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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Funding Opportunities Bulletin - April 2023


In this issue:


New announcements

  1. Ontario Tech University – 2023 Research Excellence Awards: Call for Nominations now open. Nominations due on May 12, 2023.
  2. Ontario Tech University – 2023 Research Excellence Chairs: call for applications is now open. Applications are due on May 12, 2023.
  3. Update from the NSERC-SSHRC Awards Administration Team regarding the extension request process for grants requiring an extension due to pandemic delays.
  4. Launch – Global Health and Wellness – Imagining Canada’s Future Ideas Lab: SSHRC, in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada and Genome Canada, has launched the ICF Ideas Lab: Global Health and Wellness for the 21st Century, a novel, two-year pilot funding opportunity designed to encourage innovative research partnerships and projects. The deadline for Expressions of Interest for the workshop is May 25, 2023.
  5. CIHR – Mock Review Toolkit: The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is pleased to announce the launch of the Mock Review Toolkit. The Toolkit is designed to allow individuals to familiarize themselves with CIHR’s peer review process by simulating the Project Grant competition. Using the Toolkit as a resource, users will be able plan, organize and run mock peer review sessions, from a light round table to a full mock review panel.
  6. ORS is hosting an Introductory Implementation Science Workshop – Wednesday June 21, 2023 @ 10:30am join via Google Meet:


  1. NSERC announces cooperation with the Swiss National Science Foundation – Complementary NSERC and SNSF funding opportunities will allow Canadian and Swiss researchers to access support for joint research projects. 
  2. City Studio Durham  has projects for faculty and students, including projects on workplace modernization, carbon capture, building resilience for displaced residents and others.
  3. Revisions made to CIHR Application  Administration Guide to bring clarity on policy 3.6 regarding compensation for co-applicants and trainees.
  4. New National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships to protect Canadian Science and Research
  5. Research Data Management – Communication re: Tri-Agency Updates

Funding Opportunities

Grants Officers will provide administrative review of grant applications to ensure completeness with agency guidelines and assist with institutional signatures. Please notify your Grants Officer as soon as possible of your intent to apply to any opportunity and submit your application for administrative review a minimum of five business days before the agency deadline.


Note: We have provided some additional details on some opportunities in the Word document version of this bulletin. Click on “ORS information and deadlines” to link to these details within the Funding Bulletin document.

New this month


Internal Deadline

First Agency Deadline

NSERC-SSHRC Sustainable agriculture research initiativeORS Information and Deadlines


Full application internal deadline: October 4, 2023

Preparatory Funding Requests:  May 1, 2023

Full application:  November 8, 2023

Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation – Request for Proposals

May 9, 2023

LOI: May 10, 2023

Imagining Canada’s Future Ideas Lab: Global Health and Wellness for the 21st Century - Stage 1: Hybrid Workshop

  • Please notify your grants officer if you are interested in participating in the hybrid workshop


Hybrid workshop deadline:  May 25, 2023

CIHR – Operating Grant: Mechanisms in Brain Aging and Dementia (Factors and Mechanisms that Impact Cognitive Health in Aging)

July 5, 2023

Registration:  June 13, 2023

Application:  July 12, 2023


Current Funding Opportunities


Internal Deadline

First Agency Deadline

The Spencer Foundation – Research Grants on Education: Large: supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets ranging from $125,000 to $500,000 for projects ranging from one to five years.

April 21, 2023

April 27, 2023 (LOI)

New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) 2023 International Joint Initiative for Research in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation CompetitionORS information and deadlines

May 1, 2023

May 2, 2023 (NOI)

SSHRC – Connection Grant

April 25, 2023

May 1, 2023

Ontario Hydrogen Innovation Fund

April 24, 2023

May 5, 2023

SSHRC - Reconciliation Network in Response to Call to Action 65

May 1, 2023

May 15, 2023

The Spencer Foundation – Racial Equity Research Grants:  supports education research projects that will contribute to understanding and ameliorating racial inequality in education. 

May 10, 2023

May 16, 2023 (LOI)

CIHR – Operating Grant: Brain Health and Reduction of Risk for Age-related Cognitive Impairment - Knowledge Synthesis and Mobilization Grants

June 15, 2023

Registration: May 25, 2023

Application due: June 22, 2023

SSHRC – Partnership Engage Grant

June 5, 2023

June 15, 2023

The National Killam Program – The Dorothy Killam Fellowship

Please notify your Grants Officer as soon as possible if you are interested in applying. Letters of Support are required and will need to be requested in advance of the May 19th internal deadline.

May 19, 2023

June 16, 2023

SSHRC – Connection Grant

July 25, 2023

August 1, 2023


Ongoing Opportunities – No Deadline

Notify ORS of your intention to apply a minimum of 2-3 weeks before you intend to submit your proposal.     


City Studio Durham: matching students with real-world projects

Teaching City Oshawa: addressing Oshawa’s urban issues through research and innovation

NSERC Alliance

Mitacs -  Most MITACS Applications have resumed as normal.

Cisco Research – Research Grants

  • Quantum Computing and Networking
  • Tech for Healthcare
  • Edge Computing
  • Future of Work

Canada Space Agency - Programs

  • Flights and Fieldwork for the Advancement of Science and Technology (FAST)
  • Space Data Utilization
  • Space Exploration
  • Research and Development
  • International opportunities

Government of Canada Department of National Defence (DND)

Ontario Centre for Innovation (OCI)

To drive commercialization of intellectual property

Gates Foundation Global Grand Challenges Grants

RBC: Youth Mental Well-being Grants

Honda Canada Foundation Grants - ORS Information and Deadlines

IC-IMPACTS: Innovative Technology Demonstration Projects

Government of Canada Multi-sectoral Partnerships to Promote Health Living and Prevent Chronic Disease

SOSCIP Collaborative R&D projects for academia and industry partners

Max Bell Foundation: Project and Development Grants

  • Environment
  • Health and Wellness
  • Education
  • Improving indigenous health
  • Impact of Tech on society


Please see Funding Bulletin attachment  for more information.