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 (  

Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP) Science Instrument Intent to Qualify (ITQ) 

This Invitation to Qualify (ITQ) forms part of the Qualification Phase, which is the first  phase of a multi-phase procurement process  by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), on behalf of Canadian Space Agency (CSA), for Phases A through F of the Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP) Science Instrument project. 

The CSA has elected to participate in National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s Payloads and Research Investigations on the Surface of the Moon (PRISM) ROSES-2021 F.10 PRISM call for potential lunar surface investigations in support of the science instrument project element of the LEAP portfolio. For more information on this program element, industry and academia can refer to the final text posted on the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) page for ROSES-2021 F.10 PRISM.  
The ITQ closes on October 29th 2021. For more details click here! 

NEOSSat Science Guest Observation (GO) Program Cycle 4 

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) solicits proposals for data acquisition from the NEOSSat (Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite) space telescope. NEOSSat is able to perform imaging with precision sufficient to perform variability analyses of stars and exoplanet transits and metrology of asteroids or comets and provides near-Sun observing capabilities. This announcement of opportunity (AO) offers time on NEOSSat on a competitive basis. CSA is not issuing grants as part of this AO. Data will be on the CSA open data portal and the CADC. Applications are due November 3, 2021. For more details click here!  

Supplements to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowships Program 2021 

The objective of this Supplements to the NSERC PDF Program AO is to award a grant supplement to postdoctoral researchers who will have been awarded an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship under NSERC's PDF program. Applications are due January 7th 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). This AO is open continuously until March 31st 2022. Letters and applications are reviewed in the order of reception. 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. 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. For more details click here! 

Student Funding Opportunities 

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