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Funding Opportunities

2021 ARC-NL Development 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.

The purpose of the ARC-NL Development Grants (up to $7,500) is to support the development of effective research teams and proposals in Newfoundland and Labrador capable of obtaining funding from national and international granting agencies in the area of aging research. These grants are intended to (a) fund the development of research proposals for submission to national and international funding competitions, or to (b) support the enhancement and resubmission of research proposals to external funding agencies, including those that have received a high scientific merit score in external funding competitions but did not secure funding.


Proposals must focus on aging, broadly defined to include a wide range of disciplines, approaches, and topics. This grant is intended to support the development of new research projects on aging that have not received yet funding.

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.

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 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 Development Grant is $7,500.

Eligible Expenses for ARC-NL Development Grants:

  • Any costs associated with the development of a team or grant proposal, as long as it is justified.

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 Development Grants: a description of development activities and concepts (1000 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

Duration of Award and End of Award Reports

ARC-NL Development Grants may be held for up to 12 months after receipt of the funding. Upon completion, recipients must confirm the submission of their resulting funding application with the ARC-NL Coordinator arc@grenfell.mun.ca.

Aging Research Centre (ARC)

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, Newfoundland
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: FC4022
Phone: 709-639-4872
Email: arc@grenfell.mun.ca

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