RESEARCH – FUNDING

Research programs require funding, which can come from many different sources, from small, internal seed grants to large, multi-national team grants. There are several offices within the University of Calgary and the Cumming School of Medicine that exist to support your research activities, both pre-award (i.e. during the process of applying for funding) and post-award (i.e. managing funds from successful applications).

RESEARCH MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (RMS)

  • The Research Management System (RMS) is a new platform that manages the pre-award, post-award, and publication phases of a research grant or contract. Throughout the Grants and Contracts life-cycle, RMS interfaces with other UCalgary systems, such as IRISS and PeopleSoft, to provide a seamless process for grants and awards management, eliminate re-keying of data and heightened transparency into the status of applications at any time.
  • RMS Website: https://research.ucalgary.ca/rms
  • UCalgary RMS Information Package

PRE-AWARD

  • New Faculty – please read! The University of Calgary’s Research Services Office has prepared a handbook that will help you navigate the research funding landscape. More guides, checklists, resources, and links can be found on the UCalgary Research webpage.
  • For pre-award support, the University advertises many current and up-coming funding opportunities. We will periodically post awards of particular relevance to department members on the Department’s calendar as well.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Internal opportunities (administered through the University of Calgary):
    • Faculty Conference Travel Grants
    • Conference and Workshop Grants
    • Thesis and Dissertation Research Grants
    • Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning Grants
    • University Research Grants Committees (URGC) Seed Grant Programs
      • University of Calgary Faculty Seed Grants (Sciences, Engineering and Medicine)
      • University of Calgary SSHRC Explore Faculty Seed Grants
      • University of Calgary SSHRC Exchange Partnership Seed Grants
    • Margaret Gunn Endowment for Animal Research
    • Clinical Research Fund (in partnership with Alberta Health Services)
    • Global Health and International Partnership Funding (includes undergraduate, graduate, and faculty travel awards for research, education, elective training, and knowledge dissemination)
  • External opportunities are numerous and highly variable, based on topic, source, amount and length. The University of Calgary does a very good job listing current and up-coming funding opportunities through its Funding Deadline Calendar for researchers and a more tailored version for Fellows and Postdocs. Faculty members are also encouraged to sign up for a COS Pivot account, an external, searchable database of research funding opportunities that requires a University of Calgary ID.
  • There are a number of additional University of Calgary Research Services resources that can help you during the pre-award phase, many of which can be accessed at http://www.ucalgary.ca/research/researchers/forms-and-resources.

POST-AWARD

  • Internal opportunities (administered through the University of Calgary):
    • For post-award support through the University of Calgary, in addition to Ethics and Compliance, you will need to work with Research Accounting to set up and manage the funds from your award.
    • You may also find that your research requires some sort of Research Contract or Agreement – if you think this might be the case, but aren’t sure exactly what you might need, review the “Contract and agreement types” tab. Examples include: Confidential Disclosure Agreements, Consulting Agreements, Clinical Trial Agreements, Data Sharing Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, Research/Service Agreements (e.g. with Alberta Health Services or private industry partners). Please note that the Cumming School of Medicine has its own legal team that is separate from the rest of the University of Calgary