This is a brief list of some of the funding opportunities that are available to faculty through internal and external sources. There are many more opportunities out there, this is just a starting place to help your research dreams come true!
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has made provision for faculty to receive certain tax concessions in instances where they are using salary to cover the costs of their research. This means that part of your salary can be considered a research grant in lieu of salary. The purpose of this grant is to allow faculty to receive a portion of their salary tax free for research purposes. To apply, visit the Self-Funded Research Grant web page.
The VIU Research Awards Committee (VIURAC) Capacity Building Grant (CBG) is provided as seed funding to support faculty in developing research grant applications, developing or strengthening their research programs, or in the dissemination of research results. Funding is provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the VIU Research Fund. This grant is now available to all faculty at VIU.To apply, visit the VIURAC Capacity Building Grant web page.
The VIU Research Awards Committee (VIURAC) Research Fund (RF) is intended to encourage research and other forms of faculty scholarship based on the belief that faculty need to pursue various forms of scholarly and professional activity to remain effective educators and to provide useful learning opportunities for their students. It is recognized that working towards a healthy environment for scholarship at our institution will benefit students, faculty, and the community alike. The Research Fund is not intended to serve as a substitute for major grants from outside funding agencies. Rather, it is expected that monies from the RF will “seed” projects and provide greater opportunities for faculty to be successful in future outside funding competitions. To apply, visit the VIURAC Research Fund web page.
The Research and Scholarly Activity Committee recognizes that scholarly activity is important to academic excellence and is an essential component of the faculty workload. The Committee has three categories of awards to support scholarly research: a) release sections – available to regular faculty (awarded in the Fall only); b) research funding of up to $1,000 available to regular and temporary faculty (awarded both Fall and Spring); and c) funding of up to $1,000 for conference attendance for temporary faculty (awarded both Fall and Spring). To apply, visit the VIUFA Research & Scholarly Activity Funding web page.
Travel and conference funding is awarded by the Travel and Conference Proceedings Funding Committee to VIUFA or BCGEU members who wish to participate in training for a conference, or to those who are attending a conference. To apply, visit the Travel & Conference Funding web page.
VIUFA regular members are egligible to appy for professional and scholarly development funding as outlined in the VIUFA Collective Agreement, article 12.3.1 Professional Development. In order to maintain excellence of instruction and educational service at Vancouver Island University, it is recognized that there is a need for faculty to have the opportunity to participate in and pursue activities related to professional development. To apply, visit the VIUFA Professional & Scholarly Development Funding web page.
BCGEU employees are eligible to apply for a Professional Development Leave after 3 consecutive years of employment or attend an event as stated in the BCGEU Collective Agreement. To apply, visit the BCGEU Professional Development Funding web page.
It is recognized that many opportunities for professional development require a longer period of time than is available between the spring and fall instructional periods. In order to encourage faculty to take advantage of these opportunities, a program of assisted professional development leave of absence is available to regular VIUFA members. This program is administered by the VIUFA Leave Committee. To apply, visit the VIUFA Professional Development Leave web page.
The Faculty and Staff Travel and Study Abroad Grant program is designed to assist VIU faculty and staff to explore or develop international teaching and learning opportunities for the VIU community, particularly when the activity will directly benefit the VIU community. To apply, visit the Faculty and Staff Travel & Study Abroad Grant web page.
Grants Program is designed to support faculty and instructors as they
work towards VIU’s internationalization goals. The intent of the program
is to foster incremental, innovative activities that weave internationalization
into departments or areas where an international focus is not already present.
To apply visit the Internationalization
Grants Program web page.
The Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning (CIEL) along with the support of the office of the Vice President Academic and Provost (VPAP) offers small teaching and learning resource grants for instructional faculty (VIUFA and BCGEU) – called LITE (Learning, Innovation and Teaching Enhancement) Grants. These are small (under $500) grants available for faculty to purchase resources to enhance their own teaching and assist with student learning. To apply visit the LITE Grant Information web page.
Under certain conditions, the Agencies (SSHRC and NSERC) will allow residual funds from completed projects to be retained by the institution. The Agencies expect that the institution will use these funds for the broad purpose of enhancing the quality of research in the natural sciences and engineering, or in the social sciences and humanities, as applicable. For details, visit the GRF webpage.
Please note that all applications/proposals/letters of intent for external funding grants must be approved by your department Chair and Dean using an Institutional Signature Sheet for Research Funding prior to their submission. This form can be found on the Grant Research Forms & Templates web page and must accompany a copy of the application. Applicants are strongly advised to allow sufficient lead-time for the proper consideration at each level.
Some newsletters and listservs which researchers may wish to subscribe are:
Research Opportunities, with Human Resources and Social Development Canada. This publication describes small contract opportunities in many field of interest, including employee learning, literacy education, and labour economics. To be added to the distribution list of this publication, contact email@example.com
Target Point is the University of Alberta's monthly electronic Funding Opportunities Bulletin to which anyone can subscribe. Agency PDF notifications and web links are embedded into this electronic bulletin. Use the "Bookmarks" tab to navigate to the desired section. Note that the Target editors include a number of Alberta-only funding opportunities.
- Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada SSHRC, is Canada's federal funding agency for university-based research and graduate training in the social sciences and humanities. Some examples are economics, business and administrative studies, ethics, education, and law, as well as history, literature and philosophy, anthropology, psychology, sociology, fine arts, native, religious, environmental and women's studies.
Canada Council For The Arts is a national arm’s length agency
created by the federal government in 1957 to “foster and promote the
study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts.”
To fulfil this mandate, the Canada Council provides grants
and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations
in: dance, inter-arts, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts , writing
- Canadian Heritage is
responsible for national policies and programs that promote Canadian content,
foster cultural participation, active citizenship and participation in Canada's
civic life, and strengthen connections among Canadians.
of Foreign Affairs and International Trade is responsible for Canada's
policy in the areas of knowledge, learning and the promotion of Canada
as a study and research destination. They manage a number of programs:
some provide Canadians with opportunities to develop their knowledge of
the world; others provide foreigners with opportunities to learn more about
- Office of Learning and Technologies helps Canadians learn and improve their skills by providing financial assistance and information to students and apprentices, helping and encouraging parents to save for their children's post-secondary education, and providing support for student exchanges and international academic mobility.
- The Natural Science and Engineering
Research Council of Canada NSERC is the national instrument for making
strategic investments in Canada's capability in science and technology.
NSERC supports both basic university research through research grants and
project research through partnerships of universities with industry, as
well as the advanced training of highly qualified people in both areas.
NSERC provides a list of all deadlines
and notification dates, please keep in mind that VIU requires all applications
to be submitted to the RSAO one week prior to the agency deadline.
Pacific Regional Office Grant is awarded from time to time, NSERC's
Regional Offices may consider requests from organizations, individuals,
student groups, etc. for sponsorship of special events, or activities. Only
requests for support of recurring events/activities (e.g., PromoScience)
can be accepted. Requests for support of recurring events/activities (e.g.,
annual conferences) will not be considered. Funds are limited and submissions
will be reviewed on an "as received" basis and evaluated individually on
their merits. See pdf document for more details: NSERC
Pacific Regional Office Grant Guidelines for Submission.
- Environment Canada, Agriculture
Canada, and Natural Resources
Canada have granted the university funding in the past, and granting
opportunities are still available.
- Western Economic Diversification Canada and Western Economic Partnership Agreements (WEPAs) are multi-year federal-provincial funding commitments to strengthen economic activity and improve quality of life in western Canadian communities. Through the agreements, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) and each western province provide a matching contribution, enabling significant investments to fund projects that support federal and provincial priorities. Projects funded under the WEPAs have benefited Western Canadians by helping to create a better environment for growth, business development and innovation.
- Canada Institutes of Health
Research is Canada's premier health research funding agency, funding
over 8,500 researchers in universities, teaching hospitals, and research
institutes across Canada. CIHR provides funding opportunities for four themes
of health research: Biomedical, Clinical, Health systems services, and social,
cultural, environmental and population health.
- Health Canada recognizes
the value of supporting research in order to discover new and better ways
to deal with the health concerns of today and tomorrow.
- Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
strengthens the BC health research enterprise through innovative, integrated
services and programs that create and maintain a vibrant health research
environment mobilize stakeholders to identify priorities and address health
to build the capacity for excellent health research.
- Canadian Nurses Foundation seeks
to advance nursing knowledge and improve health care by providing research
grants, awards, and scholarships to Canadian nurses and nursing students.
Health Evidence Application and Linking Network, HEALNet is a national network
linking more than 75 researchers in 17 Canadian universities and is funded
by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council (SSHRC) in partnership with Industry Canada.
Centre for Population Health Impact the main vision of our research
is to help transform the health of populations in Canada and around the
world. Our initial focus is on tobacco control, youth health, and improved
quality of life for those who have been touched by cancer.
- BC Environmental and Occupational Health
Research Network creates new efficiencies and partnerships in the areas
of environmental and occupational health research.
- Disabilities Health Research Network
is an integrated, multidisciplinary, and BC-based network that fosters high
quality research to better the lives of Canadians with disability.
- Networks of Environments for Aboriginal Research BC brings together community-and institutionally based searchers in Aboriginal Health across BC.
- Canada Foundation for Innovation
Infrastructure Funding. "The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an
independent corporation established by the Government of Canada in 1997.
The Foundation's goal is to strengthen the capability of Canadian universities,
colleges, research hospitals, and other not-for-profit institutions to carry
out world-class research and technology development. By investing in research
infrastructure projects, the CFI supports research excellence, and helps
strengthen research training at institutions across Canada."
- British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF), helps public post-secondary institutions, teaching hospitals and affiliated non-profit research agencies to invest in research infrastructure, by matching approved CFI projects. A separate application is required.
Canada is building world-class research capacity by recruiting top-tier postdoctoral researchers at an internationally competitive level of funding and positioning them for success as the research leaders of tomorrow.
These prestigious two-year fellowships worth $70,000 per year, are open to both Canadian and international researchers who have recently completed a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree.
For more information on how to apply or requirements of VIU as a host institution see the Banting web site. For questions specific to VIU please contact Liz Hammond-Kaarremaa, Director of Research Services.