Funding Opportunities

Featured Funding Opportunities

2018 Alberta Innovates Training & Early Career Development Program Announcement

We are pleased to inform you that the 2018 Training and Early Career Development (TECD) competitions are now open. We will be offering all four streams in this competition –  Graduate Studentship, MD-PhD Studentship, Postgraduate Fellowship and Clinician Fellowship. The deadline for application into these competitions is September 7, 2018 at 4pm MDT.

We anticipate funding only up to 20 applications total across the portfolio – as such, the competition for the awards in each category will be very significant.   

We have updated the eligibility / program guides for all the programs. I have highlighted the specific changes below and additional detail can be found on our website:

  • No out of province awards will be considered. All applicants must be training at an Alberta University
  • All awards must be implemented by either January 1, 2019, February 1, 2019 or March 1, 2019.
  • Graduate Studentships
    • Maximum eligibility 3 years
    • Maximum eligibility 1 year for Masters level
  • MD-PhD Studentship
    • Maximum eligibility 5 years

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Kathy Morrison – she can be reached at or by phone at 780-429-7655.

Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System (PRIHS)

The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System (PRIHS) competition from Alberta Innovates and AHS has now launched. A combined pool of $7 million in funds is available. This competition is focused on supporting health research and innovation projects that will adopt and implement evidence to maintain or improve quality of patient care and services while substantially reducing costs in the healthcare system.

The Expression of Interest submission deadline is April 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm MST.  At this stage, the call is to identify and describe a problem that is relevant to Albertans and preventing them from receiving the most appropriate and efficient health care.

Instructions here.

SEED Grant Award Program

The SEED Grant Award Program for 2018-19 is currently open. We welcome applications from a broad range of academic disciplines (including but not limited to surgery, anesthesiology, gynaecology, oncology, rehabilitation medicine and public health) and AHS operations.

This program will offer pilot funding ($10,000/project for a total of $30,000 ) to support the development of research projects which aim to improve value, efficiency, or quality of surgical care in Alberta through health services research and innovation.

The Program Guide and Application Template are available on the Surgery SCN webpage.

NOTE - deadline to submit applications is May 7, 2018

The Surgery SCN is also conducting a Grant Writing Workshop on April 20that the Foothills Medical Center in Calgary. If you are interested please register here. 


The U of A has a fixed number of Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program LOIs that can be submitted to NSERC and the Vice-President (Research) will be holding an internal adjudication process to determine which LOIs can proceed. The internal deadline is not yet known but is expected to be at the end of March or early April, based on previous years. 

A brief which outlines the call and supports for applicants is found below. Of note, the FoMD Office of Research will be organizing a roundtable discussion for potential applicants in early March attended by Dr. Iwona Pawlina (Director, GAP NSE) and Dr. Joe Casey (CREATE awardee, 2012). Faculty who are considering applying to this program in the future are also welcome to attend. Please contact Colleen Sunderland by Monday, February 26 to indicate your interest in attending.

Brief PDF here

Cancer Research Society

The Cancer Research Society is pleased to announce the launch of its 2018 Scholarships for the Next Generation of Scientists competition, an initiative aiming at supporting future generations of Canadian researchers. The Scholarship is broken down into two parts, and extends over a period of 3 years, with no possibility for renewal.

Part 1: Postdoctoral Salary Award - 1 year* - $40,00

Part 2: Operating Grant - 2 years - $120,000 ($60,000/year)

For application details and complete instructions please visit the webpage at this link.

For all questions, please contact Lucille Beaudet or Irina Navarrete at or, toll free, 1 888-766-2262

Deadlines for submitting an application: April 27, 2018, 11:59 pm (EST).  

DoD GWIRP and PRCRP Program Announcements

FY2018 Funding opportunities have now been posted.

ACF Cancer  Detection Challenge

The Alberta Cancer Foundation is partnering with two other organizations for an exciting new investment opportunity. The Cancer Detection Challenge is led by Alberta Innovates, and sponsored by Alberta Cancer Foundation and DynaLIFE Medical Labs. They are inviting members of the Alberta cancer technology, research and clinical communities to identify and support the development of technology to detect and diagnose cancer earlier, improving outcomes for Alberta patients with cancer. The Challenge is broad in scope, inclusionary of technologies across the cancer detection pathway and agnostic to cancer-type. The focus of this call is on detection technologies that can be applied in a laboratory setting, however, other modalities will be considered such as imaging. Applicants must be for-profit companies but can have academic co-applicants.

CCRA-ACRC Funding Opportunities

Current funding opportunities from some of the CCRA member organizations are listed in this link. Organizations are listed in alphabetical order. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list.