Funding Opportunities

Funding programs offered by ICORD

With the support of the Rick Hansen Foundation, ICORD is very happy to announce that the Fall 2021 round of funding is now open.

The application deadline for all competitions is  20 October 2021.

ICORD Trainee Travel Award

  • For ICORD Trainees to present their research at conferences or attend specialize workshops/courses. * For the Fall 2021 competition, trainees may apply for up to $300 to cover virtual conference registration fees.

Seed Grants (for ICORD PIs and Investigators)

  • For ICORD Principal Investigators and Investigators. These grants are designed to provide seed funding for research projects by ICORD Principal Investigators and Investigators, and enable ICORD faculty members to generate pilot data for future applications for larger multi-year operating grants.

International Exchange – no competition for Fall 2021 due to COVID

External granting agencies funding SCI research


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
BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Parkinson Canada


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
North American Spine Society
CHDI 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
Support Programs to Advance Research Capacity, University of British Columbia