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Seed, Impact and CUE-NSE

The Office of Research Services manages the Internal Research Grant Program at Concordia University of Edmonton. The architecture of the Internal Research Grant Program aligns with the format and requirements of major research sponsors, including the Tri-Agency of Canada (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC). Under this framework, application and adjudication of awards is streamlined and merit-based.

CUE has created three funding streams for its faculty. Seed Grants are meant to fund projects, while Impact are for research dissemination activities. In addition, in May 2020, we launched the CUE-NSE Grant stream for activities that are aimed specifically at procuring data or other requirements to support applications to NSERC’s Discovery Grant or Alliance Grant programs.

We encourage eligible CUE Faculty Members to apply to one of our existing streams. We currently have three calls for applications per year for Impact and Seed, and one for CUE-NSE, subject to revision and funding availability. These internally-funded awards are adjudicated upon review by the Research and Faculty Development Committee.

Funding from the Internal Research Grant program is only available to continuing, full-time faculty members of Concordia University of Edmonton.


Three competitions are held per year.

October 1 | February 1 | May 15 

Grant Streams

Under this program architecture, there are two grant streams: Impact Grants for Knowledge Mobilization activities and Seed Grants for short-term research initiatives.  In May, 2020 we launched the CUE-Natural Sciences and Engineering (CUE-NSE) Grant stream.

Adjudication Rubrics

Applications will be evaluated and available funds awarded through a competitive process. The rubric used for assessment is available in the guidelines. The total funding envelope is set by the institution’s annual budget. Because this funding is limited, the demand for funds normally exceeds the funds available and not all proposals can be awarded.

Applications & Guidelines

Impact Grants

Impact Grants support knowledge mobilization (KMb) activities that move research knowledge into outcomes and impact in academia and in the community. These funds support short-term, targeted KMb activities such as presentations at conferences, workshops, juried artistic exhibits, oral histories, interactive, digital and video technologies, commissioned reports, knowledge syntheses, and other forms of connecting and disseminating research knowledge.

Application forms and Guidelines are subject to change regularly. Please consult these links for the most recent versions.

Seed Grants

Seed Grants provide funding for faculty research projects, particularly those that have the potential to lead to applications to external funding agencies. Grants awarded through this fund serve as seed funding to carry out essential developmental work that will be used in developing research programs and preparing applications for external funding opportunities. Seed Grants are intended to build and sustain a vibrant research culture at Concordia University of Edmonton and to develop and support research and innovation, and enhancing CUE competitiveness.

CUE-NSE Grants

The CUE-NSE Grants provide funding for eligible faculty in the Natural Sciences and Engineering for research projects aimed at supporting the preparation of applications for NSERC Grants in the Discovery and Alliance Programs. Grants awarded through this stream serve as seed funding to carry out essential developmental work that will be used to generate research required for an application.

Special Call for Research Projects Grants

Under exceptional circumstances, an opportunity may emerge that warrants a quick response from our faculty researchers. For this purpose, CUE created the Special Call for Research Projects (SCRP) Grants. Due to their timely nature, these calls are designed to have a focused scope, areas of research, clear limits to the type of eligible activities, and fast turnaround time. Depending on the nature of the call, and to promote enhanced participation by CUE’s faculty, an exemption may be made to the maximum limit of funding per year for CUE investigators if successful in an application for a SCRP Grant. An example of this was the COVID-19 pandemic. In April of 2020 a call was made under this special stream for projects related to the pandemic.

Small Research Needs Grants – limited availability

In addition to the Internal Research Grants program, the Vice-President Academic & Provost may provide, under exceptional circumstances, a very limited number of Small Research Needs Grants (SRNG) for up to $250. SRNG are only for unexpected research expenses or when time is an issue and an application for a regular grant cannot be completed on time. For inquiries on the SRNG, contact the Office of Research Services.

Acknowledgement and Acceptance of Award

Recipients of CUE Internal Research Grants must acknowledge and accept the terms of the award. A signed Acknowledgement and Acceptance of the Award, included in the Letter of Award, must be returned to the Office within 10 days of receipt; otherwise, the award will be considered forfeited and the funds will be returned to CUE.


A final report on the research activities funded by internal research grants must be submitted to the Office of Research Services within 30 days of the end date of the award. Grant recipients must submit a final report in order to be eligible for future internal research grant funding. Reporting is not required for SNRG funds.

Impact Grant and Seed Grant Final Report Form

CUE-NSE Grant Final Report Form

Duplicate requests for funding

IMPORTANT: CUE, as well as most sponsors, does not allow duplicate funding requests. Therefore, applications with significant conceptual and/or budgetary overlap with existing awards, internal or external, will not be accepted. If you have applied for, or are considering applying for additional funds, internal or external, to support the research that you are submitting for consideration for a competition, you are required to disclose it to the Office of Research Services and include this information in the appropriate sections of the application form.

Internal Research Grant Policy

CUE is in the process of review and approval of the policy and procedures for Internal Research Grants. To obtain a copy of the current approved version, consult the Institutional Information folder in Alfresco, under Employee Resources.