New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network

Project Funding Opportunities

This section highlights various funding opportunities that can be accessed to pursue research that addresses our provincial public policy challenges. These include Canada’s federal tri-council granting agencies (SSHRC, CIHR, NSERC) and other funding resources.

Social Innovation Research Fund

The Social Innovation Research Fund Pilot is administered by the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation(NBIF) in partnership with the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network (NBSPRN).

Through this pilot project, the NBIF and the NBSPRN aim to better understand what sorts of solutions to what sorts of problems New Brunswick researchers and collaborators are working on solving in our communities and better understand how we can assist. We hope to see impacts in our communities that will create lasting changes to systematic challenges that have left vulnerable people behind. Our aim is to offer funding that can help projects get off the ground and move them along their continuum towards developing into a longer-term solution.

Proposals will be invited which focus on a socially innovative research project (or bridge funding directed at leveraging significant federal dollars) where the research aims to impact the province of New Brunswick through one of the following:

1. economic impact; direct or indirect;
2. measured improvement in quality of life of New Brunswickers or a specific community or group in the province;
3. intervention working to address a complex environmental issue impacting the province; or
4. intervention working to address a complex social problem in the province that has a direct or indirect cost to the provincial government.

The maximum duration of projects will be 2 years and projects must begin within 6 months of the official award date.

Financial Structure
A maximum of $50,000 can be requested in a single research proposal, covering up to 66% of the costs of the project (e.g. maximum total project cost of $75,000). The matching portion of the funding may be cash or in-kind contributions (including institutional contributions) but cannot be from another provincial government source.

Application Procedure
Applications will be required to be submitted through the NBIF Research portal:

This process requires applicants to complete a profile in the portal prior to submitting their application.

The call for proposals will be open for 2 months. After the call is closed, all proposals will be reviewed by a panel including 1 member of the NBIF, 1 member of the NBSPRN and a diverse group social science experts. Proposals will be ranked against the published evaluation criteria.


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SSHRC Connection Grants

Value: $7,000 to $25,000 for events, and up to $50,000 for other outreach activities; higher amounts for outreach activities may be considered if well justified

Application Deadline: February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1

* Please contact your Office of Research Services for internal deadlines.



Connection Grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and to engage on research issues of value to those participating. Events and outreach activities funded by a Connection Grant may often serve as a first step toward more comprehensive and longer-term projects potentially eligible for funding through other SSHRC funding opportunities.

Connection Grants proposals are expected to meet the objectives of the Connection program.

Connection Grants support workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes or other events or outreach activities that facilitate:


For more information please visit: here


Kidney Foundation – Allied Health Research Grants

The purpose of the Allied Health Research Grant is to encourage allied health professionals to pursue research relevant to the areas of nephrology and organ donation, including clinical, health services, social, cultural, environmental and population health research. To be eligible for this grant the nominated principal applicant must been an allied health professional (see below).

The award is for up to two years, to a maximum of $50,000/year. There must be a clearly demonstrated relevance of the project and its outcomes to the Mission of The Kidney Foundation. The research must be carried out in Canada.



For more information and to apply, visit The Kidney Foundation website by clicking here.

Catalyst Grant : HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research (2017)

The CIHR HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research (CBR) Program is one of five research funding areas of the CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Initiative. The CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Initiative is responsible for the research components of the two major Government of Canada initiatives in HIV/AIDS, namely the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada and the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative.

The CIHR HIV/AIDS CBR Program supports the partnered work of Community Leaders and Researchers in knowledge development and capacity-building initiatives of relevance to communities engaged in the fight against HIV/AIDS. All opportunities offered through the CBR Program are available in two distinct funding streams: Indigenous and General.

The aim of the Catalyst Grant component of the CBR program is to provide seed money to support HIV/AIDS CBR research activities which represent a first step towards the pursuit of more comprehensive funding opportunities (e.g., operating grants).

The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $480,000, enough to fund approximately 12 grants. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate. The maximum amount per grant is $40,000 for up to one year.

Deadline: October 3, 2017


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