Funding Opportunities

Research Funding Opportunities

Current Opportunities: 

NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program
Western’s internal deadline for Letters of Intent (LOI) is May 1st 2021 for this year’s NSERC CREATE competition (details here). The Directors and Executive Council are keen to hear from Institute faculty members with ideas for CREATE grants for this round. Please e-mail the Institute Director if you have an idea(s) for an NSERC CREATE LOI.

CSA STDP Request for Proposals: Development of enabling space technologies 

Public Works and Government Services Canada, on behalf of the Canadian Space Agency, has posted a Tender Notice entitled “Development of enabling space technologies” (9F063-190729/A):  available on:   

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. For more details click here! 


Student Funding Opportunities

Research images can now be submitted to the Science Exposed contest!

It’s that exciting time of the year again: eye-catching images coming from research projects from all fields* can now be submitted to Science Exposed. The individuals or groups that have the most successfully combined creativity and science will be awarded one of the many cash prizes. The contest is organized by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Acfas.

The goal of Science Exposed is to help foster a science culture in Canada by capturing vibrant research images that showcase the work of our talented research community. These images will help the Canadian population better understand and see, through the same lens as our scientists and engineers, the work that is being done behind the scenes. Join us in spreading the word and showcasing this science promotion activity by sending an email to your networks and posting the contest logo on your social media platforms. Promotional materials can be easily downloaded from the Science Exposed Promotional Tool Kit. Please #ScienceExposed in your communications! Last year’s finalist research images are available in a video format and offered to you as a free digital exhibition. We also created a fun guessing game with some of the images and their descriptions, a great way to entertain your guests at your next virtual event. Request the digital exhibition or the guessing game by replying to this email. Images can also be downloaded to use as wallpaper.

Exploration Science Summer Intern Program 

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is hosting a special summer intern program to involve students in activities that support missions to the Moon that utilize the Orion crew vehicle, the Deep Space Gateway, and robotic assets on the lunar surface. It is a unique opportunity to integrate scientific input with exploration activities in a way that mission architects and spacecraft engineers can use.  Activities may involve assessments of landing sites and traverse plans for multiple destinations that are responsive to NASA objectives. The LPI invites applications from graduate students in geology, planetary science, and related programs. The Exploration Science Summer Intern Program builds on the success of the Lunar Exploration Summer Intern Program that was designed to evaluate possible landing sites on the Moon for robotic and human exploration missions. Over a five-year period (2008–2012), teams of students worked with Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) science staff and their collaborators to produce A Global Lunar Landing Site Study to Provide the Scientific Context for Exploration of the Moon. Student teams also produced a series of influential journal articles (O’Sullivan et al. 2011; Flahaut et al. 2012; Lemelin et al. 2014; Potts et al. 2015; Steenstra et al. 2016; Allender et al. 2019; Bickel et al. 2019; Sargeant et al., 2020; Bickel and Kring 2020; Gawronska et al. 2020; Halim et al. 2020). The program for 2021 is designed to have the same impact on future exploration activities. DEADLINE Jan 15 2021. The 10-week program runs from June 1, 2021 through August 6, 2021. Selected interns will receive a $6,300 stipend, and up to a $1,000 travel expense reimbursement for U.S. citizens, or up to $1,500 for foreign nationals. Learn more here! 

LPI Summer Intern Program

The LPI Summer Intern Program in Planetary Science provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to perform cutting-edge research learn from widely respected planetary scientists and discover exciting careers in planetary science. During the 10-week internship, students have opportunities to participate in enrichment activities, including lectures and career development workshops. to learn more click here! 

Graduate Student Conference Travel Awards
Applications for the new Institute Graduate Student Travel Awards are now being accepted. Click here for details.