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Gina Cody Research and Innovation Fellowships

The Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science (GCS) is pleased to announce a call for the Gina Cody Research and Innovation Fellowships.

The Fellowships aim to support GCS professors undertaking collaborative research and innovation projects that have significant potential for meaningful partnership with industrial and government agencies. The goal is to provide initial financial support to ensure that such projects are well seeded and supported in their networking and research partnership development activities.

Why should you apply to the Gina Cody Research and Innovation Fellowships?

Many GCS researchers conduct innovative and highly impactful work that brings considerable value to society. These projects often require preliminary work to evaluate and prepare the research in order to attract partnerships. Moreover, they often require additional support once the project is funded. The Gina Cody Research and Innovation Fellowships address these challenges by providing financial support with the aim of encouraging and supporting GCS professors to pursue collaborative projects.

The aim of the funding in year 1 ($15,000) is to allow GCS professors to develop their collaborative projects with the intention of submitting these projects as lead applicants to an external research grant funding program (e.g., NSERC Alliance). The aim of the funding in year 2 ($25,000) is to support the projects through their initial funding phase.

Professors awarded the fellowship will hold the title Gina Cody Research and Innovation Fellow.

Phase 1 - Development

Duration: 12 months

Phase 2 - Support

Duration: 12 months

Application Submission


All tenured or tenure-track faculty members at the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science who do not hold an existing Chair position (e.g., Industrial Research Chair, Canada Research Chair, Concordia University Research Chair or Gina Cody Research Chair) are eligible to apply as Principal Investigator (PI). 

Projects involving diverse and multi-disciplinary teams that include members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.  

Professors can participate in 2 applications (as PI or co-PIs) at most.


The Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science will support up to 10 Gina Cody School Research and Innovation Fellowships in the year 2023-2024.

Projects are eligible for $15,000 in year one and $25,000 in year two. The total value of the Fellowship is $40,000.


Up to 2 years.

Projects cannot be funded more than once through this program. Unspent funds at the end of the period will be returned to the Gina Cody School and accounts closed.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated on the following points:

  • Scope and quality of the work undertaken
  • Collaborative nature of the project
  • Anticipated outcomes and potential impact of the project (on industry, government and communities including economic, social, policy and/or environmental impact)
  • Potential and likelihood to secure meaningful external partnerships and/or funding opportunities
  • Demonstrated leadership to advance the research and innovation capacity and promote the GCS community

Ready to apply?

Submission deadline: October 31, 2023

The awarded fellowships will be announced on November 30, 2023. 

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