External Funders, Awards, and Deadlines

Submission Information

The research grant opportunities and deadlines included below are from a selection of national and provincial agencies. Researchers are encouraged to contact the Manager of Research Services (MRS) to discuss these and other granting opportunities that may be of interest.  Communications on upcoming grant deadlines are circulated frequently via email.

The BU Internal Deadline to receive completed applications, contracts, letters of intent, etc. is NO LESS THAN TWO WEEKS prior to the external deadline.  This deadline is firm.  Larger partnership-based, institutional, and award applications normally have earlier deadlines, please check with the MRS to confirm dates.  The complete external submission requirements can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact Kerry Murkin, Manager of Research Services, at 727-7445 or via email at murkink@brandonu.ca.

Grant Application Deadlines 2018-2019

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is the federal agency that makes strategic investments in Canadian science and technology. NSERC supports basic university research, university-industry partnerships, and advanced training of highly qualified people.

NSERC Programs Internal Deadline External Deadline
PromoScience August 31 September 15
Discovery Grant Notification of Intent (NOI) to Apply n/a August 1
Discovery Grant October 18 November 1
Research Tools and Instruments (including Subatomic Physics Category 1) October 11 October 25
Engage Grant Two weeks prior to submission to NSERC No deadline
Connect Grant Two weeks prior to submission to NSERC No deadline
Strategic Partnership Grant – Projects March 18 April 1
Strategic Partnership Grant – Networks March 18 April 1
Collaborative Research and Development Grant Two weeks prior to submission to NSERC No deadline
Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Grant Letter of Intent (LOI) – April 1 May 1

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is a federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the social sciences and humanities.

SSHRC Programs Internal Deadline External Deadline
Insight Development Grant January 21 February 2
Insight Grant October 1 October 15
Partnership Engage Grant September 1, December 1, March 1, and June 1 September 15, December 15, March 15, and June 15
Partnership Development Grant November 16 November 30
Partnership Grant Letter of Intent (LOI) Letter of Intent (LOI) – February 1 February 15
Partnership Grant Application TBA TBA
Connection Grant January 18, April 17, July 18, October 18
February 1, May 1, August 1,  November 1 respectively

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the federal agency responsible for funding health research in Canada. It aims to excel in the creation of new health knowledge, and to translate that knowledge from the research setting into real world applications.

CIHR Programs Internal Deadline External Deadline
Foundation Grant
     1. Registration n/a August 15
     2. Application Stage 1 September 5 September 19
     3. Application Stage 2 January 23 February 6
Project Grant
     1. Registration n/a August 15 & February 6
     2. Application August 29 & February 20 September 12 & March 6 respectively

Government of Manitoba and Other Manitoba Grant Programs

Government of Manitoba and Other Manitoba Grant Programs Internal Deadline External Deadline
Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage:  Heritage Grants Program January 17 & May 18 January 31 & June 1 respectively
Manitoba Arts Council Various Various
Research Manitoba:  Various – see right hand column on website for opportunity listings Various Various
Research Manitoba:  Health Research New Investigator Operating Grant February  15 March 1

Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national, arm’s-length arts funding agency. It supports, promotes and celebrates Canadian artists and art organizations.  Please visit their website to learn more about their funding opportunities.