2021 Canadian Foundation for Legal Research Grants


The Foundation For Legal Research 


Research Grants


The goal of the Foundation is to support and encourage legal writing that is of value to Canadian lawyers, notaries and judges in their day-to-day work in the law and in the administration of justice. The grants are generally in amounts greater than $5,000 and less than or equal to $10,000.

The Foundation provides funds for legal research that falls into three broad categories:
  • Research and writing that emphasizes the statement of existing rules of law, which is often called doctrinal research.
  • Research that relates to the workings of the legal system.
  • Research that relates to developments in fields peripheral to legal doctrine, such as criminology, psychology, psychiatry, sociology and economics, and their relationship to rules of law.
Over the past five years, the Foundation has sponsored research into the following areas of the law:
  • Criminal law
  • Evidence and procedure
  • Contracts (including general law of obligations)
  • Constitutional (including equality)
  • Administrative law (including political systems)
  • Family law (including social status)
  • Torts
  • Courts and administration of justice (including general review of cases)
Over the past two years, the Foundation has indicated to applicants that it is particularly interested in practical legal research and analysis concerning access to justice issues, Indigenous legal issues and family law.

Indirect Costs


Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


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

Internal Deadline

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

External Deadline

Applications due to The Canadian Foundation for Legal Research. Applications must be received by email.

For Questions, please contact



Office of Research

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

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