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.

NBHRF Rising Star Research Award

2017 Researcher of the Month Program: Rising Star Research Awards

The new 2017  program is aimed at promoting careers in health research and life sciences and at recognizing excellence in research conducted by university students at the Master’s, Ph.D.(c), and post-doctoral levels, and by recently recruited research professionals (research assistant or associate for less than 5 years) in all areas and disciplines that  all under health research.

Once a month, from January 2017 to October 2017, in the lead-up to the 5th Gala of Excellence in health research in Nov. 2017, the NBHRF will present $250 to the monthly winners in each of the award categories (Master’s, Doctoral, Post-doctoral & Research Professional).

In order to be nominated, a student, post-doctoral fellow and/or a research professional must send an email to, that includes a completed CCV and a .pdf of the best e-pub or article that has been accepted (in press with proof of acceptance) or that has been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal IN WHICH THEY ARE THE LEAD OR 2nd AUTHOR.  Articles will be accepted retroactively to January 1, 2016. The submitted nomination remains eligible for the entire duration of the competition, regardless of month submitted.  During the competition year, nominees can submit more than once with a new publication.

Monthly winners will be selected by the President, CEO and Scientific Director of NBHRF and announced on the final day of the month.   A newspaper ad will showcase the Laureates  the following Saturday (unless it is within 4 days of the end of the previous month, in those cases the article will appear on the subsequent Saturday).

All monthly winners will be equally showcased at the 5th Gala of Excellence in November 2017.

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Mitacs Accelerate Grant

Who is eligible?

  • Full-time grad students at all Canadian universities
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and international students
  • All academic disciplines
  • Businesses and not-for-profit organizations


  • Apply anytime
  • Six- to eight-week peer review
  • Master’s students can do up to two four-month internships and PhD students can do up to six
  • Internships start at four months


  • Spend 50% of the internship with the university and 50% with the partner organization
  • Submit a final report and exit survey summarizing project results and experiences
  • Follow the Accelerate Code of Conduct


  • Apply your skills in a non-academic environment
  • Broaden your professional network
  • Get a stipend/salary starting at $10,000 per four-month period
  • Build out your CV with peer-reviewed research

For more information and to apply, click here.

SSHRC Connections Grant


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

Duration: 1 year

Application deadlines: February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1 * see chart below

Results announced: At the end of each funding cycle (March, June, September and January)

Apply: Web CV, application and instructions

*Check with your institution’s office of research services for their internal deadline.


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:

• disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary exchanges in the humanities and social sciences;

• scholarly exchanges between those working in the social sciences and humanities and those working in other research fields;

• intersectoral exchanges between academic researchers in the humanities and social sciences and researchers and practitioners from the public, private and/or not-for-profit sectors; and/or

• international research collaboration and scholarly exchanges with researchers, students and non-academic partners from other countries.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Mitacs Elevate: Postdoctoral Fellowship

About the program

Mitacs Elevate is a postdoctoral fellowship with a customized research management training component. Fellows address complex challenges through:

• An exclusive research management curriculum for postdoctoral fellows in any discipline

• A two-year research project with a partner organization in need of high-level expertise

• A Partner Organization Business Case, developed to outline project objectives, risks, and stakeholder success criteria, and ensure project value

• Elevate fellows progress through the program in a cohort, giving them cross-disciplinary networking and peer-learning opportunities they might not have otherwise in their careers.

Over the two-year fellowship, Elevate fellows divide their time between their partner organization project and university-based research with their faculty supervisor.

Elevate fellows receive:

• $50,000 minimum annual stipend/salary

• Training curriculum valued at $7,500 per year

• Submission assistance, including application feedback, from Mitacs representatives

• Certificate of completion after receipt of their exit survey and final report submission

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