Conduct Your Research

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 2, 2016 (CLOSED)
Winter Application Deadline:  Friday, May 5, 2017 (OPEN)

Click here to view the 2016-17 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 23, 2016 (CLOSED)
Winter Application Deadline:  Friday, January 13, 2017 (CLOSED)

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 2016-17 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 2016/17 Environmental Sustainability Research Grants competition.

See the IES Research Grants Application Guidelines for details.

Click here to download the details for this opportunity. 
The URDF is designed to expand students’ experience in disseminating undergraduate research.

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 the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at MRU is pleased to sponsor a call for applications for the 2017 TransCanada SoTL Undergraduate Student Research Assistant (USRA) and Undergraduate Student Research Partner (USRP) Grants.

Click here to download the Guidelines and Instructions.
The Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at MRU is pleased to sponsor a call for applications for the 2017 TransCanada SoTL Mentorship Grants. These grants are designated to support the sharing of good SoTL practices among MRU faculty through a research partnership that involves meaningful mentoring.

Click here to download the Guidelines and Instructions. 
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, March 27, 2017
Application deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017


Click here to download the Guidelines and Instructions.

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. 

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.