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Finding funding

The research advisors at the Office of the Vice Rector, Research, and Innovation and at UL faculties support researchers at Université Laval in their search for funding and contribute to the excellence of research projects.

*Research Professional

The *Research Professional database is comprehensive, reliable, and informative, providing quick access to a diverse and international range of funding opportunities. In a research landscape that is more competitive than ever, it can help you find the best opportunities for your research project.

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Types of funding

In order to support Université Laval faculty members and their teams in preparing funding applications, VRRCI specifies the differences between contracts and grants.

Research contract Research grant/partnership grant

An agreement negotiated between Université Laval and one or more legal entities to provide financial aid to one or more researchers for research on a particular subject or in a particular field, under specific conditions.

The funder expects a direct benefit in return.

Financial aid obtained for a research project developed by one or more researchers in a particular field without specific conditions.

The purpose of a grant is scientific or philanthropic, and the funder has no financial interest in the outcome of the research.

  • Sets out the product or services to be delivered
  • Specifies property rights, patent rights, and licensing provisions
  • Provides, where applicable, for the recovery of time spent by the researcher on the research
  • Restricts publication and disclosure to maintain confidentiality
  • Sets out a budget and payment schedule for negotiated payments, which are often conditional on achieving the desired results
  • Sets out the basis for entering and terminating the contract and specifies the parties’ responsibilities and rules for indemnification
  • Provides for the payment of indirect research costs
  • Awarded on the basis of a competition that is open to the scientific community in a particular field of research
  • Peer review and assessment of funding applications
  • No restrictions on the publication of results
  • May provide for indirect costs if the organization is not accredited
  • Intellectual property belongs to Université Laval
  • May require signing a standard or membership agreement with the funder

Types of expenses

To support Université Laval faculty and their teams in preparing funding applications, VRRCI specifies various types of expenses.

(not subject to IRC)
Researcher time fees
(subject to IRC)
(subject to IRC)
Principal investigator salary grant
(not subject to IRC)

Funding or benefits granted to students or postdoctoral fellows to enable them to continue their studies. Recipients do not have to do any specific work for funders in exchange for a scholarship or fellowship. 

Scholarships awarded directly to students or doctoral fellows do not have to be registered in SIRUL.

However, if a scholarship is awarded to a student as part of a grant or contract awarded to a professor and the professor has the ability to choose the student to whom it is awarded, the scholarship may then be listed on the project form in SIRUL.

Salary contributions over and above the base salary awarded to the institution to compensate for the time researchers spend on projects under research contracts or grants. Any salary contribution paid to a technician, assistant, research professional, support staff member, student or any other person in exchange for the performance of work on a research project. This category excludes professors’ salaries. Contribution for the partial or full payment of a specific professor or researcher’s basic salary to enable them to perform research-related tasks independently. This contribution may be provided by a salary award program, a Canada Research Chair, an Industrial Chair, a research time stipend, etc.
Examples of programs that may include scholarships that can be listed in SIRUL:
  • Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research (CIHR)
  • Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program (NSERC)
  • Grants for new professors in the Faculty of Medicine (UL)
  • Internship programs (FQRNT/MITACS), FRQ-NT
  • Research assistance (RA) FSA – Track 7: postdoctoral fellowships (UL)
  • Strategic project grants (SPG), Plasmionique Inc.
  • Collaborative Research and Development Grants (CRD), NSERC
  • Collaborative Research and Development Grants (CRD), Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune
    Examples of nominative salary grant programs:
  • New Investigator Award (128), HSFC
  • Scholarship grant (2173), Canadian Urological Association Scholarship Foundation
  • Clinician Researcher Salary Award (93), CIHR
  • New Investigator Salary Award (97), CIHR
  • New Investigator Salary Award: Industry Partnerships (1817), CIHR
  • Killam Research Fellowships
  • Supplemental salaries for subsidized professors, UL and hospital research centres 
  • Research Scholars – Junior 1, Junior 2, Senior (240), FRQ-S
  • Research Scholars – Junior 1, Junior 2, Senior (240), FRQ-S
  • Clinical Research Scholars – Junior 1 and 2, Senior (239), FRQ-S