External Funding

Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation

We support alcohol studies conducted by promising, new investigators at academic and scientific institutions in Canada and the United States; we conduct grant funding reviews by distinguished Advisory Council members; we promote scientific exchange of ideas by convening and supporting conferences, symposia and workshops; and we disseminate new knowledge through communication activities.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

We promote academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany.
  • Our research fellowships and research awards allow you to come to Germany to work on a research project you have chosen yourself together with a host and collaborative partner.
  • If you are a scientist or scholar from Germany you can profit from our support and carry out a research project abroad as a guest of one of more than 27,000 Humboldt Foundation alumni worldwide - the Humboldtians.
  • As an intermediary organisation for German foreign cultural and educational policy we promote international cultural dialogue and academic exchange.
  • Deadline: Varies
  • For more information see Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The foundation awards the majority of its grants to U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations and other tax-exempt organizations identified by our staff.

Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation NARSAD Grants

NARSAD Grant is one of the highest distinctions in the field of mental health research. Many investigators go on to receive larger federal and private grants based on their NARSAD Grant projects. Grant application submissions are reviewed by our Scientific Council which is made up of 165 world-renowned scientists. Led by Dr. Herbert Pardes, the Council reviews and selects the most promising research ideas with the greatest potential to lead to breakthroughs. NARSAD Grants support a broad range of the best ideas in brain research. Funding is focused on three priority areas to better understand and treat mental illness, aiming toward prevention and ultimately cures.

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation

CMHC provides grants and sponsors partnerships as a way of encouraging research and initiatives that lead to solutions to the housing needs of Canadians.

Canadian Cancer Society

Innovation Grants have been created to support innovative, creative problem solving in cancer research. As competition for grant funding increases, peer review panels become more conservative and risk averse, emphasizing feasibility more than innovation. The goal of this CCSRI grant program is to support unconventional concepts, approaches or methodologies to address problems in cancer research. Innovation projects will include elements of creativity, curiosity, investigation, exploration and opportunity. Successful projects may be based on “high risk” ideas, but will have the potential for “high reward” (i.e. to significantly impact our understanding of cancer and generate new approaches to combat the disease by introducing novel ideas into use or practice).

It is hoped that this grant program will accelerate the introduction of innovation into the entire cancer research system and contribute to the scientific idea pipeline. Significant findings from investigators funded by Innovation Grants may be developed further through CCSRI "Innovation to Impact" Grants or operating grants offered by other agencies.

Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research

CANFAR awards grants to Canadian researchers at educational, hospital and health facilities, research institutes, and established community service organizations. Grants are awarded in the clinical, biological, and social sciences related to: fundamental and applied research; education and prevention; psycho-social; community research; and treatment and care.

Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

CFHI plays a unique, pan-Canadian role in supporting healthcare delivery innovation. By supporting organizations across Canada to lead, implement and spread evidence-informed, patient-centred solutions, we accelerate improvements in health and care. We can help you implement the change you need – using appropriate evidence, engaging providers, patients and families, and evaluating and measuring performance – to address your organization’s pressing challenges.

Collaborative Applied Research in Economics

The Department of Economics, Memorial University of Newfoundland has developed a research initiative to address economic issues pertaining to Newfoundland and Labrador and Atlantic Canada. This initiative is known as the Collaborative Applied Research in Economics (CARE).

EarthWatch Institute

Earthwatch provides citizen scientist and financial support to research projects addressing urgent global needs all over the world. We support scientists who seek to inform solutions to environmental and cultural challenges and who are passionate about engaging people in their research.

Ford Foundation

We are always open to new ideas, and we invite you to submit yours through our short online form. We’ll review each one and be in touch within 45 days if we are interested in learning more. Before submitting your idea, we suggest you familiarize yourself with our seven program areas focused on challenging inequality.

Fulbright US Scholar Program

The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends approximately 800 American scholars and professionals per year to approximately 130 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program has a series of new innovative opportunities to meet the changing needs of a diverse academic community in the United States.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world.

The foundation awards research grants to individuals (or a few principal investigators at most) for individual projects and does not award grants to institutions for institutional programs. Individuals who receive research grants may be subject to taxation on the funds awarded.

Most awards fall within the range of $15,000 to $40,000/year, with a project duration of 1-2 years.

Health Canada

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.

The federal government's Visiting Fellowships Program provides financial support for scientists so that they can work with Canadian government laboratories and research institutions, including those at Health Canada. This program allows developing scientists to work with experienced Health Canada scientists and researchers in a variety of science fields.

Health Canada is working with partners to support a Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Treatment and Care Research. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support an investigator (with less than seven years of independent research experience) bringing new innovative approaches, including translational research, to the treatment and/or care of autism spectrum disorders. Research will be relevant to the following areas: improvement of treatment and/or care for ASD; and/or approaches for the translation of research evidence into better treatment and/or care for ASD.

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

IDRC funds developing-country researchers, institutions, and Canadian researchers through our grants, fellowships, and awards.

Throughout the year, IDRC programs issue competitive calls for concept notes and proposals for research funding. We look for innovative proposals with the potential to be scaled up to improve more lives in developing countries.

Manning Innovation Award

Since 1982, The Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation has been creating a culture of innovation in Canada by discovering, celebrating and rewarding Canadian innovators of all ages. We tell the stories of Canadian innovators who are improving the lives of Canadians and others around the world through their commercialized innovations.

Nominees may be eligible for one of four Awards, from the $100 000 Principal Award to the $10 000 Innovation Award. Young Canadians participating in the Canada-Wide Science Fair may be eligible for one of eight Young Canadian Awards and one of four Young Canadian Innovator Awards.

Ministry of Research and Innovation

The Early Researcher Awards program gives funding to new researchers working at publicly funded Ontario research institutions to build a research team.

National Geographic Young Explorers Grant

NIH offers funding for many types of grants, contracts, and even programs that help repay loans for researchers. Learn about these programs, as well as about NIH's budget process, grant funding strategies, and policies, and more.

National Institutes of Health

NIH offers funding for many types of grants, contracts, and even programs that help repay loans for researchers. Learn about these programs, as well as about NIH's budget process, grant funding strategies, and policies, and more.

National Science Foundation (USA)

The National Science Foundation funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering. It does this through grants, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations throughout the United States. The Foundation accounts for about one-fourth of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.

NSF receives approximately 40,000 proposals each year for research, education and training projects, of which approximately 11,000 are funded. In addition, the Foundation receives several thousand applications for graduate and postdoctoral fellowships.

The agency operates no laboratories itself but does support National Research Centers, user facilities, certain oceanographic vessels and Antarctic research stations. The Foundation also supports cooperative research between universities and industry, US participation in international scientific and engineering efforts, and educational activities at every academic level.

Networks of Centres of Excellence – Knowledge Translation Initiative

The NCE-IKTP is an initiative under the NCE suite of programs. The goal of the NCE-IKTP initiative is to support international collaborations between networks, centres, consortia and their partners to accelerate knowledge translation in areas of mutual strategic interest. Note that collaborations are expected to be beyond the individual (i.e. researcher-to-researcher) level.

Prostate Cancer Canada Literature Review Special Call

Prostate Cancer Canada invites applications for a literature review of the research into the role of modifiable risk factors in prostate cancer prevention. The systematic review should examine what is known about prostate cancer prevention (including research into diet, supplements and physical activity), what gaps exist in the research, and the level of evidence which exists for various modifiable risk factors in prostate cancer prevention. The current competition aims to identify and review existing research in order to provide PCC with a synthesized report of key themes, research outcomes and intervention priorities to inform prevention education and future prevention research.

Rockefeller Foundation – The Bellagio Center Residency Program

The academic writing residency is for university and think-tank based academics, researchers, professors and scientists working in any discipline. Successful applicants will demonstrate decades of significant professional contributions to their field or show evidence of being on a strong upward trajectory for those earlier in their careers.

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute

There are various funding programs and opportunities available to both Canadian and Indian scholars. There are opportunities for students, faculty, universities, organizations, provincial-territorial governments.

Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Projects must promote international understanding, exchange, and cooperation, and must accord with program policy of SPF and program guidelines of SPF special funds.

Spencer Foundation

We believe that cultivating knowledge and new ideas about education will ultimately improve students’ lives and enrich society . The Foundation pursues its mission by awarding research grants and fellowships and by strengthening the connections among education research, policy and practice through its communications and networking activities.

The Rolex Award for Enterprise

The Rolex Awards for Enterprise support pioneering work in five areas: applied technology, cultural heritage, environment, exploration and discovery, and science and health. Projects are assessed on their originality, potential for impact, feasibility, and, above all, on the candidates own spirit of enterprise.
  • Deadline: Varies (Sign on to the newsletter to receive notification of the opening of new applications.)
  • For more information see The Rolex Award for Enterprise.

Wenner-Gren Foundation

The Wenner-Gren Foundation has three major goals: to support significant and innovative anthropological research into humanity's biological and cultural origins, development, and variation; to foster the international community of research scholars in anthropology; and to provide leadership at the forefronts of the discipline.

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

We're committed to providing exceptional programs and services to Ontario’s workers and employers. The objective of the WSIB Grants Program is to enhance workers’ compensation system outcomes by supporting innovative proposals that are aligned to the WSIB's strategic mandate. The program will accomplish this through highly practical, expert research studies and training initiatives delivered by professional individuals and organizations that address current and emerging challenges, and strengthen Ontario's workers' compensation system now and in the future.