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External Research Funds

Athabasca University researchers are encouraged to explore opportunities for external research funding. The Research Centre can help you find funding sources and improve your grant application.

Before you start your external funding application be sure to review:

Find funding sources

Check the websites of external agencies for funding opportunities, information about application processes and deadlines for submission. You may also want to explore our External Award Funding Calendar for Faculty.

Ensure that you are on the research_academic mailing list to receive all funding news. If you are not on the mailing list, contact us to be added.

Recently Announced Funding Opportunities

Innovative Solutions Canada
This program aims to support innovation and growth of Canadian small businesses by providing funding to develop novel solutions to challenges proposed by federal departments. Universities can receive funding for these R&D challenges as a partner with business applicants or by applying through their own spinoff companies. 

The nine new competitions are as follows:

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is challenging small businesses to:
1. Improve soil sample collection to make it easier, and make testing more accurate.
2. Make “smart farming” technology cheaper so that smaller farms can use it.

Canadian Coast Guard is challenging small businesses to:
3. Harness the movement of ships in ocean waves to reduce fuel consumption and the need for external power sources.

Correctional Service Canada is challenging small businesses to:
4. Find new technology to stop inmates from performing illegal activities using wireless devices.
5. Monitor the life signs of inmates and identify critical conditions so that staff can respond more quickly in emergencies.
6. Create an innovative and cost-effective way to stop contraband items from getting into prisons via drone or being thrown over the fence.

Public Services and Procurement Canada is challenging small businesses to:
7. Improve the sound quality for remote interpretation services so that service isn’t interrupted because the interpreters can’t hear.

Shared Services Canada is challenging small businesses to:
8. Deliver high-speed broadband Internet access to citizens and Government of Canada employees who work or live in remote areas of the country.


Mitacs Globalink Research Award
Mitacs is accepting applications from students who are interested in researech colllaborations with universities abroad. Applicants may submit applications as any time but are encouraged to apply at least 16 weeks prior to thier planned departure.

SSHRC - CMHC Collaborative Initiatives
SSHRC and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) are partnering to offer this initiative aimed at funding research related to housing in order to help set the stage for the creation of a Collaborative Housing Research Network.
Internal Deadline: November 1, 2018
Funder Deadline: November 15, 2018

Mitacs - JSPS Summer Program
Mitacs is now acepting applications for the MITACS-JSPS Summer Program which supports reserchers in Canada to undertake 10-week research projects in Japan in Summer 2019. The program is open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in all disciplines.
Internal Deadline: November 23, 2018
Funder Deadline: December 5, 2018

Get mentoring

Is this your first grant application? Do you want to revise and polish a rejected application? Or do you simply want to improve your application-writing skills? The Research Office’s Grantsmanship Mentoring Program can help you develop and improve your application for external funding.

Researchers who have worked with our faculty mentors have consistently reported:

  • an increase in the quality of workshopped grant applications
  • an improvement in their overall proposal writing skills

How to apply

In order to take advantage of this opportunity, you must submit a final draft to the Research Centre 2–3 weeks before the funder’s deadline.

  • Indicate you would like a grants mentor to review your application.
  • Include any relevant information, including the application deadline.
  • Send your draft as a Word document.

For more information about our mentorship program, please contact Jill Calliou.

Submit your application

Once your application is ready to move forward for department and institutional approval, you need to complete the Funding Agency Application Checklist and Declaration in the AU Research Portal. You must submit the checklist and your final draft 5 working days before the funder’s deadline date.

Updated October 19 2018 by Research

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