Funding Opportunities

To enable our Faculty's research excellence, there are various internal and external research funding sources available.

COVID-19 Research Funding 

Western Research has collated funding opportunities for COVID-19 related research here

Funding Discovery Tool

Using this Funding Discovery Tool, Determine available funding opportunities based on your research discipline and questions 

The Centre for Studies in Family Medicine Research Committee (CSFM-RC

Within the Department of Family Medicine, project funding is available through the Department Research Trust Fund. Funding requests are only reviewed three times a year. To apply for this award please contact Cathy Thorpe at


  • February 1
  • May 1
  • October 1

Lawson Health Research Institute (LHRI)  - Internal Research Fund (IRF)

Right now Lawson offers the Internal Research Fund (IRF). It runs twice a year (Spring and Fall) and researchers who hold a primary faculty appointment in your department are eligible to apply.

 Each competition offers two streams: Pilot Studies and Studentship Awards.

 The IRF Pilot Study stream supports, in priority order:

  • New Principal Investigators (within 5 years of first academic appointment) by providing startup operating funds to help them obtain preliminary data for an external grant application.
  • Established Principal Investigators by providing bridge funding or a means to get their research back on track.
  • Established Principal Investigators who wish to pursue a novel research direction.
  • All Principal Investigators by providing salary support for a Post-Doctoral Trainee or Research Fellow.

The IRF Studentship stream supports all Principal Investigators by providing stipend support for a graduate student. Awards are up to $15,000, for 1 year (Studentships) or up to 2 yrs (Pilot).

AMOSO-Academic Medical Organization of Southwestern Ontario

Innovation Fund Competition (Deadline: October)

The Innovation Fund was established provincially as part of the Phase 3 Agreement to support the development of new and innovative practices in health care delivery (both quality initiatives and research projects) and to support leadership and the dissemination of knowledge across the healthcare system. Since the fund's inception in 2008, over $14 million dollars has been provided to fund Innovation projects led by London AHSC AFP Physicians. 

The fund provides seed money:

  • to support innovative projects
  • to enable academic physicians to develop a program sufficiently to qualify for additional support, and
  • to facilitate the translation of new strategies into medical practice and to evaluate novel strategies to transform health care delivery in Ontario

 Opportunities Fund Competition (Deadlines: April and September)

The Opportunities Fund was established by AMOSO to support teaching and research projects and was created by an allocation of the academic funding provided to the London AHSC through the Alternate Funding Plan. The fund provides one-time startup funding to compensate newly recruited AFP Physicians or existing AFP Physicians for new academic roles.   

Physicians Services Incorporated Foundation: Health Research Grants 

This grant competion has open submission with no anual deadlines. 

Clinical Research - Clinical research is defined as research, which is of direct relevance to patient care. Studies involving animals will be considered only if the animals are required as an immediate patient surrogate and this should be indicated in a written statement attached to the application.

Medical Education Research & Development at the post M.D. level - Limited funds are available for support of research and development projects designed to assess the post M.D. educational environment such as curricula, methods and teaching resources. The Foundation recognizes that research within this area may involve teams that include non-medical researchers and consultants.

Health Systems Research - Projects of a special nature within the health care system, such as preventive medicine, care of the elderly, communications within the system, underserviced regions and ways of enhancing the effectiveness of medical practice will be considered under this category.

Medical Council of Canada (MCC) - Research in Clinical Assessment

Deadline: February 1, annually

The purpose and priorities of the competition are the encouragement of innovations in the assessment of clinical competence or performance of students, postgraduate trainees or practitioners. Priority will be given to proposals that show promise in contributing to the knowledge and understanding of measurement in clinical assessment and to clinical program evaluation methods for medical education. The proposal must focus on research, not development, in the assessment of performance or clinical assessment.

Schulich Internal Funding Opportuninties

Faculty Support for Research in Education (FSRE)

Deadline: Late November, annually

Faculty Support for Research in Education (FSRE) grants are intended to facilitate and enable scholarship in education at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. These grants are intended to support full-scale education research projects and pilot projects where there is a plan to collect preliminary data in preparation for a larger upcoming application to an external funding agency. Proposals may involve quantitative and/or qualitative approaches. Proposals for scoping reviews and meta-analyses that are eligible for scientific publication may also be submitted.

Collaborative Research Seed Grants 

Deadline: Early December, annually

The Collaborative Research Seed Grants (CRSG) program will provide seed funding to foster interdisciplinary collaborative research teams.  The intent is to: (1) encourage collaborations that build on different scientific and scholarly backgrounds; (2) facilitate breakthroughs in solving research questions in a collaborative manner; and (3) position Schulich researchers to successfully apply to Tri-Council or other external funding agencies. 

CRSG will support:

  • new collaborations between basic and clinical researchers;
  • existing collaborations between basic and clinical researchers to further enhance or expand their research program; or
  • faculty members from different disciplines/departments to collaborate in a new area of research or to approach a problem in an innovative way.

Grants are intended to provide seed funding to help generate novel data, initiate new intellectual directions for faculty, and foster relationships across disciplines and/or departments. Proposals must describe a definitive plan for continuing the research effort proposed once the CRSG funding ends.


Research Western 

Internal funding opportunities sponsored by Research Western are provided to those who meet the individual eligibility requirements for each program. Please read the program guidelines carefully, and forward any inquiries to (or email the contact identified on the program's website).

Student Opportunities

Schulich Summer Research Training Program (SRTP)

The Summer Research Training Program (SRTP) provides an opportunity for first and second year medical students at Schulich to undertake research under the supervision of a faculty member. Students enter the program at the end of their first year and spend two summers working with a Schulich supervisor on a specific project. The program also incorporates a weekly summer seminar series featuring presentations by all the participants.

Research projects in both clinical and basic areas may be supported through SRTP, as are projects across the full range of disciplines within Schulich. This includes laboratory research in any of the basic science departments, clinical and population health research and research on medical education. We encourage all researchers, including basic scientists, to consider submitting a proposal for SRTP.  

Funding of stipends for all students accepted into the program is organized by the Schulich Research Office. Sources of support include Lawson Health Research Institute, Mach-Gaensslen Foundation of Canada and Schulich Clinical Departments.

If you are interested in participating as an SRTP supervisor, the deadline for submitting a proposal for consideration is mid December annually with this approximate timelines below:

  • December, Early - Project proposals due into Research Office from potential supervisors
  • December, Mid - List of SRTP Projects made available to the Medicine Class (4 years from Grad). 
  • January, Early - Interested students review the available projects submitted by faculty members and contact potential supervisors.
  • January, Late- Deadline for submission of completed application from students and supervisors.
  • March - Students and supervisors are informed of the funding decisions.

 Additional information on the program is also available on the SRTP website.

 If you have questions regarding SRTP, please contact Stacey Bastien in the Schulich Research Office at

* please note this award (if successful) is partially funded by the Department of Family Medicine and all applications should be approved by the Department prior to submission.


Funding for publication

Western Libraries Open Access Fund