How to Apply for Funding

This section provides general guidelines on how to apply for funding, including a budget planning tool, information on RE Forms, a description of services offered by the Faculty of Law Research Office, and Advice for Writing a Successful SSHRC Application.

The Research Office Can Help You to

The Research Office Can Help You to

  • Identify and obtain information on funding opportunities
  • Contact the University’s Research Management Service and the Tri-Council agencies
  • Develop a research funding strategy (where to apply, when, for which projects, etc.)
  • Develop your research projects
  • Get in touch with other researchers
  • Understand funding forms, revise your CV, etc.
  • Have your application for funding reviewed
  • Write institutional letters indicating support from the Section/University for research partnerships or internal competitions
  • Develop financial proposals for a grant
  • Develop a strategy for when to re-submit applications
  • Obtain and renew your research chair (coordination with the chairs’ office, etc.)
  • Get examples of funding applications
  • Get support in completing the RE form
  • Obtain the signature of the VDR
  • Access our faculty funding programs
  • Participate in advanced research training activities organized at the Faculty or University
  • Support the outreach, promotion and communication of your research successes
Do You Intend to Apply for Funding?

Do You Intend to Apply for Funding?

Please keep us posted. You may need:

  • a letter of support from the Section, an institutional signature, etc.
  • matching funds
  • an example of a request that has already been subsidized
  • revisions to the application or the budget
Advice for Writing a Successful SSHRC Application

Advice for Writing a Successful SSHRC Application

The Research Office can provide examples of successful SSHRC Applications. Please contact Natalie Carter ( to request a sample.

The website of the Office of the Vice-President Research also offers advice on writing successful SSHRC applications, complete with an overview of SSHRC’s funding opportunities and their evaluation criteria. Click here to visit the site.

RE Forms

RE Forms

When applying for funding, or when funding has been obtained, the completion of an RE form is required.

The RE form is an institution-wide requirement which informs the requesting Principal Investigator’s faculty as well as the Office of the Vice-President of Research of the proposed project’s requirements and overall project objective. The faculty, through the Vice-Dean of Research or the Dean’s signature on the form, confirms the faculty’s approval and support for the project as well as its ability to house the proposed research activities in the event that the project is funded by the agency in question.

RE forms are completed online through the eAwards system. Instructions on how to access eAwards and how to complete the form can be found on the RMS website.

Once the RE form is submitted online, the applicant must sign the form (2-page summary version with signature page) and send it to Natalie Carter ( to obtain the approval signature. Once signed, the Research Office will forward the form to RMS to complete the file.

Budget Planning Tool

Budget Planning Tool

Budget Planning Tool

Student Salaries

Click here to view the current salary scale for Research Assistants.

Tri-Agency Financial Administration Principles

The funds must be used effectively and economically, and the expenses must be essential for the research for which the funds were awarded.

Examples of eligible expenses commonly included in SSHRC budgets*

  • Salaries and non-discretionary benefits of undergraduate, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research personnel ;
  • Travel and subsistence costs (meals and accommodation) include reasonable out-of-pocket expenses for field work, research conferences, collaborative trips, archival work and historical research, for the grantee, research personnel and students working with the grantee, and visiting researchers.
  • Research equipment and supplies

See list of eligible expenses

  • Dissemination of Research Results:
    • Costs of developing Web-based information, including website maintenance fees.
    • Costs associated with the dissemination of findings (i.e., through traditional venues as well as videos, CD-ROMs).
    • Page charges for articles published, including costs associated with ensuring open access to the findings (e.g., costs of publishing in an open access journal or making a journal article open access).
    • Costs of preparing a research manuscript for publication.
    • Translation costs associated with dissemination of findings.
    • Costs of holding a workshop or seminar, the activities of which relate directly to the funded research (including non-alcoholic refreshments or meal costs).

*For a detailed list, see the 2017 Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide

Publicly Announcing Research Grant Results

Publicly Announcing Research Grant Results

It is important that researchers take into account the communications policies of Tri-Council and other agencies when announcing new grants and awards. Tri-Council Public Communications Policy (SSHRC, CIHR, NSERC)

Before sharing news of your success, please ensure that there are no embargoes in place delaying the official release of results. If you have questions about when and where you may announce your grant results, please contact Andrew Kuntze at

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