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).    

New! 

Commanding a rover learning experience (9F015-20210402) 

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is seeking a Contractor to develop and implement activities about operating real or virtual rovers, or a combination of both, for the simulation of realistic lunar exploration missions for youth in grade 6 to 9 (Secondary 3 in Quebec) from underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The activities must be delivered at no cost for the participants during the contract period and should be available in both official languages. Applications are due August 4th, 2022. For more details click here!  

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Notice – Financial Support for XRISM Guest Scientist (XGS) Opportunity 

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is informing universities and post-secondary institutions of its intention to support researchers selected through the NASA Solicitation for the XRISM Guest Scientist (XGS) Program. This is part of the CSA's Grants and Contributions Program to support Research, Awareness and Learning in Space Science and Technology – Research Component. Deadline: For guidance, the Announcement of Opportunity (AO) publication is targeted in summer 2022 on the CSA website. It is anticipated that the Application deadline will be approximately one month after NASA solicitation results are communicated. Several factors may influence these dates. For more details click here! 

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Development of a Simulator for Terrestrial Snow Mass Mission (TSMM) (WS3527084391) 

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is Seeking bids to develop a simulator for Terrestrial Snow Mass Mission (TSMM). The targeted Technology Readiness Level (TRL) is TRL 4. The Annex A - Statement of Work provides the Bidder with the overall scope of the TSMM project. Applications are due July 26th, 2022. For more details click here! 

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Health and Nutrition – Learning Experience for Nunavut Youth (9F015-21-0511) 

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is seeking a Contractor to create hands-on and/or land based activities that will be attractive for the educators, young Inuit and their communities for exploring space-based approaches to healthy food production that align with community needs, and ultimately, boost their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The broad theme of the activities will be how Inuit astronauts could meet the challenge of growing nourishing plants from home in a Lunar Base. The aim would be to reach at least 1,000 youth residing in the Nunavut Settlement Area. The Contractor will have to work with Inuit communities to determine what kinds of activities are of interest, to establish a collaborative approach, and to determine how the activities could be developed and delivered. Applications are due September 14th, 2022. For more details click here! 

Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program Capability demonstration (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. Applications are due August 26th, 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!   

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). This AO will be open continuously until March 29th 2024 or until complete subscription of the total amount of the AO. 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! 

CFI - John R. Evans Leaders Fund 

The JELF program is designed to help universities attract and retain the very best of today and tomorrow’s researchers at a time of intense international competition. To this end, the JELF program enables a select number of an institution’s excellent researchers to undertake leading-edge research by providing them with the foundational research infrastructure required to be or become leaders in their field. In turn, this enables institutions to remain internationally competitive in areas of research and technology development, aligned with their strategic priorities. The fund also offers institutions the opportunity to create competitive research support packages in the form of infrastructure and a portion of the operating and maintenance costs, coupled with direct research costs from partner organizations. For more details click here! 

Research Funding Opportunities for Industry

New! 

STDP AO 7.1 Space R&D - Advanced technologies 

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is issuing this Announcement of Opportunity (AO) to support the development of Canadian industrial capabilities in the area of space technologies with the aim of increasing the commercial potential of Canadian space companies to capture global opportunities. This AO concerning Space R&D will award non-repayable contributions up to $1M per advanced space technology project that expect commercial potential in the short to medium term (i.e. 2 to 5 years). Applications are due August 4th, 2022. For more details click here! 

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STDP AO 7.2 Space R&D – Small Businesses 

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is issuing this Announcement of Opportunity (AO) to support the development of Canadian industrial capabilities in the area of space technologies with the aim of increasing the commercial potential of Canadian space companies to capture global opportunities. This AO concerning Space R&D - Small businesses will award non-repayable contributions up to $250,000 for space technology projects and limited to small companies (up to a maximum of 50 employees).Applications are due August 4th, 2022. For more details click here! 

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STDP AO 7.3 Space R&D – Next wave of technologies 

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is issuing this Announcement of Opportunity (AO) to support the development of Canadian industrial capabilities in the area of space technologies with the aim of increasing the commercial potential of Canadian space companies to capture global opportunities. This AO concerning Space R&D will award non-repayable contributions up to $500,000 per next wave space technology project that expect commercial potential in the medium to long term (i.e. 5 to 10 years). Applications are due August 4th, 2022. For more details click here! 

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STDP AO 7.4 Space R&D – Quantum Technologies 

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is issuing this Announcement of Opportunity (AO) to support the development of Canadian industrial capabilities in the area of space technologies with the aim of increasing the commercial potential of Canadian space companies to capture global opportunities. This AO concerning Space R&D will award non-repayable contributions up to $500,000 per quantum technology project that expect commercial potential in the medium to long term (i.e. 5 to 10 years). Applications are due August 4th, 2022. For more details click here!