Internal Research Grants

Internal funding opportunities from the Faculty of Nursing & UCalgary

Key Deadlines

Internal Grant Opportunities

See below for descriptions of each funding competition.


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)
  • Deadlines: May 15, Aug 15, Nov 15, Feb 15

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.

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

Clinical Research Fund - Seed Grants

Key goals for this funding opportunity:

  • To increase the number of high impact, UCalgary-led clinical research studies
  • To increase UCalgary success in attracting Tri-Council funding for clinical studies
  • To improve the Alberta health system and the health of Albertans

Funds will be available to support high impact clinical studies that improve health or influence clinical practice and health-care delivery. Seed funding and funds for planning and pilot work will also be available to support high quality research that will be competitive for peer-reviewed funding and/or partnerships with industry.

  • Funding: $25,000
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Deadlines: July 15, Dec 15

Applications will be submitted to the Calgary Centre for Clinical Research (CCCR) through an online application form and adjudicated by a CSM review committee with input from external peer reviewers as required. ALL Calgary faculty are eligible to apply.

Applications for Seed Grants will be accepted twice annually. Seed grants will be awarded up to a maximum of $25,000 cash. An additional $25,000 may be requested for work done in the Clinical Research Unit [CRU] or Heritage Medical Research Clinic [HMRC], which will be provided as credits rather than cash. Priority will be given to applications that request all or part of the funds as credit to be used towards work done in CRU or HMRC. 

Priority Areas:

While the Clinical Research Fund is open to all clinical research projects, priority will be given to applications proposing health services or population health research aimed at one of the following:

  • improving health outcomes among Indigenous Peoples, in keeping with Indigenous values and traditions 
  • reducing harms and or saving lives related to the opioid overdose crisis