Grants & Fellowship



To see the details of each opportunity, click on each title. For further information on funding calls, please contact Reagan Brown at
Below you will find grants and fellowships listed under New Funding Opportunities, Grants and Fellowships, and Rolling Deadlines.
Downlaod the Updated ORS checklist 2017-2018 here

Funding opportunities

Call for Proposals for Indigeneity in Teaching and Learning Fund 2018-19

“Higher education offers great potential for reconciliation and a renewed relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.  Universities benefit from the presence of Indigenous students and their culture, making our campuses more open places with wider sources of discovery and knowledge.” (Universities Canada Principles on Indigenous Education, 2015)

The Office of the Vice Provost Academic invites applications from York community members that incorporate Indigenous knowledge and perspectives in York’s teaching and learning.     

Projects must address one of the following thematic areas:

  • Exploration and/or establishment of new ways of supporting Indigenous faculty, undergraduate and/or graduate students
  • Incorporation of Indigenous knowledge and perspectives in academic programming and curricular offerings for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students
  • Enhancement of a more inclusive campus environment that values the plurality of Indigenous knowledge and scholarship

Please note that funding is limited, and the University may not be able to support all projects.  Priority will be given to projects that strengthen relationships between York and Indigenous communities (including Indigenous peoples in the Greater Toronto Area) and/or projects from new applicants. Requests that exceed $2000.00 must demonstrate commitments from additional sources.

Those interested in submitting a brief project proposal should consider logistical feasibility (e.g. timing, availability of space/additional resources) and are encouraged to consult their relevant administrative unit prior to proposal submission.

Proposals (1 –2 pages) should include the following:

  • Project lead, title and affiliation (e.g. Faculty/Program, Research Centre)
  • Contact information –email and telephone
  • Project title
  • Project description to include target audience (including number of faculty/students reached) and timeline. Project description and timeline should not exceed 500 words.  Projects must be completed by June 2019.
  • Project budget (including clear indication of amount of funding requested and funding requested and/or available from other sources)

Proposals should be submitted by November 16, 2018.  Funding decisions will be made by November 30, 2018. After that proposals will be accepted on an on-going basis contingent on remaining funds and ability to complete the project by June 2019.

Please email questions and proposals to Lorna Schwartzentruber, Associate Director Access Programs and Community Engagement (Office of the Vice Provost Academic). at or x44576.

CIHR – Indigenous Gender and Wellness: Idea Fair and Learning Circle

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is inviting Indigenous individuals and allies with big ideas about gender and wellness to apply for funding to attend an Indigenous Gender and Wellness: Idea Fair and Learning Circle on the topic of Indigenous gender and wellness.  


To support Indigenous presence and participation in an Idea Fair and Learning Circle regarding Indigenous Gender and Wellness.  This is the first step in a larger initiative to support development and implementation of community-led projects. Team projects developed at the workshop will be eligible to apply for future funding.  Please note:  Only those who participate in the Idea Fair and Learning Circle will be eligible to apply for future funding within this initiative.


Travel awards valued at up to $5,000 are available to cover the costs of attending the Idea Fair and Learning Circle on the topic of Indigenous gender and wellnessAwards in excess of $5,000 may be considered if there is adequate justification for the travel expenses (e.g., travel from remote areas).

Duration & Location of the Event

The Idea Fair and Learning Circle will take place over two and a half days, between June 18-20, 2019 in Montreal, located on traditional territory of the Kanien’kaha:ka (Mohawk) which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations.


Submission to ORS – October 25, 2018
Submission to agency – November 8, 2018
  ** Please note that applications to this competition are not submitted through the ResearchNet portal.  Instead the Travel Award application form, support or recommendation letter and proof of age must be submitted to with the subject line “Indigenous Gender and Wellness Travel Award”.

For Further Information

For more information on this funding opportunity and how to apply, please visit the following web page:

Should you have further queries regarding this funding initiative please contact:

International Call for Artificial Intelligence & Society Workshop Proposals

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), in partnership with France’s Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), recently announced a Call to submit proposals for workshops on the social, ethical, economic, and legal dimensions of artificial intelligence.  A summary is provided below.


To support short-term collaboration between international, interdisciplinary groups, culminating in a publication targeted to non-academic sectors, such as policymakers or NGOs.  Proposals are welcome on any aspect of the intersection of AI and society; however, proposals exploring AI through the following themes are encouraged: 

1)      Working in AI Environments

2)      International Governance of AI

3)      Safety and Privacy of AI

4)      Human Enhancements


Up to $80K




Submission of application to ORS – September 28, 2018

Submission of application agency – October 15, 2018

For more information on this funding opportunity and how to apply, please visit the following link:

JP Bickell Foundation – Medical Research Program

The J. P. Bickell Foundation is inviting applications to its Medical Research Program. A summary is provided below. 


To assist biomedical scientists of various departments and faculties in Ontario universities, hospitals and scientific institutions concerned with medical research.  These grants may be distributed among medical research institutions and universities in Ontario.

Note:  Only one application is accepted from each university. Therefore, York researchers are requested to submit one (1) electronic copy of the application directly to Mala Thakoor ( by 9:00am on Monday, October 8, 2018.  The granting agency’s deadline is November 1st.  Potential applicants are required to submit early to allow ORS to coordinate a peer review process if necessary.


Up to $65,000 


Not stated


ORS deadline for internal adjudication – by 9:00am on Monday, October 8, 2018

Agency deadline – November 1, 2018

To obtain a copy of the guidelines and application form, please contact ORS at ext. 55055 (

CMHC-SSHRC Joint Initiative: Collaborative Housing Research Network

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) in partnership with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), recently launched a new joint initiative aimed at funding research related to housing in order to set the stage for the creation of a Collaborative Housing Research Network.  A summary is provided below. 


To create the Collaborative Housing Research Network (CHRN) which will be an independent, Canada-wide collaboration of academics and community partners focused on holistic research housing conditions, needs and outcomes in the following thematic priority areas of the National Housing Strategy (NHS).


    Partnership Development Grant – $80K

    Partnership Grant – To be announced 


    Partnership Development Grant – 1 year

    Partnership Grant – To be announced


    Submission of Partnership Development Grant application to ORS for full review– November 1, 2018

    Submission of Partnership Development Grant application to agency – November 15, 2018

    Submission of Partnership Grant application to ORS for full review – 10 working days before the agency deadline

    Submission of Partnership Grant application to agency (by invitation only) – TBA 

    Click here for more information about the grant:

    Michael J. Fox Foundation and Weston Brain Institute – Computational Science Fellowship

    The Michael J. Fox Foundation and Weston Brain Institute recently announced a new opportunity: Computational Science Fellowship program.  A summary is provided below. 


    To support research that will apply sophisticated computational approaches and expertise to advance therapeutic development for neurodegenerative diseases of aging.

    Project must support development of a therapeutic and/or tool to accelerate therapeutic development, e.g.,

    • Computer modeling to uncover new biomarkers, or select therapeutic candidates
    • Use of longitudinal, multi-modal open data to identify or validate disease progression models or factors that influence complex clinical outcomes (e.g., rates and disease subtypes). 


    This program is open to Toronto and Montreal-based researchers that hold a position at or above the level of Assistant Professor. Canadian-based researchers working outside these geographic locations should contact the Institute before applying.  Preferred backgrounds include:

    • Ph.D. in computational modeling, statistics, computer science, biostatistics, data science, bioinformatics, computational biology or related area
    • Demonstrated fluency in programming languages (R, Python, Matlab, SAS, etc). 

    Important Information Webinar

    September 14, 2018 (12:00 -1:00pm EDT) – for more details and to register, please visit the following link:




    18 months


    Submission to ORS – September 21, 2018

    Submission to agency– October 8, 2018 

    For complete details on this opportunity and application process, please consult the following link:

    Artificial Intelligence Industry Partnership Fund

    Innovation York and NRC-IRAP are delighted to announce the 2nd call of a terrific funding program to support Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Machine Learning collaborative research projects for industry and York University researchers.  This funding program is open to all Canadian SMEs that have been in business for at least a year, with up to 500 employees, who are capable of exploiting the results of the research.  It is an excellent opportunity for companies to explore the feasibility of employing AI/ML in their business – don’t be shy!  Researchers – if you have used up your NSERC Engage, this is a terrific way to initiate a new partnership, or continue the support you are giving to your industry partners.

    Here are the details:

    Artificial Intelligence Industry Partnership Fund – funded by NRC-IRAP, offered in collaboration with York University.

    Applicants: Canadian SMEs, who are, or will be, partnered with YorkU faculty members

    For those requiring assistance finding a partner, please contact Cheryl Giblon, Industry Engagement Manager,

    Application Deadline: September 27, 2018, 4:00 pm Eastern Time

    Funding Amount: Up to $10,000 in cash per selected research project (no funding to industry partners).

    Project Length: 2 to 4 months

    Use of Funds: To execute industry-driven research projects in Artificial Intelligence / Deep Learning / Machine Learning in support of industry-academia partnerships. The funds can be used toward student stipend and project materials.  Travel, living expenses and seminar costs are ineligible.

    Click here to know more:

    Sidewalk Toronto Small Grants Program

    Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs in partnership with the Toronto Foundation recently launched an opportunity for small research grants to support and enrich the creation of their Master Innovation Plan (MIDP) for Sidewalk Toronto.  Sidewalk Toronto is a project by Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs to create a plan for a new kind of neighbourhood on Toronto’s waterfront.  A summary is provided below. 


    • To provide funding for both student/research assistant stipends and research expenses. 

    There are 24 research topics ranging from exploring emerging technologies for aging-at-home to housing innovation models.  For more information on the research topics, please visit the following link:


    Up to $15K 


    Final deliverables will be tendered to Sidewalk Toronto no later than November 16, 2018 and each researcher will be asked to devote the time necessary to meet this deadline.


    Application due at ORS – August 22, 2018

    Application due at agency – August 24, 2018 no later than 5:00pm Eastern Daylight Time 

    For further information on this opportunity, eligibility and how to apply, please visit the following website:

    Programme d’appui aux relations canadiennes (PARC) – volet  Dialogue citoyen

     Date limite du 16 septembre 2018.

    Objectifs :

    Le Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes (SQRC) sollicite les types de projets Dialogue citoyen suivants :

    • mise en place ou renforcement de structures ou de réseaux pancanadiens de collaboration et d’échanges;
    • organisation d’activités (forums, conférences, activités de débats, ateliers, etc.) pour stimuler la réflexion sur le vivre-ensemble dans le Canada d’aujourd’hui et de demain.

    Montant maximal : 75 000 $

    Durée du projet : 12 mois maximum

    Critères d’évaluation pour le volet 2 Dialogue citoyen :

    • la pertinence du projet, révélée par :
    • l’adéquation entre les objectifs du projet et ceux du Programme;
    • la conformité du projet avec les thèmes identifiés;
    • l’importance du contexte et des enjeux justifiant l’intérêt du projet.
    • l’aspect structurant 5 et l’originalité 6, révélés par :
    • le caractère novateur du projet;
    • la visibilité et le rayonnement du projet;
    • la qualité de la participation (nombre de participants, diversité de la provenance des participants);
    • la qualité de la coparticipation des organismes du Québec et d’ailleurs au Canada;
    • la diversité et la pertinence du partenariat ou de la collaboration;
    • l’incidence positive sur le développement de liens entre des organismes du Québec et d’ailleurs au Canada (émergence de nouveaux partenariats ou collaborations);
    • la complémentarité de l’expertise des équipes québécoises et de celles d’ailleurs au Canada;
    • la visibilité pour le Québec;
    • les retombées positives pour le Québec et ailleurs au Canada (retombées positives pour le grand public, pour les décideurs et les communautés).
    • le dossier du demandeur et les aspects financiers, révélés par :
    • la capacité des organismes à réaliser le projet (les organismes ont la stabilité, la capacité financière, le personnel et l’expertise nécessaires pour gérer et pour exécuter efficacement le projet; expérience des organismes dans la réalisation de projets semblables; historique des liens des organisateurs);
    • le réalisme budgétaire (les dépenses sont réalistes et raisonnables et elles correspondent aux activités proposées);
    • le réalisme du déroulement des activités;
    • la diversité du financement obtenu.

    Pour toute autre information au sujet des dépenses admissibles et non admissibles et l’accès au formulaire, veuillez cliquer ici.

    Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) – Round 13

    Genome Canada: Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) – Round 13

    NEW: Precision Health Initiative – Rare Diseases: Clinical Implementation Projects

    Genome Canada has launched a national initiative for the clinical implementation of precision health, focusing on a rare disease pilot program as a foundational step. To initiate this ambitious program, Genome Canada is encouraging the submission of projects to the GAPP. Please click here for more information on the ‘Precision Health Initiate.

    The GAPP funds downstream research and development (R&D) projects that address real world opportunities and challenges identified by industry, government, not-for-profits and other “Receptors” of genomics knowledge and technologies. GAPP projects are collaborations between academic researchers and Receptor organizations. They are co-funded by Receptors and other stakeholders, and have the potential to generate significant social and/or economic benefits for Canada.

    GAPP aims to:

    • Accelerate the application of Canadian genomics-derived solutions to real-world opportunities and challenges defined by industry and public sector Receptors.
    • Channel Canada’s genomics capacity into sustainable innovations that benefit Canadians.
    • Enhance the value of Canadian genomics technologies by de-risking and incentivizing follow-on investment from industry and other partners.
    • Foster mutually beneficial collaboration and knowledge exchange between Canadian academia and technology receptors.

    Please see the following GAPP website for further details on the funding program:

    Value of Award:

    $300,000 to $6 million

    Award Period:

    1 to 3 year maximum

    Funding Proviso

    GAPP investment may not exceed 1/3 of the total project budget.

    Application Procedure

    Stage 1: Expression of Interest (EOI)

    Stage 2: Project Pitch

    Stage 3: Supplementary Proposal (by invitation only)

    Application Forms and Submission:

    For copies of the current forms or to submit an EOI, please contact Diana Frasca at

    Competition Timelines

    Stage Round 13
    Registration Open
    EOI due to Ontario Genomics Aug 20, 2018
    Face-to-face pitch to Ontario Genomics’ review panel Sep 17-19, 2018
    Submission of EOI to Genome Canada Oct 16, 2018
    Pitch to Genome Canada Est. Nov 5-16, 2018
    Draft supplementary Proposal due to Ontario Genomics Dec 3, 2018
    Final supplementary Proposal due to Ontario Genomics Jan 14, 2019

    Internal Notice of Intent

    Genome Canada GAPPs are an institutional award and require the support of researchers’ respective Departments, Faculties, Organized Research Units, and the Office of the Vice President Research and Innovation. All researchers planning to submit an EOI to Genome Canada are required to submit an ORS Checklist by August 17, 2018.

    The SIRI Unit in the Office of Research Services, in collaboration with the corresponding Faculty Research Office, will be supporting the development of applications selected to go forward to Genome Canada. Diana Frasca (, Strategic and Institutional Research Initiatives Specialist, will be available to assist your office and your faculty members with any questions regarding the internal and external application processes.

    Please Note: All researchers should notify both their Faculty and Diana Frasca ( as soon as possible about their intention to apply. Doing so will both streamline the process of securing Faculty-level support for the partnership and ensure that researchers receive adequate support in application preparation.

    NSERC Whale Science for Tomorrow Competition

    The Government of Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) recently announced the Whale Science for Tomorrow competition.  The DFO and NSERC will support research that will enhance scientific research on marine mammals in Canada with a focus on southern resident killer whales, North Atlantic right whales, and the Saint Lawrence Estuary population of beluga whales. Further details are provided below.

    To provide support for activities that will:

    • Enhance the ability of Canadian universities to support the Government of Canada’s whale conservation objectives;
    • Broaden the base of whale protection and recovery research in Canada;
    • Accelerate the development of a new generation of marine mammal scientists;
    • Ultimately increase the scientific information available to support government decision-making and conservation efforts for priority whale species.

    Up to 1M

    Up to 5 years

    Submission to ORS – August 8, 2018 by 12noon
    Submission to agency – August 10, 2018

    Please note that only one application per university will be accepted for this call. Therefore, if you are interested in applying, please notify ORS by sending an e-mail to by no later than 9:00am on Friday, 27 July 2018. Given the extremely short timelines, there is not sufficient time for an internal adjudication so if more than one person is interested in applying, ORS will connect them so that they can collaborate on York’s single application.

    For more information on this funding opportunity and how to apply, please consult the NSERC web site at:

    The Association of Commonwealth Universities – Gender Programme Grants

    The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)) is accepting applications to its Gender Programme which offer grants to help organize workshops promoting gender equity.  A summary is provided below.


    • To offer grants to help member universities meet the costs of organizing projects promoting gender equity and equality in their institutions.

    Up to GBP 1,000

    Submission to ORS – September 7, 2017
    Submission to agency – September 21, 2018

    For additional details and how to apply, please consult the following link:

    2018 Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) Grants Program

    The Office of Research Services (ORS) would like to remind researchers of the upcoming deadline for the NSERC RTI Grants Program, Category 1 (October 25).  Please find below important information regarding submission of your application.


    • To foster and enhance the discovery, innovation and training capability of university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering by supporting the purchase of research equipment

    NSERC will only accept requests:

    • For tools and instruments that form a comprehensive system intended to support NSERC funded research in the natural sciences and engineering (bundling of unrelated tools and instruments, will not be accepted).
    • For the purchase of new equipment, or for the fabrication of equipment, or for the repair or upgrade of equipment, or for the fabrication of equipment that is not readily available off the shelf.
    • For equipment that is purchased after the application deadline.

    Note: Researchers can submit one RTI application per competition, either as an applicant or a co-applicant, but not as both.  This requirement does not apply to Subatomic Physics applicants as their grant applications are reviewed and supported through a different multi-program envelope.

    Up to $150K

    1 year

    Submission of application to ORS for full review: October 11, 2018
    If you prefer NOT to have a full review, please submit a signed ORS Checklist along with a hardcopy of the application to ORS and submit the application electronically on the Research Portal by 12noon on October 25, 2018.

    Submission of application to agency: October 25, 2018

    For the application form and guidelines, please see: 

    WSIB Open Call for long-term study on work-related injuries/illnesses

    The Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is accepting research proposals for a longitudinal study on long-term outcomes for people with workplace injuries and illnesses as part of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s 2018 Grants Program.  A summary is provided below. 

    To understand the long-term outcomes affecting people with work related injuries or illnesses after they are no longer engaged with the workers’ compensation system.

    Up to $200,000/year

    Up to 3 years

    Submission to ORS for review – August 17, 2018
    Submission to agency – August 31, 2018 by 4:00pm EST

    To obtain the Request for Proposals, instructions and application form, please visit the following link:

    IDRC Call for Proposals: Developing innovative veterinary solutions for the fight against antimicrobial resistance

    The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) recently announced a Global Call for Proposals: Innovative Veterinary Solutions for Antimicrobial Resistance (InnoVet-AMR) in Food-Producing animals: Livestock and Aquaculture.   A summary is provided below.


    The purpose of this call is to support the development of innovative veterinary solutions to reduce the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals.

    InnoVet-AMR is aimed at reducing the emerging risk that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in animals poses in global health and food security.

    Through InnoVet-AMR, IDRC and DHSC aim to achieve two main objectives:

    • Support research that will identify innovative veterinary solutions, including vaccines, to reduce the use of antimicrobials in livestock and aquaculture operations in low and middle-income countries;
    • Build effective partnerships to better coordinate discovery, development and sustainable delivery of innovative veterinary solutions to reduce the use of antimicrobials in livestock and aquaculture operations in low and middle-income countries.

    The research team must include at least one researcher from an institution based in a low and middle-income country as principle investigator or co-applicant.  See Call document for more information on eligibility.

    Projects must be between CA$1 to 3 million

    33 months

    ORS deadlines
    Submission to ORS – August 28, 2018
    Submission to agency – September 12, 2018 at 11:00am Eastern Daylight Time (Ottawa)

    For more information on this Call, please consult the following links:

    SSHRC Connection Grants – Special Call: Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation

    The Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), recently launched the Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation – Connection Grants, a special call which invites proposals from applicants affiliated with First Nations, Métis and Inuit not-for-profit organizations, as well as with other not-for-profit organizations or Canadian postsecondary institutions in any discipline.  A summary is provided below. 


    To support interdisciplinary events and outreach activities to engage and exchange knowledge on successful ways of conducting Indigenous research that are transformative and contribute to reconciliation, including holistic, interdisciplinary and distinction-based approaches

    Applicants are encouraged to submit projects that are holistic and interdisciplinary, and that reflects the full range of collaboration across disciplines and subject areas pertaining to the social sciences and humanities; natural sciences and engineering; and health and wellness. 

    Applicants are encouraged to organize events and outreach activities that address one or more of the following interrelated themes:

    1. Supporting Indigenous Talent and Research Careers
    2. Engaging Indigenous Knowledge
    3. Mobilize Knowledge and Partnerships for Reconciliation
    4. Foster Mutually Respectful Relationships


    Up to $50K 


    6 months


    ORS deadline for full review – August 23, 2018

    ORS deadline for obtaining required institutional signature page – by 9:00am, Friday, August 31, 2018

    Submission to agency – September 6, 2018 

    Note: Applicants are required to submit a completed and signed ORS Checklist and a hardcopy of the application to ORS, no later than Friday, August 31, 2018, by 9:00am in order for ORS to provide the required signature page. ORS will send the signature page with the institutional signature for the applicant to sign and include in the application to SSHRC.

    In addition, all applicants must email the final and complete application in PDF format (one file, cannot exceed 10 MB) to, no later than September 5, 2018, by 10:00am so that ORS can submit the application to SSHRC by the deadline date. 

    For more information on this funding opportunity and how to apply, please consult the following links:

    Google Faculty Research Award Program

    The Office of Research Services (ORS) would like to notify faculty members of the Google Faculty Research Award Program.  A summary is provided below.


    –          To recognize and support world-class, permanent faculty pursuing cutting-edge research in areas of mutual interest

    –          To support world-class technical research in Computer Science, Engineering, and related fields;

    Applicants are asked to categorize their proposals into one of the following areas of interest:

    • Algorithms and optimization
    • Computational neuroscience
    • Cooling and power
    • Digital media processing
    • Geo/maps
    • Human-AI interaction
    • Human-computer interaction
    • Information retrieval and real time content
    • Machine learning and data mining
    • Machine perception
    • Machine translation
    • Mobile
    • Natural language processing
    • Networking
    • Physical interfaces
    • Privacy
    • Recommendation systems
    • Security
    • Social signal processing
    • Software engineering and programming languages
    • Speech
    • Structured data, extraction, semantic graph, and database management
    • Systems (hardware and software)
    • Virtual/Augmented reality


    Up to $150K US


    1 year 


    ORS deadline – September 14, 2018

    Agency deadlines – September 30, 2018

    To obtain further information on this opportunity, please consult the following web site:

    NSERC PromoScience Program – Call for Applications

    To support hands-on learning experiences for young students and their science teachers.  Grants may be used to cover improvements to program content or delivery, as well as for new programs and activities.  Grants can also be used to cover operational costs such as salaries, travel, postage, materials and supplies, provided that they relate to the promotion of science and engineering.

    New this year: NSERC has expanded the eligibility to include activities that will encourage Indigenous undergraduate students to pursue graduate studies in the natural sciences and engineering, and has lifted the departmental restriction on multiple awards for post-secondary institutions.

    Up to $50K

    Up to 3 years

    Submission to ORS – August 31, 2018
    Submission to agency – September 15, 2018 by 8:00pm (ET)

    For complete details on the PromoScience Program and application process, please consult the following links: