Internal Research Funding

The following programs are administered by the Office of the Vice-President (Research and Innovation).

Distinguished Visitors Fund

Supports visits by nationally or internationally distinguished scholars, artists, scientists, and professionals who enhance the campus' intellectual environment.

Indigenous Engaged Research Grant Program

This supplemental grant program is intended to support relationship building between SSHRC researchers and Indigenous communities with whom they are working in developing, undertaking and reporting on research projects.

Killam Research Fund

Supports research, scholarship, and creative activities to advance our objectives in the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Pilot Seed Grant Program

This competitive seed grant program encourages and supports multidisciplinary teams to develop new and innovative research directions and create proof of concept and pilot studies in preparation for larger-scale, longer-term projects to be funded by external sources.

Learn more about current grant programs

University of Alberta and Edmonton Police Service Seed Grant Program

These grants provide support for the co-development of research collaborations between University of Alberta researchers and members of Edmonton Police Service in four key research areas.

Editing of Scholarly Journals at the University of Alberta 

The Offices of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and the Vice-President (Research and Innovation) jointly offer financial support to full-time faculty who edit major international scholarly journals.

NSERC & SSHRC General Research Funding (GRF) 

The GRF is made up of unspent funds of NSERC/SSHRC grants that have expired or been terminated. UAlberta re-invests these funds to support and enhance research and training in natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and/or humanities. The GRF may be used to provide small start‐up grants to new professors or professors changing research direction, bridge funding to professors between applications, or additional funds to further support existing research programs. Please see Terms of Reference for information on access to the funds.

Office of the Vice-President (Research and Innovation) Funding Principles

The Office of the Vice-President (Research and Innovation) has limited strategic funding for research projects beyond the above specified programs. The principles used to make decisions about these requests are available HERE