2020 Canadian Foundation for Legal Research Grants


The Foundation For Legal Research 


Research Grants - Funding for Legal Research 


The goal of the Foundation is to encourage legal research and writing that will be valuable to Canadian lawyers, notaries and Judges in their day-to-day work, and will also be valuable to the administration of justice. The Foundation has research funding available to jurists, including legal scholars in Canadian Universities, for 2020. The funds are for legal research falling into the following three broad categories:
  • Research and writing where the emphasis is on the statement of existing rules of law, sometimes referred to as doctrinal research;
  • Research with regard to the working of the legal system; and
  • Research with regard to developments in fields peripheral to legal doctrine, such as criminology, psychology, psychiatry, sociology and economics and their relationship to rules of law.

Funding Availability

In 2019, the Canadian Foundation for Legal Research’s resources were combined with generous support from the Law Foundation of British Columbia and the Chamber of Notaries of Quebec, allowing the Foundation to award 20 grants totaling about $145,000. The Foundation is hopeful that the funding for 2020 will permit an increase to the level of support. The precise amount available will be determined early in the new year, but the Foundation is optimistic that they will be able to distribute over $150,000 with an upper limit of about $10,000 per grant.

Indirect Costs



If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Please submit the application along with an OR-5 Form to research.services@uoguelph.ca.  

External Deadline

The deadline for applications is January 17, 2020. Please note that the completed application forms should be sent, preferably by e-mail, to cflr@lawfoundationbc.org. If it is necessary to use regular mail, the documents should be sent to the Canadian Foundation for Legal Research, c/o Josh Paterson, The Law Foundation of British Columbia, 605 Robson Street, Suite 1340, Vancouver, BC V6B 5J3.

All applications will be collated and forwarded to the Canadian Foundation for Legal Research’s Grant Selection Committee for review.

How to Apply

Download the complete application package here.

For Questions, please contact

Barbara Best


The Canadian Foundation for Legal Research

Direct line: 613-825-3620


Office of Research

Kristin Zimmermann, Senior Grants & Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56257

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