Federal funding agencies (Tri-Agency)
The main sources of Canadian federal research funding are three agencies:
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
For an overview of the main Tri-Agency funding opportunities, see OSR’s Table of Agency Programs.
OSR provides a wide range of services and resources to support applications from McGill researchers to Tri-Agency funding opportunities such as application guides, workshops, lending library of successful applications, and grant review services. To access OSR resources and information on Tri-Agency funding opportunities, please see details on our CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC pages.
Federal funding for strategic initiatives
At McGill, proposals for federal government funding for strategic research initiatives are managed through the Strategic Initiatives (SI) unit in the Office of the Vice Principal - Research and Innovation. Please contact the SI unit for inquiries regarding:
- Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF - Apogée)
- Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
- Canada Research Chairs (CRC) and Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC)
- Genome Canada
- Networks of Centres of Excellence
Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF)
On May 15, 2020, the Government of Canada announced the Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF) as part of its COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. This temporary, needs based program has been established to help sustain the research enterprise at Canadian universities and health research institutions that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This research funding relief strategy is the latest rolled out by the federal government, representing an additional investment of $450M. Learn more about the CRCEF here.
Other federal sponsors
OSR provides support for other federal funding opportunities offered by government departments and agencies. Please consult the Research and Innovation (R+I) Funding Opportunities Database for more information on these funding sources.