CIRA: .CA Community Investment Program


Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)


The Canadian Internet Registration Authority, through this grant program, will make strategic investments in Internet related community projects consistent with CIRA’s Strategic Plan. In addition, the projects selected will need to demonstrate their ability to support one of the fundamental tenets of the organization, which is to develop, carry out and/or support any other Internet-related activities in Canada.


Academics and researchers affiliated with a Canadian university. Organizations must be based in Canada and projects, while they can have a broader impact, must be of benefit to Canadians.

Funding Availability

The typical grant will be approximately $25,000 - $50,000, to a maximum of $100,000. Grants are meant to be a one-time investment and not intended as operating funding for an organization.  If you are applying for project funding that is part of a larger project, be specific about the portion for which you are requesting funding.

Indirect Costs

15% of the total amount requested (for example: $25,000 total amount requested divided by .85 = $29,411.76 x .15 = $4,412 IDC)

Project Duration

Up to one year


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

Internal Deadline

PI to submit application along with a complete OR5 form to:



External Deadline

PI to submit directly to sponsor via the Community Investment Program online application form with all required attachments. More information and application guidelines can be found on the sponsor website.

There are no limits for academic institutions; however, the lead researcher(s) may submit only one application at a time.

For Questions, please contact

Please or email or call 1-877-860-1411 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET Monday to Friday.

Office of Research

Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x52832

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