Research Funding Opportunities

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) support and promote high-quality research in a wide variety of disciplines and areas. Together, they make up the Tri-Council funding agencies, the primary mechanism through which the Government of Canada supports research and training at post-secondary institutions.

Eligibility of expenses is governed by the Tri-Agency Guide on Financial Administration.

The granting agencies were created by Acts of Parliament, which define their individual mandates. In turn, these mandates define the areas of research funded by each agency. To learn more about which funding agency you should apply to with your project, please visit the Government of Canada’s Research Funding and Awards page.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada’s agency responsible for funding health research in Canada. CIHR funds research in four main research areas:

  • Biomedical
  • Clinical
  • Health systems services
  • Social, cultural, environmental, and population health

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) is responsible for funding research in the natural sciences, engineering, and technology. NSERC’s mission is to make investments in people, discovery, and innovation to increase Canada’s scientific and technological capabilities for the benefit of all Canadians. NSERC administers both competitive and non-competitive programs for research-related funding in the three areas mentioned above.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) 

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports research and training in the humanities and social sciences. Applications to SSHRC as the primary source of funding must meet the following two subject matter eligibility criteria:

  • The proposed research or related activities must be primarily in the social sciences and humanities.
  • The intended outcome of the research must primarily be to add to our understanding and knowledge of individuals, groups, and societies—what we think, how we live, and how we interact with each other and the world around us.