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Funding & Resources

New funding opportunities and resources continue to be announced for research relating to COVID-19. We will post new opportunities we are made aware of below. Please also visit the ORS website for current opportunities.

Funding Opportunities

If you are interested in applying for any COVID-19 funding opportunities, please contact Heather Frost in UBC's SPARC office for grant development support.

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COVID-19 IMMUNITY TASK FORCE: COVID-19 HOT SPOTS

The COVID-19 Immunity Task Force, funded by the Government of Canada, brings together university, hospital and public health expertise to map the scope of coronavirus infection in Canada.

Most COVID-19 deaths in Canada have been in long-term care facilities, cases have clustered in select neighbourhoods and within the hardest hit provinces, and working whose jobs require routine direct interaction with the public appear at greater risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Understanding the factors that give rise to these “hot spots” is critical to informing the design and assessing the effectiveness of efforts aimed at reducing disproportionate risk to SARS-CoV02/COVID-19.

This request for expressions of interest is for population-based studies that will report on novel data relating to COVID-19 infection and immunity in three types of COVID-19 “hot spots”: 1) geographic areas, 2) long-term care facilities, 3) occupation groups.

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: September 21, 2020. Full details

PACIFIC INSTITUTE FOR CLIMATE ACTION: ALIGNING COVID RECOVERY WITH CLIMATE ACTION AND JOB CREATION

The Community Energy Association (CEA) and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) are seeking a researcher to investigate opportunities and synergies between community-scale climate action and local economic development. This important work will be used to directly support local governments seeking to sustain climate action while creating jobs during and after the current COVID-19 pandemic. Research results from this fast-turnaround project will be used to support mayors, councillors and area directors, and inform provincial funding program design. One to two awards will be made from this call for proposals. Projects should be complete by late December 2020. Application deadline: September 14. Full details 

SSHRC PARTNERSHIP ENGAGE GRANTS COVID-19 SPECIAL INITIATIVE

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges globally. While much needed focus to date has been on developing and testing effective countermeasures to control the spread of the virus, examining the longer-term impacts of the pandemic—and the ensuing economic slowdown—on individuals, businesses and communities is just as important.

Through Partnership Engage Grants (PEG), the PEG COVID-19 Special Initiative provides short-term and timely support for small-scale, stakeholder-driven partnerships. It will allow researchers and their partners to address urgent and specific needs, challenges or opportunities through collaborations. It will also provide a unique opportunity to foster a knowledge exchange on COVID-19 crisis related issues, challenges and impacts between postsecondary researchers and different sectors of society, including graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and other highly qualified personnel. Application deadlines: June 15 and September 15.

CIHR PRE-ANNOUCNEMENT: STRENGTHENING PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS IN LONG-TERM CARE FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is pleased to pre-announce the partnership and launch of the Implementation Science Teams – Strengthening Pandemic Preparedness in Long-Term Care Funding Opportunity. This initiative is being supported by the CIHR Institutes of Aging (IA), Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), Gender and Health (IGH), Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR), Infection and Immunity (III), Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA), and Population and Public Health (IPPH), in partnership with the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF).

Led by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), this funding opportunity will provide research funding to Implementation Science Teams to support evidence-informed implementation of a suite of promising practice interventions and policy options within and across Long-Term Care (LTC) and retirement homes in Canada, and to rigorously evaluate the process, outcomes and/or impacts of the interventions. 

  • Information webinar: All potential applicants are invited to register and participate in an information webinar on September 9, 2020 at 12:00pm ET.
  • Registration and full applications will be uploaded and processed through the CFHI website.
  • In order to be eligible to submit a full application, all applicants are required to register their intent to apply by September 14, 11:59pm ET.
CIHR PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND COVID-19 KNOWLEDGE SYNTHESIS, EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT GRANTS RAPID RESEARCH FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

This initiative is being led by the CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples' Health (IIPH), in partnership with the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH), the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR), the Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH), and the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR). This funding opportunity will provide research funding for Indigenous communities (i.e., First Nations, Inuit, Métis and/or Urban Indigenous communities), Indigenous organizations and researchers of Indigenous ancestry (or researchers who provide evidence of having meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples) in Canada who are responding to the unique health and well-being needs of Indigenous Peoples as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anticipated deadline: December 2020

WORKSAFE BC - IMPACTS OF COVID-19 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

WorkSafeBC is interested in research projects to address both direct and indirect impacts arising from the COVID-19 pandemic unique to occupational health and safety, injured or ill worker recovery, and safe and sustainable return to work or stay-at-work. Grant amounts are determined by WorkSafeBC, based on the proposed workplan and budget. As a guide, previous projects ranged from $50,000 to $150,000. Deadline: October 31, 2020 at 4pm PST. More details

MITACS

For projects addressing COVID-19, if you are working with an SME, Mitacs is increasing its funding to 75% of a project’s cost from the 50% typically funded. Processes have also been streamlined for these projects. More details

NSERC ALLIANCE COVID-19 GRANTS

NSERC is providing up to $15 million in total support to stimulate collaborations between academic researchers and the public and not-for-profit sectors, and industry to address pandemic-related research and technical challenges. Support for up to $50,000 for one-year projects is being made available immediately. Full details.

GENOME CANADA COVID-19 REGIONAL GENOMICS INITIATIVE

Genome Canada is issuing a funding opportunity to support regional genomics projects designed to address specific, short-term needs of industry, not-for-profit, and public sector receptors through research conducted by academics in collaboration with these receptors. These projects will be identified by regional Genome Centres and may involve co-funding by provincial or industry partners (or other sources), although this isn’t required. Projects are expected to be outcome-driven, small-scale or larger (depending on other funding sources) and focused on delivering a genomics-based solution to help address the current crisis in the near term. More details

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF CANADA

The Pandemic Response Challenge Program will build teams to address challenges requiring further research and development for solutions to meet COVID-19 related needs. The NRC will build these teams drawing on internal-to-government capacity and academic researchers who register to indicate their interest, and related areas of expertise and capabilities. More details.

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY SUPERCLUSTER

The Digital Technology Supercluster's COVID-19 Program is focused on unlocking solutions to protect the health and safety of all Canadians and our economy through the development, deployment, and scaling of digital technologies.

    EUROPEAN COLLABORATIONS

    Opportunities exist for researchers wishing to engage in international COVID-19 research collaborations through a number of EU programs. Please see the coordinated EU response to the public health threat of COVID-19 and the associated actions to tackle the novel coronavirus.

    The Mission of Canada to the EU and the Europe ST&I network can help Canadian researchers and SMEs connect with relevant European research teams and SMEs to pursue collaborations and partnerships. Please visit the Canada and the European Union website for more information.