Research Western

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

Application Process

Important Dates


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 at 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

The application and guidelines below are for reference only; materials for the next cycle will be available in early 2018.


Western Contact

For more information, or questions relating to the New International Research Networks Award, please contact: Elizabeth Russell-Minda (519-661-2111 ext. 88701)