Grants and Funding

Grants and Funding

ORD is available to provide support to researchers at all stages of the research project life cycle. We are the point of contact for the Tri-Council funding agencies (NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR) as well as Research Grant and Contract Services (RGCS) and CREAIT, CRC and CFI Services (CCCS) here at Memorial. Whether you’re just getting started or want to expand the scope of your work beyond MI, ORD can help you develop a plan that will help you achieve your research goals.

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Planning is an important first step in the development of research initiatives at all stages of your career. The funding opportunities landscape is highly competitive, provincially, nationally and internationally and researchers need to be more strategic than ever when developing their research programs.

Take advantage of ORD’s services and expertise that are available to help you develop short and long term planning goals that will take your research to the next level.



Funding opportunities are available through a number of sources and are circulated regularly to MI’s research community through ORD’s listserv and monthly newsletter. ORD is here to help you identify the right opportunities to fund your research program, support students and acquire the necessary infrastructure.



Collaborative research is at the heart of MI’s research activity. Solid relationships have been developed across industry, government and NGO’s, all of whom collaborate with our researchers in a variety of ways. ORD can provide support in the partner engagement process by engaging with stakeholders, organizing network events or hosting tours of our facilities.


Proposal Development

Developing quality proposals that stand out as original, innovative and impactful is key to securing funding that will help you further your research program. ORD has a wide variety of resources that can help guide you through each step of this process that will give your proposal a competitive advantage.

Engage with ORD to discuss concept development

Engage early to discuss concept development and determine the best approach. Is this program the best fit? Can this funding be leveraged? How will students be engaged? Are there partnership opportunities? These are just a few of the questions we can help you navigate as you begin developing your proposal.

Confirm eligibility and applicable deadlines

Take the time to carefully review eligibility criteria to ensure the program is the right fit for your research. Be aware of both the agency deadline and internal deadlines (ORD and your unit) and take these into consideration in your timeline for developing your proposal.

ORD Deadlines:

  • Comprehensive Review: 7 business days prior to agency deadline
  • Institutional Review: 3 business days prior to agency deadline
  • RGCS Approval: applications that require MUN’s institutional signature must be submitted to ORD 7 business day prior to agency deadline for review before being forwarded to RGCS.

Review program guidelines and evaluation criteria, understand the grant agency’s priorities

Carefully review program guidelines and instructions to ensure you're giving the funding agency what they're looking for. Review the evaluation criteria and keep these in mind as you develop your content. Your proposal should be weighted similar to these criteria - if student training is weighted at 50%, your proposal should reflect this as well.

Proposal Review

Take advantage of your peer networks as well as expertise here at MI. Circulate your proposal to colleagues both within and outside of your field for their review and feedback. Is your work original? Easy to follow? Too technical? A wide variety of feedback will help you produce high quality writing. ORD offers both comprehensive and institutional reviews that will help you develop a competitive proposal that meets funding agency guidelines:

  • Comprehensive Review: full review to ensure the application meets the program requirements with feedback on the content, flow, and structural organization of the proposal. Deadline: 7 business days prior to agency deadline.
  • Institutional Review: compliance review only that will ensure the proposal meets the basic program requirements. Deadline: 3 business days prior to agency deadline.

Approval and final submission

Once your final draft has been reviewed, upload your proposal to the appropriate researcher portal. Applications requiring institutional signature, including the Tri-Councils (SSHRC, CIHR, NSERC), CFI, CRC and Mitacs are submitted through the RGCS Portal. All other applications can be submitted through the MI Portal.

**Please keep in mind that all applications requiring institutional signature are reviewed and approved by ORD before forwarding to RGCS for their review and final submission.

Project Management

A variety of services are available to help you manage your funding and let you focus on your research. Post award support is available through MI’s Finance and Contracts office as well as the Office of Research and Development.

The Research Project Management (RPM) division of RGCS offers a variety of project management guidance and support services to research projects university-wide, including tools, templates and processes to aid in the management of research projects.

The Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office (TTCO) supports industrial liaison, technology transfer and commercialization activities across Memorial.