Seed, Bridge, and Multidisciplinary Competition

Aboriginal Peoples
Arctic and Northern Regions
Community, Regional & Enterprise Development
Creative Arts, Culture and Heritage
Environment, Energy and Natural Resources
Governance and Public Policy
Information and Communication Technology
Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Social Justice
Well-being, Health and Biomedical Discovery


Academic Unit:

Memorial Deadline: Wednesday 15th, May 2024

External Deadline: Wednesday 15th, May 2024


Please note the Seed, Bridge and Multi-Disciplinary award guidelines have recently been updated to reflect recent changes including EDI-AR and page limits.

NEW: No supplemental materials is permitted in the Application, with the exception that letters of support and ethics certifications are allowed. Applications which do not follow the page limit guidelines will not be considered. To clarify, supplemental materials such as appendices, interview questions, and cover letters will not be permitted. To assist with the change, the page limits for Project Proposal has been increased to 5 pages and budget page limit for all three programs have been adjusted to 3 pages.  The most recent application package must be used for the upcoming May 15, 2024 competition deadline.

The funds used for this competition draws from the larger Seed, Bridge, Multidisciplinary Fund which supports innovative research that is at a stage where it would be difficult to acquire funding from traditional funding bodies and Tri-Agency funding programs. Each of these awards: 1. Seed, 2. Bridge, and 3. Multidisciplinary draw from the larger fund, but are distinct, categories with different goals and terms of reference. Application forms can be found below.

Multidisciplinary Fund

The Multidisciplinary Fund is used to support new research collaborations among researchers at Memorial from different disciplines. Multidisciplinary research for the purposes of this competition may range from the sharing of ideas, to the full integration of concepts, methodology, procedures, theory, terminology, data, organization of research and training in multiple academic fields. In the context of this funding, “multidisciplinary” is used to refer to both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research. The Multidisciplinary Fund provides assistance to a maximum of $10,000 towards projects lasting a maximum of 24 months (shorter terms are also welcome).

 Seed Fund

The Seed Fund is used to support researchers to undertake the earliest stages of research in new directions  which represent significant deviations from their existing research activities.  Also, the initial stage of the new research activity would make it too early to seek external funding support.  The Seed Fund provides assistance to a maximum of $10,000 towards projects lasting a maximum of 24 months (shorter terms are also welcome).

For both the Multidisciplinary and Seed Funds, the research projects should focus on obtaining proof of concepts to support future external funding. Applications are also sought for projects that involve relationship building in community-based research, including relationship building with Indigenous groups.

Bridge Funding

Bridge funding sustains the research programs of productive researchers through the difficult period of an unanticipated funding gap to give the researcher an opportunity to regain external funding. Bridge Fund requests are considered when an investigator’s funded project has not been renewed and temporary support is required to retain key personnel. Requests must provide support for existing key personnel, and cannot be used for new personnel.  The Bridge Fund is a needs-based award designed to retain personnel and gain leverage for additional funding; so the principal applicant must use their most recently-submitted application for external funding, and explain how the bridge funding will be used to improve their scores on a future external funding applications, thus increasing their chance of success in future external competitions. The Bridge Fund provides assistance to a maximum of $10,000 towards projects lasting a maximum of 24 months (shorter terms are also welcome).

The number of projects funded in this competition will be contingent on the number of applications, the size of the fund, and the demonstrated need of applicants.


Bridge application - April 2024

Multidisciplinary application - April 2024

Seed application - April 2024

Funding Sources

Memorial University of Newfoundland

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: April 11, 2024