November 16, 2017

Funding Opportunities

John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF)

The John R Evans Leaders Fund provides funding for research infrastructure, enabling researchers to conduct leading-edge research. The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) provides the UofA with a specific JELF allocation. The CFI will support a maximum of 40% of the eligible costs of a JELF project. Applicants will also request matching funding through the Alberta Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (EDT) Research Capacity Program – Small Equipment Grants Stream. More information about these programs is available in this presentation prepared by RSO.

In order to identify projects for submission to the CFI John R. Evans Leader Fund (JELF) program under the Combined Faculties Stream and the Emerging Priorities Stream, interested applicants are invited to submit a Request to Apply (RTA) for internal review.

How To Apply:

Interested applicants will be required to complete the Internal Request to Apply form.  Detailed instructions for this internal RTA process, as well as additional important documents to assist with the development of the RTA, can be accessed through the link above.  You must be logged in using your UofA CCID to access this link.

RSO’s submission deadline is January 3, 2018.  All RTAs will be reviewed and ranked internally by the Faculty of Nursing’s Research Review Committee prior to the RSO deadline.  Please complete the internal request to apply form (link above), save/print, and email it to

RTAs will be reviewed and ranked by the Faculty of Nursing Research Review Committee.  RTAs will be forwarded to RSO by the Research Portfolio on behalf of the researcher.

Internal Deadline: Friday, December 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Maternal Newborn Child & Youth Strategic Clinical Network™ (MNCY SCN™) 2018 Seed Grant Competition

Funding is being made available for up to TWO Seed Grants of up to $15,000 each to support research focused on innovative approaches to improve health outcomes in Alberta’s population. Projects must focus on one or more of the priority populations of the MNCY SCN:

  • Maternal
  • Infant
  • Fetal
  • Child
  • Neonatal
  • Youth
  • Newborn

Register Intention to Submit: November 30, 2017
Applications Due: January 8, 2018
Notice of Decision: February 28, 2018

For more information, click HERE.

Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF)

New! TLEF Seed Grants
Up to $6,000 in Seed Funding is available for instructors to explore and experiment with learning innovations​ ​in various settings such as classrooms, labs, or clinics​.

Deadline: January 15, 2018

TLEF Project Awards
Project Funding is available (fo​r 1 to 3 years) to support initiatives that will inspire, model and support excellence in teaching, and have a significant impact on teaching and learning at the University of Alberta. ​

Deadline: January 15, 2018

For more information, click HERE.

Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased to announce that the online application forms are now available for the upcoming Innovation Grants and Innovation to Impact Grants competitions. Please visit the Canadian Cancer Society research website for program and application information We anticipate a large volume of applications for these competitions. Please review program information carefully to ensure the work proposed fits the mandate of the program(s).

Innovation Grants:
These grants have been created to support unconventional (“high risk/high reward”) concepts, approaches or methodologies to address problems in cancer research. Budgets awarded may be up to $100,000 per year and a maximum of $200,000 per grant.

Please note the following:

  • The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased to announce a partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute for Cancer Research to jointly fund Innovation Grants.
  • A special call for breast cancer research is included in this competition as a result of the merger of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation with CCS.
  • There is funding available for a meritorious application focused on uterine cancer as a result of a generous donation.

It is anticipated that up to 30 grants will be awarded in this competition.

Abstract registration deadline: December 15, 2017
Full application deadline: March 29, 2018
(Note that an abstract registration must be submitted in order to submit a full application)

Innovation to Impact Grants:

These grants are intended to support the further development of significant findings based on the goals originally explored through a funded CCS Innovation Grant or eligible CBCF Grant. Note: Only investigators with a funded Innovation Grant OR CBCF grant with a project end date between January 1, 2015 and July 31, 2018 are eligible for this program.  All applications must include details of the significant achievements from the previous grant, specifics on how the proposed work is a logical progression that builds on the previous grant and the potential of the work to impact cancer.

Budgets awarded may be up to $150,000 per year for up to 3 years, to a maximum of $450,000 per grant.

As a result of the merger of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation with CCS, a special call for breast cancer research is included in this competition.

Note: an eligibility review will be conducted and only successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application.

It is anticipated that up to 11 grants will be awarded in this competition.

Abstract registration deadline: December 15, 2017
Full application deadline: March 29, 2018
(Note that an abstract registration must be submitted and deemed relevant to this funding opportunity in order to submit a full application)

Travel Awards:

These awards are intended to defray the travel costs associated with making a scientific presentation as a first author or presenter at a conference, symposium r other appropriate professional meeting. PhD or MD/PhD students, and post-doctoral/medical/clinical fellows are eligible to apply.

It is anticipated that up to 10 Travel Awards will be awarded in each competition (30 awards per year).

Full application deadline: January 15, 2018

Grant submissions
All applications must be submitted through the online application system (EGrAMS) by 5p.m. EST on the deadline date. Submissions will not be accepted beyond these times.

Prairieaction Foundation (PAF) Tri-Provincial Research Grants

PAF is committed to funding research that leads to community awareness related to issues of violence and abuse and is specifically interested in research that engages in solution focused outcomes, leading to better programs to keep our communities safer. Through our CARE Grants we have provided funds that have supported a variety of research projects that have led to solid outcomes in addressing violence and abuse. Please see our website address below for further information on CARE Grants or to apply.

Our newest initiative is the Tri-Provincial Research Grants which aims to fund research across all three prairie provinces. At this time, PAF is requesting one Tri-Provincial research project to be conducted in the specific area outlined below:

The Intersection between Criminal and Family Court and Children’s Involvement in the Process as it Relates to Intimate Partner Violence.

There has been considerable concern regarding children falling through the cracks when families are navigating both the family and criminal courts in matters of intimate or family violence. Navigating two courts is challenging for the families and children are almost always the ones to suffer when there is a delay in proceedings or a lack of information sharing. Children also have little involvement in the process. Prairieaction is calling for research to explore this issue using the below criteria:

  • Research must have a qualitative focus with emphasis on understanding the current literature in this area.
  • PAF is concerned with the impact of the criminal and family courts on children’s safety, protection, and well-being. Research must include:
    • An environmental scan of stakeholders connected to topic area.
    • How are children who have been exposed to IPV placed at the centre of planning and involved in the process?
    • The processes for including children in decision making and having their voices heard?
    • What recommendations, if any, that may emerge from the findings of the research.
  • Must ensure there is a partnership between an academic and/or university and community organizations that have experience/background on this issue.
  • Identify in-kind contributions and/or donations.
  • Increased reporting required to the Research Coordinator, CARE Grant Committee as the research progresses.
  • Funding up to $50,000.

Deadline: February 28, 2018

For more information, click HERE.


 Mitacs Elevate is now accepting applications for two-year postdoctoral funding:

  • $60,000 annual award (plus $7,500 per year non-cash value in training)
  • Exclusive, customized professional development training
  • Long-term collaborative research project with a non-academic partner


  • Intent to Apply and Conflict of Interest declaration: January 24, 2018
    • Intent to Apply is not required to submit an application
  • Pre-review of draft applications: February 7, 2018
  • Application: February 21, 2018
  • Results announced: June 2018
  • Projects must start by September 5, 2018

For questions or more information, please contact

AIHS Summer Studentships

The Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) Summer Studentship program provides funding to support students engaging in health sciences research during the summer months (May-August). The intent of the program is to encourage such students to consider careers in medical/health research.

As of January 2016, the Undergraduate Research Initiative administers the AIHS Summer Studentship program at the University of Alberta. Please contact URI for all inquiries related to the program. Please do not apply to Alberta Innovates directly.

Deadline: February 5, 2018

For more information, click HERE.