Grants & Fellowships

To see the details of each opportunity, click on each title. 
For further information, please contact Paulina Karwowska-Desaulniers ( or Will Peppler ( 
Needed for all grant applications The link will take you to a sign-in page. Once signed in, you will be redirected to the correct page, and the checklist will be automatically downloaded.


Internal Competition:
Call for York Research Chairs 2021

NSERC - Guidelines for COVID-19 in research






Important Links




Minor Research Grant
Minor Research Grants (MRG) are available to assist faculty members in conducting research specifically limited to project that not eligible for other external sources of funding. All full-time faculty members at the Lassonde School of Engineering can apply, and priority will be given to new and pre-tenure faculty members. Apply on Fluid Review by September 30, 2020. 

Banff International Research Station - Call for proposals!
The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is accepting proposals for its 2022 program. The number of applications that can be submitted is limited, therefore an internal deadline for proposal submission is September 18, 2020. Submit applications to email via Will Peppler.

2021 Molson Prize
Molson Prizes are awarded annually to distinguished individuals to encourage continuing contributions to the cultural and intellectual heritage of Canada. Applications are due to the Agency on November 1, 2020 

Royal Society Nominations
The nomination period is open until December 1, 2020. For more information contact Bryan Lee. A workshop will take place online on Tuesday, November 24, 2019 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm EST online - register with Abby Vogus.

Governor General's Innovation Awards
The nomination period will extend until September 21, 2020. For more information, see the memo from VPRI and contact Bryan Lee

France-Canada Research Foundation (FCRF) - New Scientific Collaboration Support Program
This program provides funds for new scientific projects jointly developed by French and Canadian teams that have never worked together before. To Agency, November 13, 2020 contact Bryan Lee for more information. 




2020 Exploration Stream
Value: Up to $125,000 per year (including indirect costs)
Duration: Up to 2 years
Internal Review Deadline: To Lassonde and ORS by October 5, 2020
Application Deadline (if submitted an NOI): To Lassonde October 13, 2020 at 12 pm | To ORS October 15, 2020 at 12 pm | To agency October 20, 2020

NSERC - Postdoctoral Fellowship
Value: $45,000 / year
Duration: 2 years
Deadline: October 17, 2020

CIHR - Postdoctoral Fellowship 
Value: Variable
Duration: Up to 3 years
Deadline: December 1, 2020

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral
Value: $35,000 / year
Duration: 3 years
Deadline: York University Deadline is October 7, 2020

Canada Graduate Scholarships - Masters
Value: $17,500 / year
Duration: 1 year
Deadline: December 1, 2020

**NEW Information** - Guidelines on including COVID-19 in all NSERC applications.  
NSERC grant extensions – Please visit NSERC’s updated FAQ section for details

Alliance Grant Program

Value: $20,000 to $1 million per year
Duration: 1 to 5 years
Deadline: Rolling

New Now with partnership options from the Ontario Centre for Excellence

Discovery Grants Program

Value: Adaptable
Duration: 5 years
NOI Deadline: Direct to NSERC on August 1, 2020
Review Deadline: LSE deadline for 1st round of review, October 2, 2020 | LSE deadline for 2nd round of review, October 16, 2020
Application Deadline: LSE deadline for the final application, October 29, 2020 | Due to agency on November 1, 2020

Research Tools and Instruments (RTI)
Value: Up to $150,000 to support a net cost between $7,001 and $250,000
*** Note: Lassonde has committed to providing applicants an additional $25,000 above the $150,000 for the direct costs of equipment
Duration: None
Deadline: To LSE, October 7, 2020 for full review | To ORS, October 9, 2020 for full review | To Agency, October 26, 2020

Please let the research office know if you intend to apply via contacting Paulina Karwowska-Desaulniers ( or Will Peppler (***

Stay tuned for information on a seminar offered by York University! 

Detailed information will follow in a separate email.

Investing in Wildland Fire Research to Protect Canadians - Information regarding potential grant and/or scholarship opportunities will be communicated as it becomes available. 



Project Grant - Fall 2020

Now accepting applications! The registration deadline was until September 16, 2020. More information can be found here.

Team Grant: Food Security and Climate Change in the Canadian North

Value: $25,000 at LOI stage; up to $1.5 million
Duration: Up to 4 years
Deadline: Updated on 06/21/2020 and received a placeholder date of December 2021

Fall 2020 CIHR Observer Program is open to Early Career Researchers only - all persons expressing interest will need to submit a Reviewer Profile by September 21, 2020.


Insight Grants
: Stream A: $7,000 to $100,000 | Stream B: $100,001 to $400,000
Duration: 2 to 5 years
Deadline: LSE Deadline September 25, 2020 | Due to Agency October 1, 2020

Connection Grants - Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative
Value: $7K - $25K for Events | $7K - $50K for Outreach activities  
Duration: 1 year
Deadline: LSE Deadline October 14, 2020 | ORS Deadline October 19, 2020 | Due at Agency November 2, 2020

Knowledge Synthesis Grants
Value: $30,000
Duration: 1 year
Review Deadline: December 3, 2020
Application Deadline: To LSE, December 14, 2020 | To ORS and Agency, December 17, 2020 



NOTE: York University has an internal Mitacs representative - Rachel Sung. If you are interested in applying for Mitacs funding or need further information, please contact Rachel. 

Mitacs Accelerate
Value: Funding starts at $15,000 (partner organization contribution starts at $7,500)
Deadline: Apply anytime


Earth system science data analyses
Value: Up to $250,000
Duration: Up to 3 years
Deadline: To LSE, October 15, 2020 | To Agency, October 22, 2020

Solar-terrestrial science data analyses
Value: Up to $250,000
Duration: Up to 3 years
Deadline: To LSE, October 15, 2020 | To Agency, October 22, 2020

The Innovative Solutions Canada Program - Challenge Stream 
Call for proposals
Deadline: August 31, 2021

Ontario Centre for Excellence
Voucher for Innovation Productivity (VIP) - Now with NSERC and Mitacs partners
Value: $20,000 to 150,000 per year
Duration: 6 months to 24 months
Deadline: Rolling

Ontario Centre for Excellence
ENCQOR - for 5G technologies
For full information visit the website
Streams include 5G SME Technology Development Program | Digital Innovation Hubs | 5G Demonstration Program | 5G TalentEdge Internships

Ontario Centre for Excellence
Autonomous Vehicle Integration Network
Streams include R&D Partnership Fund | TalentEdge Internships | TalentEdge Fellowships | WinterTech Development Program

More programs are offered!
In partnership with the provincial and federal governments, OCE accelerates the commercialization and adoption of emerging technologies in Ontario. 


Department of National Defense / Canadian Armed Forces
Targeted Engagement Grants via the Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS)

Value: Up to $50,000
Duration: N/A
Review Deadline: September 28, 2020
Application Deadline: To LSE, October 6, 2020 | To ORS, October 8, 2020 | To Agency, October 10, 2020

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
Next Generation Crops Challenge Area
Value: : $250,000 - $1,000,000 
Duration: : 
Up to 60 months
Deadline: To LSE November 4, 2020 | November 11, 2020

The Simons Foundation
Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards.- letter of intent due October 22, 2020. 

Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) 
CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program
Value: $100, 000 CDN in unrestricted research support 
Duration: 2 years
Deadline: To LSE, October 14, 2020 | To ORS for a full review, October 16, 2020 | To the agency, October 30, 2020

Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board 
2021 Grants program
Value: Up to $150,000 per year
Duration: Up to 2 years
Initial Proposal Deadline: To LSE, September 23, 2020 | To ORS for a full review, September 25, 2020 | To the agency, October 9, 2020
Detailed Proposal Deadline: Invitation Only


Ontario Research Fund
Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence
Value: TBA
Duration: TBA

The program launch is expected to be soon, please check their website for updates. From the previous call, it is indicated that the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence (ORF-RE) provides research institutions with funding to support the operational costs of major projects of strategic value to the province. The fund provides up to one third of the total value of a project, with the remaining two thirds coming from a combination of private sector and institutional contributions.


Weston Brain Institute
Brain Health: Lifestyle Approaches and Microbiome Contributions
Value: Up to 1,500,000 per project
Duration: Up to 3 year
LOI Deadline: To LSE, November 9, 2020 | To ORS for a full review, Novemeber 11, 2020 | To the agency, November 25, 2020
Full Proposal Deadline: To the agency, April 15, 2021


2020 Research Initiates Program
Value: up to $150,000 for 12 months Overhead: 20%
LOI to ORS: October 2, 2020
LOI to agency: October 16, 2020
Full application due to agency: TBA


Association of Commonwealth Universities Fellowship
Value: 500 GBP
Deadline for review: September 29, 2020
Deadline: To LSE, October 7, 2020; To ORS, October 9, 2020; To the agency, October 14, 2020  


Fullbright Canada
Research Chairs Program

Value: Between $25,000 - $50,000 USD
Duration: 4 - 9 months, beginning either September 2021 or January 2022
Deadline: November 15, 2020


PSI Foundation
PSI Covid-19 Research Stream: Funding for Clinical or Health Systems Research

Value: Variable
Deadline: Rolling

COVID-19 Research Grants: Apply for Google Cloud Research Credits
Value: Up to $5000 in GCP credits
Deadline: Rolling


BioTalent Canada
Student Work Placement Program – Funding to hire a student during COVID-19
Value: Up to $7000
Deadline: Rolling


Diamond Light Source (U.K.)
Get rapid access for beam time for COVID-19 research

Rapid Access: Call for Proposals
Deadline: Rolling


Central Laser Facility (U.K.)
Get access to Super Resolution Microscopy, cryo FIB-SEM for COVID-19 Research

Rapid Access: Call for Proposals
Deadline: Rolling