A grant gained for carrying out a scientific study is known as research money. These grants are often obtained through a competitive process. Conducting research requires submitting grant applications and obtaining funds. Research may not always require money. But financing may provide the researcher with the freedom to consider designing a new experiment, designing new instruments, and having them built-in local or distant workshops. This might make it possible to measure things more precisely and accurately, increasing the likelihood that the results will hold elsewhere. It might even provide him/her the chance to finish their research early. So, the Canadian government has provided a wide range of funding opportunities in many research fields.
Scientific Research Funding
Climate Action and Awareness Fund
Up to $206 million over five years will be allocated by the Climate Action and Awareness Fund (CAAF) to projects created in Canada that contribute to lowering greenhouse gas emissions. The Climate Action and Awareness Fund are intended to assist initiatives that can give Canadians who work in research and technology, academia, and grassroots community organizations middle-class jobs. These programmes are essential as we work to create a sustainable net-zero emissions economy by 2050.
Funding: The Environmental Damages Fund provides funding for the Climate Action and Awareness Fund. The Environmental Damages Fund offers a way to allocate money obtained from penalties, court orders, and voluntary payments to high-priority initiatives that will improve Canada’s natural environment. By funding initiatives in Canadian communities that have demonstrable results, the Environmental Damages Fund works to ensure that environmental good comes after environmental harm.
Output-Based Pricing System Proceeds Fund
An initiative of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is sponsored with money from the federal Output-Based Pricing System (OBPS) Proceeds Fund. The Canadian government has promised to restore monies obtained from the OBPS to the countries where they were first collected. Provinces and territories that voluntarily embraced the OBPS may choose to have the collected funds transferred directly to them. The two programme streams of the OBPS Proceeds Fund will refund money earned in other backstop jurisdictions in the past or present.
Through ECCC initiatives, roughly $230.9 million from the 2020 compliance period and roughly $161.1 million from the 2019 compliance period’s federal OBPS collections will be returned. Based on revenue received for 2019 and 2020, the following tables display the expected funding available in each backstop jurisdiction (totals may not sum due to rounding).
Health Research Funding
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the government of Canada’s investment arm in health research, promotes excellence in the fields of biological, clinical, health systems services, and population health research. According to the CIHR Act, CIHR’s mission is to “excel in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence.” Each year, CIHR contributes about $1 billion to support health research.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Funding
The visionaries, explorers, and trailblazers who are looking for the scientific and technological advances that will benefit our nation are supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. We are the country’s biggest advocate for research and innovation. To help Canada’s research community flourish, we collaborate with universities, colleges, corporations, and not-for-profit organizations to remove obstacles, create opportunities, and draw in new talent. Because we support research that transcends borders and boundaries, we provide Canadian scientists and engineers with the tools they need to advance.
NSERC assists businesses of all kinds in utilizing the expertise and technology found in Canadian universities and institutions. Partners can benefit from the creative ideas, specialized labs, and highly qualified students who are prepared to start their careers that researchers provide. Partners offer researchers fresh viewpoints, market expertise, and commercialization channels. Together, they assist Canadians by transforming scientific and technological advances.
Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI)
2007 saw the beginning of the Strategic Aerospace and Defense Initiative (SADI). It offers reimbursable contributions for research and development (R&D) initiatives in the aerospace, space, defence, and security (A&D) sectors. Small to large businesses can use SADI to support process, product, or service innovation.
SADI has three goals:
- to boost the competitiveness of Canadian A&D enterprises;
- To stimulate strategic R&D that will lead to innovation and excellence in new or enhanced goods, services, and processes; and to encourage cooperation between research organizations, universities, colleges, and the corporate sector.
Innovation and Business Research Funding
Consumer Issues Research Funding
The Contributions Program for Non-Profit Consumer and Voluntary Organizations assist groups in conducting reliable, impartial research to advance consumers’ influence in the marketplace and impartially carry out their missions to represent Canadian consumers’ interests. The Applicant’s Guide contains comprehensive information on the Program’s assessment criteria for the 2021–2023 year.
In Canada, businesses must be incorporated as non-profit corporations. Also required is evidence that they:
A governance structure that guarantees accountability to a membership representing the interests of consumers; a structure, governance, and funding arrangements that shield them from commercial influence on their research and policy positions; the ability to reach out to Canadian consumers outside of the organization itself; competence, credibility, and accountability in carrying out the projects; and goals that are consistent with the organization’s mission.
Research Network Funding
In the current global economy, it is more crucial than ever to build on Canada’s achievements in engineering, health, and natural, social, and biomedical sciences. The ability to translate novel discoveries into goods, services, and procedures that enhance the standard of living for Canadians is essential for Canada to remain economically competitive. To accomplish these objectives, the public and commercial sectors should be encouraged to form domestic and international partnerships.
The NCE Secretariat oversees three national initiatives to mobilize Canada’s top research and development personnel to create a more developed, healthier, competitive, and successful Canada: Networks of Centers of Excellence (NCE), including the International Knowledge Translation Platforms (NCE-IKTP), the Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence (CIRCE), and the NCE Knowledge Mobilization (NCE-KM) projects.
Research Excellence Funding
All awards from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (Fund) have a maximum tenure of seven years. The size of Fund prizes is not fixed.
It is anticipated that some institutions would apply for significant grants to fund intricate institutional projects showing promise for global leadership in key areas of strategic importance to Canada. Other institutions might propose smaller-scale initiatives with a more limited reach that could be world-leading and lead to collaborations with other global leaders. All submissions will be evaluated according to the same criteria for outstanding, world-class research. Keeping in mind that each award is meant to support a comprehensive, ambitious institutional plan that focuses on the areas in which the institution can reasonably achieve global leadership, the amount of funding requested in a Fund application should be calculated accordingly.
International Research and Collaboration Opportunities
To help academics and organizations identify solutions to the problems facing global development, IDRC offers grants, funds, and awards. We support initiatives that support global health, science, education, democratic and inclusive government, and sustainable and inclusive economies in developing nations through calls for research proposal submissions. Our approach and the research we sponsor both strongly emphasize gender equality and inclusion.
International Innovation Funding
The Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) assists Canadian businesses in collaborating with a foreign partner on international research and development (R&D) initiatives that have the potential to be commercialized.CIIP can aid you in locating R&D collaborations in:
Who may apply?
Canadian businesses that: are incorporated, for-profit small or medium-sized businesses looking to create novel or enhanced goods, services, or procedures with strong commercialization potential and prepared to work with international partners on R&D projects.
It is feasible to publish articles without funding; case reports, case series, observational studies, and small experimental studies, among other types of papers, can be produced without outside funding through observational research and experimental studies with small sample sizes. However, it may not be possible to conduct the study within the resources of the department or institution if studies like multi-centric studies, randomized controlled trials, experimental studies, or observational studies with large sample sizes are anticipated. In these cases, an external funding source is needed. You can always turn to government resources to fund your research.