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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

New Frontiers in Research Fund - Exploration
The objective of this inaugural competition is to generate opportunities for early career researchers (ECRs) to conduct high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research not available through funding opportunities currently offered by the three agencies. It seeks to inspire highly innovative projects that defy current research paradigms, propose a unique scientific direction, bring disciplines together beyond the traditional disciplinary approaches, and/or use different perspectives to solve existing problems. 
Internal Deadline: January 28, 2019
Funder Deadline: February 7, 2019

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 - Connection Grants
These grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and to engage on research issues of value to those participating. Events and outreach activities funded by a Connection Grant may often serve as a first step toward more comprehensive and longer-term projects.
Internal Deadline: January 15, 2019
Funder Deadline: February 1, 2019

SSHRC - Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative
To help the Canadian social sciences and humanities research community better understand data management and incorporate data management considerations into research practices, SSHRC’s Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative offers Connection Grants to support the research community’s development, adoption and dissemination of research data management standards, practices, tools and skills appropriate to their field.
Internal Deadline: January 15, 2019
Funder Deadline: February 1, 2019

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Futures - Research Funding Program
OHS Futures is accepting Notices of Intent for projects that support the prevention of occupational injury, illness and disease in Alberta workplaces. The Notice of Intent fillable form is available on the OHS Futures website.
Internal Deadline (NOI): January 18, 2019
Funder Deadline (NOI): January 28, 2019

SSHRC - Insight Development Grants
Insight Development Grants support research in its initial stages. The grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas. Funding is provided for short-term research development projects, of up to two years, proposed by individuals or teams.
Internal Deadline: January 16, 2019
Funder Deadline: February 2, 2019

Trans-Atlantic Platform Social Innovation Call
The Trans-Atlantic Platform has launched its 2018 Social Innovation Call for Proposals, which will support international projects that can contribute to increasing our understanding of societal transformations and the role of social innovation.
The call brings together funding organizations from Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom. It is open to teams with members from at least three of these countries. Teams must include partners from both sides of the Atlantic.
Research partners will receive funding from the national funding agency from their country of origin for projects that can last up to 36 months.
Internal Deadline: February 1, 2019

Funder Deadline: February 14, 2019

SSHRC - Partnership Grants - Stage 1
These grants provide support for new and existing formal partnerships over four to seven years to advance research, research training and/or knowledge mobilization in the social sciences and humanities through mutual co-operation and sharing of intellectual leadership, as well as through resources as evidenced by cash and/or in-kind contributions.
Partnership Grants are intended for large teams working in formal collaboration between postsecondary institutions and/or organizations of various types. For more information, see the definitions of formal partnership and partner organization.
Internal Deadline: February 1, 2019
Funder Deadline: February 15, 2019

CIRA Community Investment Program
CIRA’s Community Investment Program provides grants for projects helping to build a better online Canada. This year, the program will focus on five key funding areas infrastructure, digital literacy, access, engagement and services. You can learn more about this year’s application guidelines on our website. Grants are available up to $100,000. In addition, one grant will be available up to $250,000.
Internal Deadline: February 19, 2019
Funder Deadline: February 28, 2019

SSHRC - Partnership Engage Grants
These grants provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision-making at a single partner organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sector. The small-scale, stakeholder-driven partnerships supported through the Partnership Engage Grants are meant to respond to immediate needs and time constraints facing organizations in non-academic sectors. In addressing an organization-specific need, challenge and/or opportunity, these partnerships let non-academic organizations and postsecondary researchers access each other’s unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities on topics of mutual interest.
Internal Deadline: March 1, 2019
Funder Deadline: March 15, 2019

Workers Compensation Board - Alberta Research Grants 2019
WCB-Alberta promotes injury prevention and encourages the development of effective disability management services and strategies. In order to inform better practice, WCB-Alberta provides financial support for research projects that address certain areas of need.Researchers specializing in Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology, Population Health, Rehabilitation Medicine, Sciences, Law, Economics and other Social Sciences are encouraged to apply for funding.
Internal Deadline: March 22, 2019
Funder Deadline: March 29, 2019

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 January 17 2019 by Research

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