Internal Research Grants

Internal funding opportunities from the Faculty of Nursing & UCalgary

Key Deadlines

Summary of Awards

These programs have similar application processes and the same recurring intake dates, but each program has a different focus. They are intended to support UCalgary scholars along the continuum of their research programs, so please familiarize yourself with both programs so you can apply to the relevant program at the right time. 


Transdisciplinary Connector Grants

Transdisciplinary Connector Grants aim to support activities that help build new transdisciplinary connections. The proposed activities need to clearly show how they will result in lasting new connections as well as how they will benefit the area of scholarship being addressed.

  • Initiating stream: $10,000 for 6 months
  • Consolidating stream: $20,000 for 12 months
  • Deadlines: May 15, Aug 15, Nov 15, Feb 15

Transdisciplinary Connector Grants are meant for activities that are typically brief in duration (requiring clear timelines for the activities described) with highly targeted aims (scholars identify how the proposed activities lead to or intersect with broader, longer term transdisciplinary collaborations). Connector Grants may build on current programs but are intended to support work that goes beyond the current scope of those programs. Leverage of existing resources and contributions (financial or in-kind) is welcome but not required.

Transdisciplinary activities are recognised as team-driven initiatives with equal importance and responsibility of each proposed team member. The team applying for Transdisciplinary Connector Grants should consist of a minimum of two (2) scholars with diverse backgrounds. At the conclusion of the grant period, a team must submit a report outlining the outcomes of the Connector Grant. 

VPR Catalyst Grants

Designed to catalyze research initiatives that will lead to substantial external funding, and are intended to support well-defined early-stage research activities.

  • Funding: $1,000 - $15,000
  • Duration: 6 months - 1 year (no extensions)

The VPR Catalyst Grants ask researchers think boldly and strategically about how to maximize the impact of downstream funding. The stimulus grant program will prioritize those who present a winning research context, including for example mentorship, strong collaborators, and knowledge engagement partnerships.

Deadline | Start Date

Nov 15 | Dec 15

Feb 15 | Mar 15

May 15 | June 15

Aug 15 | Sept 15  

Resource Documents


  • Up to 30% of the total envelope is available for allocation at each deadline
  • 1 submission per applicant per intake

Faculty of Nursing - Research Endowment Award

The nominated principal applicant must hold a full-time tenured or tenure-track appointment in the Faculty of Nursing. In the event of several fundable grants, preference will be given to applicants without access to Professorship and Chair funds. 

  • New Research Projects: up to $15,000 over 2 years
  • Completion of Research in Progress: up to $5,000 for 1 year (as funds allow; priority is given to new research projects)

Please contact the NRO Senior Research Advisor, Christi Lange ( with any questions.

Submission deadline: TBA