Research grants & funding

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Check out all the available research funding grants available and see how you can hire more help for your project.

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Project Grant Program

Available to health-related research projects across Canada

Amount: Varies
Who can apply (eligibility):

Researchers at any career stage to build and conduct health-related research and knowledge translation projects.

For a full list of eligibility requirements, please visit the Canadian Institutes of Health Research website.

How to apply:

There is an application and review process for this program. Please visit the website to view the:

Application due date: Seasonal due dates throughout the year

Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

Offered by the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada

The NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program is regarded world-wide as one of the best programs of its kind. It provides necessary funding for small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada.

Amount: Covers a portion of an intern's salary
Who can apply (eligibility):

This program is great for any organizations looking to hire emerging talent to assist and work on projects related to research and development, engineering, multimedia/market analysis components, or to help develop a new product/process.

Eligibility includes:

  • Eligible for-profit corporations in Canada and not-for-profit corporations in Canada
  • Must be a small or medium-sized business (500 or less full-time employees)
  • Must be ready to enhance your innovation capacity and willing to partner with NRC IRAP

The candidate's internship must last a minimum of six months and a maximum of 12 months, and the candidate must be:

  • 15 to 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • a post-secondary graduate
  • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada or person granted refugee status in Canada
  • legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
  • a first-time participant in a Youth Employment Strategy work experience program targeted at post-secondary graduates

Please visit the Government of Canada NRC IRAP website for full eligibility requirements.

How to apply:

To access this program, take the following steps:

  • Talk to the NRC IRAP team. Call them toll-free at 1-877-994-4727. They will ask you some questions about your business to determine if you are eligible, including your business objectives and your capacity and willingness to grow through innovation.
  • Discuss your needs with one of the NRC industrial technology advisors. If they determine your development and growth strategies could benefit from NRC IRAP support, they will refer you to an industrial technology advisor (ITA). The ITA may want to meet with you in person to understand your business in more detail - such as your strategy, the issues you're facing, the opportunities you see for growth and your plans for the future - to determine if our youth employment program is right for you.
  • Develop a project proposal. The ITA will work with you to develop a project proposal for submission to NRC IRAP.
  • Find a youth candidate. Your ITA can connect you with networks to help you find candidates.

You will hear back from NRC IRAP within two weeks whether or not your project was approved. Once approved, you will need to submit monthly reimbursement claims to NRC IRAP.

Please visit the Government of Canada NRC IRAP website for full details.

Application due date: Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Mitacs Accelerate Program

Great for hiring interns for research projects

Mitacs offers grants and funding for research-based employment opportunities for Canadian companies employing post-secondary students for four or eight months. This funding compensates 50% of the student salary and is a unique opportunity as it is eligible for international visa students, permanent residents, and Canadian citizens.