The Big Idea Grant (BIG) program supports novel, blue sky research ideas in their early stages.


Managed by the International Research and Experiential Learning office (IREX), the BIG program provides awards up to a maximum value of $20,000 to eligible University of Ottawa researchers to offset the cost of dedicating a currently enrolled University of Ottawa doctoral student to work on a Big Idea project.


The inaugural BIG competition is pilot program of the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation. All eligible University of Ottawa researchers are invited to apply.


The application deadline is March 26, 2023, at 11.59 pm EST.

Information package for BIG:


Contact us

Andrew Grosvenor

Senior Project Officer
[email protected]