The Community-based Research (CBR) grants pilot is designed to support uOttawa researchers who partner with community-based organizations that work with equity-deserving or marginalized groups in order to plan and implement community-based research activities.


For the purposes of these grants, community-based research (CBR) is defined as a participatory, emancipatory, and transformative research approach in which community, academic, and all partners equitably engage in the research process, bringing their unique expertise to respond to the needs of the community (see the Definitions section below). This is a joint initiative that advances the uOttawa Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan for Research and the uOttawa Knowledge Mobilization Strategy.

Application timeline

Launch of the competition: March 11, 2024
Information sessions: April 11, 2024
Submission deadline: May 31, 2024
Notification of results: July 2024
Grant start date: July 1, 2024

Funding streams and budget details

Two streams are available to researchers, according to the stage of their community-based research (CBR) project.

Up to 12 grants will be awarded in total, based on the quality of the applications and their alignment with the evaluation criteria.

Stream 1

This stream is a planning grant designed to assist researchers in consulting and building relationships and partnerships with community leaders, community members, community partners, or community-based organizations with the goal of co-creating and submitting a funding proposal within 18 months of receipt. Early career researchers and those new to community-based research are encouraged to apply.

The maximum amount awarded will be $10,000 per approved project over one year. Grants must be used within 12 months of receipt.

Stream 2

This stream is a research support grant that it is designed to strengthen currently funded research projects to better support community engagement activities in the research process not covered by the original funding.

The maximum amount awarded will be $10,000 per approved project over one year. Grants must be used within 12 months of receipt.

Please refer to the Eligibility section for more details on each stream.

Equity, diversity and inclusion

We recognize that achieving a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive Canadian research environment is essential to creating excellent, innovative, and high impact research. Therefore, projects must involve community-based partners working with Indigenous, equity-deserving or marginalized groups, including a co-principal community-based applicant (see the Eligibility Criteria).

The government of Canada Guide on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion terminology defines these groups as follows.

  • equity-deserving group”: “A group of people who, because of systemic discrimination, face barriers that prevent them from having the same access to the resources and opportunities that are available to other members of society, and that are necessary for them to attain just outcomes.” Equity-deserving groups include, but are not limited to: Indigenous persons, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, and women.
  • marginalized group”: “A group of people that is excluded from full and meaningful participation in society, typically through discrimination or other means of oppression. […] Members of a marginalized group have reduced access to resources, opportunities and services.” A group of people can be marginalized on the basis of factors that include, but are not limited to: ability, age, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, immigration status, language, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, social class, and socioeconomic status

If the application and submission guidelines below represent a barrier to participation or go against specific community practices, please contact [email protected] to explore alternatives.

Application process

Contact us

Any questions?

Roberto Ortiz Núñez
Knowledge Mobilization Senior Advisor
Research Management Services
Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation
[email protected]

Nathan Harron
Senior EDI in Research Advisor
Research Management Services
Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation
[email protected]