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

United States Department of Defense Spinal Cord Injury Research Program

US Department of Defense has released funding calls for five awards under the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP):

  • Translational Research Award
  • Clinical Trial Award
  • Investigator-Initiated Research Award
  • Qualitative Research Award
  • Clinical Research Development Award

Visit CDMRP for more instructions and guidelines, and register to apply on
Pre-applications deadline: August 8, 2017
Full applications deadline: November 29, 2017


CIHR is accepting proposals for Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) grants. Teams that are applying are required to include at least one patient and one health care professional. Full application instructions here.
FoM internal deadline: November 9, 2017
Application deadline: November 14, 2017

MSFHR HP-I Awards 

The MSFHR is accepting proposals through the Health Professional-Investigator (HP-I) Program, which is “intended to help decrease the gap between health research and its implementation” through their support of translational research. Applicants must be members of a regulated health profession and be directly involved in patient care.
LOI deadline: November 3, 2017
Application deadline: January 19, 2018

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


scholarship tagMitacs 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

Granting Agencies


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
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


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


International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia
International Progressive MS Alliance
Spinal Research
Wings for Life


Office of Research Services, University of British Columbia
Faculty of Medicine Funding Opportunities, University of British Columbia