Tri-Council Grants

Please contact Brad Whittaker ( for help with NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR grant applications. 

NSERC Grant Opportunities

NSERC Discovery Grant

NSERC Discovery Grant NOI - Now mandatory

The Notification of Intent to Apply for a Discovery Grant is now mandatory. Please note the following:

• NOIs must be submitted directly to NSERC via the online system.
• NOIs must be received by August 1, 2014
• NOIs will not be accepted after the deadline.
• Applicants who do not submit an NOI by this date will not be eligible to submit the full application in November for the 2014 competition.

If you require further information, please contact Brad Whittaker.

The application forms can be found here

Discovery Grants Program supports ongoing programs of research (with long-term goals) rather than a single short-term project or collection of projects. These grants recognize the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of all research advances, whether made individually or in teams. Researchers are free to work in the mode most appropriate for the research area. 

Discovery Grants Program assists in:promoting and maintaining a diversified base of high-quality research capability in the natural sciences and engineering in Canadian universities;

  • fostering research excellence;
  • providing a stimulating environment for research training.

Notice of Intent Deadline:  August 1, 2013
Internal Application Deadline: October 28, 2013
Application Deadline: November 1, 2013
Please click here for application information and program details 


SSHRC Insight Grant

The Notification of Intent (NOI) to apply for an Insight Grant is now mandatory. NOIs must be submitted directly by the applicants to SSHRC via the online system by the deadline (not announced yet - likely August). An applicant who has not submitted an NOI by this date will be ineligible to submit the full application in the October 2012 competition.
In addition to basic information, an applicant must submit a one-page Summary of the Proposed Research. This Summary must include:

  • the objectives of the research
  • the proposed methodology; and
  • the anticipated significance and impacts of the proposed research.

The NOI form is now available on SSHRC's website at (this is the log on page for SSHRC grants).

The broad purpose of the Standard Research Grants program is to support research and develop excellence in research activities in the social sciences and humanities.

The specific objectives of the program are to:

  • support high-quality independent programs of research, as proposed by scholars and judged by their peers;
  • provide opportunities for the training of future researchers;
  • contribute to the development or elaboration of new theoretical or methodological approaches to research;
  • maintain and develop vigorous disciplinary research activities;
  • foster and develop vigorous collaborative, multidisciplinary research activities among researchers in the social sciences and humanities; and
  • assist the communication of research results both within and beyond the academic community.

This funding opportunity is replacing the SSHRC Standard Research Grant Program and offers support for long-term research initiatives. The maximum value of an Insight Grant is $500,000 over three to five years.

This new opportunity is open to both emerging and established scholars who are affiliated with an eligible Canadian post-secondary institution.

Internal Application Deadline (to Research Office) - TBA
Application Deadline - TBA
Please click here for application information and program details


Multiple Grant Applications
Researchers may not apply for an Insight Grant and an Insight Development Grant within the same calendar year as applicant (principal investigator).

This means:
A researcher who applied for an Insight Development Grant in February 2011 may not apply for an Insight Grant in October 2011, whether successful in the competition or not.

A researcher who applies for an Insight Grant in October 2011 may apply for an Insight Development Grant in February 2012, provided that the objectives of the research are different.

There is no limit to the number of applications on which a researcher may be listed as a co-applicant or collaborator.

If a researcher holds a grant, she or he may submit a new application to the same funding opportunity in the final year of the grant.

Please consult SSHRC’s website at for more information on multiple applications.

Connection Grants funding opportunity

In April 2012, SSHRC launched its Connection Grants funding opportunity and has been funding a range of knowledge mobilization activities for the benefit of Canadians.

The success of this funding opportunity has led to an unprecedented demand for Connection Grants. Consequently, given available financial resources, SSHRC will temporarily put a hold on accepting new applications for the Connection Grants funding opportunity


Automotive Partnership Canada

Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) will provide $145 million in research funding over 5 years to support significant, collaborative research and development activities that will benefit the entire Canadian automotive industry.

This initiative is a partnership between five federal research and granting agencies, including SSHRC. Interested applicants and companies should start by contacting APC's Project Office in Mississauga, Ontario.

More information can be found here.

APC proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis

SSHRC Impact Awards

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has launched a prestigious new suite of awards to recognize outstanding achievement in postsecondary research, scholarship and knowledge mobilization by  graduate students, researchers working individually or in teams, and formal partnerships.

The deadline for postsecondary institutions to submit their nominations is June 10, 2013. Winners will be announced in October 2013, at the World Social Science Forum taking place in Montreal.

Learn more: Press release, video from the president and presentation - SSHRC Launches New Suite of Awards, with a Focus on Impact

Other links: Impact Awards Overview SSHRC Impact Awards - June 2013 Competition


Please click here for information on CIHR

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