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Canadian Funding Sources

The four principal granting councils

  • Canada Council
    The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national, arm’s-length arts funding agency. Main areas of activity are: Grants: Providing funding to individual professional artists and arts organizations through a peer assessment process. Endowments and Prizes: Each year fellowships and prizes are awarded to some 200 artists and scholars. Research, communications and arts promotion activities also further the Canada Council mandate to support, promote and celebrate the arts.  The Canada Council Art Bank, the Killam Program, the  Public Lending Right Commission and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO are all administered through the Canada Council.

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
    Oriented to health and medicine, broadly conceived, the CIHR website contains many opportunities for social scientists to conduct funded research in a variety of areas. It is well worth investigating thoroughly, including the following institutes: 
Aboriginal Peoples' Health Aging
Gender and Health Health Services and Policy Research
Human Development, Child, and Youth Health Neurosciences, Mental Health, and Addiction
Nutrition, Metabolism, and Diabetes Population and Public Health
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
    Information about some twenty-five funding programs for faculty researchers in the natural sciences, ranging from Discovery Grants to support individual researchers or teams working on investigator-chosen projects, to a variety of joint and collaborative projects and strategic initiatives in a variety of areas.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
    SSHRC funds a considerable proportion of social science and humanities research in Canada. Their main website contains information about more than thirty funding programs for faculty researchers in the social sciences and humanities, ranging from Standard Research Grants to support individual investigator-chosen projects, to a variety of joint and collaborative projects and strategic initiatives in specific areas.

Other Canadian funding agencies and organizations

  • Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) Information about current research program initiatives, including Canada, Latin American and Caribbean research and Canada-Russia economic policy research.

  • Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
    CFI is an independent corporation established by the Government of Canada in 1997, with a goal to strengthen the capability of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and other not-for-profit institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development.
  • Canadian Heritage
    Official website of the Ministry of Canadian Heritage and Secretary of State (Multiculturalism) (Status of Women). Information and application forms for programs and initiatives falling within the mandate of the Ministry.
  • Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)
    Private Toronto-based granting organization that funds research in a variety of areas of the physical sciences, as well as targeted areas in the social sciences, including evolutionary biology, population health, economic growth and institutions, successful societies, and human development.
  • Climate Change Action Fund (CCAF)
    The Climate Change Action Fund (CCAF) was established in 1998 by the federal government to help Canada meet its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through programs of sponsored research and action. It is intended to support early actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to increase understanding of the impact, the cost and the benefits of the Protocol‘s implementation and the various implementation options open to Canada.
  • Donner Canadian Foundation
    Foundation which provides grants for policy research projects and social action projects to encourage people to solve their own economic problems.
  • GEOIDE 
    Geomatics for Informed Decisions, a network center of excellence which fosters strategic research and development in the Canadian geomatics research sector.
  • Genome Canada
    The primary funding agency for genomic and proteomic research in Canada, including their social, economic, and ethical dimensions.
  • Killam Research Fellowships
    The Killam Research Fellowships provide release time from teaching and administrative duties to an individual scholar who wishes to pursue independent research. They are available in a wide variety of fields in the natural and social sciences, health sciences, and humanities and engineering.
  • National Research Council (NRC)
    The National Research Council‘s research strengths are organized around key sectors such as biotechnology, information and communications technologies, measurement standards, molecular sciences, aerospace, manufacturing, construction, ocean engineering and others.
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