Funding Opportunities

Research Funding Opportunities

If you are interested in any of the opportunities listed below, please e-mail the Research Officer Eric Pilles (    

Current Opportunities:  

If you are interested in any of the opportunities listed below, please e-mail the Research Coordinator Eric Pilles (   



Technology Demonstration AO 

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is issuing this AO to specifically support the Canadian space sector with funds to demonstrate new technologies in space, before December 2026. This AO will award non-repayable contributions of up to $2M per research and development project, that expect benefits in the short to medium term (i.e. 1 to 5 years). This AO will be open continuously until March 29th 2024 or until complete subscription of the total amount of the AO. For more details click here! 

Notice – Financial Support for XRISM Guest Scientist (XGS) Opportunity 

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is informing universities and post-secondary institutions of its intention to support researchers selected through the NASA Solicitation for the XRISM Guest Scientist (XGS) Program. This is part of the CSA's Grants and Contributions Program to support Research, Awareness and Learning in Space Science and Technology – Research Component. Deadline: For guidance, the Announcement of Opportunity (AO) publication is targeted in summer 2022 on the CSA website. It is anticipated that the Application deadline will be approximately one month after NASA solicitation results are communicated. Several factors may influence these dates. For more details click here! 

Western Innovation Fund (WIF) Competition  

The Western Innovation Fund awards are supported by the Vice-President (Research) and are intended to fund projects that will advance innovative research results towards application and commercialization. This competition is for one-time projects based on existing research initiatives. Applicants can only receive one grant per type of project or technology. WORLDiscoveries personnel are available for consultation on issues related to intellectual property and commercialization. Projects are expected to be of short duration (6-12 months). Up to $100,000 in funding is available and is repayable only if there is a positive commercial outcome. The submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI) is required before a full application can be submitted to Western Research. A new LOI is not required if WORLDiscoveries has requested a resubmission to a new competition; however, a new ROLA Proposal must accompany the resubmitted application. Researchers may apply at any time. For more details click here! 

LOOKNorth Technology Investment Program (TIP) 

LOOKNorth`s Technology Investment Program (TIP) promotes the deployment of monitoring technologies to provide breakthroughs in the safe and sustainable development and transportation of Canada’s natural resources. The program co-funds technology validation projects and is intended as a precursor to long-term implementation of remote sensing and other monitoring technologies in the resource sectors; its primary goal is sustained commercialization of these technologies. This grant opportunity is ongoing with a rolling deadline. Funding amount is $200,000 per project. For more details click here! 

Bell-Western 5G Research Grant  

Bell Canada and Western are partnering to establish a national centre for research development of 5G networks. This centre will engage the strengths and research expertise at Western in the areas of 5G capacity planning and small cell deployment, intelligent 5G management and operations, disruptive applications of 5G, QoS and QoE provisioning, smart cities planning and infrastructure, mental health and wellbeing, and policy development. Funding amount is $500,000 for a duration of one year. For more details click here! 

CFI - John R. Evans Leaders Fund 

The JELF program is designed to help universities attract and retain the very best of today and tomorrow’s researchers at a time of intense international competition. To this end, the JELF program enables a select number of an institution’s excellent researchers to undertake leading-edge research by providing them with the foundational research infrastructure required to be or become leaders in their field. In turn, this enables institutions to remain internationally competitive in areas of research and technology development, aligned with their strategic priorities. The fund also offers institutions the opportunity to create competitive research support packages in the form of infrastructure and a portion of the operating and maintenance costs, coupled with direct research costs from partner organizations. For more details click here!