Research Grant

Research Grants (up to $5,000 each) are available to students, faculty members or non-affiliated scholars from within Memorial University or elsewhere to help defray the costs of such items as travel, subsistence, research assistance and materials and supplies for carrying out an approved research project; capital expenditures are not covered. Applications for travel to conferences and its related expenses will not be accepted as this is not the mandate of the Smallwood Foundation. Applications are evaluated by an Awards Panel according to their relevance to the Smallwood Foundation mandate and the merits of the proposals and the applicants. The Awards Panel recommends which applicants to fund and in what amounts. The recommendations are made to the Foundation’s Board of Directors which makes the final decisions. Once awarded, research grants are tenable for one year. Extensions will not be accommodated.

Note: Priority will be given to new applicants or former applicants with new projects. However, the same applicant will not normally be funded more than three times over a three-year period.

The deadline for applications for the Research Grant competition is November 1.

Please note that starting with the the 2015 competition we are using fillable PDFs and digital signatures. Steps for using these pdfs are given below. If you need further help please consult this guide or email Arts Computing at for help.

  1. Before attempting to fill in these pdfs download and save them on your computer - do not attempt to fill them in using your browser.
  2. Once downloaded and saved, open the pdf in Adobe Reader (please use the latest version available) and fill it in. If you don't have the free Adobe Reader, please download it from the Adobe website.
  3. Once the form has been filled in, click on the digital signature box at the end of the form (the box with the little red tag on it) and then either create a new digital signature if you have not digitally signed a pdf before, or use an existing digital signature to sign the pdf. NOTE: Do not sign the pdf until the form is completed and ready for emailing; signing the pdf and then changing the fields will invalidate the document.
  4. Then forward the pdf to the emaill address indicated on the pdf.

To apply for a research grant:

  • Fill in and digitally sign the Research Grant Application
  • Fill in the Applicant section on the Letter of Appraisal form and then email it to the referee so they can fill in their section. You should fill in and email one copy of the form for each referee you are using as a reference.


J R Smallwood Foundation

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000