Granting Agencies Regulations


Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

The Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) was created in 1997 to build and undertake world-class research and technology development. 

CFI normally funds up to 40% of a project’s infrastructure costs, such as state of the art equipment, buildings, laboratories and databases required to conduct research.  Applications are based on the quality of the research, contribution to innovation and potential benefits of the research to Canada.

Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute (formerly the National Cancer Institute of Canada [NCIC]) (CCSRI)

CCSRI research programs have recently been redesigned to align with the 3 Ends of the  Canadian Cancer Society Nationwide Strategic Plan 2010-15. The newly structured programs will fund research in End 1 (reduced incidence of cancer), End 2 (reduced mortality from cancer) and End 3 (improved quality of life).

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

CIHR provides funding opportunities for four themes of health research:

  • Biomedical
  • Clinical
  • Health systems services
  • Social, cultural, environmental and population health

Canadian Research Chairs (CRC)

In 2000, the Government of Canada created a permanent program to establish 2000 research professorships—Canada Research Chairs—in eligible degree-granting institutions across the country.

Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)

HFSP supports international scientific collaborations. Research Grants are awarded for innovative research projects involving extensive collaboration among teams of independent scientists working in different countries and in different disciplines.


Ministère du Développement Economique et de L’Exportation (MDEIE)

This is a Quebec based granting agency promoting science and technology helping Quebec researchers to acquire knowledge and skills in science and technical fields. Awards and grants are issued on a merit basis and are issued via the Prix du Quebec and Acfas awards.  The awards are based on innovation, promoting export of Quebec goods and intellectual resources, job creation and sustainable development.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

The main goal of NSERC is in the advancement of knowledge in science and engineering. Its goals are to connect and apply the strengths of academic research to opportunities and challenges to build a prosperous Canada. The funding methodology comes in Awards of Excellence, Fellowships and Grants.


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

"SSHRC is the federal agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. Through its programs and policies, SSHRC enables the highest levels of research excellence in Canada, and facilitates knowledge-sharing and collaboration across research disciplines, universities and all sectors of society."