Funding opportunities

The pages in this section will help you identify and apply for potential research funding opportunities, including internal grants, external grants, special funding programs or awards & honours.

Please visit our grants facilitation pages for tips and resources on preparing your application.

Internal grants

  • The Office of Research Services provides internal grants in the form of “seed” grants to help faculty prepare for larger external grants. These include internal research/creative project grants, small grants to assist with research-related travel costs and research grants in lieu of salary.

External grants

Special funding programs

  • Special funding programs are institutional-level programs supported by UVic according to the CRC/CFI strategic research plan. Current programs include the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF), Canada Research Chairs (CRC) and Western Economic Diversification Canada (WED).

Awards & honours

  • The awards & honours section provides information on applying for or nominating a colleague to receive an award or honour for their research contributions.

Grants (internal and external)

Jessica Worsley, Research Programs Liaison
Phone: 250-472-4986

Dr. Nicole Kitson, Senior Grants Officer (pre-award)
Phone: 250-853-3103

Debra Anderson, Manager, Research Finances and Budgets (post-award)
Phone: 250-721-8079

Special Funding Programs

Mike England, Institutional Programs Liaison
Phone: 250-472-5126

Dr. Joaquin Trapero, Manager, Institutional Programs
Phone: 250-721-7972

Awards & Honours

Brad Buie, External Awards Facilitator
Phone: 250-472-5408

All external grant applications must be approved internally before submission to the funding agency. Please submit a completed Research Application Summary Form (RASF) and hard copy of the funding application to ORS by the internal deadline.

The RASF requires the following signatures and must be completed for both Principal Investigators and if you are a co-applicant on a joint application with another institution:

  • Principal Investigator (PI), or UVic co-applicant if applying with an external PI
  • Department Chair
  • Research Centre Director, if applicable
  • Dean of Faculty

Internal deadlines: Unless otherwise noted, the internal ORS deadline for all funding competitions is 5 working days prior to the external funder's deadline.

Principal Investigator Responsiblilities

To apply for a funding opportunity, a principal investigator (PI) must be designated to assume the following responsibilities:

  • complete a UVic Research Application Summary Form (RASF) and, if applicable, a conflict of interest declaration
  • obtain all required signatures on both the RASF and research application (see University Policy # FM5100 Signing Authority)
  • if applicable, append the agency guidelines stating that indirect costs (overhead) are not an eligible expense or outlining the agency’s position regarding overhead
  • obtain all required sponsor contract or agreement signatures and approvals
  • ensure, in cooperation with the co-investigators, that the research team adheres to all UVic research and regulatory (ethics) policies
  • ensure that the grant or contract award is used only for its specified purpose
  • handle post-award financial administration of the project account, maintain signing authority and responsibility for any project overages
For more information, please contact Jessica Worsley, Research Programs Liaison at resprog3@uvic.ca.

Grants facilitation is offered at both the university and faculty-level to assist you in preparing your application.

Resources include: