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A new approach to federal investments through the Strategic Science Fund

The Strategic Science Fund (SSF) aims to mobilize the expertise and resources of independent, third-party science and research organizations (TPOs) to enhance Canada's science, technology and innovation (STI) excellence. The SSF has established a principles-based framework for allocating federal funding to TPOs that includes competitive, transparent processes to help improve the effectiveness of federal investments in TPOs. The SSF program is jointly administered by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and Health Canada.

SSF investments will achieve results for Canadians by addressing critical needs, such as supporting Canada's knowledge economy, in ways that advance federal objectives.  Read more about the program, its goals and how it benefits Canada.

Program news

May 26, 2024

News release: Government of Canada invests in cutting-edge research and the next generation of scientists

December 6, 2023

The 2021 SSF competition results are now available.

News release: Government of Canada supports science and research organizations that are transforming research and knowledge into action

Past events

November 2, 2022

News release: Government of Canada announces Chair of independent expert panel that will review applications to the Strategic Science Fund

September 14, 2022

The Full Application deadline is being extended by one day to September 20th, 2022 (11:59 PM, Pacific Time) in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. See the 2021 competition page for updated timelines.

June 10, 2022

The proposal summaries for applicants advancing to the full application stage of the inaugural SSF competition are now available.

June 1, 2022

The letter of intent assessment results for the inaugural SSF competition are now available.

May 30, 2022
The full application guide and assessment matrix, along with the revised program guide, are now available.
October 29, 2021
The deadline for submitting the SSF letter of intent has been extended until January 14, 2022. See the 2021 competition page for updated timelines.
August 13, 2021
The inaugural Strategic Science Fund competition has launched, with letters of intent due November 12, 2021. See the 2021 competition page for more details.
August 13, 2021
News release: Government of Canada opens Strategic Science Fund application process

Contact us


The Strategic Science Fund secretariat can be reached at


ISED Citizen Services Centre
Telephone (toll-free in Canada): 1-800-328-6189
Telephone (international): 613-954-5031
TTY (for hearing impaired): 1-866-694-8389
Business hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Mailing address

Strategic Science Fund
C.D. Howe Building
235 Queen Street, 9th floor, East Tower
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0H5