Funding Agencies

Potential agencies to which the JIBC can apply for research funding.

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British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund
The British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) will permit public post-secondary institutions, teaching hospitals, and affiliated non-profit research agencies to invest in research infrastructure. As the objectives of BCKDF focus on creating and enhancing research infrastructure within the province, proposals should reflect the manner in which they will contribute to building or enhancing an institution’s long-term capacity for leading edge research, provincial economic development and job creation.

Defence Research and Development Canada - Partnerships and Opportunities
Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) is seeking collaborative activities that support its strategic objectives and is developing new engagement mechanisms to offer opportunities for mutually beneficial partnerships and to enhance existing relationships. The objective is to establish novel, agile ways to collaborate that will yield tangible benefits to all involved.

Imagine Canada  
Imagine Canada's Research Program is recognized as the leading source of research on Canada's charitable and nonprofit sector. The Research Program studies a range of areas related to the sector, including charitable giving, volunteering, civic participation, attitudes towards charities, and the evaluation practices and needs of nonprofit and charitable organizations. It has done pioneering research on the size, scope, and value of the charitable and nonprofit sector in Canada. (Canada Foundation for Innovation)
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. The CFI's mandate is to strengthen the ability of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that benefits Canadians.

National Research Council Canada
The National Research Council Canada pursues many areas of research that includes helping to uncover solutions to national challenges in health, climate change, the environment, clean energy and other fields.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. Grants available include: Colaborative Health Research Projects, Collaborative Research and Development Grants, College and Community Innovation Program, and Research Tools and Instruments Grants Program.  Visit NSERC's Grant Program Overview.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
SSHRC supports university-based research and graduate training in the social sciences and humanities. SSHRC grants and fellowships are awarded through an independent, national, peer-review process. Applicants (principal investigators) must be affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution. Apply for funding. Funding available for Insight Grants, Connection Program, and Partnership Development Grants.

Since 2000, Tides Canada Foundation's involvement has helped advance work in social justice, climate change, the economy and environment, habitat protection, domestic violence prevention, reforms of the charitable sector, and social finance. Tides Canada Foundation, and its sister Sage Centre, are important Canadian institutions. They provide national leadership for philanthropic support on pressing issues of the day, mentoring and supporting Canadians in placing their charitable funds effectively. 

Work Safe BC
The Research Secretariat's mission is to support scientific research and knowledge transfer that will contribute to: Improving health and safety in B.C. workplaces; Fostering successful rehabilitation and return-to-work of injured workers; and Ensuring fair compensation for workers suffering injury or illness on the job.


First Nation and Inuit Cultural Education Centres Program
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)'s First Nation and Inuit Cultural Education Centres Program (CECP) provides funding to help preserve and strengthen unique First Nation and Inuit cultures, traditions and languages.  


Canadian Research Information System
Search for the grants and awards funded by CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research).

COS Pivot
A database of funding opportunities, drawing from Community of Scholars and Community of Science profiles. (ProQuest)

Funding Opportunities  
McMaster University, Research Office for Administration, Development and Support.

Funding Opportunities: Research Funding Programs Information  
From University of Toronto, Office of the Vice-President, Research & Associate Provost.

Family Violence

Canadian Women's Foundation
Canadian Women’s Foundation is Canada’s only national public foundation dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. Click here for grant information.


Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement
The foundation primarily sponsors and promotes applied health systems research through its funded programs. Most research programs are jointly funded by the foundation and other organizations — in particular, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), provincial ministries and agencies and decision-making organizations that have a particular interest in the topic at hand.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the major federal agency responsible for funding health research in Canada.

Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)
The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) was established in 2003 as an independent not-for-profit corporation, operating collaboratively with health professionals and organizations, regulatory bodies and governments to build and advance a safer healthcare system for Canadians. CPSI performs a coordinating and leadership role across health sectors and systems, promotes leading practices and raises awareness with stakeholders, patients and the general public about patient safety. CPSI is uniquely positioned to assist health professionals, providers and organizations to access the latest evidence, change concepts and recommended evaluation strategies through targeted Canadian interventions and programming.

Health Canada - Science and Research - Funding
"Health Canada recognizes the value of supporting research in order to discover new and better ways to deal with the health concerns of today and tomorrow."

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research  
The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research was established in March 2001 with the mandate to provide leadership and to implement core funding programs to build BC's capacity for excellence in health research.

Vancouver Foundation - Grants
Vancouver Foundation is a philanthropic non-governmental community foundation which operates primarily as a permanent collection of endowed funds. Project grants are available to B.C. post-secondary educational institutions, clinical agencies, and community organizations (registered as charities with Revenue Canada). B.C. Medical Foundation provides limited funding for Health Research, Community-Based Health Research and Health Education.


Indigenous Justice Program
The Indigenous Justice Program is comprised of two funding components: The Community-Based Justice Programs Fund and The Capacity Building Fund.

Department of Justice - Funding
The Department of Justice is dedicated to developing and maintaining a fair and accessible Canadian justice system. To help the Department achieve its broad policy objectives, the Programs Branch uses a variety of programs including grants and contributions to test fresh approaches to improving Canada's justice system, to contribute to developing policies and to support its mandate of a more accessible, equitable and efficient justice system for Canadians. Apply for funding to programs such as: Indigenous Communities, Criminal Justice, Family Justice and Justice System and Policy.

Last updated January 31, 2019