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Internal Funding Opportunities

Seneca Applied Research Fund (ARF)

The Seneca Applied Research Fund (ARF), a college-wide, internally funded and administered fund, supports emerging applied research activities at Seneca. 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, up to $12,000 is available to Seneca faculty researchers, through an annual call for proposals, to explore applied research initiatives, in partnership with an industry and/or community partner, which address a business challenge brought forward by the partner and that provide experiential learning opportunities for student researchers. All projects must clearly demonstrate the importance of the research to the external partner and value to student researchers.

Timeline for the 2020/21 ARF: 

1. Interested applicants must submit a notice of intent (form below) by September 8th, 4:00p.m. *New Deadline* 

2. An ARF grant development workship will be provided on September 22nd (WebEX and recorded) for those invited to a full application 

3. For profit industry partners must make a cash contribution equal to at least 10% of the grant amount (not-for-profits do not need to contribute cash)

For additional information on the Seneca Applied Research Fund, please contact any member of the Seneca Applied Research Team or our general email at

External Funding Opportunities

Seneca is eligible for to receive funding from a variety of provincial and federal funding agencies, organizations and programs.

To learn more about and explore these opportunities, select the links below. If you are interested in pursuing any of these opportunities, please contact our office so that we can support your application.

Research Support Fund 

The Research Support Fund, formally known as Indirect Cost Program, assists Canadian postsecondary institutions with the expenses associated with managing research funded by the three federal research granting agencies. The Research Support Fund is a tri-agency initiative of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The funds are to help pay for indirect costs of research, which comprise a portion of the central and departmental administrative costs associated with managing funded research. Seneca uses funds under the Management and Administration category to support Applied Research activities.

For more information on the program please visit their website.