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

MS Society Operating Grants 

The MS Society is now accepting applications for Operating Grants to support research into all aspects of multiple sclerosis. These awards support fundamental as well as applied studies and clinical as well as non-clinical work.
UBC FoM signature deadline: September 26, 2017
Application deadline: October 2, 2017

MS Society Clinical and Population Health Pilot Grant 

The MS Society  of Canada is accepting applications for Clinical and Population health Pilot Grants, which are intended to enable researchers to test novel and high-potential MS research ideas that have not yet been explored in depth. These grants support the collection of key preliminary data and testing of design feasibility to facilitate further research on a greater scale.
UBC FoM signature deadline: September 26, 2017
Application deadline: October 2, 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, which is offering detailed reviews of well-developed draft applications. Please contact David Woods by the registration deadline of: Wednesday, September 20, 2017, for more information.
UBC FoM signature deadline: October 18, 2017
Full Application deadline: October 25, 2017





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: To be announced

travel tagICORD Distinguished Visiting Scholar

The Distinguished Visiting Scholar program provides funding for established discovery scientists, clinical researchers, or clinicians to visit and work at ICORD.
Deadline: To be announced

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

This award provides support to ICORD PIs to pursue unique research opportunities around the globe.
Deadline: To be announced


Trainee Grants and Awards

travel+research tagsMitacs Globalink Research Award

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

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

The VISIT program assists trainees who wish to visit ICORD to work with our PIs.
Deadline: To be announced

travel tagICORD Trainee Travel Award

This fund is designed to support travel costs to conferences, meetings, courses, or workshops for ICORD trainees.
Deadline: To be announced

travel tagICORD International Trainee Exchange

This fund is designed to support travel costs to conferences, meetings, courses, or workshops for ICORD trainees.
Deadline: To be announced

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


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