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Funding Opportunities

 Internal funding opportunities

The Faculty Conference Travel Fund (FCTF) program provides financial assistance to full-time tenured or tenurable faculty to attend conferences (or similar events for scholarly dissemination) that advance their research and scholarship programs.

Competition Deadlines

Fall Application Deadline:      Friday, December 1, 2017 (CLOSED)
Winter Application Deadline:  Friday, May 4, 2018 (CLOSED)

Click here to view the 2017-18 Program Guidelines and Submission Instructions.

NOTE: The Program Guidelines and Submission Instructions are subject to change with subsequent competitions. Please check the ORSCE website approximately one month prior to the next competition to see the newest guidelines.
The Internal Research Grant Fund (IRGF) is the main source of internal funds available to eligible faculty at Mount Royal University. This program is designed to support faculty in developing their research programs through the funding of:

  • Pilot projects
  • Projects designed to lead to larger-scale external funding applications
  • Projects that are not well-suited to external funding opportunities
Competition Deadlines

Fall Application Deadline:       Friday, September 29, 2017 (CLOSED)
Winter Application Deadline:  Friday, January 19, 2018 (OPEN)

Applications will be accepted until midnight on the submission deadline. Competition results will be announced 4-6 weeks from the submission deadline.

Click here to view the 2017-18 Program Guidelines and Submission Instructions.

NOTE: The Program Guidelines and Submission Instructions are subject to change with subsequent competitions. Please check the ORSCE website approximately one month prior to the next competition to see the newest guidelines.

The Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES) at MRU is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2017/18 Environmental Sustainability Research Grants competition.

See the IES Research Grants Application Guidelines for details.

Click here to download the details for this opportunity. 
The Undergraduate Research Dissemination Fund (URDF) is designed to expand students’ experience in disseminating undergraduate research. This competition will open again mid-August.

Click here to access the 2017 Undergraduate Research Dissemination Fund Program Guidelines.
Click here to access the 2017 Undergraduate Research Dissemination Fund Instructions. 
The Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce its third call for proposals for the 2017 TransCanada SoTL Student Research Assistant (USRA) Grant. Information on this grant is available on the Institute website:
 
To support MRU's growing SoTL community, ISoTL's new space in the RLLC includes an Interview Lab, equipped with cameras and microphones. Grant applicants are invited to include the use of this space in their proposal, if appropriate.
 
Budgeted items in an applicant's proposal should fall between November 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
 
Faculty will not be considered for research grants unless their reporting obligations with the Institute and the Office of Research Scholarship and Community Engagement are up to date.
 
Applications are only accepted through the ROMEO site:


Application deadline: Monday, October 30, 2017

A final or interim report will be required of all projects by May 15, 2018.

Click here to download the Guidelines and Instructions. For more information, please contact Anne Johnston, Administrative Coordinator for ISOTL, at ajohnston@mtroyal.ca or call (403) 440-5503.

The Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce its third call for proposals for the Fall 2017 TransCanada SoTL Mentorship Grant. Information on this grant is available on the Institute website:
 
This grant is designated to support the sharing of good SoTL practices among MRU faculty through a research partnership that involves meaningful mentoring.

To support our growing SoTL community, ISoTL's new space in the RLLC includes an Interview Lab, equipped with cameras and microphones. Grant applicants are invited to include use of this space in their proposal, if appropriate.
 
Budgeted items in your proposal should fall between November 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
 
Faculty will not be considered for research grants unless their reporting obligations with the Institute and the Office of Research Scholarship and Community Engagement are up to date.
 
Applications are only accepted through the ROMEO site:


Application deadline: Monday, October 30, 2017

A final or interim report will be required of all projects by May 15, 2018.

Click here to download the Guidelines and Instructions. For more information, please contact Anne Johnston, Administrative Coordinator for ISOTL, at ajohnston@mtroyal.ca or call (403) 440-5503.

The Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at MRU is pleased to sponsor a call for applications for the 2017 TransCanada Undergraduate SoTL Dissemination Grant. This grant is designated to permit student researchers to join their faculty supervisor at a SoTL or disciplinary education conference to present their SoTL findings.

ORSCE application deadline: Monday, October 23, 2017
Application deadline: Monday, October 30, 2017


Click here to download the Guidelines and Instructions. For more information, please contact Anne Johnston, Administrative Coordinator for ISOTL, at ajohnston@mtroyal.ca or call (403) 440-5503.

External funding opportunities Note: All external applications for funding must be submitted through ROMEO with a Research Activity Form at least one week prior to the external submission deadline.

Faculty members who would like to investigate external funding opportunities outside of the Tri-Council agencies are asked to contact ORSCE manager Melissa Deane at 403.440.5081 to determine if contact has already been made with the potential organization in question.          

Dear Population, Public and Indigenous Health Research Community in Alberta,
 
Strategic Clinical NetworksTM were initially developed within Alberta Health Services to create improvements and innovation within specific areas of healthcare with focus on clinical issues and their proximal determinants. As they have developed, Strategic Clinical Networks have functioned to gather and foster networks of people who are passionate and knowledgeable about specific areas of health, challenging them to find new and innovative ways of delivering care that will provide better quality, better outcomes and better value for every Albertan.
 
The Scientific Office of the PPIH SCNTM focuses on knowledge generation, mobilization, partnerships, collaborations and capacity building in its role to support research that will advance the Population, Public and Indigenous Health SCN™ priorities. In support of this mandate, the PPIH SCN ™Scientific Office of Alberta Health Services (AHS) is excited to announce a call for applicants to its 2018 Summer Studentship Competition.
 
This competition is designed to increase capacity for population, public and Indigenous health-focused scientific work within the Alberta community, by building student capacity and contributing to the generation of new knowledge that advances key areas of importance of the PPIH SCN™. Please see the attached Studentship Guide and Studentship Application form for more information.
 
Important Deadlines:
 
  • Intent to apply email is due by December 21, 2018, by 4:00 p.m. 
  • Full Summer Studentship Applications are due on February 2, 2018, by 4:00 p.m.
Please distribute this information to your colleagues/network as appropriate.
 
If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, please email Melissa.Potestio@albertahealthservices.ca.
AHS is pleased to announce that it is offering two Emergency Strategic Clinical Network research funding opportunities:

Undergraduate Summer Studentship
Application Deadline: Monday, February 5, 2018
Click here to see the call for applications and application form.

Systematic Review Grant
Application Deadline: Monday, February 12, 2018
Click here to see the call for applications.

Both of these opportunities are posted to the Emergency SCN website.
MNCY SCN 2018 Seed Grant Competition

The Maternal Newborn Child & Youth Strategic Clinical Network is pleased to announce its 2018 Seed Grant Competition is now open and accepting applications. Funding is being made available for up to TWO Seed Grants of up to $15,000 each to support research focused on innovative approaches to improve health outcomes in Alberta's population. Projects must focus on one or more of the priority populations of the MNCY SCN:
 
  • Maternal
  • Fetal
  • Neonatal
  • Newborn
  • Infant
  • Child
  • Youth
Important dates to keep in mind:

November 30, 2017 - Register Intention to Submit
January 8, 2018 - Applications Due
February 28, 2018 - Notice of Decision

For more information, please see the attached documents or refer to the MNCY SCN website where the AnnouncementPolicies & Guide, and Registration and Application Instructions can be found.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Seija Kromm, Assistant Scientific Director, with MNCY SCN, Alberta Health Services, at (780) 902-2940 or via email at seija.kromm@ahs.ca.

Attention Health Researchers,
 
Alberta’s Tomorrow Project (ATP), with support from the Alberta Cancer Foundation, has just launched a new funding opportunity.
 
Two Research Kickstarter grants of $10,000 each for one year are available. This program is for researchers who want to use data alone (not biospecimens) from ATP’s research platform to investigate the prevention or early detection of cancer.
 
More information on the Research Kickstarter program criteria and timelines can be found at https://myatp.ca/for-researchers/kickstarter.

 

Application Deadline: Friday, December 1st, 2017.

Background on Alberta’s Tomorrow Project:

Launched in 2000, ATP has recruited 55,000 men and women between the ages of 35 and 69, who have consented to stay with the project for up to 50 years.
 
Compiled during years of rigorous data and biospecimen collection, ATP’s database offers a wealth of information about the health of its participants. Here’s a look at some of the variables and biospecimens held in ATP’s repositories:

  • Questionnaires (more than 215,000 completed):  Cover domains such as personal and family health history, reproductive history, smoking habits, cancer screening behaviors, physical activity, dietary intake, sun exposure, sleep behaviors, psychosocial factors, built environment, self-reported anthropometric measures, and socio-demographic characteristics.
  • Biospecimens (30,000 participants):  Include non-fasting 50mL blood sample from which serum, plasma, and lymphocytes buffy coat were isolated. Blood products were aliquoted and stored in -80°C freezers. Participants who did not provide a blood sample were invited to provide a saliva sample for DNA extraction.
  • Physical measurement data (30,000 participants): Includes resting blood pressure, resting heart rate, standing and sitting heights, body weight, percent body fat by bioelectric impedance, waist and hip circumferences, and grip strength.
  • Active and passive follow-up (55,000 participants):  In addition to completing baseline and follow-up questionnaires, participants were asked to provide consent and their Personal Health Number for data linkage with the Alberta Cancer Registry and administrative health data held by the provincial health ministry to facilitate future research on health services utilization and health outcomes.

In 2008, ATP joined a nation-wide research platform called the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project representing more than 300,000 participants.  Together, the consortium of five regional studies provides not only greater statistical power for research, but also an opportunity to examine geographical trends in health and wellbeing across Canada’s broad landscape.

For more information on ATP’s research platform, please visit www.myATP.ca.  The Research and Data Access teams can be reached directly by email at ATP.Research@ahs.ca.

The ACA Research Grants will be accepting applications from November 1 to December 1, 2017.

The ACA Research Grants Application Form and Project Submission Guidelines can be downloaded from the ACA Grants webpage:
http://www.ab-conservation.com/grants/aca-research-grant/

Please read the guidelines carefully. If you have any questions or have trouble downloading the documents, please contact Amy MacKinven, ACA Grants Administrator, at toll-free number 1-877-722-4323, or via email at amy.mackinven@ab-conservation.com.
'Supporting Child and Youth Mental Health Outcomes in Alberta School Settings' initiative, sponsored by the Addiction and Mental Health Strategic Clinical Network (AMHSCN).

This initiative will catalyse a provincial collaborative approach to improve mental health outcomes for children and youth. It will assess and consolidate what is known about child and youth mental health pathways to support services and initiatives across Alberta by key partners.

Award amount: $110,000 (awarded for a two-year term)
Application deadline: Friday, October 13, 2017
Notice of decision: December 2017

The application and review process for this competition is being managed by PolicyWise for Children & Families. Please see their website for details on this opportunity.
The Diabetes, Obesity, & Nutrition Strategic Clinical Network (DON-SCN) is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Seed Grant funding competition. This opportunity is designed to allow researchers to collect data that would strengthen the rationale for larger funding proposals as well as potentially foster new collaborations. The research should have the potential to prevent disease or improve care for patients at risk of or experiencing diabetes, obesity, or nutrition-related health problems. The maximum amount of a single award is $10,000. The grant is non-renewable. The total amount of funding available in this competition is $40,000.

ORSCE application deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017
Application deadline: Friday, December 8, 2017
Notification of awards: Friday, February 23, 2018

Click here to access the Guidelines.

Global Affairs Canada and the Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) of Brazil are offering scholarships to support team-oriented research projects, between Canadian and Brazilian universities, in mutually beneficial research fields.

  • Program name: Canada-Brazil Awards - Joint Research Projects
  • Funding organizations: Governments of Canada and Brazil
  • Target audiences: Canadian and Brazilian professors and graduate students
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Inclusions: Visa, airfare, health insurance, living expenses, ground transportation expenses, books and supplies
  • Deadline: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

For full program details, visit: Canada-Brazil Awards - Joint Research Projects

Information regarding the Brazilian participants can be accessed on the CAPES website (Portuguese only).

All inquiries regarding this program in Canada should be directed to admin-scholarships-bourses@cbie.ca.

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The Government of Mexico is offering scholarships to Canadians for study or research at participating Mexican post-secondary institutions.

  • Program name: Foreign Government Awards - Mexico
  • Funding organization: Government of Mexico
  • Target audiences: Canadian students and researchers at the undergraduate, Master's, doctoral or postdoctoral level
  • Number of scholarships: 27
  • Duration: Varies based on level of study
  • Inclusions: Airfare, domestic transportation, tuition fees, accommodation and tuition fees for a language course, living allowance, health insurance
  • Deadline: Friday, October 27, 2017

For full program details and to submit an online application, visit: Foreign Government Awards - Mexico.  Read a testimonial from a former recipient.

All inquiries regarding this program should be directed to admin-scholarships-bourses@cbie.ca or 613-237-4820.

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Guidelines and instructions.
Please do not apply to Alberta Innovates directly.
CIHR's 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.

Click here for information on this opportunity.

ORSCE application deadline:  Tuesday, May 16, 2017
CIHR application deadline:      Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The Office of Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement is now accepting applications for the NSERC USRA Summer 2017 program (May-August). This award is designed to stimulate undergraduate interest in research in the natural sciences and engineering. Students receive an award of $5,625 (minimum) to complete 16 weeks of full-time work on a research project.

Please contact Melissa Deane, manager of the ORSCE, at mdeane1@mtroyal.ca or call 403.440.5081, for all inquiries related to this program.

ORSCE application deadline:  Sunday, April 2, 2017 (midnight MST)
NSERC application deadline:  Sunday, April 9, 2017
(application must be submitted, with transcripts, through the NSERC portal)

Click here to access the Guidelines.

Please do not apply to NSERC directly.
Special Opportunities
Mount Royal University is affiliated with the Undergraduate Awards and is part of a network of innovative institutions, identifying and encouraging the best undergraduate research around the world. The Undergraduate Awards is the world's largest academic awards program and is unique in that it is pan-discipline, with 25 different categories. Students submit their work for free online and it is judged by a panel of international judges compiled of industry leaders and academic experts. Winning students are recognized as the best in their field, published in The Undergraduate Awards academic journal and brought to Dublin for an exclusive networking event, the 4-day UA Global Summit.  

Expression of Interest: Joint Research Proposal from Peru's Economic and Social Research Consortium

The Economic and Social Research Consortium in Peru seeks to strengthen international partnerships and consolidate emerging networks among academic researchers from Canada and Peru by supporting medium term collaborative research activities which will contribute to the creation, dissemination and sustained application of knowledge in areas of mutual interest related to development issues for both countries.

As an initial proposal, they are establishing research internship exchanges between academic researchers from Canada and Peru to benefit two outstanding and experienced Peruvian academic researchers in social sciences, winners of an especial category of the CIES’s XIX Annual Research Contest. They will spend a period of 15 days in an important Canadian university or research center in order to develop and produce, along with its Canadian counterparts, knowledge in areas of mutual interest, such as natural resources, energy, sustainable development, employment, education, gender, etc., to inform public policy, either in Peru or in Canada. The same idea will 
apply for Canadian researchers that would like to spend an internship period of 15 days with any of the 48 Peruvian institutional members related to their field of study. For more information, please see the draft proposal for this opportunity.

On July 1, 2017, Canada will mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Canada 150 presents a unique opportunity for Albertans to join in the national celebration as Canadians recognize this national milestone and anticipate our future together. 
 
Culture and Tourism’s Community Initiatives Program (CIP) Alberta Canada 150 funding stream will provide up to $2 million to support projects that align with the four themes for the federal Canada 150 approach:

  • Diversity and inclusion, and the building of common interests and relationships;
  • Supporting efforts toward reconciliation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians;
  • Engaging and inspiring youth to carry forward the legacy of Canada 150; and
  • Connecting Canadians with nature and raising environmental stewardship to the level of national consciousness.

The Alberta Canada 150 grant will allow non-profit organizations to apply for a maximum of $25,000 per project with a $150 cash match. The first intake to accept applications will be January 15, 2017, and the final intake will be October 15, 2017. The monthly application deadline will be the 15th of each month from January through October 2017. The Alberta Canada 150 grant is intended to support projects with a lasting impact. Although celebratory events will not be eligible for funding support through the Alberta Canada 150 stream, they may be eligible through CIP Project‑Based.
 
MRU faculty are invited to share information about this new Culture and Tourism grant program that will demonstrate Alberta’s support of the Canada 150 anniversary celebration in 2017. 
 
For further details on this exciting opportunity, visit the Community Initiative Program website.