Funding Opportunities

Research Funding Opportunities

Current Opportunities: 

If you are interested in any of the opportunities listed below, please e-mail the Research Coordinator Eric Pilles (epilles2@uwo.ca).    

Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence 

The Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence program provides research institutions with funding to support the operational costs of major projects of strategic value to the province. The ORF-RE Round 11 has two application streams: Stream 1: General – Basic and Applied Research and; Stream 2: Targeted – Experimental Research. Priority will be given to applications focused on: connected, autonomous, electric vehicles or industrial/mining technologies related to electric vehicles. Funding amount for Stream 1 is $500,000 to $2M for up to 5 years. Funding amount for Stream 2 is $300,000 to $1M for up to 4 years. Draft applications are due February 1, 2022. For more details click here!  

Deep Space Healthcare Challenge 

The Canadian Space Agency is looking for ideas to help solve the challenge of delivering healthcare in remote locations – be that on deep space missions, or in isolated Canadian communities. The Deep Space Healthcare Challenge is asking innovators of all kinds to submit their solutions that will provide detection and diagnostic support for front line healthcare workers. These solutions will have the potential to impact healthcare delivery in remote communities today, and eventually on long-duration space missions. Stage 1 awards $30,000 and the opportunity to become a semi-finalist in Stage 2 of the challenge. Applications are due February 1st, 2022. For more details click here!  

E2CX-003 Pangaea Portable Handheld Spectrometer for Geological Characterization  

The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking to design a portable (<4 kg) handheld ergonomic modular instruments that should include the following capabilities: illumination of a sample by means of either monochrome laser (Raman and LIBS), broad-band "white-light" (VNIR/SWIR) or X-Ray source, collection of reflected light from the sample surface into a spectrometer, internal storage and real-time wireless transfer of the collected raw spectra into an external device, such as PANGAEA Electronic Field Book (EFB, to be developed outside this activity allowing to pre-process, and to match multi-spectra data to minerals with the Machine-Learning Software and custom-build spectral standard libraries of minerals). Applications are due February 3rd, 2022. For more details click here! 

Grants for Space STEM Initiatives for Youth (second posting) 

The objective of this AO is to invest in the development, the delivery and the promotion of activities that engage Canadian youth in space-related initiatives to increase their level of interest and involvement in STEM. Funding amount is $50,000 per project for up to 2 years. Applications are due February 15th, 2022. For more details click here!  

Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program Capability Demonstration Announcement of Opportunity (AO) 

The Canadian Space Agency is posting this Announcement of opportunity (AO) as part of its Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP) - Grants and Contributions Program component. The objective of this AO is to support the development of a proto-flight model, and its adaptation, delivery, integration, and launch as a Canadian payload (science and/or technology) with a lunar launch or lander vehicle, which will result in a first attempt for Canada to conduct a basic R&D space demonstration of science and/or technology on the Moon and beyond, by 2024. Funding amount is up to $4M up to 2 years. Applications for the next round are due February 25, 2022. For more details click here! 

Canadian Student Participation in the 44th Committee on Space Research Scientific Assembly (COSPAR 2022) 

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) invites university students (master's and doctoral levels) to apply for a grant to participate in the 44th Committee on Space Research Scientific Assembly (COSPAR 2022) to be hosted in Athens, Greece from July 16 to 24, 2022. Funding available is $4,575/grant recipient. Applications are due February 28, 2022. For more details click here! 

Interdisciplinary Development Initiatives 

Western will invest in a limited number of interdisciplinary development initiatives (IDIs) that have a demonstrated potential to become national and international models for excellence. The IDI program is intended to seed new interdisciplinary collaborations. IDIs will be exceptional programs that advance Western’s research mission, attract scholars and graduate students to our university, and bring prestige to the institution. These IDIs, led by established or emerging scholars, will have clearly articulated research dimensions and objectives. Two streams will be funded: $35,000 for one year and $200,000 over a maximum of two years. Applications and ROLA are due March 1, 2022. For more details click here! 

Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP) Technology Development Announcement of Opportunity (AO) 

The purpose of the AO is to provide financial support to businesses in the Canadian space industry that develop technological innovations with a strong potential of integrating the lunar missions supply chains. The AO will award non-repayable contributions for space technology projects that expect to enhance their commercial potential in the lunar economy in the short to medium term (i.e. 2 to 5 years). Funding amount is $2M with a possibility to extend to $4M, with an initial duration of 18 months.This AO is open continuously until March 31st 2022. Letters and applications are reviewed in the order of reception. For more details click here! 

2022 Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) Competition 

The CERC program is funded by the three federal research funding agencies: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The program offers eligible Canadian, degree-granting institutions an opportunity to establish highly funded research chairs in the Government of Canada’s ST&I priority areas for the CERC and CFREF programs. Funding amount is up to $1M per year or up to $500,000 per year, for a duration of 8 years. Applications are due June 1, 2022. For more details click here! 

Canada First Research Excellence Fund 2022 

The Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) is a unique institutional program to support large-scale research programs focusing on an existing institutional thematic area aligned with the Government of Canada’s science, technology and innovation (ST&I) priorities for the CFREF and Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) programs. There is no maximum or minimum funding amount, and the duration is 7 years. Applications are due August 31, 2022. For more details click here! 

Announcement of Opportunity (AO) For Human Analog Studies 

The intent of this AO is to provide financial support to researchers in Canadian Universities, post-secondary institutions and in not-for-profit organizations to conduct science investigations that will lead to a better understanding of human spaceflight risks while contributing to improve remote medicine and health benefits here on Earth. The focus of research to be funded in this AO, will be on human-subject space analogue studies that reproduce the health and performance factors of space environments such as variable gravity, isolation, and confinement. Funding amount is up to $200,00 per project, for a duration of up to 2 years. Applications are due October 7, 2022. For more details click here!   

Western Innovation Fund (WIF) Competition  

The Western Innovation Fund awards are supported by the Vice-President (Research) and are intended to fund projects that will advance innovative research results towards application and commercialization. This competition is for one-time projects based on existing research initiatives. Applicants can only receive one grant per type of project or technology. WORLDiscoveries personnel are available for consultation on issues related to intellectual property and commercialization. Projects are expected to be of short duration (6-12 months). Up to $100,000 in funding is available and is repayable only if there is a positive commercial outcome. The submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI) is required before a full application can be submitted to Western Research. A new LOI is not required if WORLDiscoveries has requested a resubmission to a new competition; however, a new ROLA Proposal must accompany the resubmitted application. Researchers may apply at any time. For more details click here! 

LOOKNorth Technology Investment Program (TIP) 

LOOKNorth`s Technology Investment Program (TIP) promotes the deployment of monitoring technologies to provide breakthroughs in the safe and sustainable development and transportation of Canada’s natural resources. The program co-funds technology validation projects and is intended as a precursor to long-term implementation of remote sensing and other monitoring technologies in the resource sectors; its primary goal is sustained commercialization of these technologies. This grant opportunity is ongoing with a rolling deadline. Funding amount is $200,000 per project. For more details click here! 

Bell-Western 5G Research Grant  

Bell Canada and Western are partnering to establish a national centre for research development of 5G networks. This centre will engage the strengths and research expertise at Western in the areas of 5G capacity planning and small cell deployment, intelligent 5G management and operations, disruptive applications of 5G, QoS and QoE provisioning, smart cities planning and infrastructure, mental health and wellbeing, and policy development. Funding amount is $500,000 for a duration of one year. For more details click here! 

Funding Opportunties For Students 

Course: PlANETSCI 9605L 

The Institute for Earth and Space Exploration is offering 10 funding opportunities in the amount of $700.00 each to qualifying Collaborative Specialization students. For consideration for this funding, Please fill out this form once you have registered for the course through Earth Sciences. 

Canadian Student Participation in the 44th Committee on Space Research Scientific Assembly (COSPAR 2022)


The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) invites university students (master's and doctoral levels) to apply for a grant to participate in the 44th Committee on Space Research Scientific Assembly (COSPAR 2022) to be hosted in Athens, Greece from July 16 to 24, 2022. Funding available is $4,575/grant recipient. Applications are due February 28, 2022. For more details click here!