Research and Conference Funding

CPA Funding Initiatives


The CPA wishes to support student research and knowledge dissemination in all areas of psychology through an annual funding envelope.

The applicant / award recipient (or in the case of joint submissions, the applicants / award recipients) must be a graduate student affiliate in good standing, of the CPA; enrolled full time in a psychology graduate program at a provincially or territorially chartered Canadian University. The applicant’s/award recipient’s direct supervisor must also be a member in good standing of the CPA. Funding up to $1,000 is available per project.

The adjudication committee will consider the following in evaluating proposals: overall research approach/methodology, feasibility of the research and the environment in which conducted, originality of research, impact of research, and applicant’s qualifications. Applications are due October of each year; check the CPA’s website in September for information the deadline and application requirements.

Click here for a list of past CPA Student Research and Knowledge Dissemination Grant Recipients.

External Funding Opportunities

April 2, 2020 Bulletin from CIHR

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April 2, 2020


Cancelling the Spring 2020 Project Grant competition

A message from CIHR President Dr. Michael Strong

Dear colleagues,

I am writing to you today to announce that, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, CIHR has cancelled the Spring 2020 Project Grant competition.

CIHR made the decision to cancel the spring competition following consultations with Governing Council, Science Council, partners at the U-15, Universities Canada, HealthCareCAN, and the University Delegates Network, among others. While the decision to cancel the competition was a difficult one, our priority right now is to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the health and safety of our staff and the research community.

  • Read the full message from Dr. Michael Strong
  • Consult the FAQs
  • More Information for the research community

    CIHR is funding three additional COVID-19 projects

    Thanks to partner contributions from Research Manitoba, Research Nova Scotia, and Alberta Innovates, CIHR is able to fund three additional COVID-19 projects for a total of 99 funded grants and an investment of $54.2M.

    We have updated the results page accordingly. The three new projects have also been added to the backgrounder related to the news release published on March 19.

    Impact of COVID-19 on scholarship and fellowship competitions

    Please note the latest updates to scholarship and fellowship competitions:

    Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
    The launch of the 2020 competition is postponed until June 1, 2020.

    Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program
    Opening of portal for students to access their results postponed from April 1 to April 15, 2020.

    Visit the relevant program webpages for the latest updates. CIHR’s COVID-19 webpage includes the latest information for the research community.
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    Impact of COVID-19 on Animal Care

    The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) now posts regular updates on their website concerning the impact of COVID-19 on animal care programs. Animal care is an essential service and safeguards must be in place to minimize any negative impacts on animal health and welfare.

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    Awareness resources from the Government of Canada

    The Government of Canada is creating factsheets and other resources to raise public awareness about steps we can all take to reduce the spread of illness and to take care of ourselves and loved ones during this difficult time. Please feel free to share these resources with your networks, including:

  • Physical distancing
  • Pregnancy, childbirth and caring for newborns: advice for mothers (COVID-19)
  • How to care for a child with COVID-19 at home: Advice for caregivers

  • Help us share the results of your CIHR-funded research!

    NSERC Alliance COVID-19 grants

    NSERC is providing up to $15 million in total support to stimulate collaborations between academic researchers and the public and not-for-profit sectors, and industry to address pandemic-related research and technical challenges. Support for up to $50,000 for one-year projects is being made available immediately.


    March 6, 2020 Bulletin from CIHR

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    March 6, 2020


    To further contribute to global efforts to address the COVID-19 outbreak, today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Canada’s Minister of Health, and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced an investment of nearly $27 million to fund coronavirus research.

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    Backgrounder: Read about the funded projects

    Note: CIHR will be posting detailed information on the COVID-19 competition decisions next week.


    Thanks to the incredible response from the community, in less than a month, we were able to work with our international colleagues to assess the situation in China and around the world, develop a research response focused on the urgent areas of need, launch the funding opportunity, adjudicate the applications, and award funding to the successful applicants.
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    The three federal granting agencies can confirm that the reimbursement of non-refundable travel fees from agency funds is acceptable considering the impacts of CoVid-19. This applies to the travel of both principal investigators and research personnel.
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    The Government of Canada is updating its online information about coronavirus every day, including the latest on the spread of COVID-19, how to prepare, travel advice, and what Canada is doing to respond to the outbreak.
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    Priority Innovation Health Challenge

    Are you, or anyone you know, looking to improve access to community mental health and addiction services or home and community care services?
    Would a share of $400,000 help achieve your goal?

    If so, then apply for the Priority Innovation Health Challenge. Click here for more information.


    The CPA is pleased to provide 4 awards in the amount of $500 each to the organizers of a psychology conference that has a specific focus on undergraduate psychology students. Applications (include link to application here) for funding in a given year must be received by December 1st of the previous year. Completed applications should be sent to the attention of the CPA’s Science Director at


    Through an agreement with the CPA and the CPA Foundation, the Psychology Foundation of Canada oversees the CPA’s charitable activities. Information on the awards (and application deadlines) overseen by the PFC can be found on the PFC website.