Trinity Western University

Funding Opportunities

Funding Deadlines

Please take note of the upcoming deadlines for SSHRC grants.  Please submit applications to the Research Office two weeks in advance of the SSHRC deadline for review.  

SSHRC DeadlineFunding Opportunity
April 8, 2015 (postmarked) SSHRC Impact Awards
May 1, 2015 Connection Grants

NSERC Deadlines

April 1, 2015 Preliminary ApplicationStrategic Partnership Grants for Networks
ApplicationStrategic Partnership Grants for Projects
April 15, 2015 NominationsSynergy Awards for Innovation
October 30, 2015 Deadline to apply for the second This link will take you to another Web site Canada First Research Excellence Fund inaugural competition

These grants are not intended to support original research; rather they are intended to support the synthesis of existing research knowledge on the topic and the identification of knowledge gaps.

Connections program is designed to support  variety of collaborative, outreach and knowledge mobilization initiatives. One of the nice things about this program is that you can apply anytime. A decision is usually reached within 16 weeks.  

Connection Grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and to engage on research issues of value to those participating. Events and outreach activities funded by a Connection Grant may often serve as a first step toward more comprehensive and longer-term projects potentially eligible for funding through other SSHRC funding opportunities.

Connection Grants proposals are expected to meet the objectives of the Connection program. The objectives of the Connection program are to:

  • facilitate the multidirectional flow of social sciences and humanities knowledge among researchers and between the campus and the larger community, in order to enhance intellectual, cultural, social and economic influence, benefit, and impact;
  • increase the accessibility and use of social sciences and humanities research knowledge among academic and non-academic audiences;
  • support the building of reciprocal relationships among social sciences and humanities researchers, and between social sciences and humanities researchers and those in a position to either co-create or use research knowledge;
  • support the development of social sciences and humanities research networks and tools designed to facilitate scholarly work; and
  • make such networks and tools more accessible to non-academic audiences.

Connection Grants support workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes or other events or outreach activities that facilitate:

  • disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary exchanges in the humanities and social sciences;
  • scholarly exchanges between those working in the social sciences and humanities and those working in other research fields;
  • intersectoral exchanges between academic researchers in the humanities and social sciences and researchers and practitioners from the public, private and/or not-for-profit sectors; and/or
  • international research collaboration and scholarly exchanges between researchers, students and non-academic partners from other countries.

Note: Particular importance will be placed on applications proposing open-access and open-source approaches to knowledge mobilization.

Proposals must also include a plan for the maintenance, lifespan, dissemination and preservation of any resulting digital data.





Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Two-year fellowship valued at $57,500 per year (plus $7,500 per year non-cash value in training)
  • Customized training in professional and research management skills
  • Long-term research project with a non-academic partner
  • Letter of intent deadline: April 23, 2015, at 5 p.m. PDT
  • Application deadline: May 13, 2015, at 1 p.m. PDT
  • Results announced: August 2015 

Mitacs Accelerate PhD Fellowship

  • Three-year fellowship valued at $30,000 per year
  • Fellows and faculty apply their expertise to new challenges
  • Long-term research project with a non-academic partner
  • Application deadline: May 6, 2015, at 1 p.m. PDT
  • Results announced: July 2015

Research Office's Internal Deadline

The RO deadline is 2 weeks before the sponsor deadline for most applications and proposals. Two weeks provides RO with time to review the application package and return it to the researcher in the event that any changes are required before the submission. 

Exceptions to the two week deadline are Canada Research Chairs (CRC), Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and RO-Administered Internal Grants. Applicants are encourages to work with RO at the earliest stage of application.

Other programs may have exceptions as well. These exceptions are communicated to researchers via group email list.

Other Internal Deadlines

Some units may have their own internal review deadlines. Applicants should check with their department, faculty to see if there are internal deadlines for review and signing of applications/proposals.

Agency Deadlines

Selected agency deadlines are listed in the Important Deadline Section. These deadlines are obtained from agency websites but are subject to change. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review agency websites and correspondence for current deadline dates.

Important Deadlines



Other Funding Agencies (Canadian)

USA Granting Agencies

Christian Funding Agencies

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