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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

Innovation Networks: IDEaS
The IDEaS program will foster creativity and ingeuity in Canada by enabling the creation of networks of experts, providing support and opportunities to innovators, and by facilitating the integration and adoption of new capabilities for the defence and security communities.
Internal Deadline: Please contact us
Funder Deadline: August 31, 2018

Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation - Connection Grants
These grants support interdisciplinary events and outreach activities to engage and exchange knowledge on successful ways of conduction Indigenous research that are transformative and contribute to reconcilliation, including holistic, interdisciplinary and distinctions-based approaches.
Internal Deadline: August 28, 2018
Funder Deadline: September 6, 2018

Advancing Knowledge in Practical Nursing Research Grant
This funding opportunity is designed to support research and integrated knowledge translation (iKT) projects that focus on LPN practice, utilization, and the quality of nursing care provided by LPNs in Alberta.
Internal Deadline: September 10, 2018
Funder Deadline: September 21, 2018

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

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 July 26 2018 by Research

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