Faculty Funding Resources

Funding For Faculty Members

Research in the form of creative and scholarly activity is an important part of the Emily Carr Community. The Office of the Director of Research is responsible for promoting and assisting with the research activity of Faculty, Sessional, and graduate students. Making our research activities strong and visible helps us attract great students and recruit new Faculty members.  It allows students to learn research thinking through participation in projects, often as research assistants or co-op students. It allows faculty to grow their practice, and to incorporate the latest in research thinking into their courses.

Both regular and non-regular faculty at Emily Carr can apply for external funding for their research projects. For SSHRC funded projects that have a year or more duration period, non-regular faculty are encouraged to partner with regular faculty as co-investigators or collaborators. SSHRC requires principal investigators to be affiliated with an institution.  All faculty members are encouraged to contact the Research + Industry Office and visit the funding agency sites below for more information on research grants:

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Overview of SSHRC grants available to Emily Carr faculty:

Connection Grants to support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange research knowledge and to engage on research issues of value to those participating.

  • Project duration: 1 year
  • Deadline: four times a year on February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1
  • Award amount: $7,000 to $25,000, and up to $50,000 for other outreach activities; higher amounts for outreach activities may be considered if well justified
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Insight Development Grants to support research in its initial stages. The grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas. Funding is provided for short-term research development projects of up to two years, proposed by individuals or teams. These awards are not intended to support ongoing initiatives.

  • Project duration: 1 to 2 years
  • Deadline: February 3
  • Award amount: $7,000 up to $75,000
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Insight Grants to support long-term research initiatives of up to five years. Funding is available for both emerging and established scholars to enable them to address complex issues pertaining to individuals and societies, and to further our collective understanding.

  • Project duration: 3 to 5 years
  • Deadline: October 15
  • Award amount: $7,000 to $400,000
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Knowledge Synthesis Grants to support synthesis of existing research knowledge and the identification of knowledge gaps

  • Project duration: 1 year
  • Deadline: January 12
  • Award amount: $25,000
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Partnership Development Grants to develop research and related activities in the social sciences and humanities, including knowledge mobilization and the meaningful involvement of students and new scholars by fostering new research partnership activities involving existing and/or portential partners or to design and test new partnership approaches for research and/or related activities.

  • Project duration: 1 to 3 years
  • Deadline: November 30
  • Award amount: $75,000 to $200,000
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Partnership Grants to support new and existing formal research and/or knowledge mobilization partnerships over four to seven years.

Note: There is a two-phase application process for Partnership grants. Applicants must apply to the Partnership Development Grants Letter of Intent first and, if approved, they will be invited to apply to the Partnership Grant.

  • Project duration: 4 to 7 years
  • Deadline: February 15
  • Award amount: for Stage 1, Letter of Intent, up to $20,000. For Stage 2, Formal Application (by invitation only), maximum $500,000 per year, up to $2.5 million in total.
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Partnership Grant Letter of Intent: Partnership Grant proposals are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight program, or the Connection program, or a combination thereof. Proposals exclusively for partnered research training initiative are expected to respond, instead, to the objectives of the Talent program. Please see the Insight, Connection and Talent program descriptions for more details.

  • Project duration: 4 to 7 years
  • Deadline: February 15
  • Award amount: for Stage 1, Letter of Intent, up to $20,000. For Stage 2, Formal Application (by invitation only), maximum $500,000 per year, up to $2.5 million in total.
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Note: Faculty planning to apply for SSHRC grants must follow Emily Carr's internal deadlines and the funder's application deadlines. See current schedule of the supporting workshops organized by the Research + Industry Office and deadlines here: Schedule_Grants_deadlines_2016_17.pdf

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research (NSERC)

Overview of NSERC grants available to Emily Carr Faculty

 All NSERC grants are institutional grants. This means that the applicant is the University and faculty leading the research will be the Project Leader, These grants involve industry partnerships. Faculty interested in learning more about these grants and applying are advised to contact the Research + Industry Office.

College and Community Innovation Program - Applied Research and Develpment Grants (CCI - ARD): ARD

Grants support well-defined applied research and development projects undertaken by college researchers with their private sector partners. Direct project costs are shared by the company partner(s) and NSERC.

  • Project duration: 1 to 3 years
  • Deadlines: no deadline, ongoing intake
  • Award amounts: between $75,000 and $150,000
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College and Community Innovation Program - Engage Grants: University or college researchers can apply to launch a new research collaboration with an industrial partner through a short-term research and development (R&D) project that applies their expertise to address a company challenge. Partnering companies gain by having the expertise of the academics focused on ther R&D issues and by discovering what the researchers and the students working with them have to offer. These projects serve as the first step to establishing a longer-term, impactful collaboration.

  • Project duration: up to six months
  • Deadlines: no deadline, ongoing intake
  • Award amounts: up to $25,000
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Canada Council for the Arts                            

Overview of Canada Council for the Arts grants available to Emily Carr Faculty

Explore and Create: This program advances Canadian artistic practices by encouraging artists to investigate creative processes and take risks that lead to the development of unique works destined to connect with the public. Explore and Create supports the research, development, creation and production of work, as well as professional development for atists.

  • Project duration: Program has different components, each with it own requirements. Please check website
  • Deadlines: Please check program website. Link below.
  • Award amounts: Program had different components, each with its own award amounts. Please check website.
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Create, Knowing and Sharing: The Canada Council of the Arts is committed to reafirming and revitalizing its relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples in Canada. The Canada Council believes that an approach that respects First Nations, Inuit and Metis artistic expression, cultural protocols, Indigenous rights and Indigenous worldviews will stimulate First Nations, Inuit and Metis artists, artistic practices, and communities. Creating, Knowing and Sharing acknowledges the cultural sovereignty of Indigineous peoples and respects the concepts of First Nations, Inuit and Metis self-determination.

  • Project duration: Program has different components, each with it own requirements. Please check website
  • Deadlines: Please check program website. Link below.
  • Award amounts: Program had different components, each with its own award amounts. Please check website.
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Supporting Artistic Practice: Supporting Artistic Practice encourages a dynamic support system for the arts in Canada by funding Canadian arts professionals, groups, and arts organizations who champion the Canadian arts sector, boost the capacity for artists to realize work and advance the conditions of creation. Supporting Artistic Practice contributes to the growing network of resources available to strengthen the arts and inspires sector innovation by supporting collaboration, targeted initiatives and career development opportunities for Canadian arts professionals.

  • Project duration: Program has different components, each with it own requirements. Please check website
  • Deadlines: Please check program website. Link below.
  • Award amounts: Program had different components, each with its own award amounts. Please check website.
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Arts across Canada: Arts across Canada fosters meaningful relationships and exchanges between artists and the Canadian public. Artists, arts professionals, groups and arts organizations can apply to present and share artistic work with diverse communities across the country, engage more deeply with the public and develops a stronger national profile.

  • Project duration: Program has different components, each with it own requirements. Please check website
  • Deadlines: Please check program website. Link below.
  • Award amounts: Program had different components, each with its own award amounts. Please check website.
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Arts Abroad: Arts Abroad celebrates the creativity, innovation and excellence of Canadian artists by helping to bring Canadian works to the world. This program supports artists, arts professionals, groups and organizations to enhance international exposure, undertake artistic explorations or exchanges with international colleagues, and nurture new and existing art markets in a global context.

  • Project duration: Program has different components, each with it own requirements. Please check website
  • Deadlines: Please check program website. Link below.
  • Award amounts: Program had different components, each with its own award amounts. Please check website.
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Composite grants: Composite grants provide support for several projects taking place ove 1 to 3 years. Instead of submitting a number of separate project applications, individuals, groups and organizations can combine their activities into a composite proposal. Organizations may also find this to be a more flexible and less onerous alternative to core grants. Applicants will need to have a history of receiving project grants from the Canada Council before they are eligible to apply for a composite grant.

Composite grants are available in the following components:

Please visit the web pages for details relating to each of the above components.

Other possible funding agencies

BC Arts Council                                               
Mitacs                                                              
Vancouver Foundation                                    
Canadian Heritage       

Internal Research Funding for Faculty Members

ECU Internal Research Fund. For information abou this funding, deadlines and application guidelines, please check this document: ECU_IRF_guidelines_Spring2017.pdf

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