COVID-19 research funding

Consistent with the practices implemented by the tri-agency and by other Canadian comprehensive universities, UNB has deemed COVID-19 research as critical. Therefore, this research may be approved to proceed as a matter of urgency.

Funding opportunities related to COVID-19 will be listed on this page as they become available.

Note: Principal investigators who wish to conduct COVID-19 research on campus must request permission to do so. Permission to conduct research on-campus must be obtained prior to submission of a funding application.

Please consult the process guidance located at for more information.

NSERC Alliance COVID-19 grants:

NSERC is providing up to $15 million in total support to stimulate collaborations between academic researchers and the public and not-for-profit sectors, and industry to address pandemic-related research and technical challenges. Support for up to $50,000 for one-year projects is being made available immediately.

NSERC will process these applications in an accelerated fashion. Partners do not need to provide cash contributions to participate, but must be engaged throughout the research process, from input in design to using the expertise and/or the research results. The principal investigator must hold an active peer-reviewed grant from NSERC as primary applicant at the time of application.

Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • computational modeling and simulation for improved understanding of viral populations and of viral evolution;
  • new technologies relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • better understanding of viral persistence in the environment;
  • design and engineering expertise in advanced manufacturing of COVID-19-relevant equipment and supplies.

Applicants and partner organizations must consider the unique present circumstances when planning their work (e.g., access to the institution vs. working remotely, respecting physical distancing, etc.).

If you intend to apply, please contact ORS at as soon as possible.
Application deadline: May 22, 2020 (email all application components to ORS for review)
Funding: up to $50,000