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Funding Opportunities

2021 ARC-NL Research Grants Competition

In 2021-2022 the Aging Research Centre-Newfoundland and Labrador (ARC-NL) of Memorial University will fund ARC-NL Research Grants of up to $25,000 each and/or ARC-NL Development Grants of up to $7,500 each. Additional funds may be awarded depending on agreements with co-funders.

The purpose of the ARC-NL Research Grants (up to $25,000) is to fund research projects that require less than $25,000 and less than 15 months to complete. 


Proposals must focus on aging, broadly defined to include a wide range of disciplines, approaches, and topics.

The Principal Applicant is the person who will take primary responsibility for the intellectual direction of the research and assume administrative responsibility for the funds. Researchers holding an ARC-NL Research Grant cannot apply for another until their current award is completed, and are not eligible to apply during the next cycle for the same project.

Principal Applicants must:

  • be employed by a post-secondary academic institution or by a health or community services institution in Newfoundland and Labrador and have dedicated time for research
  • have a Ph.D, or the terminal degree in their field, or a health professional degree
  • be a Research Member of ARC-NL (Apply here if you are not already a member)

*Note: Researchers employed at institutions outside of Newfoundland and Labrador may be 'Co-Applicants' or 'Collaborators' but not a Principal Applicant. 'Co-Applicants' do not need a doctorate but they should be trainees or independent researchers with Master's qualifications in a field relevant to aging research. 'Collaborators' are individuals who make a contribution to the intellectual direction of the research and who play a role in its conduct. Collaborators do not need to be affiliated with a Canadian postsecondary institution. ARC-NL does not cover expenses that Collaborators incur in the conduct of research with the exception of certain travel and subsistence expenses related to research planning and meeting with the Principal Applicant. 

Important Dates

Full application deadline: 5:00 p.m. (NST) on Friday, February 5, 2021

Peer-review decision: Mid-May 2021

Announcement: Mid -June 2021

Start of funding: September 2021


Amount of Award

The maximum value of an ARC-NL Research Grant is $25,000.

Excluded Expenses for ARC-NL Research Grants:

  • Expenditures considered as overhead, including space rental, renovation or construction, purchase of laboratory furniture or other permanent equipment normally supplied by the institution
  • Costs of entertainment or hospitality except where necessary for recruiting study participants
  • Academic fees for research trainees
  • Salary payments to the Principal Applicant or any Co–Applicants or collaborators
  • Travel expenses for dissemination at scholarly meetings/events greater than $2,000. (Note: Travel to disseminate back to the community where data was collected is an eligible expense and not limited to $2000)

To Apply

Full Application (Due February 5, 2021):

Important! Please first download the form and save it to your desktop; make sure you open the saved file using Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat, then fill in the form and save it again.


You must also attach electronic (PDF) versions of:

  • For ARC-NL Research Grants: research grant proposal excluding references and a maximum of two figures (2000 words maximum)
  • CVs for Principal Applicant and all Co–Applicants
  • Completed ARC-NL Research Member application (Principal Applicant and all Co-Applicants if not already a Member)

Formatting guidelines for attachments are listed on the application form.

Selection Criteria

  • Relevance of the proposed research topic to aging, with priority given to research that is relevant to aging in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Expertise and research experience of the applicant
  • Quality of the proposal (methods, clarity)
  • Originality of the proposed research
  • Feasibility of the proposal
  • Inclusion of  older adults as members of the research team will be seen as an asset
  • Leveraged funding and/or partnerships with teams and programs in other jurisdictions and/or programs that link researchers,  government officials, and/or community stakeholders will be seen as assets

Co-Funding Opportunities

Proposals may be considered for co-funding with an ARC-NL funding partner if they are eligible. Applicants may indicate on the application form whether or not they agree to be considered for co-funding.

Duration of Award and End of Award Reports

ARC-NL Research Grants may be held for up to 15 months after receipt of the funding. Upon completion of the award, recipients must submit an End of Award Report within two months to arc@grenfell.mun.ca

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