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Funding Opportunities

Are you a professor or staff member interested in pursuing research funding? Please get in touch! Contacting the Sheridan Research Office early will allow us to plan time to support your application, and help you identify relevant external funding opportunities.

For more information and assistance on the submission process, including completing an Expression of Interest (EOI) Form (for faculty) or completing a Grant Application Summary Form (for Research and Incubation Centres), please contact the Sheridan Research Office. If you have not yet identified a funding opportunity, and wish to explore project ideas and/or potential funding sources with the Research Office, you may first complete this optional Project Inquiry Form.

New call for applications

NSERC ARD/Mitacs Accelerate Joint Funding

NSERC and Mitacs have developed an opportunity for applicants to seek support from both an Applied Research and Development (ARD) grant and Mitacs Accelerate, through a single application submission and review process. Applicants may include in their ARD application a request for additional support through Mitacs Accelerate internships as a component of the training of highly qualified personnel (HQP). Part of the company’s matching contribution for the ARD can also be used as matching for the Mitacs internship(s) ($7,500 per 4-month internship).

Other funding opportunities

Government of Ontario

External Grants

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Grants


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Connect Level 1 Connect Grants provide support for travel, accommodation, meals and meeting costs within Canada to college researchers and research administrators for outreach aimed at forming new partnerships with Canadian companies.

Level 2 Connect Grants provide support for:
1) research planning and networking activities within Canada to develop new college–industry partnerships;
2) activities or promotional tools to encourage new partnerships supported by CCI Program grants.

No Deadline Connect Grant Summary
OCE VIP/NSERC Engage Program Help companies develop, implement and commercialize technical innovations by supporting partnerships between Ontario's industry and publicly funded colleges. No Deadline VIP/Engage Grant Summary


Support short-term research and development projects that address a company/industrial association/public utility/government-owned organization-specific problem and are expected to result in economic benefits.

No Deadline Engage Grant Summary
NSERC Engage Plus

Further develop an ongoing or completed Engage Grant Project Support or to continue the project while seeking longer-term support.

No Deadline Engage Plus Grant Summary
College and Community Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF)

Support college social innovation research projects in partnership with local community organizations, leading to solutions that address a Canadian community need.

Closed CCSIF Grant Summary

Applied Research and Development (ARD)

Support one-to three-year projects at any point in the research and development (R&D) spectrum.

No Deadline ARD Grant Summary

Applied Research Tools and Instruments (ARTI)

Support the purchase of research equipment and installations to foster and enhance the capacity of colleges to undertake applied research, innovation and training in collaboration with local companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).


ARTI Grant Summary

Innovation Links (IL)

Support college-university collaborations working with the business sector to realize
successful commercialization.

No Deadline IL Grant Summary

Innovation Enhancement (IE)

Increase innovation at the community and/or regional level by enabling Canadian colleges to increase their capacity to work with local companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).


IE Grant Summary

Industrial Research Chairs for Colleges (IRCC)

Support applied research leaders and their development of business-focused applied research programs at colleges.


IRCC Grant Summary

Technology Access Centres (TAC)

Provide funding for core operations of centres established by colleges to address the applied research and innovation needs of local companies.


TAC Grant Summary

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Grants

SSHRC Grants

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Insight Development

Foster research in its early stages (e.g. case studies, pilot initiatives, critical analyses of existing research).


Insight Development Grant Summary


Support long-term research initiatives.


Insight Grant Summary 


Support workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes, or other events or outreach activities that facilitate short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives.

November 1

February 1

May 1

August 1

Connection Grant Summary

Partnership Engage

Support short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision-making at a single partner organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sector

September 15

December 15

March 15

June 15

Partnership Engage Grant Summary

Partnership Development

Provide support over one to three years to teams/partnerships, led by a project director, to:

-develop research and/or related activities in the social sciences and humanities, including knowledge mobilization and the meaningful involvement of students and emerging scholars, by fostering new partnerships with existing and/or potential partners; or

-design and test new partnership approaches for research and/or related activities that may result in best practices or models that either can be adapted by others or have the potential to be scaled up to a regional, national or international level.


Partnership Development Grant Summary


Provide support for new and existing formal partnerships over four to seven years to advance research, research training and/or knowledge mobilization through mutual co-operation and sharing of intellectual leadership, and through resources as evidenced by cash and/or in-kind contributions.


Partnership Grant Summary

Impact Awards

Build on and sustain Canada’s research-based knowledge culture in all research areas of the social sciences and humanities.

April 1, 2021

Impact Awards Summary

Ontario Centres of Excellence Grants

OCE Grants

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Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP)

Help companies develop, implement and commercialize technical innovations by supporting partnerships between Ontario's industry and publicly funded colleges.

No Deadline

OCE Grant Summary

VIP/Engage Help companies develop, implement and commercialize technical innovations by supporting partnerships between Ontario's industry and publicly funded colleges. No Deadline VIP/NSERC Grant Summary

Canada Foundation for Innovation Grants

CFI Grants

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College-Industry Innovation Fund (CIIF)

Support substantial research infrastructure projects that will augment the existing applied research and technology development capacity of colleges and allow them to respond to important sector industry needs.

Stream 1

Notice of Intent: March 15 each year

Full Proposal: May 15 each year

Stream 2

Letter of Intent: To be determined

Invitation to Submit a Proposal: To be determined

Full Proposal: To be determined

CIIF Grant Summary



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Support college-industry R&D collaborations through research-based four-month student internships.

No Deadline

Accelerate Grant Summary

Business Strategy-Internship Development (BSI-D)   January 29, 2021 BSI-D Grant Summary
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