COVID-19: Funding opportunities

Below are current COVID-19 related funding opportunities and updates. We will update this site as we receive new information.

For all other COVID-19 updates realated to research refer to the UVic Research COVID-19 webpage.

Research accelerator fund

As a seed fund, the Research Accelerator Fund will initially accelerate research projects that contribute to COVID-19 resilience and recovery through engaged partnerships with community, government, health authorities and industry.

Applications for the fund will open in the fall. The RAF is open to UVic faculty members working in partnership with community, government, health authorities or industry on research projects that respond to COVID-19 by supporting resilience and recovery efforts.

Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund

The Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF) was announced on May 15, 2020, as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.

Tri-agency updates

For the most up-to-date information related to COVID-19 please check the agencies' website:

Other resources

Funding opportunities

BioTalent Canada Student/Graduate Wage Subsidy Programs (ongoing)

Deadline: ongoing intake

Details: BioTalent Canada wage subsidy programs provide financial support to bio-economy employers to reduce the risk of hiring talent and to provide additional support employers during the COVID-19 crisis. Programs include the Student Work Placement Program, the Science Horizon Youth Internship program for recent graduates and the Career Starter Program to facilitate the transition of barriered youth into the labour market.

Award: $5,000 - $20,000 in wage subsidies for 3 - 12 months placements depending on program

Full details and application process:

CIHR Pre-announcement: Indigenous Peoples and COVID-19 Knowledge Synthesis, Evaluation and Assessment Grants (December 2020) - added Aug 12

Internal deadline: one week prior to external submission
External d
eadline: TBD (December 2020)

Details: This funding opportunity will provide research funding for Indigenous communities (i.e., First Nations, Inuit, Métis and/or Urban Indigenous communities), Indigenous organizations and researchers of Indigenous ancestry (or researchers who provide evidence of having meaningful and culturally safe involvement with Indigenous Peoples) in Canada who are responding to the unique health and well-being needs of Indigenous Peoples as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic. More specifically, this opportunity will support strengths-based, solutions-focused research that is bold, innovative, Indigenous community-led, and that addresses the immediate, intermediate, and/or long-term consequences of COVID-19 and/or informs future preparedness.

Awards: $100,000 - $200,000 for one year depending on grant type

Full details and to apply:

Compute Canada Federation - COVID-19 resource support (ongoing)

Details: Compute Canada Federation are offering support for researchers working on COVID-19 related projects. Support could include: 

  • providing access to cloud resources, high-performance clusters, storage or boosting job priority;
  • consulting on high-performance computing (HPC), data analysis, machine learning, and visualization; and 
  • connecting your researchers to Canadian scientists from other research areas and institutions to further collaborations.

Full details and application process:

To access any of these resources, please email with “COVID-19” in the subject line. 


Emergent Ventures Fast Grants for COVID-19 (ongoing)

Deadline: ongoing intake

Details: Aims to jumpstart high-risk, high-reward ideas that advance prosperity, opportunity, and wellbeing. The fellowship provides participants with the short-term resources and support to quickly develop and test their ideas. Fast grants are available for scientists in an academic institution currently working on a COVID-19 related project.

In addition to financial support, participants will have access to mentors and networks in the George Mason community, such as Mercatus’ faculty director, Tyler Cowen, and industry leaders across the country. Emergent Ventures is looking to make a bet on talented individuals with unique ideas for changing the world.

Award: Fast Grants are valued at $10,000 - $500,000 and decisions are made in under 14 days.

Full details and application process:

For scientific or biomedical COVID-19 projects, please apply through (Note: This stream is currently paused due to receipt of a large number of qualified submissions. It may reopen in the future.)

For non-scientific/biomedical COVID-19 projects, please apply through the Emergent Ventures application.


NRC Pandemic Response Challenge Program (ongoing)

Details: The NRC will receive $15 million to form dedicated teams to address challenges requiring further research and development for solutions to meet COVID-19 related needs. The NRC will build these teams drawing on internal-to-government capacity and academic researchers who register to indicate their interest, and related areas of expertise and capabilities.

The Pandemic Response Challenge Program is currently structured around 3 main research areas:

  • Rapid detection and diagnosis
  • Therapeutics and vaccine development and
  • Digital health.

Note: Please register to indicate your interest and areas of expertise.

More information and to register:

Partnership opportunities

IC-Impacts: Innovative Technology Demonstration Projects (ongoing)

Deadline: ongoing intake

Details: IC-IMPACTS is calling for Innovative Technology Demonstration Project proposals on an ongoing basis, relevant to one of IC-IMPACTS’ three themes of safe and sustainable infrastructure, integrated water management, and public health and disease prevention.

IC-IMPACTS is especially inviting proposals within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working with researchers to develop a comprehensive response strategy, particularly within the Canada-India corridor, a key area of IC-IMPACTS’ focus.

The application must include an industry partner which is committed to the project and can provide both in-kind and cash support. Cash support from industry must be 50% or more of their total support.

Award: $25,000 - $45,000 plus $10,000 in student funding

Full details and application form: