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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

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


WorkSafeBC Innovation at Work grants 

Worksafe BC has announced its Innovation at Work grants, which “support research that will lead to the development of practical solutions, translating new knowledge into practice or solving specific problems for the workplace.” These grants are used to fund small-scale projects that promote collaboration and must include a non-academic partner.
LOI deadline: December 1, 2017, 4:00pm
Application deadline: February 9, 2018


MSFHR Scholar Program 

The MSFHR’s Scholar Program “allows early-career researchers to establish an independent research career.” Open to researchers who received their first university appointment within the last five years. Full application instructions here.
LOI deadline: December 1, 2017, 4:30pm
Application deadline: February 2, 2017, 4:30pm


Weston Brain Institute Rapid Response: Canada 2018 

The Weston Brain Institute is accepting proposals for “novel, high-risk, high-reward, translational research that will accelerate the development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.” Application is by invitation only. More information here.
LOI deadline: December 4, 2017, 11:00am
Application deadline: April 4, 2018


Craig H Neilsen Foundation CO&I Project Grants

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation has announced its Creating Opportunities & Independence (CO&I) Project Grants, which will fund “innovative approaches that empower individuals with SCI to live independently and enjoy improved emotional and physical well-being.” Areas of emphasis include Assistive Technology, Employment, Independent Living, Rehabilitation, and Arts, Sports, and Recreation. Application information here. Application by invitation only.
LOI deadline: January 12, 2018, 2:00pm
Application deadline: April 27, 2018, 2:00pm


Joint Israel-Canada Research Program (2018)

The Joint Israel-Canada Research Program’s current call for proposals is “directed toward basic biomedical sciences in neurobiology,” including neuroregeneration, modelling brain function, and the molecular, genetic, and epigenetic basis of neurological diseases. Research teams must include two co-PIs, one from Canada and the other from Israel, and offer “significant training opportunities” or include researchers from “low and middle income countries” as collaborators. Full application information here.
Registration deadline: January 16, 2018
Application deadline: February 13, 2018


Community-University Engagement Support (CUES) Fund

The CUES is a one-time fund that supports community-university partnerships. Three streams of funding are being offered: Seed Funding, which “supports the development of emerging community-university partnerships;” Bridge Funding, which supports the preparation of “concepts and content that could be used towards funding bids/proposals;” and Implementation Funding, which supports the implementation stage of knowledge mobilization. Guidelines here.
ORS internal deadline: January 26, 2018
External deadline: February 1, 2018


Parkinson Canada Pilot Project Grant

The Parkinson Canada Research Program “funds research into the cure, cause, progression, improved treatment and/or understanding of Parkinson’s disease, related disorders including Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), other Parkinson’s conditions and the impact these diseases have on society. The Pilot Project Program grants are intended to “foster novel, high-potential projects and ideas with a trajectory for major grants with larger granting institutions.” More info here.
ORS internal deadline: January 26, 2018
External deadline: February 1, 2018


NIH Promoting Research in Basic Neuroscience

The NIH has announced a call for proposals for its Promoting Research in Basic Neuroscience competition, which supports “research addressing fundamental questions in basic neuroscience” that focusses on understanding the “development, the structure, and/or the function of the normal nervous system.” Clinical trials and explicitly disease-related research are not supported. For SPARC support, contact Sharon Marsh.
ORS internal deadline: January 31, 2018
NIH deadline: February 5, 2018


US Department of Defense Accelerating Innovation in Military Medicine Research Award

The US Department of Defense is accepting applications for its Accelerating Innovation in Military Medicine Research Awards, which are “intended to support highly creative and conceptually innovative high-risk research with the potential to accelerate critical discoveries or major advancements that will significantly impact military health and medicine.” More information here under Opportunity Number W81XWH-17-DMRDP-AIMM.
ORS internal deadline: January 31, 2018
External deadline: February 9, 2018


CIHR Project Grants

CIHR Project Grants are “designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential for important advances” in health research “by supporting projects with a specific purpose and a defined endpoint.” Some funding is specifically set aside for early-career researchers. Full competition description here.
Registration deadline: February 6, 2018
Application deadline: March 6, 2018


NIH Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network (BPN)

The NIH has announced a call for proposals for its Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network competition, which supports the translation of “small molecule drug discovery and development projects into the clinic.” Clinical trials are optional. For SPARC support, contact Sharon Marsh.
ORS internal deadline: February 2, 2018
NIH deadline: February 7, 2018


MS Society Research Grants

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society welcomes applications for its Research Grants “for studies related to multiple sclerosis that may serve to advance our mission of stopping MS progression, restoring function and improving quality of life, and preventing MS.” Applied, non-clinical, and clinical studies are welcome. Full description here, application instructions here.
Pre-application deadline: February 7, 2018
Application deadline: February 14, 2018


North American Spine Society Research Grants

The North American Spine Society is taking applications for its Research Grants, which support “projects that further our understanding of the mechanisms of disease and developing novel models for prevention and/or treatment” of spine disease. Basic, clinical, and translational studies are supported. Application instructions here.
LOI deadline: February 12, 2018
Application deadline: May 14, 2018


North American Spine Society Young Investigator Grants

The North American Spine Society’s Young Investigator Grants are open to applicants who completed their postdoctoral training within the last five years. Basic, clinical, and translational studies are supported. Application instructions here.
LOI deadline: February 12, 2018
Application deadline: May 14, 2018


North American Spine Society Nontraditional, Nonsurgical Treatment Grants

The North American Spine Society’s Nontraditional, Nonsurgical Treatment Grants support research into disc-related and/or neuropathic back pain using “new, nontraditional methods of nonsurgical treatment of such back and neck pain and radiculopathy.” Application instructions here.
LOI deadline: February 12, 2018
Application deadline: May 14, 2018


travel+research tagsNorth American Spine Society Research Travelling Fellowship

The North American Spine Society’s Resarch Travelling Fellowship “spans at least five months at one medical center,” and it covers the costs of travel and housing. Application instructions here.
LOI deadline: February 12, 2018
Application deadline: May 14, 2018


NIH Analytical Validation of a Candidate Biomarker for Neurological Disease 

NIH Analytical Validation of a Candidate Biomarker for Neurological Disease grants “support rigorous analytical validation of candidate biomarker measures or endpoints in a manner that is consistent with FDA guidelines.” Applicants are required to have identified a candidate biomarker, developed assay technology, and formed a working hypothesis regarding the drug’s context of use. Full competition guidelines here.
LOI deadline: February 14, 2018
Application deadline: March 14, 2018


Weston Brain Institute Transformational Research grants 

The Weston Brain Institute has now launched its Transformational Research: Canada 2018 Program, which will fund “transformative, novel, high-risk, high-reward translational research projects with excellent preliminary data.” Clinical trials and trail sub-studies are ineligible for this competition, which is based on the development of a therapy or therapeutic tool. Application by invitation only.
LOI deadline: February 15, 2018, 11:00am
Application deadline: February 15, 2018, 11:00am


MSFHR Innovation to Commercialization (I2C) Competition 

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research has now launched its Innovation to Commercialization (I2C) Competition, which funds “feasibility research and commercialization activities” in order to “improve health outcomes and enrich the health innovation ecosystem of BC.” Research must “demonstrate a clear link to human health.” Full competition guidelines here.
LOI deadline: February 16, 2018, 4:30pm
Application deadline: April 3, 2018, 4:30pm


SPOR PIHCI Network – Knowledge Synthesis Grants 

The CIHR SPOR PIHCI Network – Knowledge Synthesis Grants “support cross-jurisdictional teams of researchers and knowledge users to produce knowledge syntheses or scoping reviews relevant to the priorities of the Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations (PIHCI) Network.” Full competition guidelines here.
Registration deadline: March 6, 2018
Application deadline: May 31, 2018


NSERC Idea to Innovation Grants 

NSERC’s Idea to Innovation (I2I) Grants support “the precompetitive development of promising technology originating from the university and college sector” and promote its transfer to a Canadian company. I2I Grants require the support of an industry liaison office and a technology transfer plan. Application information here.
Registration deadline: March 29, 2018
Application deadline: April 3, 2018


Banting Research Foundation Discovery Award 

The Banting Research Foundation Discovery Award is given annually to investigators in “health and biomedical research who are within the first three years of their independent appointment at a university or research institute in Canada.” To be eligible, applicants must not have been awarded more than $150,000 in start-up funding (unless from the CFI) or more than $50,000 per annum in external operating funds by the application deadline. Full competition guidelines here.
ORS deadline: March 10, 2018
External deadline: Mar 15, 2018


Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Psychosocial Research Grants 

The Craig H Neilsen Foundation’s Psychosocial Research program supports research that “addresses the interrelation of behavior, social, psychological and other quality of life factors that will benefit people living with spinal cord injury.” The goal of the program is to “develop sound data to inform and disseminate best practices that produce better outcomes, including quality of life, for people living with spinal cord injury and their loved ones.” Full competition guidelines here.
LOI deadline: March 31, 2018
Application deadline: July 19, 2018


CIHR SPOR National Data Platform 

The CIHR’s SPOR National Data Platform aims to address “major barriers and inefficiencies in accessing or using multi-jurisdictional/national data for patient-oriented research” and to “leverage unique Canadian assets enabling international leadership in patient-oriented research.” Research teams are required to contact SPOR SUPPORT UnitsSPOR Networks and SPOR iCT grantees. Full competition guidelines here.
Registration deadline: April 17, 2018
Application deadline: June 19, 2018


EU Horizon 2020: Flagship for Data Storage 

The European Commission is calling for proposals for an “international flagship collaboration with Canada for human data storage, integration and sharing to enable personalised medicine approaches.” This program aims to “enhance and standardise data deposition, curation and exchange procedures thus ensuring better data reuse and increased benefit to the scientific communities worldwide.” Full competition guidelines here.
FoM internal deadline: April 8, 2018
External deadline: April 18, 2018


NIH Underactive Bladder and Detrusor Activity in Aging 

The NIH welcomes applications that “propose basic, clinical, or translational research on underactive bladder (UAB) and detrusor underactivity (DU) and its consequences in aging and in older persons.” Further subject matter guidelines can be found under “Scope of Research” in the full application guidelines.
FoM internal deadline: May 31, 2018
External deadline: June 5, 2018


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


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


travel+research tagsVCHRI Sidhoo Charities Fund

Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute is accepting applications for the Sidhoo Charities Fund, which supports trainee travel to a conference to present original research in urology or diabetes. Application guidelines here.
FoM internal deadline: January 10, 2018
External deadline: January 15, 2018


travel+research tagsVCHRI Top Graduating Doctoral Student and Rising Star Awards

Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute is accepting applications for Top Graduating Doctoral Student and Rising Star Awards, which support travel to present at an international conference. Application guidelines here.
FoM internal deadline: February 5, 2018
External deadline: February 10, 2018


travel+research tagsFriedman Award for Scholars in Health

The Friedman Award for Scholars in Health “supports learning and research opportunities for graduate students working in the broad area of health” and is open to all UBC graduate students. The Friedman Award funds a period of travel of at least six months outside of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Applications guidelines here.
FoM internal deadline: February 18, 2018
External deadline: February 23, 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 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.
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