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Funding Opportunities

Below is a list of funding opportunities offered by other organizations that support research, professional development or acknowledge academic excellence.

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L’Oréal Canada For Women in Science Fellowships


​This year, two fellowships valued at $20,000 each will be awarded to female postdoctoral researchers in the fields of Life Sciences and Engineering/Pure and Applied Sciences. Candidates must conduct their research at a Canadian host institution or organization. Due April 14, 5:00pm EST. Read moreapply here.

Funds Available

$20,000 each


Must conduct research at a Canadian host institution or organization


April 14th 5:00 pm EST

The Heart-Brain Connection IMPACT Award


Brain Canada and Heart & Stroke have come together to provide this multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, integrative research competition that will investigate the complex interactions between the heart and the brain by leveraging the power of collaboration and innovation in Canada’s research community. This new funding opportunity will bring together researchers across biomedical, clinical, health services, and social, cultural, environmental and population health fields to generate new knowledge and meaningful action that will directly benefit people in Canada. Research teams will drive discovery and exploration, and to build long-term capacity in heart and brain vascular research. Brain Canada and Heart & Stroke (funders) are committed to making equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) an integral component of the Heart-Brain Connection IMPACT Award competition. EDI principles must be integrated and applied to team assembly, research design, methods, analysis and interpretation, and dissemination of research findings. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for this funding opportunity.

Funds Available
Two grants of up to $2.9 million each. Teams invited to application phase will be given a planning grant of up to $10,000, with approved budget justification, to develop their Full Application.


Canadian research teams.

Key Dates (2021)

April 8—Register team

May 13—Submit Letter of Intent (LOI). Select applicants will be invited to proceed to the Full Application phase.

August 26—Full application due.

Please refer to the Competition Guidelines for additional details or contact

NIH: Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Structural Racism and Discrimination on Minority Health and Health Disparities


This initiative will support (1) observational research to understand the role of structural racism and discrimination (SRD) in causing and sustaining health disparities, and (2) intervention research that addresses SRD in order to improve minority health or reduce health disparities.

Funds Available
Varies: $300,000-$1,000,000 per project

Key Dates

July 20—Submit Letter of Intent (LOI)

August 24—Full application due

April 2020—Earliest project start date

Read more here

AI for Humanitarian Action


Microsoft created this funding program to address global humanitarian issues by providing funding for organizations, institutions and labs that develop AI solutions in four focus areas including the needs of women and children. They are interested in supporting projects that improve operational efficiency, enable new capabilities, increase beneficiary engagement, or involve rich data analysis for classification and prediction modeling. 

Funds Available
Resources available to selected projects: Up to $300,000 fair market value in Azure and data science services consisting of a combination of:

  • $10K - $75K Azure credit grant
  • Azure enablement engineering support (if needed)
  • Up to 300 hours of engagement by Microsoft Data Science and Analytics team members

Key Dates

Application deadline: May 31, 2021

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