Funding Opportunities and Deadlines

Algoma U’s internal deadline for all funding applications is two weeks prior to the Agency funding deadline. Please submit to

Upcoming Deadlines


Funding Opportunity

No Deadline NSERC Industrial Research Chairs (IRC)

Connect Grants (CG)

Engage Grants (EG)

Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Grants
(including DND/NSERC Research Partnership Grants)

August 1, 2018 NSERC Discovery Grants (DG): Notification of Intent
SSHRC Connection Grants
September 6, 2018 SSHRC Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation Connection Grants
September 15, 2018 SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants


September 19, 2018 CIHR Foundation Scheme 2018-19: Stage 1 Application Deadline
September 20, 2018 SSHRC SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships
October 10, 2018 SSHRC CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements
October 15, 2018 SSHRC Insight Grants
October 25, 2018 NSERC Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grants Category 1 and
Operations and Maintenance Support For Research Equipment
October 29, 2018 SSHRC Partnership Grants – Stage 2
November 1, 2018 NSERC Discovery Grants (DG): Application

Discovery Grants – Northern Research Supplements

DND – NSERC Discovery Grant Supplements

SSHRC Connection Grants

Partnership Grants – Stage 2

November 6, 2018 SSHRC Doctoral Awards (Direct Applications)
November 15, 2018 SSHRC Partnership Development Grants
December 1, 2018 SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships –
Master’s Program

SSHRC Institutional Grants
December 15, 2018 SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants
December 18, 2018 CIHR Foundation Gran 2018-19: Stage 1 Anticipated Notice of Decision
January 9, 2019 SSHRC Doctoral Awards (University Applications)
February 1, 2019 SSHRC Connection Grants
February 6, 2019 CIHR Foundation Grant 2018-2019: Stage 2 Application Deadline
TBA SSHRC Insight Development Grants
TBA SSHRC Partnership Grants – Stage 1
March 15, 2019 SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants
May 1, 2019 SSHRC Connection Grants
June 10, 2019 SSHRC CGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements
June 15, 2019 SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants
July 16, 2019 CIHR Foundation Grant 2018-2019: Stage 2 Anticipated Notice of Decision
August 1, 2019 SSHRC Connection Grants

The primary purpose of the Algoma University Research Fund is to help faculty at Algoma U initiate research projects. Only faculty who are members of AUFA (full-time) are eligible for this funding. Applicants who are starting new research projects, and who demonstrate they are applying or are planning to apply for external funding will be given priority in the competition.  Preference is also given to research projects providing students with employment or that do not duplicate previous grants already acquired (e.g. start-up grants). Applications are reviewed once a year in the spring.

The Collective Agreement sets aside $12,000 per year for this fund. All full-time faculty are eligible to apply, however please be advised that grants to individual faculty members will not exceed $5,000 (Article 20:03 (a)). The Research Advisory Committee will determine the award criteria and will select the AURF recipients.

CFI funding enables institutions to set their own research priorities in response to areas of importance to Canada. This allows researchers to compete internationally and helps solidify Canada’s position in the global knowledge-based economy. The CFI is well positioned to support the Government of Canada’s science and technology strategy, Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada’s Advantage.

The CFI’s national objectives are to enhance the capacity of institutions to:

  • support economic growth and job creation, as well as health and environmental quality, through innovation;
  • carry out important world-class scientific research and technology development;
  • expand research and job opportunities by providing support through research infrastructure for the development of highly qualified personnel;
  • promote productive networks and collaboration among Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, non-profit research institutions and the private sector.

CFI funding is awarded through a thorough merit-based review process that involves researchers, research administrators and private-sector administrators. These volunteers review proposals, typically in committees, and make funding recommendations to the CFI.

For further details and information relating to grant opportunities, visit the Canada Foundation for Innovation website.


The allocation of Chairs to individual universities is an integral part of the Canada Research Chairs program. The process provides an element of dynamism to the program because the allocation is responsive to changes in research success at individual institutions.

The national re-allocation process is conducted every two years, includes both regular and special Chairs, and is based on the research grant funding received by researchers from the three granting agencies – CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC – in the three years prior to the year of the allocation.

Regular Allocations

Of the total 2000 Chairs, 1880 are regular allocations, distributed by area of research as follows:

  • 846 Chairs (45 per cent) NSERC
  • 658 Chairs (35 per cent) CIHR
  • 376 Chairs (20 per cent) SSHRC

Method Used to Allocate Regular Chairs

Institutions that have received annually, an average of $100,000 or more from the three federal agencies in the three years prior to the year of the allocation are eligible for regular Chairs.

Three separate calculations are performed for each eligible institution to determine their Chair allocation within the three areas of research. The allocation method for regular Chairs pools together each granting agency’s funding for all universities and allocates Chairs based on the portion of the granting agency’s funding that each eligible institution has received. The funding received by each eligible university over three years is totalled.  The portion of granting agency support that each eligible institution holds in this grand total determines the number of Chairs allocated (i.e., the percentage of funding secured = the percentage of Chairs allocated).

Chairs are distributed in an alternating order: a Tier 2 is awarded first, followed by a Tier 1, followed by a Tier 2, etc.

Program details can be obtained from the The Government of Canada website.

At the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), we know that research has the power to change lives. As Canada’s health research investment agency, we collaborate with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system.

CIHR was created in 2000 under the authority of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Act. It is an independent agency and is accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Health.

CIHR’s 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.

Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to health researchers and trainees across Canada.

For more information, view the following resources:

  • The CIHR website details funding overviews and funding support for researchers
  • The ResearchNet website provides a list of funding opportunities

Visit the FedNor website.

Visit the Mitacs website.

The Discovery Grants (DG) Program is NSERC’s largest and longest-standing program. The DG Program is highly valued within the Canadian research community. By supporting ongoing research programs with long-term goals, rather than a single short-term project or collection of projects, Discovery Grants give researchers the flexibility to explore the most promising avenues of research as they emerge. Grant holders typically receive up to five years of funding before they must apply for their next Discovery Grant.

Applicants must meet a high standard of quality on the following three selection criteria, as judged by their peers:

  1. The excellence of the researcher(s) as demonstrated by the quality and impact of their recent research achievements;
  2. The merit of their research proposal; and
  3. Their achievements in, and plans for, research training.

For more information, view the following resources:

Algoma University has been granted $174,649 for the 2017-2018 academic year by the Federal Government’s Research Support Fund. This program helps to fund the indirect costs associated with research.

The Research Support Fund helps universities, colleges, and their affiliated research hospitals and institutes to maintain world-class research environments. The fund can be used to maintain modern labs and equipment; provide access to up-to-date knowledge resources; provide research management and administrative support; meet regulatory and ethical standards; or transfer knowledge from academia to the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

The program helps to reinforce the research investment made by the federal government in the areas of health sciences, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities through its three research granting agencies, CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC. Please visit the Research Support Fund webpage for more information.

In relation to a new Strategic Plan, this year Algoma University will be establishing a Research and Innovation Hub to centralize and strengthen our research support services. Approximately two thirds of our Research Support Fund will be used to renovate space for the hub, grow research support services personnel including a Research Lead, and continue maintenance of existing labs. The remaining funds will be used to continue administrative support for the indirect costs of research.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and research 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 that reflect a commitment to ensuring a better future for Canada and the world.

For more information, view the following resources: