Funding Opportunities

Funding Deadlines and Opportunities

Office of Research Internal Deadline

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies (ORGS) deadline is two weeks before the sponsor deadline for most applications and proposals. 
Two weeks provides ORGS with time to review the application package and return it to the researcher in the event that any changes are required before the final submission. 
Exceptions to the two-week deadline are Canada Research Chairs (CRC), Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and RO-Administered Internal Grants. 

Applicants are encouraged to work with ORGS at the earliest stage of application. 

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

All applications must submit the TWU Funding Application Signature Sheet to ORGS (2nd floor, Reimer Student Centre) once the budget has been finalized and before the agency deadline. 

Agency Deadlines

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.  


SSHRC - SSHRC supports postsecondary-based research, research training and knowledge mobilization activities in the social sciences and humanities. 

SSHRC funding opportunities are available through three programs: Talent, Insight and Connection. 

NSERC - NSERC aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. NSERC researchers are on the vanguard of science, building on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence. 

CIHR - As the Government of Canada's health research investment agency, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) supports excellence across all four pillars of health research: biomedical; clinical; health systems services; and population health. 
ResearchNet is the web based portal for the preparation and submission of most grants to CIHR. Check out the website frequently to view current and upcoming funding opportunities. 


Mitacs builds partnerships between academia, industry, and the world – to create a more innovative Canada 

Accelerate: For a grad student, a supervising professor, and a partner organization develop a research project 

Elevate: (For a postdoctoral student): Build your career through this competitive two-year research management training program and postdoctoral fellowship.   

Globalink: (For a Grad or Undergrad Student): Take your research abroad with Mitacs Globalink, it offers travel funding between Canada and several international partners. 

Mitacs is accepting applications for competitive international research opportunities for student travel from Canada. We recommend that students apply by May 2020 for travel planned in Fall 2020. 

The Globalink Research Award provides $6,000 for senior undergraduate and graduate students to undertake research projects abroad. Projects last 12–24 weeks and all disciplines are eligible. 

New destinations include: 

The full list of destinations is available on their website, along with resources for finding a professor abroad, suggested application timelines, and other program information. 

If you have any questions, contact Mitacs International at

Graduate students in Canada can also apply for the Globalink Partnership Award, which supports research projects abroad with industry partners in any country except the United States. 

Canadian Science Policy Fellowship: Mitacs is committed to fostering policy leadership among Canada’s researchers and we have worked to identify ways to integrate academic research and evidence-informed policy-making with federal and provincial governments. 

Converge: Apply your research to industry challenges and foster ties with Canadian small businesses and large multi-national firms. 

Step: (For A Grad or Undergrad Student): Step workshops give you the skills you’ll need in your career. Taught by professionals, they’re valued at hundreds of dollars but are no cost to you. 

For more information, contact Mitacs International at

Awards to Scholarly Publications Program

The Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (formerly known as the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program) is a competitive funding program designed to assist with the publication of scholarly books on topics in the humanities and social sciences. It funds both publication grants and translation grants. 

For more information and potential deadlines, see  

Fulbright Canada

The Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the USA. Fulbright Canada is an integral part of the prestigious global Fulbright program. It is binational, treaty-based, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization with a mandate to identify the best and brightest minds in both countries and engage them in residential academic exchange. 

Canadian Institute for Military & Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR)

The Vision of CIMVHR: The health and well-being of Canadian military personnel, Veterans and their families is maximized through world class research resulting in evidence-informed practices, policies and programs. 

Vancouver Foundation

Vancouver Foundation grants support thousands of projects every year to help build healthy, vibrant, and livable communities across BC. We're committed to the principle of community-guided granting to make sure our funding serves the broad needs of the community. 

Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance

IMFG focuses on the fiscal health and governance challenges facing large cities and city-regions. The Institute’s mandate is to conduct independent research, spark and inform public debate, and to engage the academic and policy communities around important issues of municipal finance and governance. 

Each year, IMFG provides three fellowships. The Post-Doctoral Fellowship provides an annual stipend of C$50,000 to support researchers who have received their PhD and are continuing their studies. The IMFG Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance, and the Blanche and Sandy Van Ginkel Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance each provide C$5,000 to support full-time graduate students undertaking doctoral or master’s level work at the University of Toronto. 
For more details, website

Databases/Funding Agencies