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Internal Funding Opportunities

  • Research Grants for Women
  • Explore Grants for Small Research Projects
  • Exchange-Travel Grants (this program also funds knowledge mobilization activities)
  • Undergraduate Research Experience
  • Schulich-UWindsor Opportunities for Research Excellence
  • NSERC/SSHRC General Research Fund
  • Tri-Success Grants

Each Program has its own deadlines and application forms. Please ensure you're using the correct application form!

Internal Grants Final Report Form for SSHRC Explore, Research Grants for Women and Undergraduate Research Experience

Internal Grants Final Report Form for Exchange (Travel and SSHRC Knowledge Mobilization)


All copies must be clearly legible with all sections completed. Use the current application template in preparing your submission, found in the subsections below. You are restricted to the page limits indicated. Any additional pages attached to the proposal will automatically be removed prior to review by the Review Committee. Use plain English in describing your proposed research. Avoid technical jargon. Proposals must be written concisely, but in sufficient detail to permit assessment of the value of the work. Research Support: List all of your sources of research funding within the last three years, pending applications and unsuccessful applications. Include University of Windsor internal grants (exclusive of grants in lieu of salary), start-up grants, and UWindsor Travel- SSHRC Exchange (UWT-SEG) Grants (formerly the Academic Development Travel Grant). Evidence that external funding is being sought is critical to your application review. If external funding is not available for your project, please indicate so clearly. In these circumstances it is important that you clearly justify the case for support for your project.

Adjudication will be conducted by a peer-review process comprised of a committee consisting of four to six faculty members, broadly representing the relevant Faculties, along with the Executive Director, Research and Innovation (as Chair).  The committee composition will be renewed from time to time.

In evaluating proposals, the following criteria will be used:

  • Demonstrated Need for Funding:  The applicant must be able to justify the need for funding to meet the stated objectives of this program.  Holding a research grant from either an external agency or internal programs, such as departments, Faculty, or any other internal program disqualifies the applicant from this competition.  Applicants who have applied for external grants where the results are pending will have their award contingent on the outcome of their application.
  • Quality of the Proposal:  Grants will be allocated primarily on the basis of merit of the proposed research leading to successful future funding.
  • Excellence of Researcher: Knowledge, experience; quality of, or potential for, contributions; impact on the field; the complementarity of experience between group members and synergy (if applicable).
  • Training of Highly Qualified Personnel:  Applicants should outline how this funding will aid in the development of personnel, including research assistants and/or undergraduate or graduate students, and should state examples of tangible benefits for personnel.
  • Budget and Feasibility:  There is a demonstrated need for funding. The budget is clearly justified and appropriate (e.g., priority given to hiring students). Research objectives can be met within the proposed timeline.
  • Strength of future funding credibility plan:  Applicants must outline how these funds will be used to strengthen future funding applications to external agencies.

Additional evaluation criteria specific to each program can be found in its application guidelines.

Applications must include any information that may aid in the adjudication process; however, the committee may solicit additional advice on any proposed project, including the opinions of referees.

Successful applicants must receive approval for all research that involves human subjects, biohazards, radioisotopes, or animals from the appropriate institutional research compliance bodies, e.g. Research Ethics Board before funds are released.

ORIS uses paperless fillable PDFs for internal grant application forms. Download the correct form for the program to which you wish to apply, and ensure you follow all the instructions that are specific to that program. Electronic signatures must be obtained from your Dean and, if applicable, Department Head, before submitting your application to ORIS. Your Departmental Secretary can assist in obtaining signatures. ORIS advises submitting your application to your department for signatures at least one week ahead of the submission deadline.

The University of Windsor receives funding from a variety of sources to support its internal granting programs. Most of these sources require the submission of statistical information for audit purposes. Please help us ensure that we continue to qualify for funding by submitting the correct report for your grant. To access the online form for your grant, click on the relevant subsection below, and click the link below the application form. All final reports are submitted online.

Failure to submit a final report will disqualify you from receiving future internal grant funding! Please ensure you submit your report in a timely manner to prevent disruptions in future funding.



WE-SPARK Ignite Discovery

Research Grants for Women (UW-RGW)

SSHRC Explore Grant (UW-SE)

Exchange Grant for Travel and Knowledge Mobilization (UWT-SEG)

Exchange-Travel Grant for Retirees

Undergraduate Research Experience Grants (URE)

Schulich-UWindsor Opportunities for Research Program (SWORP)

Tri-Success Grants

NSERC/SSHRC General Research Fund

Anti-Black Racism Student Professional Development and Training Grant