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Research Common @ RDC

The RDC Research Common is a place where faculty, staff, and students can get assistance with research and scholarly activities. Find information on conducting original research and on the supports available for research at RDC.

Federal Granting Agencies

Integrated Calendar of Federal Agency Funding Opportunities

The integrated calendar lists the principal funding opportunities offered by NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, and CFI, including both agency-specific and jointly-administered programs.
Note: Red Deer College is not eligible for all programs from all agencies and is not currently eligible to administer CIHR grant and award funds on a standalone basis. Please contact the Office of Research & Scholarship for more information.

College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program grants are institutional grants. You must contact the Office of Research & Scholarship in order to apply. CCI grants fund applied research projects across the spectrum of natural sciences, engineering, humanities, social sciences, and health. The program is administered by NSERC in collaboration with SSHRC and CIHR.

Program Amount Duration RDC Deadline Funder Deadline

College & Community Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF)
Additional support available through Mitacs Accelerate student internships as a component of the training of highly qualified personnel (HQP).

$120,000/yr 1-3 yrs TBA TBA

Applied Research & Development (ARD) Grants
Additional support available through Mitacs Accelerate student internships as a component of the training of highly qualified personnel (HQP).

$150,000/yr 1-3 yrs   rolling intake

Applied Research Tools & Instruments (ARTI) Grants

$7,000-$150,000 1 yr   closed
Program Amount Duration RDC Deadline Funder Deadline
Idea 2 Innovation (I2I) Grants - Market Assessment $15,000 1 yr max.

 

Jan. 5, 2021
Mar. 29, 2021
June 28, 2021
Sept. 27, 2021
Idea 2 Innovation (I2I) Grants - Phase I $125,000 1 yr max.   Jan. 5, 2021
Mar. 29, 2021
June 28, 2021
Sept. 27, 2021
Idea 2 Innovation (I2I) Grants - Phase IIa $125,000 6-18 mths   Jan. 5, 2021
Mar. 29, 2021
June 28, 2021
Sept. 27, 2021
Idea 2 Innovation (I2I) Grants - Phase IIb $350,000 up to 2 yrs   Jan. 5, 2021
Mar. 29, 2021
June 28, 2021
Sept. 27, 2021

 

Program Amount Duration RDC Deadline Funder Deadline
Connection Grants

$7,000-$25,000
or
$7,000-$50,000

1 yr   Feb. 1, 2021
May 1, 2021
Aug. 1, 2021
Nov. 1, 2021
Joint Initiative for Digital Citizen Research, Connection Grants (with Canadian Heritage) $7,000-$25,000
or
$7,000-$50,000
1 yr   May 1, 2021
Aug. 1, 2021
Nov. 1, 2021
Feb. 1, 2022
Imagining Canada's Future (ICF) Ideas Lab $250,000 2 yrs Jul. 5, 2021 Jul. 16, 2021
Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative, Connection Grants $7,000-$25,000
or
$7,000-$50,000
1 yr   Feb. 1, 2021
May 1, 2021
Aug. 1, 2021
Insight Development Grants $7,000-$75,000 1-2 yrs   Feb. 2, 2021
Insight Grants - Stream A $7,000-$100,000/yr
(max. $100,000/yr)
2-5 yrs   Oct. 1, 2021
Insight Grants - Stream B $100,001-$400,000
(max. $100,000/yr)
2-5 yrs   Oct. 1, 2021
Partnership Engage Grants, Insight Program $7,000-$25,000 1 yr   Mar. 15, 2021
June 15, 2021
Sept. 15, 2021
Dec. 15, 2021
Partnership Development Grants, Insight Program $75,000-$200,000 1-3 yrs   Nov. 15, 2021
Partnership Grants, Insight Program - Stage 1 $20,000     Feb. 10, 2021
Partnership Grants, Insight Program - Stage 2 (by invitation only) $500,000/yr
(grant max. $2.5M)
4-7 yrs   Feb. 10, 2021

 

Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that builds partnerships to support industrial and social innovation in Canada. Mitacs is open to all disciplines and is committed to supporting research-based innovation, working closely with partners in industry, academia, and government. Programs provide paid internships for students under the supervision of faculty members or appropriate college research staff.

Acceptable partner organizations include for-profit corporations and eligible not-for-profit corporations, municipalities, and hospitals in Canada. In some cases, for-profit businesses operating outside of Canada  may be eligible.

For the joint funding opportunities with the Tri-agency College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program, click the CCI Program tab above.

Program Amount Duration RDC Deadline Funder Deadline
Accelerate
Targets research projects. Minimum $10,000 per intern. Partner organization's contribution starts at $7,500. 
starts at $15,000 4 mths min.   rolling intake
Business Strategy Internship (BSI)
Targets innovation projects. Minimum $10,000 per intern. Partner organization's contribution is either $5,000 ($10K funding model) or $7,500 ($15K funding model).
$10,000 or $15,000 4-6 mths   rolling intake

 

Grants from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) are institutional grants. You must contact the Office of Research & Scholarship in order to apply. The College–Industry Innovation Fund (CIIF) seeks innovative projects that will enhance the capacity of colleges to support business innovation in Canada by providing them with state-of-the-art, industry-relevant research infrastructure to foster partnerships with the private sector in specific areas of strategic priority for the institution.

Program Amount Funder NOI Deadline RDC Deadline Funder Deadline

CIIF Stream 1 - Research Infrastructure

$1M
(max. 40% of eligible project costs)
Mar. 15, 2021   May 15, 2021

External Funders (except federal agencies)

Have a grant or award opportunity to add to this page? Email the Office of Research & Scholarship.

Funder Program Amount Duration Funder LOI Deadline RDC Deadline Funder Deadline
Alberta Real Estate Foundation
Invests in real estate policy, research, practices, and education that strengthen Alberta’s communities. Currently, priority is given to projects that focus on real estate and economic recovery, resilience, and sustainable communities.
Note: Please contact the Office of Research and Scholarship before contacting the funder directly.
Grants Program typically $30,000-$100,000 typically 12-18 mths 3-4 wks before deadline   May 3, 2021
Aug. 9, 2021
30th Anniversary Legacy Grants Program requests over $250,000 typically 12-18 mths 3-4 wks before deadline   May 3, 2021
Aug. 9, 2021
Accessibility Standards Canada

Supports research projects that try to find, take away and stop obstacles to accessibility and that will help to inform the accessibility standards in the future.

Advancing Accessibility Standards Research $30,000-$100,000/yr 6 mths to 3 yrs     Mar. 25, 2021

Have a grant or award opportunity to add to this page? Email the Office of Research & Scholarship.

Funder Program Amount Duration Funder LOI Deadline RDC Deadline Funder Deadline
Alberta Conservation Association (ACA)
Funds high-quality research projects that inform the effective management of wildlife, fish populations, and habitat in Alberta.
ACA Research Grants $40,000 1 yr n/a   TBA

Wildlife Habitat Canada
Provides funds to support habitat restoration, enhancement, and protection project across Canada.

Community Conservation Action Program (limited-term pilot program) $1,000-$10,000 1 yr n/a   TBA
Helicat Canada - Wildlife & Environmental Research (WER) Fund 
Supports important and pertinent research projects that enable the helicat sector to continually improve its operating practices according to specified themes.
Solicited Proposals (see WER application guidelines) $100,000/yr 1-3 yrs n/a   see request for proposals (RFP)
Unsolicited Proposals (see WER application guidelines) $100,000/yr 1-3 yrs Mar. 1, 2021   Apr. 30, 2021

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF)
Supports a wide range of environmental initiatives, with a primary focus on environmental education and green space programs.
Note: Research projects are not eligible, but there are education and community initiatives that may qualify.

TD FEF Grant typically $2,000-$8,000 1 yr n/a  

Jan. 15, 2021
Jul. 15, 2021

Have a grant or award opportunity to add to this page? Email the Office of Research & Scholarship.

Funder Program Amount Duration Funder LOI Deadline RDC Deadline Funder Deadline

Federation for the Humanities & Social Sciences
Assists with the publication of scholarly books in support of research dissemination and excellence in scholarship.

Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) - Publication Grants $8,000   n/a   rolling intake
Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (ASPP) - Translation Grants $12,000   n/a   rolling intake
The Spencer Foundation
Supports innovative, high-quality, field-initiated research on education, broadly conceived. Funder is US-based.
Grants on Education: Small $50,000 (USD)

1-5 yrs

n/a   Mar. 1, 2021
Grants on Education: Large $125,000-$500,000 (USD) 1-5 yrs Dec. 1, 2020   Feb. 5, 2021
Research-Practice Partnerships $400,000 (USD) 3 yrs max. TBA   TBA
Racial Equity Special Research Grants $75,000 max. (USD) 1-5 yrs TBA   TBA

Have a grant or award opportunity to add to this page? Email the Office of Research & Scholarship.

Funder Program Amount Duration RDC Deadline Funder Deadline

Canada Council for the Arts

This is a general overview of what is available through the CCA. Each program consists of several component grants. Each component grant has its own eligibility requirements, application procedures, funding limits, and possibly a specified deadline or cut-off date. Please visit the CCA's website to fully explore your funding options.

Explore & Create Program $10,000-$60,000 1-3 yrs   rolling intake with exceptions
Creating, Knowing and Sharing: The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples Program $3,000-$100,000 1 yr   rolling intake with exceptions
Supporting Artistic Practice Program $10,000-$50,000 1-3 yrs   rolling intake with exceptions
Arts Across Canada Program $25,000-$100,000 1-3 yrs   rolling intake with exceptions
Arts Abroad Program $20,000-$30,000 1 yr   rolling intake with exceptions