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Internal Research Grants

The Office of Research Services manages the Internal Research Grant Program at Concordia University of Edmonton. The architecture of the Internal Research Grant Program was successfully released in October of 2018, and 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. We encourage eligible CUE Faculty Members to apply to one of our two streams: Impact and Seed. We currently have three calls for applications per year, subject to revision and funding availability. These internally-funded awards are adjudicated upon review by the Research and Faculty Development Committee.


Three competitions are held per year. October 1st | February 1st | May 15th.  

The next deadline for applications is October 1, 2019.

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. 

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 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.

Next Deadline: October 1, 2019 |  Application >>   |  Guidelines>>

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.

Next Deadline: October 1, 2019 |  Application >>  |  Guidelines>>

New! 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.

Impact Grant and Seed Grant Final Report Form

IMPORTANT: CUE 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 the 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.

Read CUE’s Internal Research Grant Policy here.