Incentive Grants

The WE-SPARK Incentive Grant Program was established to support health research projects that have been unsuccessful towards recent external National/ International health funding competition and will be resubmitted to subsequent application rounds. While many proposals to these funding agencies (e.g., Canadian Institutes of Health Research) are worthy of funding, not all are successful because of steep competition and/or insufficient funds. The WE-SPARK Incentive Program is designed to support researchers and enhance their health research programs in an effort to increase the prospect of their success for future external funding.

Research Areas

Each of the additional participating partners have tailored this funding opportunity to meet the needs of their respective communities.

Funds Available

WE-SPARK and partner(s) financial contributions for this program are subject to availability of funds. The amount available for this funding opportunity may increase if additional funding partner(s) participate. Each grant is for one (1) year. The maximum amount per grant will vary by funding partner(s) but will not exceed $40,000.

Funding Opportunities in Specific Research Areas:



Subsequent Funding:

If you have received an Incentive Grant in the past:

Application Package

The application is currently under revision. Please contact WE-SPARK if you are interesting in learning more about the Incentive Grants program:

Application Deadlines

Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about the Incentive Grants program:

Current Partner Priorities

  1. WE-SPARK has partnered with the Cancer Research Collaboration Fund and the Windsor Cancer Research Group (WCRG) to provide a cancer-specific Incentive Grant to a strong cancer research program that was competitive but not successful in recent rounds of externally peer-reviewed national and/or international funding calls. This grant is only eligible to local Principal Investigators who hold an academic/research appointment or adjunct status at the University of Windsor.

Contact Information

Ingrid Qemo, PhD
Research Coordinator, Health
Office of Research and Innovation
University of Windsor
519-253-3000 x3910

Peter Wawrow, PhD
Director of Applied Research and Development
Applied Research and Development Office
St. Clair College
519-972-2727 x5311