Tool untangles web of funding opportunities

Tool untangles web of funding opportunities

October 4, 2016


Searching for funding opportunities just got a lot easier for Queen’s University researchers.

University Research Services (URS) recently launched a searchable database of various funding opportunities. The tool is one aspect of an overall revamp of the URS website to make the department’s services and resources easier to access.

Karina McInnis, Executive Director, URS, said a survey of researchers and administrators last year indicated a desire for this new tool.

“Members of the research community expressed their frustration with having to scan numerous websites and keep track of various funding opportunities. We believe this website will simplify the process and help reduce the time spent on this activity,” Ms. McInnis says. 

The database allows researchers to search for funding programs and deadlines using several filters, including: 

• Type of grant program (for example, fellowships, new investigator, clinical trial)
• Health sciences (with relevant sub-filters)
• Social sciences, humanities, and creative arts (with relevant sub-filters)
• Natural sciences and engineering (with relevant sub-filters)
• Interdisciplinary research areas (for example, aging, northern research, bioinformatics)

Don’t miss out on funding opportunities
University Research Services delivers information about upcoming funding opportunities and significant research news and events through a twice-weekly email. Visit the URS website to sign up for the service.

Along with the funding database, the updated URS website features educational resources for human ethics applications, as well as relevant policies and forms. The website also links to several tools, such as the Tools for Research at Queen’s (TRAQ) and the Fast Administrative Support Tool (FAST), which provides quick access to financial reporting information.

“We’re grateful to our team for working hard to develop the website’s features, and to staff and faculty at Queen’s who provided valuable feedback through surveys and interviews,” Ms. McInnis says. “While we’re confident this tool will immediately be a useful resource for research teams, we certainly invite any feedback or suggestions as we continue to improve our site.”

Questions and feedback about the research funding database can be sent to