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Applied Research Funding Opportunities

Seneca ARI has identified the following funding opportunities which Seneca College researchers may be interested in. 

For more information on current internal and external funding opportunities at Seneca, click the links below. If you are interested in pursuing any of these opportunities, please contact our office for further details.

Internal Grants - ARF

Seneca College Applied Research Fund (ARF)

The Seneca College Applied Research Fund (ARF), a college-wide, internally funded and administered fund, supports emerging applied research activities across Seneca College. ARF aligns with Seneca's strategic priorities and academic plan, and is designed to strengthen networks among students, faculty, staff and external partners.

Through the ARF, a modest amount of funding is available to explore applied research initiatives, in partnership with an industry and/or community partner, to provide learning opportunities for student researchers. All projects must clearly demonstrate the importance of the research to the external partner and value to student researchers.

Deadline: Fall 2017 
Value: Maximum $12,000

Application Guidelines

Application Form

External Grants - CFI

Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) - College-Industry Fund (CIIF)

Stream 2: Research Infrastructure associated with a Five-Year CCI-IE grant application - supports research infrastructure requests associated with a Five-Year CCI-IE grant application submitted to NSERC.

EOI Deadline: May 2016
Application Deadline: Closed
Value: Colleges can submit one proposal per competition requesting up to $800,000


External Grants - Health Ecosphere

The Health Ecosphere: Innovation Pipeline & Commercialization Program

Healthcare Challenge - demonstrate an eHealth solution to manage pre- and post- operative educational screening and expectations to: streamline patient and caregiver instructions before and after surgery, provide consistent instructions and messages that are accessible by patient and caregiver, apply best practices in pre/post-op care to reduce risk of surgical complications, reduce hospital stay without increasing patient risk, ability to track or measure patient readiness for surgery.

Deadline: Closed

External Grants - NSERC CCI

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) - College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program

Engage Grant for Colleges
supports a new partnership between a college and a company for an R&D project of one year to solve a company-specific problem.

Deadline: Ongoing
Value: Up to $25,000 for up to 6 months

Applied Research and Development (ARD) Grants - supports well-defined applied research and development projects undertaken by college researchers with their private-sector partners.

Deadline: Ongoing
Value: There are two levels - 1) Up to $75,000 for up to 3 years and 2) Between $75,000 and $150,000/year for up to 3 years

Applied Research Tools and Instruments (ARTI) Grants - supports the purchase of research equipment.

Deadline: Closed
Value: Between $7,000 and $150,000 for 1 year

College-University Idea to Innovation (CU-I2I) Grants - intended to develop and strengthen research links between colleges, universities and businesses to accelerate the development of promising technologies and promote their commercialization into the Canadian marketplace.

Deadline: Closed
Value: Up to $250,000 per year for up to 3 years

Innovation Enhancement (IE) Grants - supports applied research and collaborations that facilitate commercialization, as well as technology transfer, adaptation and adoption of new technologies.

EOI Deadline: May 2016
Deadline: Closed
Value: $2.3 million - base funding of up to $500,000 per year for the first 3 years and up to $400,000 for years 4 and 5



External Grants - SSHRC

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Connections Grant  - supports workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes or other events or outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives.

Deadline: Closed
Value: 1) Between $7,000 to $25,000 for events for 1 year and 2) Up to $50,000 for other outreach activities for 1 year


External Grants - RTO Foundation

The Retired Teachers of Ontario Foundation

Geriatrics/Gerontology Research and Training at Post-Secondary Institutions - supports research projects that focus on enhancing the quality of aging adults.

Deadline: Closed
Value: Up to $25,000 for 1 year