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Athabasca University

External Research Funds

Athabasca University (AU) supports scholarly, research and creative activities, which contribute to the mission of the University and ultimately provide intellectual, social and economic benefits to society. The University is committed to the highest professional standards of scholarly research and research ethics. It acknowledges that excellence in research flourishes only in an atmosphere of free inquiry, and adopts a broad definition of research in order to include a wide range of creative and innovative scholarly activity.

AU recognises that research is fundamentally tied to the quality of its teaching, its courses and its programs. Thus, the University fosters a mutual support among teaching, research and scholarship.

Researchers are encouraged to consult the websites of potential funding agencies for information about funding opportunities, application processes and deadlines for submission keeping in mind the AU Internal deadlines outlined in the Guide to Research Services.

When Applying for External Funding

  1. Consult with Research Centre staff to discuss the opportunity you are interested in (the more time there is to work on a proposal the better).
  2. Prepare the first draft.
  3. Submit first draft to Research Centre for review and feedback 6 weeks prior to the funder deadline. Please indicate if you are interested in seeking peer review or grant writing mentorship at this time.
  4. Login to the AU Research Portal to submit the final draft of the external funding application two weeks prior to the funder's deadline date to allow time for institutional review and approval.

Please review the application checklist instructions before logging in to the Research Portal to submit your funding application.

External Funding Sources


Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

Industry Canada


Alberta Innovates


Updated November 24 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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