Internal Funding

Senate Research Committee

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


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: $400 and $800

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: 3 November 2017

General Research Grant
Value: up to $2,000
General Research Grants (GRG) are awarded to full-time or part-time faculty by the Senate Research Committee through open competition.

Deadline: 3 November 2017

Major Research Grant
Value: up to $4,000
Major Research Grants (MRG) are awarded to a full-time or part-time faculty by the Senate Research Committee through open competition.
Deadline: 3 November 2017

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

Research Assistantship Grants

Value: up to $500
The Research Assistantship Grants provide financial assistance to faculty members who wish to employ student research assistants (please see the eligibility criteria). Research Assistants can also be funded through other programs, click here for further information.
Deadline: Currently unavailable

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 (6 credit hours) is awarded to those faculty who meet the criteria set and administered by the Vice-President (Academic & Research). The University will provide either one six-credit-hour course release equivalent to a single faculty member, or one three-credit-hour course release equivalent each to two faculty members. 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: 3 November 2017


Looking to file an Internal Grant Report? Click here

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


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.

Can I include wages for a Research Assistant in my internal grant application?
Yes, but if you want to hire a STU undergrad the Senate Research Committee will ask for proof that you attempted to secure STU JOBS funding first. Being awarded STU JOBS funding does not disqualify you from applying for internal grants, you just need to explain how more funding is needed. Alternatively, you can justify hiring a non-STU student, there is no need to pursue STU JOBS funding.

Can I apply for both a Major and a General Research Grant if they are different projects?


When is the next deadline for Research Assistantship Grants?

This opportunity is closed until further notice.

How much should I pay my Research Assistant?

Please see the STU Student Employment Policy.

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

Please see the STU Appeals Policy for more information.