Research Funding Opportunities

Major Science Research Funding Sources

NSERC for natural science research grants, research tools and instruments, partnership programs, research chairs, and workshop grants. Administered by the Office of Research (OoR).

NSERC Atlantic Office - Engage, Interact and other industrial partnership Grant Programs - designed to enhance opportunities for collaborating with industry partners.

SSHRC - social sciences research – operating, development, workshop grants. Administered by OoR.

CIHR - health sciences research. Administered by OoR.

Other Health Research Funding - available through ResearchNet and an updated Common Feed List.

Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) - an independent corporation funded by the federal government to fund research infrastructure; an institutional research infrastructure grant program funding up to 40% requested from institutional quota. Administered by OCP.

ACOA/AIF - the Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) helps Atlantic Canadians compete in a global knowledge-based economy through the development of new ideas, technologies, products and markets. AIF funding is provided to selected eligible projects through a series of competitive funding rounds. Administered by OCP.

Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program – funded by Tri-Councils, Industry Canada, and Industry – foster multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral partnerships between academia, industry, government and not-for-profit organizations. It supports academic research, the commercialization of products and ideas, and the development of significant Canadian business advantages. Administered by OoR.

Environment Canada:

  • Environmental Damages Fund - primarily support the restoration of natural resources and environment, and wildlife conservation projects in the same geographic area where the damage originally occurred. The EDF also supports research and development on environmental damage assessment and restoration, and education on pollution prevention and the restoration of natural resources.
  • Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk - allocates funds to projects that conserve and protect species at risk and their habitats and help to preserve biodiversity; Species at Risk Act. These activities must take place on private lands, provincial Crown lands, Aboriginal lands, or in aquatic and marine areas across Canada. The program also fosters partnerships among organizations interested in the recovery of species at risk.
  • Invasive Alien Species Partnership Program (IASPP) - goal of the IASPP is to engage Canadians in actions to prevent, detect, and respond rapidly to invasive alien species in order to minimize the risk the species pose to the environment, economy and society.  

Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences – provides research project funding for university based research on weather and climate, research which improves understanding of how our weather is changing and its impact on our health, safety, economy and environment, and enhances Canada’s scientific capacity in climate and atmospheric sciences, and addresses national priorities, policy requirements and adaptation needs.

Canadian Space Agency – Class Grant and Contribution Program to support Research, Awareness and Learning in Space Science and Technology is comprised of two components: Research and Awareness and Learning, to support knowledge development and innovation in CSA areas of priorities while increasing the awareness and participation of Canadians in space-related disciplines and activities.

Defence Research and Development Canada - partnering on research involving: human performance and protection, human-systems integration and operational medicine; radar technology, both surface and aerospace, space systems technology, electronic warfare, and defence communications; combat systems, the electro-optics aspects of surveillance and target acquisition, and command and control information systems; undersea warfare and naval platforms, including areas such as transducer design, signal processing, underwater acoustics, mine countermeasures, electromagnetics and marine materials; research that supports the department of Public Safety Canada and the capability needs of the CF in the area of public security.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - to collaborate on priority research regarding their Five-Year Research Agenda. Areas include Fish Population and Community Productivity; Habitat and Population Linkages; Climate Change and Variability; Ecosystem Assessment and Management Strategies; Aquatic Invasive Species; Aquatic Animal Health; Sustainability of Aquaculture; Ecosystem Effects of Energy Production; Operational Oceanography; and Emerging and Enabling Technologies for Regulatory Responsibilities.

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada – Contribution Program to advance frontier privacy research

Health Canada

Research Development Corporation (NL RDC) – offer academic-led project funding through IRIF to build capacity and conduct research in areas relevant to industry and NL economy. Includes funding for new researchers (IgniteR&D), leverage required against federal R&D programs (LeverageR&D) and support for industry-academic collaboration (CollaborativeR&D). Administered by OCP.

MITACS Accelerated Internships - provides internship opportunities for graduate students and PDFs pursuing collaborative research with an industrial partner; requires requiring matched industry funds, with a portion of funding allocated for faculty supervisor. Contact for NL

Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro (NALCOR) – Petroleum Export Enhancement Program (PEEP) - funding offshore oil and gas exploration and studies on the west coast of the province.

Petroleum Research in Atlantic Canada (PRAC) - a not-for-profit, member-based organization that funds and facilitates collaborative research and development (R&D) to support the safe and environmentally-sound development of Atlantic Canada’s petroleum resources, supporting targeted research projects through Calls for Proposals, and joint industry projects.

Canadian Gene Cure Foundation – Research post-doctoral grant funding for human genetics and disease causes and cures

Dairy Farmers of Canada – funding research in nutrition, food science and health

Mountain Equipment Co-op – research grants - where a project has been initiated by, or is in collaboration with, an environmental and/or recreation community organization (Sept 10 and March 10 deadlines)

Ducks Unlimited Canada – environmental and wetlands research

Department of Environment and Conservation, NL

Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture – Fisheries Technology And New Opportunities Program

Genome Atlantic

Genome Canada

Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association

Specialized Centres at Memorial funding research

The Lesley Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development - providing opportunities for community development research in rural regions of the province.

The Atlantic Computational Excellence Network (ACEnet) - enhancing collaborative research involving instant data and high speed computing in Atlantic Canada.

The Institute for Biodiversity, Ecosystem Science & Sustainability (IBES) - Located at Memorial’s Corner Brook campus, supports research initiatives which focus on provincial priorities related to natural resource management and conservation on the province’s west coast.

Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research - funds innovative health research and training.

Office of Research and Development, Fisheries & Marine Institute of Memorial University – provides research support for faculty applicants, and occasionally posts Requests for Proposals in support of applied research and development. Contact: Ron Newhook, Director, Office of Research and Development, 778-0766

While applications to these specialized centres may have direct application intake points, applicants and co-applicants from Science should still complete the Faculty of Science Checklist and Signature Sheet (acquire departmental and faculty signatures) and provide the Office of the Dean of Science with a copy of the application for funding.

Searchable Funding Databases and Listings

Community of Science (COS) Funding Opportunities Database – an on-line searchable database of research funding sources, which refines and customizes searches and provides e-mail notification alerts to applicants on upcoming funding opportunities in their specific research areas. Funding opportunities would be for faculty research grant support, travel grants, student and postdoctoral fellow support, etc.

Office of Research under Finding and Accessing Funding, hosts a listing of upcoming Research Grant Opportunities, with grant descriptions, competition deadline dates, and web links to external granting agency competition information, as well as internal competitions within Memorial.