Funding Opportunities

The University of Alberta, one of Canada's most research-intensive universities, is proud of the vitality and quality of research and scholarship activities of its faculty and staff. The Research Services Office supports researchers by identifying potential research funding sources and by helping researchers to process and manage applications and awards.

Researchers are encouraged to contact their Faculty-assigned Research Facilitator for more information about funding opportunities.


Health Sciences

Natural Sciences and Engineering

Social Sciences and the Humanities


Health Sciences


Alberta Health Services (AHS)

Digestive Health Strategic Clinical Network (DH SCN) Scientific Office - 2017 Seed Grant Competition

Description:  This opportunity is aimed at improving digestive health care in Alberta in accordance with the Health Quality Council of Alberta's (HQCA) six dimensions of quality (appropriateness, acceptability, effectiveness, efficiency, safety, and accessibility). Funding available is $10,000 maximum per single award.

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Deadline: May 1, 2017 (Application)

Digestive Health Strategic Clinical Network (DH SCN) Scientific Office - 2017 Systematic Review Grant Competition

Description: This opportunity is aimed at improving digestive health care in Alberta in accordance with the Health Quality Council of Alberta's (HQCA) six dimensions of quality (appropriateness, acceptability, effectiveness, efficiency, safety, and accessibility). Topics must align with certain priority areas (endoscopic utilization, inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer screening, chronic liver disease, wait times or access for GI specialty services, Clostridium Difficile, celiac disease, nutrition).

Funding available is $10,000 maximum per single award. 

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Deadline: May 1, 2017 (Application)


Arthritis Society

Strategic Operating Grants (SOG)

Description:  For the SOG program, the Society will accept applications relevant to their strategic theme of improving our understanding of arthritis and finding the cure. Research under this theme will seek to improve our understanding of the causes of arthritis in order to develop new approaches to alleviate the pain, prevent and/or slow the progression of disease, restore joint function, and eventually cure those affected by arthritis.


Deadline: May 17, 2017 (LOI)

Support of Rheumatic Health Units

Description: This funding opportunity recognizes the critical role of the rheumatology divisions in improving the lives of those living with arthritis. Proposals must align with one of the following: increasing the number of rheumatologists, improved models of care or support of arthritis research.

Deadline: 
May 31, 2017 (Application)


Training Postdoctoral Fellowship

Description: The Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides support for highly qualified postdoctoral fellows toengage in research that is relevant to arthritis, under the supervision of an arthritis researcher who
qualifies as a Nominated Principal Applicant as defined by The Society. Applications are made by the
fellow under the close supervision of the proposed supervisor or by the proposed supervisor. The
training program must include actual involvement in conducting research. It is expected that the fellow
will be spending at least 75% of his/her time conducting research during the tenure of the award.
Fellows enrolled in programs oriented toward clinical training focused on research are eligible for these
awards.

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Deadline: May 15, 2017 (Application)


Training Graduate PhD Salary Award

Description: Salary awards are offered to graduate students who are undertaking full-time research training in an area of clear relevance to arthritis and The Arthritis Society's 5-year research strategic plan. Applications
are to be completed and submitted by the candidate under the close supervision of the supervisor. In
addition to courses in research methods, the training program developed for the candidate must include
actual involvement in research. Students enrolled in programs oriented toward clinical training with no
research thesis are NOT eligible for this award.



Deadline: May 15, 2017 (Application)

Young Investigator Operating (YIO) Grant

Description: The Young Investigator Operating (YIO) grant program is intended to promote creativity in all domains of arthritis-related research.

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Deadline: May 17, 2017 (LOI)


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Health Systems Strengthening: Ensuring Effective Health Supply Chains

Description: Seeks proposals that address challenges in effective health supply chains that are daring in premise, and clearly different from the approaches currently under investigation or employed. The solutions submitted to this topic could focus on an integrated health supply chain, or they could focus specifically on immunization and/or family planning supply chains and their respective programmatic goals.

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Deadline: May 3, 2017 (Application)


Innovations for Integrated Diagnostics Systems

Description: Optimize transportation networks, and leverage distribution capabilities from other local services to improve sample transport logistics, timelines, and cost. Adapt selective centralized laboratory instrument platforms and assays that improve ease of use or robustness in developing world settings. Seek novel ways to implement interconnected laboratory networks that will efficiently track patients, specimens and data to and from various types of settings, ensuring quality diagnostic services are provided and can inform treatment and care decisions.

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Deadline: May 3, 2017 (Application)


New Approaches for Improving Timeliness of Routine Immunizations in Low-Resource Settings

Description: Soliciting innovative ideas for improving timeliness of routine immunizations. Specifically seeking applications proposing innovative approaches that successfully improve timeliness while reducing missed opportunities for vaccination, respect gender and equity inequalities, and target hard to reach populations, such as nomadic or remote. Successful proposals will include details on the design and pilot testing of the approach in their application.

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Deadline: May 3, 2017 (Application)


Wearables and Technology for Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Behavior Change

Description: Seeks wearable and/or sensor technologies that will improve the health of mothers and newborns by 1) increasing uptake of healthy behaviors and/or 2) facilitating research on maternal and neonatal interventions in low-resource settings.

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Deadline: May 3, 2017 (Application)


Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN)

Conference Support Program

Description: CAN offers support for Alberta-based conferences related to neuroscience and mental health research, education, and translation, through the Conference Support Program.

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Contact: Campus Alberta Neuroscience at (403) 220-2422 or albertaneuro@ucalgary.ca

Deadline: Ongoing


Canada Council for the Arts

Killam Program

Description: The Killam Program at the Canada Council also includes the Killam Research Fellowships, which support scholars engaged in research projects of outstanding merit in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering and interdisciplinary studies within these fields.

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Contact: Luiza Pereira at luiza.pereira@canadacouncil.ca

Deadline: May 15, 2017 (Application); June 15, 2017 (Nomination)


Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (CCSRI)

Prevention Innovation Grants

Description: Supports 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).

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Deadline: May 1, 2017 (Abstract Registration); June 15, 2017 (Application)


Quality of Life Research Grants

Description: Intended to explore psychosocial, survivorship, symptom control, supportive care and end-of-life issues, research gaps, needs and opportunities, or models for survivorship care. The grants are meant to accelerate and focus the knowledge gained from scientific findings, in the short or long term, into outcomes that will result in the reduced burden or enhanced quality of life for cancer patients in Canada and elsewhere.

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Deadline: May 15, 2017 (LOI); November 1, 2017 (Application)


Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program

Description: Provides funding and support to help early career researchers build networks and essential skills to position them as leaders and agents of change within academia and beyond. Scholars' research interests must be aligned with the eligible programs: Successful Societies, Institutions, Organizations & Growth, Cosmology & Gravity, Learning in Machines & Brains, Bio-inspired Solar Energy, Quantum Materials, Genetic Networks, Child & Brain Development, Humans & the Microbiome, Molecular Architecture of Life, and Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness.

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Deadline: May 23, 2017 (Application)


Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Chair: CIHR-ICRH/H&S/HTC Chair in Hypertension Prevention and Control

Description: The CIHR Institute for Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH) in partnership with Heart and Stroke (H&S) and Hypertension support a Chair in Hypertension Prevention and Control. The mandate of the Chair is to optimize the generation and application of knowledge to focus on improving the awareness, prevention and control of hypertension. The successful candidate will be expected to achieve this by interaction and engagement with international partners, federal and provincial health care agencies, food industry, health care providers, the community at large, and others. The Chair will interact with and enhance current Canadian programs, identify gaps in hypertension prevention and control, and develop new policies, programs and interventions as necessary.

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Deadline: May 2, 2017 (Application)


Operating Grant: CIHR New Investigator Grants in Maternal, Reproductive, Child & Youth Health

Description: The program will fund research across the four pillars (biomedical, clinical, health systems services, and population health) that has the potential to have a significant impact on maternal, reproductive, child and youth health outcomes according to the mandates of the participating CIHR institutes. Ultimately, the program aims to strengthen Canada's capacity and knowledge to respond to challenges and needs by providing important early career development support to researchers in these fields.

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Deadline: April 18, 2017 (Registration); May 23, 2017 (Application)


Operating Grant: Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) – Guidelines and Systematic Reviews

Description: Canada's SPOR is about ensuring that the right patient receives the right intervention at the right time. The objective is to foster evidence-informed health care by bringing innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the point of care, so as to ensure greater quality, accountability, and accessibility of care. 

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Deadline: May 16, 2017 (Application)


Team Grant : European Research Projects of Neuroscience (2017)

Description:  The specific objective of this funding opportunity is to facilitate multinational, collaborative research projects that will address important questions regarding ethical, philosophical, legal and socio-cultural aspects related to neuroscientific research and recent advances.

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Deadline: May 3, 2017 (Application)


Team Grant - Human Immunology Initiative: Standardization Core

Description: The aim of the Standardization Core is to create common measurements, indicators and outcomes that can be used for comparative purposes across populations and studies, including identifying and addressing ethical issues. The successful applicant to the Standardization Core funding opportunity will constitute a best practices platform, and will be responsible for the development and validation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) in human immunology, applied to the field of autoimmune disease research, by aligning with work conducted at the international level.

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Deadline: June 6, 2017 (LOI); March 6, 2018 (Application)


Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Aging

Fellowship: Health System Impact (HSI) Fellowships

Description: The Health System Impact Fellowship provides highly-qualified individuals with a doctorate degree in health services and policy research, or related fields, a unique opportunity to apply their research and analytic talents to critical challenges in health system and related organizations outside of the traditional scholarly setting (e.g., public, private for-profit, not-for-profit, and Indigenous health organizations that are not universities or research-focused institutes), and to develop professional experience, new skills, and networks. Fellows will be exposed to how the health system and related organizations work, how decisions are made, and how research and analytic skills can contribute to an organization’s performance.

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Deadline: May 23, 2017 (Application)


Operating Grant : Active and Assisted Living Joint Program

Description: This funding opportunity lies within the scope of the International component of CIHR's eHealth Innovations Initiative (eHII). The Active and Assisted Living Programme (AAL) provides Canada with an established and successful mechanism to foster international collaborations and offers the opportunity to engage diverse communities in generating transformative eHealth solutions.

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Deadline: May 24, 2017 (Application)


Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR - IHSPR)

Barer-Flood Prize for Health Services and Policy Research

Description: Career achievement award that honours and recognizes an exceptional researcher in the area of health services and policy research who has created a seminal body of work that has had a substantial impact on health services and policy research, policy and/or care delivery.

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Contact: Jessica Nadigel at Jnadigel.ihspr@mcgill.ca

Deadline: May 1, 2017 (Application)


Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation (CanLyme)

Venture Grants

Description: CanLyme's Venture Grants program supports research on Lyme and associated tick-borne diseases. Researchers at Canadian institutions are invited to apply.

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Contact: Reuben Kaufman at rkaufman@ualberta.ca

Deadline: Ongoing


Cancer Care Ontario

Breast Imaging Data Collection Project – Request for Proposal (RFP)

Description: One of the objectives of this project is to develop a change management strategy that would be required to support the transition to and implementation of a data collection tool to support the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) and mammography Quality Management Program (QMP). A second objective is to provide a recommendation on whether Cancer Care Ontario should move to a data collection tool (including pros and cons, considerations, and risks) to support the OBSP and mammography QMP.

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Deadline: May 5, 2017 (Closing Bid Date)


CQDM : Enabling Drug Discovery

Quantum Leap

Description: This program funds SMEs to further develop platforms while positioning them advantageously for commercialization. CQDM has reserved a $1,000,000 envelop to pilot this new strategic initiative. The number of funded projects as well as the budget available for any individual one will depend on the proposed research project.

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Deadline: Ongoing


Drummond Foundation

Aging-related Research

Description:  This funding opportunity is aimed at clinical investigators who are interested in aging-related research and improving the quality of life of socially, mentally, or physically disadvantaged older adults and their families.


Deadline: May 15, 2017 (LOI), August 31, 2017 (Application)


The Economics & Environmental Policy Research Network

Research Funding

Description: The Economics and Environmental Policy Research Network (EEPRN), hosted by uOttawa’s Institute of the Environment in partnership with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and the Smart Prosperity Institute (SPI), works to fund and disseminate cutting edge research on economics and environmental policy priorities for Canada, from our network of over 100 academics across Canada, and internationally.The Economics and Environmental Policy Research Network (EEPRN) is seeking academic research projects in the following research areas:

  • Policies for a Low Carbon Economy;
  • Innovation & Competitiveness;
  • Conservation (including species at risk protection);
  • Data Set Development & Linkages


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Deadline: May 15, 2017


Genome Canada

Large Scale Applied Research Project (LSARP) Competition: Genomics and Precision Health

Description: Genome Canada is seeking proposals which focus on the application of genomics in a more evidence-based approach to decision making with regards to health care and public health. Maximum funds availabe is $5 Million in an individua project.

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Deadline: March 1, 2017 (Draft Registrations); March 16, 2017 (Registration); May 11, 2017 (Pre-application)


National Institutes of Health - Department of Health and Human Services

Innovation for HIV Vaccine Discovery (R01)

Description: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support high risk, high impact, early discovery research on vaccine approaches to prevent acquisition of or ongoing infection by HIV.


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Deadline: July 1, 2017 (Letter of Intent); August 1, 2017 (Application)



Weston Brain Institute

Canada: Rapid Response

Description: Seed funding (up to $200,000 per project for up to 18 months) to provide support for high-risk, high-reward projects that will impact neurodegenerative diseases of aging.

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Deadline: May 9, 2017 (Application - PD related diseases); July 5, 2017 (Application - AD related diseases)


Postdoctoral Scholars

Description: To encourage development of the next generation of leading Canadian neuroscientists by providing postdoctoral scholars with international training to accelerate their careers in translational research for neurodegenerative disease(s) of aging. Scholars should plan to build their careers in Canada upon completion of their postdoctoral position. Maximum funding available is £57,000 per year (£44,000 per year + benefits) for 2 years.

Website

Deadline: July 26, 2017 (Application)


Natural Sciences and Engineering


Canada Council for the Arts

Killam Program

Description: The Killam Program at the Canada Council also includes the Killam Research Fellowships, which support scholars engaged in research projects of outstanding merit in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering and interdisciplinary studies within these fields.

Website

Contact: Luiza Pereira at luiza.pereira@canadacouncil.ca

Deadline: May 15, 2017 (Application); June 15, 2017 (Nomination)


Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program

Description: Provides funding and support to help early career researchers build networks and essential skills to position them as leaders and agents of change within academia and beyond. Scholars' research interests must be aligned with the eligible programs: Successful Societies, Institutions, Organizations & Growth, Cosmology & Gravity, Learning in Machines & Brains, Bio-inspired Solar Energy, Quantum Materials, Genetic Networks, Child & Brain Development, Humans & the Microbiome, Molecular Architecture of Life, and Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness.

Website

Deadline: May 23, 2017 (Application)



The Economics & Environmental Policy Research Network

Research Funding

Description: The Economics and Environmental Policy Research Network (EEPRN), hosted by uOttawa’s Institute of the Environment in partnership with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and the Smart Prosperity Institute (SPI), works to fund and disseminate cutting edge research on economics and environmental policy priorities for Canada, from our network of over 100 academics across Canada, and internationally.The Economics and Environmental Policy Research Network (EEPRN) is seeking academic research projects in the following research areas:

  • Policies for a Low Carbon Economy;
  • Innovation & Competitiveness;
  • Conservation (including species at risk protection);
  • Data Set Development & Linkages

Website

Deadline: May 15, 2017



Mitacs

Globalink Research Award - Special Opportunity

Description: The Mitacs Globalink Research Award supports international research collaboration. Special research funding is available for graduate students with uncertain status in their current location, to conduct research at a Canadian university.

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Deadline: Ongoing


Globalink Research Internship

Description:  From May to September, top-ranked international undergraduates participate in a 12 week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines, from science, engineering and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences.

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Deadline: June 14, 2017 (Application for faculty)


Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Please refer to our NSERC page for funding related news, including information on upcoming deadlines.

Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program (CREATE)

Description:  The CREATE Program is designed to support training of teams of highly qualified students and post-doctoral fellows. Its aim is to improve the mentoring and training environment for the Canadian researchers of tomorrow by improving training in areas such as professional skills, communication and collaboration, as well as providing experience relevant to both academic and non-academic research environments.

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Deadline: May 1, 2017 (LOI)


Tecterra

Industry Investment Program

Description: Enables and supports small to medium size Alberta companies in the development and commercialization of innovative geospatial solutions for integrated resource management. Funding will focus on solutions for energy, forestry, agriculture, environment, land management and land development.

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Contact: Richard Gorecki at rgorecki@tecterra.com

Deadline: Ongoing


Social Sciences and the Humanities


AGE-WELL

Strategic Investment Program (SIP) Accelerator Funding

Description: Supports innovative post-discovery projects focused on the commercialization and/or knowledge mobilization of solutions (e.g. technologies, services or policies) aligned with AGE-WELL’s mission and vision.

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Contact: Jeanie Zabukovec at Jeanie@agewell-nce.ca

Deadline: April 28, 2017 (Application)


Canada Council for the Arts

Killam Program

Description: The Killam Program at the Canada Council also includes the Killam Research Fellowships, which support scholars engaged in research projects of outstanding merit in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering and interdisciplinary studies within these fields.

Website

Contact: Luiza Pereira at luiza.pereira@canadacouncil.ca

Deadline: May 15, 2017 (Application); June 15, 2017 (Nomination)


Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program

Description: Provides funding and support to help early career researchers build networks and essential skills to position them as leaders and agents of change within academia and beyond. Scholars' research interests must be aligned with the eligible programs: Successful Societies, Institutions, Organizations & Growth, Cosmology & Gravity, Learning in Machines & Brains, Bio-inspired Solar Energy, Quantum Materials, Genetic Networks, Child & Brain Development, Humans & the Microbiome, Molecular Architecture of Life, and Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness.

Website

Deadline: May 23, 2017 (Application)


Data Transparency Lab (DTL)

Grants Program

Description: The call for proposals wants to focus in the areas of detection of algorithmic bias and discrimination as well as in the exposure of location and other IoT-related privacy threats. The grants are aimed towards supporting fully or partly the work of a Principal Investigator (PI) and at least one PhD student or post-doc for approximately a year. All the applicants need to clearly describe what their software tool can do, who can benefit from it, what is the novelty and technical excellence of the proposal and justify their expertise in that area.

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Deadline: May 10, 2017 (Proposal)



The Economics & Environmental Policy Research Network

Research Funding

Description: The Economics and Environmental Policy Research Network (EEPRN), hosted by uOttawa’s Institute of the Environment in partnership with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and the Smart Prosperity Institute (SPI), works to fund and disseminate cutting edge research on economics and environmental policy priorities for Canada, from our network of over 100 academics across Canada, and internationally.The Economics and Environmental Policy Research Network (EEPRN) is seeking academic research projects in the following research areas:

  • Policies for a Low Carbon Economy;
  • Innovation & Competitiveness;
  • Conservation (including species at risk protection);
  • Data Set Development & Linkages

Website

Deadline: May 15, 2017




Gerda Henkel Stiftung

Special Programme Islam, The Modern Nation State and Transnational Movements

Description: Aimed at researchers who, with an eye to current developments, are examining the emergence of political movements in the Islamic world at the national and/or transnational level. Historical studies are encouraged and supported, together with projects in the areas of religious, cultural or political science.

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Contact: Thomas Podranski at podranski@gerda-henkel-stiftung.de

Deadline: May 24, 2017 (Application)


IDRC Doctoral Research Awards

Agriculture and Environment, Inclusive Economies, Technology and Innovation

Description: Aimed at graduate students who have finished at least some of their coursework and will be undertaking thesis research in the field of international development since 1982. Please see the evaluation criteria for areas of focus.

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Contact: awards@idrc.ca

Deadline: May 31, 2017 by 4:00 PM (EDT)




Manitoba Gambling Research Program

Conference Grant

Description: Assist researchers to enhance their capabilities within the gambling research field, become up-to-date with recent advances in the gambling field, provide the opportunity to meet and interact with other researchers in the field, and provide the opportunity to present research to peers.

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Deadline: Ongoing


Small Grant

Description: Enhance understanding of topics within the Manitoba Gambling Research Program’s research priorities, and increase Manitoba-based gambling research. Support the development of existing and new researchers in the field of responsible gambling and problem gambling research, and build research capacity in Manitoba universities. Support gambling research projects that have practical application, and disseminate information and share expertise on gambling research.

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Deadline: July 26, 2017 (Cycle 2 Proposal); October 11, 2017 (Cycle 3 Proposal)


Studentship

Description: Provide financial support to students who undertake gambling research as a part of their undergraduate honours thesis or graduate studies programs in Manitoba. Build research capacity in the province of Manitoba in the gambling field and support the development of quality gambling research in Manitoba.

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Deadline: October 18, 2017 (Cycle 2 Application)

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