Internal Funding

Senate Research Committee

When claiming Internal or External research grant expenses, please use the Research Grant Reimbursement Form. For more information, contact

Funding Opportunities

Harrison McCain Student Research Internships
Value: approx $1500
Full-time faculty (including Limited-Term Appointments) are invited to apply for funding to hire student interns/research assistants for the current academic year (ending August 31st). Faculty members may submit only one application per year. Applications will be assessed by the Senate Research Committee and must describe both the research/creative project under consideration and the extent to which the proposed project will constitute a mentoring/learning opportunity for the student.
Deadline: January 12, 2021 (noon)


Conference Organizer Award
Value: up to $700
The Conference Organizer Awards are special awards for faculty who will be organizing a conference within the next 12 months, either on or off campus.
Deadline: 2 months in advance of conference start date and/or 2 months in advance of the SSHRC Connection Grant competition deadline (funding for confrences and workshops).

Conference Travel Grant

Values: $500 and $1000

Conference Travel Grants provide financial assistance to full and part-time faculty members, including sabbaticants, who are formally disseminating their research/scholarship/creative works at academic conferences.

Deadline: Rolling deadline

Dr. Rosemary Clews Research Internship
10 hours/week of Research Assistant Level 1 wages, to be completed during second semester.

The Internship enables a student to receive compensation while s/he develops a set of research skills and acquires research training by working with a professor in an area of the student’s interest. The internship will assist students with their financial needs and reinforce their academic accomplishments while providing research training, skills development and experience.
Deadline: November 3, 2020

SSHRC Explore 
Value: up to $6,000 
SSHRC Explore grants are awarded to a full-time or part-time faculty by the Senate Research Committee through open competition.
Deadline: November 3, 2020

Harrison McCain Research Grants

Value: up to $6000
Harrison McCain Research Grants are awarded to faculty by the Senate Research Committee through open competition. All faculty (full-time and part-time) are eligible to apply, with first preference given to emerging scholars (those who have completed less than eight years of service at STU by the submission deadline), and faculty holding regular part-time appointments. Eligible expenses include equipment, supplies, research travel, and research assistants, as well as publication and dissemination expenses. Faculty members who receive a Harrison McCain Research Grant will not be permitted to apply to this program in future years.
Deadline: March 12, 2021 (noon)


General Research Grant
Value: up to $3,000
General Research Grants (GRG) are awarded to full-time or part-time faculty by the Senate Research Committee through open competition.

Deadline: March 12, 2021 (noon)

Research Grant in Lieu of Salary
Value: See Canada Revenue Agency Guidelines

The Research Grant in Lieu of Salary Program and Non-Leave Grants Program permit, under certain conditions, a researcher to receive a research grant in lieu of salary through a mechanism that includes peer review.

Deadline: Rolling deadline


Upper Third Sextile (U3S) Award
Value: up to $2,000
Formerly called the "4A Award". Researchers who have submittedunsuccessful Tri-Council research grants that are ranked in the top three sextiles are eligible to apply for a U3S Award (seed funding) from the Senate Research Committee to facilitate the submission of a future external grant application. Please note that only applicants who meet the ORS internal deadline for the related Tri-Council applications are eligible for U3S funding.
Deadline: 60 days after receiving U3S status

Wallace and Margaret McCain Course Release Award
The McCain Course Release Award (3 credit hours) is awarded to those faculty who meet the criteria set and administered by the Vice-President (Academic & Research). Faculty members with major research/scholarly/creative projects well underway are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed by the Senate Research Committee and a nomination will be forwarded to the Vice-President (Academic & Research) for consideration.

Deadline: November 3, 2020

COVID-19 Support Grants
These grants are awarded to full-time and part-time faculty members by the Senate Research Committee through open competition. The Committee's objective in awarding these grants is to support faculty members whose research programs have been adversely impacted by COVID-19, and who will incur additional unforeseen costs as a result. These grants are not intended to replace any normal internal grant opportunities, which will be adjudicated according to existing procedures.
Deadline: rolling deadline


Final Reports

Looking to file an Internal Grant Report? Click here

Note: Final Reports are no longer required for Conference Travel Grants.

Frequently Asked Questions


How long does it take for the Senate Research Committee to adjudicate an application?

Decisions will be reached within 30 days of receipt of a complete application.

What if I am unable to spend/claim my grant by the specified deadline?

If you are unable to spend/claim their award by the specified date, a written request for an extension for access to their funds can be made to the Chair of the Senate Research Committee via the office of the Associate Vice-President (Research). This request must be made in writing (or via email) outlining the reason for the extension and it must be submitted before the deadline date specified in the letter of award.

How much should I pay my Research Assistant?

Please see the Signing Authority Policy.

How do I appeal a decision of the Senate Research Committee?

Please see the Appeals Policy for more information.