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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

Mitacs Elevate provides two years of postdoc funding valued at $60,000/year plus extensive customized professional development training ($7,500/year non-cash value).
Intent to Apply:
Internal Deadline:  June 5, 2019
Funder Deadline: June 19, 2019
Full Application:
Internal Deadline: July 9, 2019
Funder Deadline: July 17, 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: May 31, 2019

Funder Deadline: June 15, 2019

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: July 15, 2019
Funder Deadline: August 1, 2019

Faculty and Staff Deadlines

Review the Faculty External Award Funding Calendar to confirm AU and external deadlines. All grant submissions must be entered into the Research Portal at least 2 weeks prior to the funder's deadline. this will allow for internal scientific review of the application by experts in the research area.

Grantsmanship mentoring is available if the grant proposal is submitted 3 weeks prior to the funder's deadline.

All final grant proposals, after mentorship and internal review must be submitted via the Research Portal at least 5 working days before the funder’s deadline. This allows time for the Dean and the AVPR to provide the final review and approval. Submit your final draft using the Funding Agency Application Checklist.

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

In order to take advantage of this opportunity, you must submit a final draft to the Research Centre 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.


Updated May 09 2019 by Research

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