Canadian Research Information System

The Canadian Research Information System contains data on grants and awards funded by a number of Canadian research funding agencies. It provides a convenient way to retrieve and combine information from multiple funding sources with a single query. To search for grants and awards funded by the agencies participating in CRIS, click here.


Specific Funding Agencies and Organizations 

Below are examples of specific funding agencies and organizations, beginning with Canada's three Federal Granting Councils. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all funding sources; more will be added regularly.

National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

NSERC invests in people, discovery and innovation through programs that support post-secondary research in the natural sciences and engineering. For more information, contact NSERC.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

SSHRC promotes and supports university-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. For more information, contact SSHRC.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Through 13 "virtual" institutes with a specific area of focus, CIHR supports a range of research from bio-medical and clinical research, to research on health systems, health services, the health of populations, societal and cultural dimensions of health and environmental influences on health. For more information, contact CIHR.

Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research Primary Health Care (TUTOR-PHC)

TUTOR-PHC is a  one-year, national interdisciplinary research training program in primary health care funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) with representation from the disciplines of: Family Medicine, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, Epidemiology, Pharmacy, Sociology and Education. It is conducted by educators at:

  • The University of Western Ontario
  • Dalhousie University
  • McMaster University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • Université de Montréal
  • Université de Sherbrooke

Program information and application forms for TUTOR-PHC are now available on TUTOR-PHC’s website at

Who should apply?

  • Graduate Students from Canadian Universities that are interested/ engaged in primary health care research regardless of their home discipline
  • Post‚Äźdoctoral fellows, policy-makers, OR clinicians* that are interested/ engaged in primary health care research
  • Psychology graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are encouraged to apply.

* Clinicians can include any type of Health Professional in Primary Health Care (i.e. Physician, Nurse, Social Worker, Dietician, Occupational Therapist, etc.). Please see the TUTOR-PHC website for more information.

Deadline for applications is October 31, 2012.

Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health

The Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health provides critical funding to community based, non-profit groups helping people struggling with mental illness, through annual grants. Over the past two years, more than $2.5 million in grants have been distributed to more than 50 organizations supporting affected individuals and their families.

The granting process takes place each spring when registered charities are encouraged to apply for a portion of the funds available. Applications must fund projects consistent with the goals of providing front-line programming for those directly affected by mental illness and support to families who are dealing with mental illness. The application forms and detailed instructions are available on this website each spring. Successful grant recipients are notified in September.

Visit the Canada Post Foundation site again in March 2011 to obtain more information and/or apply for a grant from the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health.

Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an independent corporation created by the Government of Canada to fund research infrastructure. The CFI's mandate is to strengthen the capacity of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and non-profit research institutions to carry out world-class research and technology development that benefits Canadians. Since its creation in 1997, the CFI has committed $5.3 billion in support of 6,800 projects at 130 research institutions in 65 municipalities across Canada. For more information, visit the CFI's website.

Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ)

The FRSQ (Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec) is a non-profit funding agency created in 1964, under the Act Respecting the Ministère du Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation (L.R.Q., c. M-30.01). The FRSQ allocates $90 million annually in awards and grants for public-sector research into human health carried out today in universities and hospital-based research centres. For more information, visit the website of the FRSQ.

Ontario Mental Health Foundation

The Foundation aims to promote the mental health of people living in Ontario, to prevent mental illness and to improve diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. This is done primarily by supporting the professional development of researchers and by funding excellent mental health research. The Foundation looks to people with mental disorders, providers and the research community to identify important and innovative areas of research.

For more information on the OMHF and its 2010 Application Deadlines, visit the OMHF website.

Heart and Stroke Foundation

For more information on the Heart and Stroke Foundation's research grants and awards, visit the HSF website.

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research

The mission of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research is to strengthen the BC health research enterprise through innovative, integrated services and programs that

  • create and maintain a vibrant health research environment
  • mobilize stakeholders to identify priorities and address health and health system priorities
  • build capacity for excellent health research.

For more information about the MSFHR and its funding opportunities, click here.

Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF)

For more than a decade, the Foundation has brought researchers and decision makers together to create and apply knowledge to improve health services for Canadians. The Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit corporation, established with endowed funds from the federal government and its agencies, and incorporated under the Canada Corporations Act. CHSRF workw to improve the health of Canadians by:

  1. Capturing the best evidence about how healthcare and other services can do more to improve the health of Canadians.
  2. Filling critical gaps in evidence about how to improve the health of Canadians, by funding research and evaluation.
  3. Supporting policymakers and managers to develop the skills needed to apply the best evidence about services to improve the health of Canadians.

For more information on the Foundation and its funding opportunities, visit the CHSRF website.