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Funding Opportunities

Please visit this page on a regular basis for updates on grant and award competitions. If you have suggestions for funding opportunities that could be added here, please contact us, as this is not an exhaustive list. If you are an ICORD Principal Investigator or Trainee and would like any assistance with a grant or award application, please contact ICORD’s Research Facilitator.

Researcher Grants and Awards


NSERC Create Program 

NSERC’s Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program “supports the training of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs that encourage collaborative and integrative approaches” to addressing scientific challenges and help trainees become the next generation of researchers. For all UBC applicants, submission of a proposal for internal peer-review selection by SPARC is mandatory. Submissions can be directed to Alex Unterberger.
SPARC proposal deadline: March 13, 2018, 4pm
NSERC LOI deadline: May 1, 2018
NSERC full submission deadline: September 22, 2018


MSFHR Implementation Science Team Grants 

The MSFHR’s Implementation Science Team (IST) Program supports “the implementation and adoption of evidence-based, implementation-ready interventions that will improve the quality and effectiveness of health, health services and care.” Proposals must address a BC health system priority area, and each team must include one researcher, two research users, one trainee, and one executive sponsor. Competition guidelines here.
FoM LOI deadline: April 6, 2018
Notice of LOI decision: August 2018
Full application deadline: February 2019


Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Research on the Translational Spectrum (SCIRTS)

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation’s Spinal Cord Research on the Translational Spectrum (SCIRTS) grants are aimed at “addressing gaps in the field and advancing novel approaches to improving function and developing curative therapies after spinal cord injury,” and it encompasses “mechanistic, preclinical modeling, translational and/or clinical research.” For more information, see the program guide.
LOI deadline: May 4, 2018
Application deadline: October 12, 2018


Collaborative Health Research Project (CHRP) Operating Grants

The Collaborative Health Research Project (CHRP) initiative, offered by the CIHR in partnership with NSERC and SSHRC, “supports innovative, interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects, requiring participation from the natural sciences or engineering community together with the health sciences community.” The CHRP places a strong emphasis on knowledge translation, training opportunities for trainees, and partnership between NSERC and CIHR researchers that leads to “health and economic benefits for Canadians.” Proposals must include at least one Principal Applicant from the natural sciences or engineering community, one Principal Applicant from the health sciences community, one knowledge/technology user (KTU) organization, one representative from a KTU organization, and one trainee. A KTU letter of support is required for all LOIs. For further information, see the funding opportunity announcement.
CIHR will be hosting a CHRP information webinar on Monday April 30, 2018 at 10:30am. If you wish to attend this webinar, please register here.
To see the CIHR reviewer scoring form or previous reviewer comments, contact Max.
Update: As of May 15, 2018, all applicants for CIHR grants are required to complete an Equity and Diversity Questionnaire. Click here for more information.
LOI deadline: May 29, 2018
Anticipated notice of decision: August 29, 2018
Application deadline: October 30, 2018


Weston Brain Institute Transformational Research: Canada 2019 (Parkinson’s & Related Diseases)

The Weston Brain Institute’s Transformational Research: Canada 2019 (Parkinson’s & Related Diseases) program “provides funding for transformative, novel, high-risk, high-reward translational research projects on neurodegenerative diseases of aging.” Click the following links to see the program details, a sample letter of intent, this year’s special call, or a free webinar.
Free webinar: June 14, 2018, 10am
LOI deadline: August 1, 2018, 11am
Application deadline: November 12, 2018, 11am


Weston Brain Institute Rapid Response: Canada 2019 (Parkinson’s & Related Diseases)

The Weston Brain Institute’s Transformational Research: Canada 2019 (Parkinson’s & Related Diseases) program “provides funding for transformative, novel, high-risk, high-reward translational research projects on neurodegenerative diseases of aging.” Preliminary data are not required. Postdocs and faculty are eligible to apply. Click the following links to see the program details, a sample letter of intent, this year’s special call, or a free webinar.
Free webinar: June 14, 2018, 10am
LOI deadline: August 1, 2018, 11am
Application deadline: November 12, 2018, 11am


Faculty of Medicine Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund

The 2019 call for Large TLEF Transformation projects, which support “innovative and effective educational enhancements to enrich student learning,” is now open. Please note that pre-application is required prior to LOI submission for all TLEF proposals that involve Faculty of Medicine Programs. Application is by invitation only. To pre-apply for this award, complete the FoM TLEF prescreen form and send it to Erin Hagen at eade.assist@ubc.ca.
Pre-application deadline: June 26, 2018, 12pm
LOI deadline: July 12, 2018
Full application deadline: October 11, 2018


US DoD Multiple Sclerosis Research Program Investigator-Initiated Research Award

The US Department of Defense’s Investigator-Initiated Research Award supports “highly rigorous, high-impact research projects that have the potential to make an important contribution to multiple sclerosis (MS) research and/or patient care.” Preliminary and/or published data are required for these grants, and clinical trials are not allowed. For further information, see the full grant description.
Pre-application deadline: June 26, 2018, 2pm
Invitation to submit an application: August (TBA), 2018
ORS full application deadline: October 8, 2018
DoD full application deadline: October 18, 2018, 8:59pm


US DoD Multiple Sclerosis Research Program Exploration – Hypothesis Development Award

The US Department of Defense’s Exploration – Hypothesis Development Award supports “initial exploration of innovative, high-risk, high-gain, and potentially groundbreaking concepts in the MS research field.” Preliminary and/or published data are not required for these grants, and clinical trials are not allowed. For further information, see the full grant description.
Pre-application deadline: June 26, 2018, 2pm
Invitation to submit an application: August (TBA), 2018
ORS full application deadline: October 8, 2018
DoD full application deadline: October 18, 2018, 8:59pm


US DoD Spinal Cord Injury Research Program – Clinical Trial Award

The US Department of Defense’s Clinical Trial Award supports “research that will foster new directions for and address neglected issues in the field of SCI-focused research.” Applications that incorporate “clinically relevant combinations of interventions within or across Focus Areas” are encouraged, as are those “responsive to one of the Focus Areas and including a biomarker component.” This year’s Focus Areas are: (A) Preserving and protecting tissue early after injury; (B) Bladder dysfunction, bowel dysfunction, and neuropathic pain; (C) Psychosocial issues relevant to SCI for individuals with SCI and their caregivers; (D) Rehabilitation and regeneration. Proposals must include preliminary data and a clinical trial component. For further information on this award, see the full program announcement. Application instructions can be accessed here. Please note that, as DoD regulations require that Susan O’Neil, the Business Official of the ORS, submit this application on behalf of PIs, it is important to be mindful of ORS deadlines so that applications can be processed in time.
Pre-application deadline: July 9, 2018, 2pm
ORS RPIF deadline: October 5, 2018
ORS full application deadline: October 10, 2018
DoD full application deadline: October 15, 2018, 8:59pm


US DoD Spinal Cord Injury Research Program – Investigator-Initiated Research Award

The US Department of Defense’s Investigator-Initiated Research Award supports “research that will foster new directions for and address neglected issues in the field of SCI-focused research.” Applications that incorporate “clinically relevant combinations of interventions within or across Focus Areas” are encouraged, as are those that combine biomarker studies with studies in one of this year’s Focus Areas: (A) Preserving and protecting tissue early after injury; (B) Biomarkers, (C) Bladder dysfunction, bowel dysfunction, and neuropathic pain; (D) Psychosocial issues relevant to SCI for individuals with SCI and their caregivers; (E) Rehabilitation and regeneration. Proposals must include preliminary data. Clinical trials are not allowed, and applications including animal studies must include a “clear justification” of the animal model’s relevance to human SCI. For further information on this award, see the full program announcement. Application instructions can be accessed here. Please note that, as DoD regulations require that Susan O’Neil, the Business Official of the ORS, submit this application on behalf of PIs, it is important to be mindful of ORS deadlines so that applications can be processed in time.
Pre-application deadline: July 9, 2018, 2pm
ORS RPIF deadline: October 5, 2018
ORS full application deadline: October 10, 2018
DoD full application deadline: October 15, 2018, 8:59pm


US DoD Spinal Cord Injury Research Program – Qualitative Research Award

The US Department of Defense’s Qualitative Research Award supports “research that will foster new directions for and address neglected issues in the field of SCI-focused research.” Applications must address at least one of this year’s Focus Areas: (A) Bladder dysfunction, bowel dysfunction, and neuropathic pain; (B) Psychosocial issues relevant to SCI for individuals with SCI and their caregivers; (C) Rehabilitation and regeneration. Preliminary data are encouraged but not required. Clinical trials are not supported, but research involving human subjects and human anatomical substances is permitted. For further information on this award, see the full program announcement. Application instructions can be accessed here. Please note that, as DoD regulations require that Susan O’Neil, the Business Official of the ORS, submit this application on behalf of PIs, it is important to be mindful of ORS deadlines so that applications can be processed in time.
Pre-application deadline: July 9, 2018, 2pm
ORS RPIF deadline: October 5, 2018
ORS full application deadline: October 10, 2018
DoD full application deadline: October 15, 2018, 8:59pm


US DoD Spinal Cord Injury Research Program – Translational Research Award

The US Department of Defense’s Qualitative Research Award supports “research that will foster new directions for and address neglected issues in the field of SCI-focused research.” Applications that incorporate “clinically relevant combinations of interventions within or across Focus Areas” are encouraged, as are those that combine biomarker studies with studies in one of this year’s Focus Areas: (A) Preserving and protecting tissue early after injury; (B) Biomarkers, (C) Bladder dysfunction, bowel dysfunction, and neuropathic pain; (D) Rehabilitation and regeneration. Preliminary data are required. This award “allows funding for a pilot clinical trial where limited clinical testing of a novel intervention or device is necessary to inform the next step in the continuum of translational research,” but applications cannot consist entirely of a clinical trial. For further information on this award, see the full program announcement. Application instructions can be accessed here. Please note that, as DoD regulations require that Susan O’Neil, the Business Official of the ORS, submit this application on behalf of PIs, it is important to be mindful of ORS deadlines so that applications can be processed in time.
Pre-application deadline: July 9, 2018, 2pm
ORS RPIF deadline: October 5, 2018
ORS full application deadline: October 10, 2018
DoD full application deadline: October 15, 2018, 8:59pm


NSERC Discovery Grants

NSERC’s Discovery Grants Program supports “ongoing programs of research with long-term goals rather than a single short-term project,” and they provide “long term operating funds and can facilitate access to funding from other programs, but are not meant to support the full costs of a research program.” NSERC support does not typically extend to health research. SPARC will be offering support for these applications, including detailed reviews and peer to peer reviews. To learn more, email Drs. Joanne Moszynsky or Alexander Unterberger.
NOI deadline: August 1, 2018, 5pm
ORS deadline: October 26, 2018, 4:30pm
FoM full application deadline: October 31, 2018, 4:30pm


CIHR Catalyst Grant: Analysis of CLSA Data

The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), a “large, national, long-term study/platform that will follow approximately 50,000 men and women between the ages of 45 and 85 at study inclusion for at least 20 years and collect information on the changing biological, medical, psychological, social, lifestyle and economic aspects of people’s lives,” will be releasing biomarker data for use in projects “in any health-related area.” Identifiable information on individual CLSA participants cannot be released. See the funding description for further information.
Registration deadline: August 14, 2018
ORS deadline: August 31, 2018
Full application deadline: September 5, 2018


CIHR Project Grants

CIHR’s Project Grant program is designed to “capture ideas with the greatest potential for important advances in fundamental or applied health-related knowledge, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes by supporting projects with a specific purpose and a defined endpoint.” While applicants are eligible to apply for a CIHR Project and Foundation Grant in the same cycle, they must use different applications for each program. The success rate for Early Career Investigators will be equalized for this competition. Click on the following links for information on SPARC support, SPARC internal review, Faculty of Medicine deadlines, and CIHR webinars.
Registration deadline: August 15, 2018
FoM internal deadline: September 5, 2018
ORS RPIF deadline: September 6, 2018, 8:30am
ORS full application deadline: September 11, 2018, 8:30am
CIHR deadline: September 12, 2018, 4:30pm


CIHR Foundation Grants

CIHR’s Foundation Program is designed to “contribute to a sustainable foundation of established health research leaders, by providing long-term support for the pursuit of innovative and high-impact research programs” that will translate new knowledge into “improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products and a strengthened Canadian health care system.” The duration of Foundation Grants is seven years. New/Early Career Investigators are not eligible to apply as Program Leaders, and, although in-kind contributions are not required, they may be expected by peer reviewers depending on the nature of the research project. Stage 2 application is by invitation only. Click on the following links for information on peer reviews, the application process, ORS deadlines, Faculty of Medicine deadlines, and CIHR webinars.
Registration deadline: August 15, 2018
FoM internal deadline: September 12, 2018
ORS RPIF deadline: September 13, 2018, 8:30am
ORS Stage 1 deadline: September 18, 2018, 8:30am
ORS Stage 2 deadline: February 4, 2018, 8:30am
CIHR Stage 2 deadline: February 6, 2018


Weston Brain Institute: Big Ideas: Canada

The Weston Brain Institute’s Big Ideas: Canada program supports “a large-scale effort that would provide ~$5-20m in support for pivotal projects to significantly and sustainably advance research” in the field of neurodegenerative diseases of aging.” Ideas that will establish Canada as the world leader in a particular area. Ideas do not need to be fully developed, but they will be evaluated on what outcomes will be achieved by the end of the project. It is recommended that ideas be submitted by August 17, as they will be reviewed at the end of August. Please see the Program Call and this year’s special call for further information.
Recommended deadline: August 17, 2018


CIHR Institute Community Support Travel Awards

CIHR’s Institute Community Support Travel Awards support travel to conferences to present original research. In order to be eligible, you must be an early career investigator (within five years of your first academic or research appointment), be the first author of the research that you present, and plan to travel between October 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. To learn more, see the full award description. In order to apply, click here.
ORS deadline: August 18, 2018
Full application deadline: August 23, 2018


Heart and Stroke Foundation Grants-in-Aid

The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Grant-in-Aid (GIA) program provides operating funds to support “important, pertinent, novel research in the areas of heart disease and stroke.” GIA funding supports “research discovery, exploration and innovation” across four health research themes: Basic Biomedical, Clinical, health Services/Systems, and Social, Cultural, Environmental and Population Health. Applicants are required to declare all secured and proposed partnered funding at the time of submission, with no overlap in expenses or activities funded. For more information, see the program description.
ORS deadline: August 25, 2018, 1pm
Application deadline: August 30, 2018, 1pm


CRCC Special Call: Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation Connection Grants

The Canada Research Coordinating Committee (CRCC), created to help coordinate the efforts of SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, and CFI, has announced its Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation Connection Grants, which support “interdisciplinary events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives to contribute to the CRCC-prioritized national dialogue,” which is aimed at strengthening research connections with Indigenous communities. To learn more about this year’s strategic themes and eligibility requirements, see the CRCC’s program description.
ORS deadline: September 1, 2018
Full application deadline: September 6, 2018, 5pm


Wings for Life Individual and Project Research Grants

Wings for Life grants support basic and clinical research in “all aspects of spinal cord lesions, nerve regeneration, trophic support of injured neurons and functional changes induced by lesions (preferentially in mammals). Proposals should have a view to translation from the laboratory to the clinical setting and have the potential to provide real benefits to human patients.” Wings for Life is calling for proposals to two types of grants: Individual Grants, which cover the salary of trainee and/or technicians, and Project Research Grants, which are intended to sustain a full research project. Executive summaries are required for all grants. Click here to register or submit.
Executive summary deadline: September 2, 2018
ORS deadline: October 28, 2018
Full application deadline: November 2, 2018


NSERC PromoScience Program

NSERC’s PromoScience Program supports educational projects that “promote the natural sciences and engineering to Canada’s young people, particularly to groups such as girls and Indigenous peoples that are under-represented in scientific and engineering careers.” PromoScience funds can be used to cover operational costs, including salaries, travel, postage, materials, and supplies, provided that these costs relate to the promotion of science and engineering among Canadian youth. Funds cannot be used to support research. For more information, see NSERC’s call for applications or eligibility requirements.
ORS deadline: September 10, 2018
Full application deadline: September 15, 2018, 5pm


UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowships

UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowships are designed to “assist promising faculty members who wish to devote full time to research and study in their field during a recognized study leave,” and who are full-time tenure-stream faculty at UBC. The maximum award is $15,000 for a twelve-month period, and preference will be given to faculty members who received a doctoral degree within the last 14 years. Applications require letters of support, which must be signed and submitted by the application deadline.
ORS deadline: September 10, 2018
Full application deadline: September 15, 2018


UBC Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters

UBC’s Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters (GCRC), jointly created by the Vice-President Research & Innovation and the Provost & Vice President Academic, aim to “enable the formation and growth of interdisciplinary clusters of research excellence,” which should work closely to solve key challenges facing society in ways that transcend the traditional boundaries associated with departments, institutions, and funding agencies. To learn more, see the full award description. To submit a notice of intent (NOI), click here.
Information sessions (optional): July 16, 2018 and September 25, 2018, 9:30-11am
SPARC Test your Cluster Workshop (optional): August 29-30, 2018, 9:30am-3:30pm
NOI deadline: September 17, 2018, 8am
ORS deadline: November 7, 2018
Full application deadline: November 12, 2018, 11:59pm


MS Society of Canada Clinical and Population Health Pilot Grants

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada’s Clinical and Population Health Pilot Grants support collection of pilot data and feasibility tests for “novel, high-risk ideas or interventions that have not been examined in MS or examined to a limited extent.” These grants do not support ongoing research projects with ample supporting data. For more information, see the program guide or application details.
ORS deadline: September 26, 2018
Full application deadline: October 1, 2018, 1pm


MS Society of Canada Operating Grants

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada’s Operating Grants support “various research operations in all aspects of multiple sclerosis (MS) and defray the normal operating costs of carrying out a specific research proposal.” Operating grants have terms of one to three years and support both clinical and preclinical studies. For more information, see the program guide or application details.
ORS deadline: September 26, 2018
Full application deadline: October 1, 2018, 1pm


Faculty of Medicine Strategic Investment Fund

The UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Strategic Investment Fund supports projects that “one-time or term-limited strategic objectives.” Applications are evaluated based on the degree to which they pursue a strategic objective, definition and measurability (qualitative or quantitative) of expect impacts, availability of funding, and feasibility, clarity, and quality. In addition, the degree to which proposals leverage additional funding sources and the availability of other, more appropriate sources of funding will be taken into consideration. To learn more, see the fund description.
ORS deadline: October 10, 2018
Application deadline: October 15, 2018


International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia Research Grants

The International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia Research Grants support both basic and clinical SCI research that address “all aspects of CNS and spinal cord lesions, nerve regeneration, trophic support of lesioned neurons, and functional changes induced by lesions, preferentially in mammals.” Clinical research projects can address diagnosis, acute lesion management including surgery, neurology, urology, rehabilitation, and other areas related to paraplegia. For further information, see the full grant descriptionClick here to apply.
ORS deadline: October 26, 2018
Full application deadline: October 31, 2018


Wall Institute International Research Roundtables

The Peter Wall Institute’s International Research Roundtables are “aimed at fostering excellence in research, and serving as a catalyst for collaborative research between international scholars and UBC scholars.” Awards support meeting expenses for a Roundtable at the Peter Wall Institute for two to five days. Trainee participation and one event open to the broader public are required.
ORS deadline: April 26, 2019
Full application deadline: May 1, 2019


Wall Solutions Initiative

The Peter Wall Institute’s Wall Solutions Initiative “supports innovative research projects aimed towards practical solutions to societal problems.” An active co-applicant community partner, tangible benefits to the community, and an emphasis on knowledge mobilization are required. Application by invitation only.
LOI deadline: May 1, 2019
Notice of LOI decision: August 2019


NSERC Engage Grants

NSERC Engage Grants “are intended to foster the development of new research partnerships by supporting short-term research and development projects aimed at addressing a company-specific problem.” An industrial partner is required. Full application instructions here.
Deadline: OPEN CALL


NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grants

NSERC Collaborative Research and Development (CRC) Grants are intended to “create mutually beneficial collaborations between Canadian universities and prive and/or public sector partners that lead to advancements that will result in economic, social or environmental benefits for Canada and Canadians,” support translational research, and promote training of HQP. Applicants may include requests for Mitacs Accelerate internships for their trainees in their applications. For SPARC support, contact Dr. Raquel de Souza.
Deadline: OPEN CALL


Weston Brain Institute Early Phase Clinical Trials: Canada

The Weston Brain Institute’s Early Phase Clinical Trials: Canada program supports “clinical trials and/or clinical trial sub-studies that could accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.” Applications with excellent preliminary data focussing on diet, physical activity, sleep and nutritional supplements are eligible. Please see the program details and this year’s special call for further information.
Deadline: OPEN CALL


Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada Contract Research Organization Grants

The MS Society of Canada’s Contract Organization (CRO) Grants supports “specific research services offered by CROs and specialized drug discovery and development organizations, with the aim of advancing research and development of treatments for progressive MS.” The aim of CRO funding is to reduce the time and costs associated with drug discovery research. For further information, see the request for applications.
Deadline: OPEN CALL


ICORD Seed Grantspilot tag (ICORD applicants only)

ICORD Seed Grants are designed to provide seed funding for novel research projects by Principal Investigators and Investigators within ICORD.
Deadline: Next competition will take place Spring 2018. Check back for updates


travel tagICORD Distinguished Visiting Scholar

The Distinguished Visiting Scholar program provides funding for established discovery scientists, clinical researchers, or clinicians to collaborate with researchers at ICORD.
Deadline: Next competition will take place Spring 2018. Check back for updates


travel tagInternational exchange award for ICORD Investigators (ICORD applicants only)

This award provides support to ICORD PIs and Investigators to pursue unique research opportunities around the globe.
Deadline: Next competition will take place Spring 2018. Check back for updates


Trainee Grants and Awards


CIHR Institute Community Support Travel Awards

CIHR’s Institute Community Support Travel Awards support travel to conferences to present original research. Masters students, PhD students, and postdoctoral fellows are eligible. Applicants must be the first author of the research that they present, and they must plan to travel between October 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. To learn more, see the full award description. In order to apply, click here.
ORS deadline: August 18, 2018
Full application deadline: August 23, 2018


Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program 

The CIHR’s Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program, administered in partnership with NSERC and SSHRC, is “distinguished from existing postdoctoral fellowships programs by its emphasis on the synergy between an applicant’s individual merit and potential to launch a successful research-intensive career, and the host institution’s commitment to the research program and environment with which the applicant is affiliated.” As such, applicants are expected to apply in full collaboration with their host institutions. For further information, see the application guidelines.
ORS deadline: September 14, 2018
Application deadline: September 19, 2018


endMS Postdoctoral Fellowships 

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada’s endMS Postdoctoral Fellowships support “research for training of Postdoctoral Fellows in studies related to MS” and should focus on “new research training and broadening scientific competence.” Candidates must have completed their doctoral degree in three years or less by the competition deadline, and their postdoctoral training must be completed in a different laboratory from that of their doctoral training. Progress reports are mandatory for all fellowship recipients seeking funding for an additional term. For more information, see the program guide or application guidelines.
ORS deadline: September 26, 2018
Application deadline: October 1, 2018, 1pm
Progress report deadline: November 5, 2018, 1pm


endMS Doctoral Studentship Awards 

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada’s endMS Doctoral Studentships support “research training and broadening the scientific understanding of MS for students currently enrolled in a Doctoral stream program.” Awards have a term of one to four years. Progress reports are mandatory for all stundentship recipients seeking funding for an additional term. For more information, see the program guide or application guidelines.
ORS deadline: September 26, 2018
Application deadline: October 1, 2018, 1pm
Progress report deadline: November 5, 2018, 1pm


endMS Master’s Studentship Awards 

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada’s endMS Master’s Studentships support “research training and broadening the scientific understanding of MS for students currently enrolled in a Master’s level program.” Awards have a term of one to two years. Progress reports are mandatory for all stundentship recipients seeking funding for an additional term. For more information, see the program guide or application guidelines.
ORS deadline: September 26, 2018
Application deadline: October 1, 2018, 1pm
Progress report deadline: November 5, 2018, 1pm


Canada Graduate Scholarship – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement 

The Canada Graduate Scholarships – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements program supports “high-caliber Canadian graduate students in building global linkages and international networks through the pursuit of exceptional research experiences abroad.” To be eligible, applicants must hold a Canada Graduate Scholarship (CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC) at the master’s or doctoral level or a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship at the doctoral level. For more information, see the program description.
ORS deadline: October 5, 2018
Application deadline: October 10, 2018


Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships

The Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (CGS D) and NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral Program (PGS D) support “high calibre scholars who are engaged in a doctoral program in the natural sciences or engineering.” To be eligible, you must not hold, or have held, a scholarships or fellowship from SSHRC, NSERC, or CIHR to undertake or complete a doctoral program. For further information, including eligibility requirements, see the program description.
ORS deadline: October 10, 2018
Application deadline: October 15, 2018


Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships 

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, jointly administered by CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC, are available to trainees pursuing their first doctoral degree in a degree program that has a significant research component. In order to be eligible, you cannot hold or have held a doctoral-level scholarship from CIHR, NSERC, or SSHRC to complete your doctoral degree, and you must not have completed more than 20 months of doctoral studies as of May 1, 2019. In addition, applicants must be nominated by their host institution. To learn more, visit the full program description.
ORS deadline: October 26, 2018
Application deadline: October 31, 2018


International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia Postdoctoral Fellowships

The International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia is offering one- to three-year, non-renewable postdoctoral fellowships. Applicants must be the first author on at least one article (published or accepted for publication), and they must be endorsed by a senior investigator at their host university. Applications should “clearly state the innovative aspects in terms of original questions and techniques to be learned.” Clinical and preclinical work are both supported, and applicants are required to either: (a) not be from Switzerland but wish to conduct research there, or (b) be from Switzerland and wish to conduct research abroad. For further information, see the full fellowship descriptionClick here to apply.
ORS deadline: October 26, 2018
Full application deadline: October 31, 2018


Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program 

The Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) Program aims to “help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.” CGS M awards are available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who have enrolled in, or applied for, a graduate program that has a significant research component at the master’s or doctoral level. For more information, see the program description.
ORS deadline: November 26, 2018
Application deadline: December 1, 2018


Mitacs Accelerate Awards

Through Mitacs Accelerate, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from over 50 universities apply their specialized expertise to business-related research challenges.
Deadline: OPEN CALL


travel+research tagsMitacs Globalink Partnership Award

The Mitacs Globalink Partnership Award offers graduate students at Mitacs full and associate partner universities in Canada the opportunity to participate in a 16- to 24-week research project with an international industry partner located in any country except the United States.
Deadline: OPEN CALL


travel+research tagsWeston Brain Institute International Fellowships: Canada

Weston Brain Institute International Fellowships support “top Canadian PhD students to travel and work in world-renowned international labs for up to 12 months, to further their translational research on neurodegenerative diseases of aging.” Research projects must pursue the development of a therapy or tool, and applications must contain letters of support from the applicant’s current supervisor and receiving/host supervisor. Click here for program details, here for an application template, and here for this year’s special call.
Deadline: OPEN CALL


travel+research tagsWeston Brain Institute Postdoctral Scholars at Oxford

The Weston Brain Institute is accepting applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships at Oxford. Applicants are required to identify a host lab and potential supervisor at the University of Oxford prior to applying. These fellowships fund translational research that helps accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging. More information here. Click here for this year’s special call.
Deadline: OPEN CALL


Granting Agencies

Canada

Brain Canada
Canada Foundation for Innovation
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Heart & Stroke Foundation
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
Mitacs
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
Rick Hansen Institute
Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research
Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
Vancouver Foundation
Weston Brain Institute
Stem Cell Network
WorkSafeBC
BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Parkinson Canada

USA

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation
Grants.gov (NIH, Department of Defense, etc)
National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation
North American Spine Society
CHDI Foundation

International

ERA-NET NEURON
International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia
International Progressive MS Alliance
Spinal Research
Wings for Life

Resources

Office of Research Services, University of British Columbia
Faculty of Medicine Funding Opportunities, University of British Columbia
ResearchNet
Support Programs to Advance Research Capacity, University of British Columbia