New International Research Networks Award


The New International Research Networks award is supported by the Office of the Vice-President (Research) and aims to promote new collaborations between researchers from Western and their international colleagues. As the rate of growth of human knowledge continues to increase, we have reached an era of necessary hyper-specialization in which international collaboration is an increasingly fundamental enabler of world-class research. Creating opportunities for researchers at Western to interact with colleagues from around the world is of critical importance to our research mission. 

Program Objectives

  • The New International Research Networks Award provides up to $5,000 to eligible Western Researchers for establishing new international collaborations. These funds are intended to address the logistical costs incurred during the initial process of setting up a collaborative research project, such as travel, communications cost and/or small scale exploratory research

Application Process

  • Eligible Western researchers are to submit a ROLA proposal and complete the New International Research Networks application.
  • Complete the New International Research Networks Award application.

Submission Timeline

Applications will be received on a continuous basis throughout the program year.


The Western-based applicant must be any full-time, tenured, or tenure track, research eligible faculty. The international co-applicant must hold academic or industrial research position that is not located in Canada.

This award is not intended to fund already established collaborations. The applicant and co-applicant must not have an existing, established research relationship. The exclusionary criteria include (but not limited to): (1) prior joint publications; (2) named co-investigators on existing funding; (3) joint participation in a research network; (4) past co-supervision of a graduate student; and (5) prior supervisor / trainee relationship.

Documents and Resources


  • Final Report -   ONLINE form due within 3 months of the grant end date.

Western Contact

For more information, or questions relating to the New International Research Networks Award, please contact: Dr. Melanie Katsivo (519-661-2111 ext. 82861) OR RDS Internal grants,