Applying for Funding


For the UofA Northern Research Awards: Submit the UofA Common Application only

For the NSTP grants: Submit the UofA Common Application & NSTP Online Application

Grants are meant to help offset the higher or additional cost of conducting research in northern and/or remote areas; the budget should reflect this.

Collaboration is encouraged for cost-efficiencies; members of research teams working on individual projects attached to a research program should coordinate multiple applications.

Applicants must obtain all necessary signatures and provide ethics statements, apply for research licenses and permits, and undertake all consultations with all relevant communities and organizations for the project.

Supervisors should assist students in completing their application.


Common Application Grants Workshop: 12th and 21st September, Tory 3-36 at 12:00-1:00pm 

Deadline for Application for both grants: 20 October
(Please check on internal Departmental deadlines for grant applications)

Adjudication: Nov-Feb

Notification of results of competition: 30 March

Funds made available to grantees: 1 April


A 'Grants Workshop' is held in September each year to provide an overview of the grants program, and advise on field research licensing, protocols, logistical issues, and other considerations.  The Grants Workshops for the 2016-2017 academic year will be held on September 12th and 21.  The workshops will be located in Tory 3-36 at 12:00-1:00 pm.  

UofA Northern Research Awards Committee
The UofA Northern Research Awards Committee is appointed each year to evaluate applications to the NSTP and the UofA Northern Research Awards program. As per the NSTP guidelines, the Committee that adjudicates award recommendations is required to be formally recognized as such by the President of the university.

The committee comprises four academic staff members of the UofA, appointed to represent broad disciplinary areas (life/biological Sciences; earth sciences/engineering; social sciences/humanities/fine arts/medical sciences) for a three-year term (staggered), and serving as Chair in the third year appointment; one student representative, appointed for a one-year term; and one ex officio member from UAlberta North (non-voting).

Guidelines and Instructions for the UofA Common Application Form

Common Application Form for Northern Research Awards

Guidelines and Instructions for the NSTP Online Application

Supervisor's Evaluation Form

Pre-submission Supplementary Signature Page (required)

APPLICATIONS DEADLINE for both grant programs: 4:20 p.m. October 20
DEPARTMENTAL DEADLINE: Please refer to your Department/Faculty deadlines


1. UofA Supplementary Signature Page: This form should be signed by you (as principal investigator), your supervisor (as co-investigator), your department chair and the dean of your faculty.

Please note you are NOT required to have RSO sign the final section of this form – “Research Facilitation Office/Research Services Office (On behalf of the University of Alberta – Institutional Approval)”

UAlberta North will coordinate with RSO to sign off on the application.

2. SIX hard copies of the Common Application Form including:
  • Detailed research proposal
  • If applicable, additional sheet justifying project:
  • if it falls outside the geographic area of focus in the case of the UofA Northern Research Awards;
  • if the project falls in the northern regions of circumpolar countries other than Canada in the case of NSTP

3. Electronic copy of the completed Common Application form to

4. Supervisor’s Evaluation form. Please ensure your supervisor sends the completed form directly to the Northern Research Awards Committee by email to by October 20

5. TWO hard copies of the signed NSTP online application form.


Send an electronic copy of the Common Application Form and attachments to: (Note: Electronic submissions are not accepted as a complete submission.)

Send SIX hard copies of the Common Application form and attachments (the original plus 5 copies of all parts of the application); and TWO signed hard copies of the NSTP online application by October 20 to:

UofA Northern Research Awards Committee
UAlberta North
Ring House 3
University of Alberta
Useful links:
Northern Research Licenses and Permits (coming soon)

Northern Research Ethics, Certifications, Community Consultations (coming soon)