External Child Health Research Funding Opportunities

  • Conferences, workshops and competitions help advance research and development goals and are an important part of building upon ideas. Alberta Innovates values and supports such events as a means of building awareness of our programs and for attracting and recruiting graduate students and researchers. The Strategic Networking and Development Award makes funding available to Alberta-based universities and research institutions for these purposes. Proposals are accepted at any time and are reviewed regularly. Please note that this competition will be part of the new Research Management System (RMS) Release #1, and approvals will be obtained electronically. Please see funding calendar entry for details.The application and approvals must be routed through RMS and reach Research Services.
  • Contact: Lisa Singh

CIHR - Operating Grant : Early Career Investigator Grants in Maternal, Reproductive, Child & Youth Health (2020)

This Canadian Institutes of Health Research funding opportunity to support New Investigators in Maternal, Reproductive, Child and Youth Health is a collaboration between two CIHR institutes. The goal of the program is to build research capacity in maternal, reproductive, child and youth health by funding operating grants to new investigators. Applicants must secure partner contribution from non-federal sources to match the CIHR contribution at a minimum of 1:1 ratio.
Registration CIHR: December 2020 (exact date to be confirmed).
RSO Internal Deadline: January 2021 (exact date to be confirmed).
Agency Deadline: January 2021
Contact:  Anna LeMarquand

CIHR - Team Grant : Diabetes Mechanisms and Translational Solution
The objectives of the Canadian Institutes of Health (CIHR) Team Grants in Diabetes Mechanisms and Translational Solutions are to elucidate previously undefined mechanisms that control the onset and progression of all types of diabetes mellitus and related complications and co-morbidities, with appropriate consideration of sex as a biological variable and gender as a social determinant of health, and to develop new translational solutions aimed at prevention, treatment, and delivery of care for people living with diabetes.

RSO Deadline LOI: TBD

Agency Deadline LOI: December 9, 2020
RSO Deadline Full Application: TBD
Agency Deadline Full Applicatoin: July 13, 2021
Contact: Anna LeMarquand 


Research Services is launching the intake for the Fall 2020 Partnership Development Grant (PDG) competition.

Partnership Development Grants provide support over one to three years to teams/partnerships, led by a project director, to:

  • develop research and related activities in the social sciences and humanities, including knowledge mobilization and the meaningful involvement of students and emerging scholars, by fostering new partnerships for existing and/or potential partners; or
  • design and test new partnership approaches for research and/or related activities that may result in best practices or models that either can be adapted by others or have the potential to be scaled up to a regional, national or international level.

Optional test your concept May 25, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. ipd@ucalgary.ca

Intent to Apply to RSO: July 31, 2020
RSO Internal Deadline: November 9, 2020 at noon

Contact: Winnie Low ipd@ucalgary.ca


Canadian Cancer Society/CIHR/Brain Canada: Spark Grants: Novel Technology Applications in Cancer Prevention and Early Detection

Spark Grants will support preliminary research to establish proof of principle in novel cancer prevention and early detection approaches. The goal is to fund high risk, high reward studies, that provide sufficient rationale and/or preliminary data to convince reviewers of the novelty and feasibility of the proposed work. Spark grants are intended to support the development of new partnerships and the exploration of highly novel concepts, involving researchers from any research area, and particularly from non-traditional cancer fields, such as engineering, AI, robotics, physics, nanoscience, statistics, informatics, computer and data sciences, behavioural science, and any other discipline poised to seed the next generation of disruptive technologies in cancer control.

Registration: August 28, 2020
RSO Internal Deadline Full Application: October 14, 2020

Contact: Gary Markoski

The Project Grant program is open to applicants in all areas of health research that are aligned with the CIHR mandate: "To excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system". More than ever before, the health of Canadians is deeply intertwined with the health of people around the world. Projects or programs that have a global health research focus, or include international collaborations, are eligible for support through the Project Grant program. The onus is on the applicant to clearly demonstrate the alignment of the application with CIHR's mandate.

Registration: September 16, 2020
RSO Internal Deadline: October 13, 2020 at 9:00 am
Contact: Anna LeMarquand 

RTI grants foster and enhance the discovery, innovation and training capability of university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering by supporting the purchase of research equipment and installations. The RTI Grants Program provides the primary avenue for university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering to obtain up to $150,000 in support for research tools and instruments with a net cost between $7,001 and $250,000. Researchers can submit one RTI application per competition, either as an applicant or a co‑applicant, but not as both and must meet the eligibility criteria.

RSO Internal Deadline: October 22, 2020 at noon
Contact: Danielle Demiantschuk

Partnership Grants provide support for formal partnerships that advance research, research training and/or knowledge mobilization in the social sciences and humanities through mutual cooperation and sharing of intellectual leadership, as well as though resources as demonstrated by cash and/or in-kind contributions. Faculty members who would like to participate in the 2021 competition must inform RSO of their intent to apply (ipd@ucalgary.ca) and provide a half-page overview of the proposed project by November 4, 2020.

Research Enhancement Program

The OADR provides up to $5000/yr for principal investigators or lab members to obtain training in new techniques/methodologies that will enhance their research endeavors. Proposals will be considered to support acquisition of advances to improve an identified future grant application or to rapidly respond to requests by reviews of manuscripts currently close to publication, in a high impact journal (IF >8)