Events & Deadlines

Events and Deadlines

NSERC Alliance Grant Information SessionWednesday, May 22, 2019 | 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. MST| EL 2170 (Academic Development Centre Boardroom)

The Office of Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement is pleased to announce it will be hosting an on-campus roll-out session by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) on its new Alliance Grants - Canada's Research Partnerships Program. The materials that will be covered in this session are details that have already been posted on the NSERC website. This fall, NSERC will conduct a second round of presentations that will discuss the application process, how to apply, and what it takes to have a successful application.

Beginning May 21st, NSERC Alliance grant will start accepting applications in a phased-in approach (over $150,000 request per year from NSERC). Please note that NSERC will accept applications for Engage, Engage Plus and CRD and DND/NSERC grants until May 31, 2019.

Alliance grants encourage greater collaboration in Canada's R&D system by providing support for projects that include both generators and users of research results and knowledge. Alliance is designed to be more responsive and flexible for the research community and to accommodate a broader range of partners. It also includes incentives for collaborations with small and medium-sized enterprises and multi-sectoral partnerships and offers an accelerated means for projects to scale and grow.

For full details about the Alliance grants and how to apply, please visit the new Alliance grants webpage.

This session will also be delivered via Zoom. The Zoom link for attendees is NOTE: This session will not be recorded and archived as previously advertised.

Please register via the ADC Workshops website by Friday, May 17th, if you plan to attend.

STEP Grant 2019 Information (Application Deadline: Jan. 28, 2019)MRU has received notification from the Alberta government that is has been authorized to hire 35 students through the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP), which has been reinstated for Summer 2019 (May 1 - August 31, 2019).

Please note that this program provides subsidies rather than full funding for summer employment opportunities. The subsidy is $7.00 per hour per summer employee. Therefore, each participating department will have to budget for the difference between the subsidy and the hourly rate (minimum wage of $15.00 per hour plus 8% for mandatory employment-related costs - CPP, EI, WCB, and vacation pay.

STEP students MUST work a minimum of 30 hours a week for a minimum of four consecutive weeks and may not exceed 16 weeks of employment.

Please also note that no other government grants may subsidize the employment of any STEP student funded under this Program.

The program time frame this year is from May 1 to August 31, 2019.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Kristina Andrykew, Recruitment and Onboarding Coordinator, at local 8619, or via email at

New Tri-Agency FundingNew Frontiers in Research Fund

The New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) will invest $275 million over the next five years, and $65 million ongoing, to support international, interdisciplinary, fast-breaking and high-risk research. It is comprised of three streams to support ground-breaking research:

  • Exploration will generate opportunities for Canada to build strength in high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research;
  • Transformation will provide large-scale support for Canada to build strength and leadership in interdisciplinary and transformative research; and
  • International will enhance opportunities for Canadian researchers to participate in research with international partners.

Details on this can be found here.

Deadline for the first call for Letters of Intent to apply: Friday, January 11, 2019

For further information, please contact Julia Johnson at or call (403) 440-6069.

Funding OpportunitiesFor a full list of funding opportunities and deadlines, please see our Funding Opportunities page.

For workshop dates, see our Resources and Training page.