Tri Council Grant Opportunities and Deadlines 2017

IPS & IIS Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information

Canada’s three federal granting agencies—Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)—are now requiring that any applicant, co-applicant and College and Community Innovation Program participant on grant or scholarship applications consent to have some of their personal information disclosed in cases of serious breach of agency policy.

Therefore, a signed Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information form is now a requirement of all new IPS/IIS applications submitted to NSERC.  A link to the form can be found in the overview section on the IPS program page on our website.

For further information, see the Frequently Asked Questions about the Consent to Disclosure of Personal Information

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, 2017
  • 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 2017 competition.

If you require further information, please contact Brad Whittaker.

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; and
  • providing a stimulating environment for research training.

Notice of Intent Deadline:  August 1, 2017
Internal Application Deadline: Oct 24 2017
Application Deadline: November 1, 2017

Please click here for application information and program details 

NSERC Engage Grant

Engage Grants are designed to give companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge and expertise available at Canadian universities. These grants are intended to foster the development of new research partnerships between an academic researcher and a company that have never collaborated before, by supporting short-term research and development projects aimed at addressing a company-specific problem in the natural sciences or engineering fields.

Please note that applicants seeking funding for travel and meeting activities to establish contact with new potential industrial partners should apply for an Interaction Grant.

There is no deadline for the Interaction Grant and the Engage Grant.

Please click here for the application and more details.


Upcoming Deadlines

SSHRC Insight Grant

The broad purpose of the SSHRC 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.

The maximum value of an Insight Grant is $400,000, over two to five years. A minimum request of $7,000 is required in at least one of the years. A maximum of $100,000 is available in a single year.

Applicants may choose one of two streams when applying for an Insight Grant, depending on the amount of funding required: Stream A for requests between $7,000 and $100,000, and Stream B for requests between $100,001 and $400,000.

There is no NOI for this SSHRC competition.

Internal Application Deadline (to Research Office) - October 9, 2017

Application Deadline - October 15, 2017

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 2017 may not apply for an Insight Grant in October 2017, whether successful in the competition or not.

A researcher who applies for an Insight Grant in October 2017 may apply for an Insight Development Grant in February 2018, 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.

SSHRC Connection Grant

Connection 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 potentially eligible for funding through other SSHRC funding opportunities.

There are four application deadlines throughout the year.

Next application Deadline: November 1, 2017

Please click here for more details.

SSHRC Partnership Development Grant

Partnership Development Grants provide support over one to three years to teams/partnerships, led by a project director, to:

  • develop research and related activities in the social sciences and humanities, including knowledge mobilization and the meaningful involvement of students and new scholars, by fostering new partnerships for research and related activities involving existing and/or potential partners; or
  • design and test new partnership approaches for research and/or related activities that may result in best practices or models that either can be adapted by others or have the potential to be scaled up to a regional, national or international level.

Partnership Development Grant proposals are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight program or the Connection program, or a combination thereof. Please click here for a table of the two programs objectives and more details of the program.

Submission Deadline: TBA 2018

*NEW* SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants (PEG)

Partnership Engage Grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight program and the Connection program. They 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.

SSHRC welcomes applications involving Aboriginal research, as well as those involving research-creation.

Value and Duration

Partnership Engage Grants proposals are valued at $7,000 to $25,000 over one year.

Salary research allowance

Co-applicants from eligible not-for-profit organizations may request a salary research allowance to release them from duties to their organization.

Please click here for more on this new opportunity

Application Deadline: September 15, December 15, March 15 and June 15


CIHR provides funding opportunities for four themes of health research:

  • Biomedical
  • Clinical
  • Health systems services
  • Social, cultural, environmental and population health

CIHR accepts all health realted research proposals, regardless of the stage they are in.

CIHR has smaller partnership and catalyst grants that are ongoing. Please check here for a list of all open grant opportunities.

CIHR's funding opportunities and deadlines vary.

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