Faculty: Apply for Grants or Fellowships

Applying for grants or fellowships is a vital endeavour for all faculty to fund research or career goals. 

For funding questions and support on CFI and Tri-Council grant applications, reach out to Marlene Ramos at marlene.ramos@smu.ca. 

To aid in this process, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research divides such opportunities into these general categories:

Internal funding

  • funding from Saint Mary's University, available only to current SMU faculty or SMU graduate students

External funding

  • funding opportunities from other institutions or agencies, which can be further separated into two broad categories:
    • funding from Canadian institutions, available only to Canadian faculty or graduate students                                                                                                 
    • funding from global institutions, available to non-Canadian faculty or graduate students


Internal Funding Opportunities

FGSR Internal Research Grants Programs 

The Three Internal Grant Programs available are:

  1. FGSR Strategic Research Grants
    • may request grants between $5,000 - $15,000 which is normally to be utilized within 2 years.
  2. FGSR Small Internal Grants in Aid of Research
    • may request grants up to a maximum of $1,500 which is normally to be utilized within 1 year.
  3. Saint Mary’s University Accessibility Research Fund
    • may request grants between $7,000 - $15,000.

    Application and Guidelines for an Internal Grant for New Faculty - Deadline October 15

    Sample Internal New Faculty Grant - To show the detail the FGSR Research Committee is expecting.

    Course Release for Research Purposes - Deadline November 1

    Course Release for supervision of PhD students - Deadline November 1

    Grantee's Progress Report
    Required to reapply for Internal Grants or to extend the granting period of Internal Grants. Submit your Grantee's Progress Report to the Research Grants Officer at rgo@smu.ca.

    International Conference Participation Travel Fund
    Application and guidelines - Deadlines October 15 and March 15

    Teach for a Week in Europe this Summer

    Full-time faculty and staff interested in the opportunity to teach for a week in May/June 2024 at a Saint Mary's partner institution in Poland or Croatia are encouraged to contact The Studio’s Global Learning Office. Please email Miyuki.arai@smu.ca for more information.

    External Funding Opportunities

    For all external grants, please inform the RGO of your intention to apply in advance of Tri-Council and other funders' deadlines. A review of draft applications by our internal College of Reviewers requires a minimum of two weeks lead time. 

    Funding Programs

    New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF)


    The Transformation stream is designed to support large-scale, Canadian-led interdisciplinary research projects that address a major challenge with the potential to realize real and lasting change (high-reward). The challenge may be fundamental, leading to a scientific breakthrough, or applied, with a social, economic, environmental or health impact. Projects are expected to be world-leading, drawing on global research expertise where relevant.

    • NOI deadline: October 24, 2023
    • LOI deadline: January 10, 2024
    • Application deadline (by invitation only): September 5, 2024
    • Competition Information: 2024 Transformation Competition

    NSERC Alliance Grants

    • Duration: 1 to 5 years
    • Value: $20,000 to $1 million per year
    • Application deadline: No deadline
    • For university researchers collaborating with private-sector, public-sector or not-for-profit organizations

    NSERC Alliance Missions

    Alliance Missions grants are a unique opportunity aimed at addressing critical science and technology challenges that can play a pivotal role in Canada’s economy.

    NSERC Discovery Grants (DG)

    • Duration: Up to five years
    • Notice of Intent: Aug 1, 2023, before 8 pm (ET)
    • Full application: Nov 1, 2023, before 8 pm (ET)

    NSERC Subatomic Physics Discovery Grants (Individual and Project)
    • Notice of Intent: Aug 1, 2023, before 8 pm (ET)
    • Subatomic Physics Project applications requesting $500K or more per year: Oct 3, 2023, before 8 pm (ET)
    • Application: Nov 1, 2023, before 8 pm (ET)

    NSERC PromoScience
    • Application: Closed 

    NSERC Research Tools and Instruments (RTI)
    • Duration: 1 year
    • Value: Up to $150,000
    • Application deadline: October 25, 2023

    SSHRC Insight Development Grant (IDG)

    • Application: Feb 2, 2024, before 8 pm (ET)
    SSHRC Insight Grant (IG)
    • Application: Oct 1, 2023, before 8 pm (ET)

    SSHRC Connection Grants (CG)
    • Every Feb 1, May 1, Aug 1, and Nov 1, before 8 pm (ET)
    SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants (PEG)
    • Every Mar 15, Jun 15, Sep 15, and Dec 15, before 8 pm (ET)
    SSHRC Partnership Development Grant (PDG)
    • Application: Nov 15, 2023, before 8 pm (ET)
    SSHRC Partnership Grant (PG)
    • Stage 1: Feb 10, 2024
    • Stage 2 (by invitation only): Oct 29, 2023

    CFI JELF-Unaffiliated
    • Please consult with the Associate Vice-President, Research before applying.
    CFI JELF-Partnership: CRC/CERC, NSERC Alliance, SSHRC Insight Grants and Partnership Grants programs
    • Please consult with the Associate Vice-President, Research before applying.
    • Infrastructure proposal should be submitted to the CFI at the same time that the corresponding partnership proposal is submitted (see partner websites for deadlines).

    Post-Doctoral External Funding Opportunities

    Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships 

    The 2023-24 competition is closed.

    The 2023-24 competition was launched in April 2023 and the application deadline will be September 20, 2023 (20:00 EDT). Please note that Saint Mary's University's internal deadline is AUGUST 18, 2023. Eligible individuals who wish to be considered should send a message of interest and their CV to Research Grants Officer, Marlene Ramos at rgo@smu.caSelection will be based on individual merit, potential for a successful research career, and alignment with Saint Mary's University's strategic priorities.

    The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is designed to support world-class postdoctoral researchers. The fellowship provides $70,000 per year for two years (taxable and non-renewable). The program is open to both Canadian and international researchers who have recently completed a PhD, PhD- equivalent, or health professional degree. Applications must be completed in full collaboration with the proposed host institution.

    Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

    The internal deadline has passed.

    Doctoral Scholarship based on academic excellence, research potential, and leadership. 

    Saint Mary’s University has a quota of nominations we can forward to the national competition.

    Eligible students who wish to be considered should send a message of interest and their CV to Research Grants Officer, Marlene Ramos at rgo@smu.ca by SEPTEMBER 15, 2023.

    The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program in 2008 to strengthen Canada's ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.

    IMFG Post-Doctoral Fellowship

    This year's opportunity is closed.

    IMFG offers a $60,000 Richard M. Bird Post-Doctoral Fellowship to support researchers who have recently completed their Ph.D. or will have completed it by September 1, 2023. Fellowship recipients will prepare two original research papers for publication by IMFG and present their research through two seminars. Depending on the recipient’s interests and IMFG’s research agenda, the recipient may also develop and organize IMFG conferences, events or roundtables and engage in various other research projects at the Institute.

    The recipient is expected to live in Toronto, Canada while pursuing their research, where they will have the opportunity to participate generally in the larger U of T community during the 2023-2024 academic year. IMFG is situated within U of T’s School of Cities, allowing the recipient to benefit from the broad network associated with the School and its affiliates.


    Other External Programs of Interest:

    Fulbright Canada Research Chairs program

    Fulbright Canada Research Chairs are intended for Canadian citizens who are exceptional scholars and/or experienced professionals who wish to conduct research and/or lecture in the United States.

    Fulbright Canada Research Chairs are pre-arranged affiliations that allow scholars to conduct research/lecture on subjects important to that university. Partner universities are excited to welcome the Fulbright Visiting Chairs into campus life and encourage them to engage with students, faculty, and the broader community. Fulbright Visiting Research Chairs can guest lecture in university courses, mentor students, lecture in public venues, network, and promote their research while representing the Fulbright program, and their home and host institutions.

    The award values range from US$25,000 to US$50,000 and from four to nine months.  Awards typically begin in either September 2024 or January 2025.

    The competition opens May 2023 and awards are to be taken up in the 2024-2025 Academic Year
    Applications are accepted until - November 15, 2023

    The Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research | The Royal

    The Royal-Mach-Gaensslen Prize for Mental Health Research is funded by a generous donation from the Mach-Gaensslen Foundation, building upon the wishes of its founders, Mr. Vaclav Mach and Dr. Hanni Gaensslen, to support mental health research. 

    Each year for ten years, $100,000 will be available to be awarded to one person (or a research team of up to three persons) per competition. The Prize is awarded with the expectation that the recipient(s) will continue to demonstrate excellence in their field of work. If no appropriate candidate is found, the Prize will be deferred for one year.

    Eligible candidates are exceptional rising star researchers who are 45 years of age or younger at the application date, are Canadian citizens or have landed immigrant status in Canada, and are currently residing in Canada or are residing abroad but are committed to return to Canada within six months from the date of being awarded the Prize. In addition, candidates must be affiliated with a Canadian academic or clinical institution and their research shall be in a mental health discipline. 

    Please refer to the Prize Guidelines for full eligibility requirements and additional application details.

    The 2023 deadline date for applications is closed.