One Child Every Child Strategic Catalyst Grants

Awardees will be announced soon!

One Child Every Child is committed to walking Parallel Paths toward advancing Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholarship and perspectives on each respective path. Our Indigenous path emphasizes self-determination, culturally informed methods, and reciprocal and respectful relationships. Work along this path directly aligns with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and supports federal and global calls to action and reconciliation with Indigenous communities. One Child Every Child is equally committed to integrating equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in all aspects of research by considering how intersectionalities of research team members, research participants, and diverse stakeholders influence research processes and outcomes.

One Child Every Child Strategic Catalyst Grants are open to researchers from all One Child Every Child lead and partner institutions: University of Calgary, University of Alberta, University of Lethbridge and Athabasca University.

These awards are designed to foster interdisciplinary collaborations across One Child Every Child institutional, community and other partners (existing or new) through research that leverages and builds on existing expertise. Two million dollars ($2M) are available for the inaugural competition, with annual or semi-annual competitions to be held in subsequent years.

Branch Award: up to $200,000

2 - 3 year duration

Seedling Award: up to $50,000

1 - 2 year duration


  • Expressions of Interest deadline is Sunday, October 22, 2023  

  • UPDATED Full application deadline is Thursday, November 30, 2023

A minimum of 10 teams will be funded in this round. Additional funds may be available from One Child Every Child funding partners to increase the overall value of the funding pot and number of proposals funded. Strategic Catalyst proposals must align with at least one of the identified themes of One Child Every Child and span at least one accelerator.   


  • The Nominated Principal Applicant (only one) must hold an academic appointment at either University of Calgary, University of Alberta, University of Lethbridge or Athabasca University
  • Team members can be added between the registration and full application stage
  • Teams applying for Branch funding (up to $200,000) must be either multi-institutional or include a community or other non-academic partner

Common Q & A

Webinar - Unlocking Opportunities with One Child Every Child Strategic Catalyst Grants

This webinar is designed to provide comprehensive information to prospective applicants and researchers, ensuring they are well-equipped to navigate the application process and understand the potential impact the Strategic Catalyst Grant can have on their research.