Tri-Council Bridge Funding Program

In the 2017 Provincial Budget, Research Manitoba received a $2 million cut to its budget, which is now $15 million annually. 

Research Manitoba is reviewing its organizational priorities and will align our programs with strategic goals identified through this strategic planning process.  This could mean significant change for, and possible cancellation of, existing programs.  Research Manitoba is currently analyzing feedback from a stakeholder survey, and anticipates having more information on 2018 programming available in the last week of April, 2018.

We understand that this may bring about substantial changes and we greatly appreciate your patience as we work through this process.


The Research Manitoba Tri-Council Bridge Funding Program supports grant applications falling below the funding capacity of targeted Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) funding competitions, to help increase the likelihood of success in their resubmission. The Tri-Council Bridge Funding Program covers the following Tri-Council programs:

  • NSERC Discovery Grant Competition
  • SSHRC Insight Grant Competition
  • CIHR Project Scheme Competition  

The highest priority for Tri-Council Bridge Funding support will be given to those applicants who do not presently hold significant operating funds as Principal Investigator. Tri-Council Bridge Funding grants will consist of a 1:1 match, with a maximum grant of $32,500 from Research Manitoba and a maximum total grant of $65,000/yr for a period of 1 year (with an additional year after the grant end-date to expend funds). The specific amount of each individual grant will be established based on a submitted budget/justification, as well as the matching commitment confirmed by the Institution, Department, Faculty and/or Unit.

Eligibility requirements and further program information may be found in the Tri-Council Bridge Funding Program Guidelines. 
Program Guidelines - Click Here 

The GMS is our Grants Management System and can be accessed by visiting our home page or HERE.

The Tri-Council Bridge Funding Program replaces both previous Manitoba Partnership Program and the Research Manitoba Bridge Funding Program.