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 (    

Technology Demonstration AO 

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is issuing this AO to specifically support the Canadian space sector with funds to demonstrate new technologies in space, before December 2026. This AO will award non-repayable contributions of up to $2M per research and development project, that expect benefits in the short to medium term (i.e. 1 to 5 years). Applications are due March 29th, 2024. 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 

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!

Canadian Student Participation in the 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2022)

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) invites university students (undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels) to apply for a grant to participate in the 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2022) and in the activities organized by the International Space Education Board (ISEB), both to be hosted in Paris, France from September 17 to 23, 2022.