Activate Fellowship funds fellows a yearly living stipend of $80,000 to $110,000 plus a health insurance stipend and travel allowance. Each project also receives $100,000 of research support at the host laboratory as well as world class labs, mentors and peer support. Deadline: October 30, 2020. https://www.activate.org/apply#what-we-look-for-1
The Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) – Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) is a program aims to help underemployed youth enhance and develop their digital and soft skills. The program combines valuable work experience with digital skills training. Deadline: November 2, 2020. https://www.imaa.ca/ds4y-program-overview/
If you are a technology developer, apply for testing and deployment with support from Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC’s) Canadian Emissions Reductions Innovation Consortium (CanERIC) program. Deadline: Ongoing. https://globalmethane.org/challenge/ptac.html
Edmonton Community Foundation’s (ECF) Vital Signs Grants Program is an annual initiative that supports projects and programs that address the needs identified in ECF’s Vital Signs Report. The deadline to apply for Phase 1 grants is November 1, 2020. https://www.ecfoundation.org/grants/vital-signs-grants/
9. Post Secondary | Varies
The Canadian Oil Sands Network for Research and Development Scholarship recognizes the accomplishments of students in their final year of study at the undergraduate and graduate level and who are involved in projects that show commercial potential and/or relevance. Deadline: October 31, 2020. https://studentaid.alberta.ca/scholarships/alberta-scholarships/?SK=2521
ImplementAB.digH supports Alberta-based healthcare delivery organizations with up to $300,000 CAD per project in carrying out health technology assessments and feasibility studies of novel, commercially available digital health innovations. Deadline: Ongoing. https://albertainnovates.ca/programs/implementab-digh/
If you’re doing anything innovative, I recommend you speak to the grant agency before you write.
Even when the grant guidelines say something like, “we welcome innovation,” you better call them early in the grant writing process. Your idea of innovation and their idea might not align. Remember also, you’re one person (or often a small team), and they have multiple stakeholders and checks and balances before they can say “yes, here is free taxpayer money.”
I’m sure making a funding decisions is challenging. If they screw up, their boss is on the front page of the paper being screamed at. Imagine the online comments. It wouldn’t be fun.
So respect where the grant agency is coming from, and most importantly, respect your mental health, time and money. Speak with them before you write, then do your best. It’s all you can do.
p.s. “Most of us make two basic errors with respect to intelligence: 1. We underestimate our own brainpower. 2. We overestimate the other fellow’s brainpower.” ― David J. Schwartz, The Magic of Thinking Big