External grants

Grants and Awards Division manages and administers numerous funding programs and grants available to researchers. Some of the major, larger-scale grants and funds are discussed in the menu under this section. As the team currently manages +1200 programs, not all can be listed here.

As of February 1, 2021 all new competitions which run through the External Grants Team will now include a 3-business day internal deadline requirement.


General inquiries: rsogrants@ucalgary.ca

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The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) support and promote high-quality research in a wide variety of disciplines and areas.

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On a continual basis, Research Services shares funding opportunities from foundations, societies and not-for-profit organizations with the University of Calgary research community. These regional, national, and international opportunities often have specific requirements unique to their organizations.


Networks of Centres of Excellence

Networks of Centres of Excellence was established in 1989 as a new approach to research. This made-in-Canada model has been acknowledged around the world as a highly effective way to strengthen a country's research capacity, build partnerships, and translate discoveries and advances into economic prosperity and a better quality of life for all citizens.

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National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the primary U.S. federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.

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Mitacs builds partnerships between academia, industry, and the world – to create a more innovative Canada.

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US Government

United States Government Research Grant Funding Opportunities

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Alberta Innovates

Alberta Innovates is a provincially funded corporation with a mandate to deliver 21st-century solutions for the most compelling challenges facing Albertans. This is achieved by building on Alberta’s research and technology development strengths in the core sectors of health, environment, energy, food and fibre, and platforms such as artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and omics.

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