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Funding Opportunities
and Deadlines

Algoma U’s internal deadline for all funding applications is two weeks prior to the Agency funding deadline.

Please submit to researchoffice@algomau.ca.

Upcoming DeadlinesAgencyFunding Opportunity
No DeadlineNSERCIndustrial Research Chairs (IRC)
Connect Grants (CG)
Engage Grants (EG)
Collaborative Research and Devleopment (CRD) Grants
(including DND/NSERC Research Partnership Grants)
August 1, 2018 NSERC
Discovery Grants (DG): Notification of Intent
Connection Grants
September 6, 2018SSHRCIndigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation Connection Grants
September 15, 2018SSHRCPartnership Engage Grants
September 19, 2018CIHRFoundation Scheme 2018-19: Stage 1 Application Deadline
September 20, 2018SSHRCSSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships
October 10, 2018SSHRCCGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements
October 15, 2018 SSHRCInsight Grants
October 25, 2018NSERCResearch Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grants Category 1 and
Operations and Maintenance Support For Research Equipment
October 29, 2018 SSHRCPartnership Grants - Stage 2
November 1, 2018NSERCDiscovery Grants (DG): Application
Discovery Grants – Northern Research Supplements
DND – NSERC Discovery Grant Supplements
November 1, 2018 SSHRCConnection Grants
November 6, 2018SSHRCDoctoral Awards (Direct Applications)
November 15, 2018 SSHRCPartnership Development Grants
December 1, 2018SSHRCJoseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships –
Master’s Program
December 15, 2018
SSHRCPartnership Engage Grants
December 18, 2018CIHRFoundation Grant 2018-19: Stage 1 Anticipated Notice of Decision
January 7, 2019 NSERCIdea to Innovation (I2I) Grants
January 9, 2019SSHRCDoctoral Awards (University Applications)
January 15, 2019 NSERCJapan Society for the Promotion of Science Invitation Fellowship Programs
February 1, 2019SSHRCConnection Grants
February 2, 2019 SSHRCInsight Development Grants
February 6, 2019CIHRFoundation Grant 2018-2019: Stage 2 Application Deadline
February 7, 2019 SSHRCNew Frontiers in Research Fund - Exploration - December 2018 Inaugural Competition
February 15, 2019 SSHRCPartnership Grants – Stage 1
March 15, 2019SSHRC
SSHRC Impact Awards
April 1, 2019
SSHRCConnection Grants
April 1, 2019 NSERCIdea to Innovation (I2I) Grants
May 1, 2019SSHRC
Connection Grants
June 10, 2019SSHRCCGS Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements
June 15, 2019SSHRCPartnership Engage Grants
June 25, 2019 NSERCIdea to Innovation (I2I) Grants
July 16, 2019CIHR
Foundation Grant 2018-2019: Stage 2 Anticipated Notice of Decision
August 1, 2019
NSERCDiscovery Grants (DG): Notification of Intent
August 1, 2019SSHRC
Connection Grants
September 23, 2019 NSERCIdea to Innovation (I2I) Grants

The primary purpose of the Algoma University Research Fund is to help faculty at Algoma U initiate research projects. Only faculty who are members of AUFA (full-time) are eligible for this funding. Applicants who are starting new research projects, and who demonstrate they are applying or are planning to apply for external funding will be given priority in the competition.  Preference is also given to research projects providing students with employment or that do not duplicate previous grants already acquired (e.g. start-up grants). Applications are reviewed once a year in the spring.

The Collective Agreement sets aside $12,000 per year for this fund. All full-time faculty are eligible to apply, however please be advised that grants to individual faculty members will not exceed $5,000 (Article 20:03 (a)). The Research Advisory Committee will determine the award criteria and will select the AURF recipients.

The Office of Research and Innovation will send a call for applications annually in March. Applications are due April 20th.

CFI funding enables institutions to set their own research priorities in response to areas of importance to Canada. This allows researchers to compete internationally and helps solidify Canada’s position in the global knowledge-based economy. The CFI is well positioned to support the Government of Canada’s science and technology strategy, Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada’s Advantage.

The CFI’s national objectives are to enhance the capacity of institutions to:

  • support economic growth and job creation, as well as health and environmental quality, through innovation;
  • carry out important world-class scientific research and technology development;
  • expand research and job opportunities by providing support through research infrastructure for the development of highly qualified personnel;
  • promote productive networks and collaboration among Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, non-profit research institutions and the private sector.

CFI funding is awarded through a thorough merit-based review process that involves researchers, research administrators and private-sector administrators. These volunteers review proposals, typically in committees, and make funding recommendations to the CFI.

For further details and information relating to grant opportunities, visit the Canada Foundation for Innovation website.


The allocation of Chairs to individual universities is an integral part of the Canada Research Chairs program. The process provides an element of dynamism to the program because the allocation is responsive to changes in research success at individual institutions.

The national re-allocation process is conducted every two years, includes both regular and special Chairs, and is based on the research grant funding received by researchers from the three granting agencies – CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC – in the three years prior to the year of the allocation.

Method Used to Obtain Emergency Retention 

It is our intention to nominate an individual using the emergency retention mechanism.. In order to successfully hire and retain an exceptionally qualified candidate with a research portfolio of international caliber in an area of key strategic development for the university (i.e., Health Sciences), it is imperative for us to nominate this candidate. Our nominee will assist us in meeting both our equity and diversity targets. The Research Advisory Committee of Senate with representation from across all faculties was consulted September 23rd, 2019 and was in favour of using this nomination mechanism.

Program details can be obtained from the The Government of Canada website.

Dr. Donna Rogers, Provost and Academic Dean of Algoma University is our Senior Executive who approves this nomination.
Ph: (705) 949-2301, Ext. 4113
Email: dean@algomau.ca

Dr. Pedro M. Antunes, Executive Research Lead and Canada Research Chair is our contact person for CRC.
Ph: (705)949-2301, Ext. 4379

At the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), we know that research has the power to change lives. As Canada’s health research investment agency, we collaborate with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system.

CIHR was created in 2000 under the authority of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Act. It is an independent agency and is accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Health.

CIHR’s mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system.

Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to health researchers and trainees across Canada.

For more information, view the following resources:

  • The CIHR website details funding overviews and funding support for researchers

The ResearchNet website provides a list of funding opportunities

Visit the FedNor website.

Visit the Ministry of Education website.

Visit the Mitacs website.

The Discovery Grants (DG) Program is NSERC’s largest and longest-standing program. The DG Program is highly valued within the Canadian research community. By supporting ongoing research programs with long-term goals, rather than a single short-term project or collection of projects, Discovery Grants give researchers the flexibility to explore the most promising avenues of research as they emerge. Grant holders typically receive up to five years of funding before they must apply for their next Discovery Grant.

Applicants must meet a high standard of quality on the following three selection criteria, as judged by their peers:

  • The excellence of the researcher(s) as demonstrated by the quality and impact of their recent research achievements;
  • The merit of their research proposal; and
  • Their achievements in, and plans for, research training.

For more information, view the following resources:

Visit the Ontario Centres of Excellence website.

Visit the Ontario Council for the Arts website.

Algoma University has been granted $174,649 for the 2017-2018 academic year by the Federal Government’s Research Support Fund. This program helps to fund the indirect costs associated with research.

The Research Support Fund helps universities, colleges, and their affiliated research hospitals and institutes to maintain world-class research environments. The fund can be used to maintain modern labs and equipment; provide access to up-to-date knowledge resources; provide research management and administrative support; meet regulatory and ethical standards; or transfer knowledge from academia to the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

The program helps to reinforce the research investment made by the federal government in the areas of health sciences, engineering, natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities through its three research granting agencies, CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC. Please visit the Research Support Fund webpage for more information.

In relation to a new Strategic Plan, this year Algoma University will be establishing a Research and Innovation Hub to centralize and strengthen our research support services. Approximately two thirds of our Research Support Fund will be used to renovate space for the hub, grow research support services personnel including a Research Lead, and continue maintenance of existing labs. The remaining funds will be used to continue administrative support for the indirect costs of research.

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and research training in the humanities and social sciences. By focusing on developing Talent, generating Insights and forging Connections across campuses and communities, SSHRC strategically supports world-leading initiatives that reflect a commitment to ensuring a better future for Canada and the world.

For more information, view the following resources: