Internal Opportunities

The Thompson Rivers University Internal Research Fund 

Application deadline: Jan. 15 annually
Award amount: A minimum of $3,000 and a maximum of $5,000.

A joint initiative of the Research and Graduate Studies office and the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic, this fund provides a maximum of $100,000 annually to support research with the principal aim of helping faculty become more competitive for external funding and scaffolding faculty development, especially in terms of tenure and promotion. Completion of an IRF project should significantly widen the applicant’s sphere of influence in terms of their research and scholarship. The IRF is a seed fund that is not intended to provide funding for major projects. Those accepting IRF funding are expected to apply for complementary or future external funding support.

Please find the Terms of Reference and Application Form in Romeo.

Research Accelerate Grants

Application deadline: Feb. 10
Award amount: Up to $3,000
Terms of reference

Faculty who are actively engaged in developing Tri-Agency funding applications are encouraged to apply for this grant which is designed to support activities that will enhance grant proposals with expenditures directly related to the research. Activities may include completion of any preliminary work, literature review, student training, or any other appropriate activity that contributes to the development of the application. 

Application forms will be available in Romeo as of Jan. 13

Research Partnership Accelerate Grants

Application deadline: Feb. 22
Award amount: Up to $7,500
Terms of reference

These grants are designed to catalyze or accelerate the development of research partnerships and interdisciplinary collaborations to enhance Tri-Agency partnership and interdisciplinary grant applications. Those faculty who are actively engaged in fostering partnerships and collaborations with the outcome of developing applications for Tri-Agency funding competitions within the next 12 months are encouraged to apply.

Application forms will be available in Romeo as of Jan. 13

Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund (CRCEF)-Stage 3

Deadline Nov. 30

CRCEF is a federal government program to support research maintenance and ramp-up costs incurred due to COVID-19. TRU has been allocated nominal funding of $50,000 for Stage 3. Please submit your request by Nov. 30. TRU encourages applications from: 

  • early career researchers; and
  • researchers belonging to equity-seeking groups

> Call for applications & program information

> Application

Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Fund

Deadline: Sept. 28 annually
Award amount: $3,000/student. Up to 15 awards available.

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies offers this program for faculty members who are engaged in research, scholarship and creative inquiry, allowing them to hire an Undergraduate Research Apprentice to assist them in accelerating their research endeavors and provide an apprentice with a meaningful training opportunity.  The application form will be available when the competition is open. All applications are initiated by the faculty member when they have identified a qualified student.

> Application for Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Fund

Research Training Recognition Fund

Application Deadline for Winter release: Oct. 15, annually
Application Deadline for Fall release: May 15, annually

Note: Applications must be submitted through Romeo

The Research Training Recognition Fund (RTRF) reflects TRU’s ongoing commitment to student research training. Those regular faculty receiving or currently holding multi-year Tri-Agency research grants are eligible to receive a reallocation of workload (e.g., from 5 courses to 4 courses) to facilitate their direct involvement in the enhanced research training of undergraduate and graduate students. Those faculty applying for Tri-Agency grants are encouraged to consult with the Research Office about citing this fund as possible institutional support on their applications.

The Research Office will ensure that the request is consistent with the research training objectives outlined in the Tri-Agency recommendations for Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP); eligible applications will be peer reviewed by an adjudication sub-committee of the Senate Research Committee.  Up to $7,900 may be made available to the division to cover sessional replacement expenses; divisions able to contribute matching funds for research training recognition will increase the total annual fund available, with the understanding that the number of awards available each year is subject to available funding.

The RTRF is an ongoing fund with a minimum of $140,000 annually available.

Eligibility Criteria: Must hold a multi-year Tri-Agency research grant (as Principal Investigator); must make a commitment to significant student research training.

Application for Research Training Recognition Fund 

Research Accelerate Grants

2020 competition CLOSED
Award value: Up to $3,000

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies invites interest from faculty who are actively engaged in developing applications for Tri-Agency funding competitions in fiscal year 2020-21. Faculty who have either completed or are finalizing their pilot work funded by internal grants e.g., Internal Research Fund, Community-Driven Research Fund, Tri-University Major Collaborative Grants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. The Tri-Agency grant programs eligible for this funding are: NSERC-Discovery and Alliance Grants programs; SSHRC-Insight and Partnership and Connection programs; CIHR-Project and other Operating grants; Tri-Agency New Frontiers in Research Fund. 

> Terms of Reference

Northcote and Brink Professorship — Call for Applications

Competition Closed
Award amount: $10,000 per year for up to three years 

The Northcote and Brink Professorship is funded by the Dr. Tom Northcote and Dr. Bert Brink Endowment, established in March 2005. The Professorship honours the contributions of Northcote and Brink to ecology in British Columbia. The purpose of the Professorship is to "expand Thompson Rivers University's knowledge of the connection between restoration of ecosystems and the social benefits to communities." The Professorship is a prestigious internal award that may be held for up to three years. The Professorship holder will be a tenured or tenure-track faculty member.

Interior Universities Coalition (IURC) BC Interior Region Seed Health Research Fund - Call for Proposals

Competition closed
Award value: $10,000 - $20,000

In collaboration with the IURC, the BC Ministry of Health has established this fund, which is valued at $150,000. These funds aim to encourage inter-institutional research in health-related areas between researchers at TRU, UNBC, and UBC-O. Proposals must involve two or more of the participating universities, and funding is available for one year.

> Terms of Reference 

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