External Funding Opportunities
External funding agencies generally provide research funding under the aegis of the researcher's college or university rather than give the money directly to researchers. Normally, the postsecondary institution has a formal agreement with the funder and is obliged to ensure that expenditures are tracked expenditures, project reports are submitted, deliverables are met, appropriate ethics reviews are obtained, financial statements are submitted and so on. In the event the project is not completed to the satisfaction of the funder, the institution - as trustee of the funds -- bears the responsibility and may be required to return grant monies.
Because of this, Fanshawe College requires that all applications for external research funding be vetted through the Centre for Applied Research, Innovation & University Partnerships (ARIUP) prior to submission to an external funding agency. This applies to cases where Fanshawe College employees participate in any role whatsoever - as principal investigators, co-investigators, etc. -- and/or where any Fanshawe College resources (e.g., facilities, equipment, students or employees) will be used/surveyed in the project.
ARIUP staff can provide valuable advice and support services to prospective researchers. Consultation with ARIUP prior to beginning work on an external application is strongly recommended. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are literally hundreds of research funding programs at the federal and provincial government levels. As well, foundations sometimes will fund a program of research where it fits with their mandates. Links to some of the most common funding sources appear below. Before beginning an application, please check with ARIUP for details on eligibility and application requirements as not all programs are open to college researchers.
Canada Council for the Arts
Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Ontario Arts Council
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)
Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)
Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care Research Unit (MOHLTC)
Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)