Tri-Agency Workshops

RSO supports researchers by offering a variety of sponsor-specific workshops throughout the year with an emphasis on Tri-Agency funding:

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

These workshops offer information on finding and applying for funding. The workshop material includes discussions on adjudication processes, application guidelines, evaluation criteria, checklists, and best practices common to strong applications. They are presented by the sponsor and/or U of A professors who have served on Tri-Agency peer review committees. Along with these federal government funding opportunities, RSO offers workshops on new and existing international, private, public and community based research funding sources such as Alberta Innovates, National Institutes of Health, etc.

Researchers can also attend workshops to learn about research funding support specific to the U of A.

Researchers should contact their faculty-assigned Research Partner for individual consultation and mentorship on finding potential and applying for research funding. Announcements of these workshops will be posted on this website and circulated by Research Partners as they are released.

Please see below for a list of 2023 Tri-Agency workshops:

Alberta Innovates Grant Development Workshops - 2023

  • Alberta Innovates / NSERC CASBE Information Session - May 17
    10:00 to 11:00 am Register here

The Research Partners Network is pleased to host Alberta Innovates and NSERC to share information about their Campus Alberta Small Business Engagement (CASBE) Stream II joint funding program which will soon be open again for applications.

CIHR Grant Development Workshops

  • Ask the Experts! Choosing the most appropriate peer review committee and peer reviewers for a CIHR Project Grant - Jan 26
  • Submitting your CIHR Project Grant application for approvals - Feb 10

SSHRC Noon Hour Grant Development Workshops

  • Navigating the SSHRC portal for new investigators (ONLINE) - Multiple Dates
  • Connection Grants - June 16  Register Here
  • Grants for Health Researchers - May 30 Register Here
  • Insight Development Grants - Nov 1
  • Insight Grants - June 14  Register Here
  • Knowledge Synthesis Grants - Oct 18
  • Partnership Engage Grants - Multiple Dates
    May 10, 2023 (12 noon – 1:00 p.m.) Register Here
Researchers considering submitting an application to the June 15 or September 15, 2023 SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant deadlines are invited to attend this 60-minute rapid overview workshop. Offered by the Research Partner Network, you'll learn key mandatory sections of a SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant (PEG) application with tips in developing an effective PEG application. Most of the time will be devoted to specific content for each section and examples of dos and don’ts.

  • Partnership Development Grants - Sept 20
  • Partnership Grants Stage 1 - Dec 8

NSERC Grant Development Workshops - 2023

  • NSERC Idea to Innovation Information Session - March 2
  • NSERC Alliance Grant Drop-In Sessions - Multiple Dates
The Research Partner Network is hosting monthly NSERC Alliance Grant online drop-in sessions for researchers who are either thinking about applying for or are currently in the process of applying for an Alliance Grant. The sessions are not designed to be a formal presentation on the Alliance Grant program but rather as an opportunity for researchers to leverage the expertise of the Research Partners and NSERC to discuss the program options and get answers to their questions.

  • Roundtable with NSERC Discovery Grant Evaluation Group Reviewers - Multiple Dates
    • Geoscience / Engineering - Tuesday, May 30, 2023
      (10:00 a.m. - 12 noon - in room NRE 1-143) - Register Here
    • Genes, Cells & Molecules / Biological Systems / Engineering - Wednesday, June 7, 2023 (10:00 a.m. - 12 noon - in room ETLC E1-018) - Register Here
    • Biological Systems / Mathematics & Statistics - Tuesday, June 13, 2023
      (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - in room ETLC E1-018) - Register Here
    • Chemistry / Mathematics & Statistics - Tuesday, June 20, 2023
      (10:00 a.m. - 12 noon in room ETLC E1-018) - Register Here
    • Biological Systems - Thursday, June 22, 2023
      (10:00 a.m. - 12 noon - Zoom session online) - Register Here
  • Roundtable discussions with NSERC evaluators allow U of A researchers to gain valuable insight into the Discovery Grant evaluation process. All participating evaluators are U of A researchers who are active members of an NSERC Discovery Grant Evaluation Group and have experienced the Discovery Grant review process first-hand.

MITACS Grant Development Workshops - 2023

  • Mitacs Indigenous Pathways Program Info Session - Feb 7
  • Mitacs Globalink Program Info Session - March 7
  • Mitacs Globalink Research Internships (GRI’s) Info Session - April 4
  • New SSHRC / Mitacs joint funding program info session - May 4 
Mitacs and SSHRC are soon launching a joint funding initiative that allows for the combination of Mitacs support with SSHRC programs. Mitacs will discuss how this program works and the unique requirements to develop this kind of funding proposal. This session is hosted by the Research Partners.