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

Wings for Life Individual and Project Research Grants 

Wings for Life Individual and Project Research Grants support projects that “address 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. Clinical research projects can be situated in the fields of diagnosis, acute lesion management (including surgery), neurology, urology, rehabilitation and other areas related to paraplegia.”
Executive Summary deadline: September 1, 2017
Full Application deadline: November 2, 2017

NSERC Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grants 

NSERC is accepting submissions for Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grants, which “foster and enhance the discovery, innovation and training capability of university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering by supporting the purchase of research equipment.” Support for applications is being provided by the UBC SPARC Office.
UBC FoM signature deadline: October 18, 2017
Full Application deadline: October 25, 2017

BC Support Unit/MSFHR P2P Awards 

The BC Support Unit and MSFHR is accepting proposals for P2P awards, which are intended to test the feasibility of pilot projects that will become larger studies in patient-oriented research.
UBC FoM signature deadline: October 23, 2017
Application deadline: October 30, 2017

WorksafeBC Innovation at Work Grants 

WorksafeBC has announced a request for proposals for Innovation at Work grants to support projects promoting workplace health and safety. Research teams are required to have a non-academic partner.
UBC FoM signature deadline: October 27, 2017
Application deadline: November 3, 2017

Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters Competition 

UBC is now accepting applications for Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters. These grants are intended to support research addressing problems that transcend traditional research boundaries. Previously funded clusters are eligible to reapply.
UBC FoM signature deadline: October 26, 2017
Application deadline: November 2, 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: October 19, 2017

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: October 19, 2017

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: October 19, 2017

Trainee Grants and Awards

CIHR Fellowship Awards

CIHR will be accepting applications for its Fellowship Awards, which support all areas of health research. Primary applicants must be trainees who hold or are completing completing a PhD or a regulated health professional degree as of November 1, and a senior supervisor must be identified on the application.
UBC Internal Deadline: October 25, 4:30pm.

travel+research tagsMitacs Globalink Research Award

The Mitacs Globalink Research Award provides funding to support senior undergraduate and graduate student research projects in Brazil, China, France, Tunisia, Israel, Korea, India, and Mexico. Applications accepted as of September 13.
Deadline: November 8, 2017

travel+research tagsFrance Canada Research Fund

The France Canada Research Fund supports new collaborative partnerships between French and Canadian researchers. Teams must consist of at least one PI, one trainee, and one researcher from a research institute in France. Guidelines here.
Deadline: November 10, 2017

travel tagVisit ICORD on a Scholarship for International Trainees (VISIT)

The VISIT program supports international trainees who wish to visit ICORD to do research.
Deadline: October 19, 2017

travel tagICORD Trainee Travel Award

This fund is designed to support travel costs to conferences, meetings, courses, or workshops for ICORD trainees.
Deadline: October 19, 2017

travel tagICORD International Trainee Exchange

This fund is designed to support travel costs for ICORD trainees to take part in international exchange.
Deadline: October 19, 2017

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