatives contact Mitacs International at international@mitacs.ca


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Deadline: April 3, 2017 (Expression of Interest)

The Ministry of Research, Innovation, and Science (MRIS) has issued the call for proposals for Round 9 of the Ontario Research Fund Research Excellence (ORF-RE) competition. The ORF-RE program promotes research excellence of strategic value to Ontario by supporting new leading-edge, transformative, and internationally significant research.

ORF-RE Round 9 has three application streams: (Applications can only be submitted to one stream).

  1. General: Open to all disciplines
  2. Disruptive Technologies: Open to proposals focused on Clean Technologies (cleantech)
  3. Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (SSAH)

Funding Amount:

  1. General stream: Minimum $1 million to a maximum of $4 million
  2. Clean Technologies: Minimum $1 million to a maximum of $4 million
  3. Social sciences, arts and humanities : Minimum $200,000 to a maximum of $1 million


Researchers who Intend to apply to the ORF-RE Round 9 competition, either as Principal Investigator or as a Co-Investigator on an application being led by another institution, complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) form and send it to Tracy Arabski, Assistant Director HRS, at arabski@mcmaster.ca by April 3rd


Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)

Deadline: April 4, 2017

Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)

Team Grant – More Years/Better Lives – April 4, 2017  

The overarching aim is to find ways to improve health ad wellbeing of older people, to enable less active elderly to be more engaged in, and more active contributors to wider society, and to do this in cost effective ways.

Technology – how existing and emerging technologies can improve the quality of life, contribution ad social engagemet of older people;

Place – How individuals experience the places where they live, work and engage with other, ad how lelarning and technology enhance or diminish quality of life;

Learning – how opportunities for learning can best be made available, by public, private and third sector means for the older adultFunds Available:Maximum Amount per grant:  $111,111/year for up to 3 years (total of $333,333 per grant)Important Dates:Anticipated Notice of Decision:  December 1, 2017

Competition Deadline:  April 4, 2017

Maximum Funds Available:  $1,000,000 (to fund up to 3 grants)


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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Deadline: Deadline: April 5, 2017

SSHRC has launched its Impact Awards 2017 Competition that recognizes exceptional SSHRC-funded researchers and students in celebrating their achievements in research, research training, knowledge mobilization and outreach activities.

Institutions eligible to administer SSHRC funding will be invited to put forward nominations in the following categories:

Eligible institutions will have until April 5, 2017 to submit their nominations.  Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in the fall of 2017.  Institutions eligible to administer SSHRC funding will be invited to put forward nominations in the.  Please visit SSHR’s webpage for information on previous Impact Awards winners.


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Emerging Research Innovators in Mental Health (ERIHM)

Deadline: April 30, 2017

The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR), affiliated with the University of Ottawa, has launched a new research incubator called Emerging Research Innovators in Mental Health (e-RIMHh) – the first of its kind in Canada focusing solely on Mental Health Research.

Applicants are encouraged to propose highly original projects that explore out-of-the-box ideas and hold the potential to transform current thinking in Mental Health Research.  The successful candidates will get a chance to put their careers into overdrive through salary support, research grant support, mentorship, and real world opportunity for up to five years. 

Refer to the e-RIM Guidelines for full eligibility requirements and additional application details.  Should you have any questions, please contact:research.awards@theroyal.ca

Funds Available:   Up to $100,00/year in salary support and $100,000 in research support

Key Strategic Priorities:

  • Depression and related conditions (e.g. suicidal ideation, PTSD, anxiety)
  • Brain and heart linkages
  • Impact of stress and trauma on mental illness
  • Use of neurostimulation modalities in understanding and/or treatment of mental illness (rTMS, ECT, TES, etc.)
  • Development and use of multimodal brain imaging technologies aimed at early diagnosis and/or personalized treatment of mental illness

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Chair in Hypertension Prevention and Control

Deadline: May 2, 2017

Heart & Stroke Foundation,  in partnership with CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH) and Hypertension Canada (HTC) is pleased to share a new funding opportunity Chair in Hypertension Prevention and Control. The mandate of the Chair is to optimize the generation and application of knowledge to improve awareness, prevention and control of hypertension. Total funds available $975,000, maximum amount is $195,00 0 per year for up to five years.


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