Foundation for Legal Research funding


The Foundation for Legal Research 


The Foundation for Legal Research provides funds for legal research falling into three broad categories, namely:

  • 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.

The goal of the Foundation is to encourage legal writing that will be valuable to Canadian lawyers, notaries and judges in their day-to-day work in the law and to the administration of justice.

The Foundation was created in 1957.  It is supported by Life Fellows and members who are members of the legal profession across Canada who believe in the importance of legal research.


Most applicants are jurists and law teachers in Canada seeking funding for summer research. 

Funding Availability

Thanks to gifts from Foundation members and assistance received from the Law Foundation of British Columbia and the Chamber of Notaries of Quebec, annual grants will be awarded in 2018 totaling $135,000.  There will be several grants in the amount of $5,000.  In addition, it is anticipated that two major grants in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded in 2018 for research projects in the field of public law (Including but not limited to constitutional law, administrative law, municipal law, criminal law, aboriginal law and public International law).

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

If a grant is authorized, the Foundation will expect completion of the work by May 1, 2019 and will require that a copy of the resulting book, article, thesis, or other work be provided.  They also require a brief progress report mid-project and a final financial report which includes a complete account of the expenditure of the grant funds together with relevant receipts.


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

Internal Deadline

Please submit a PDF copy of the application, along with an OR-5 form to 

External Deadline

Address for Application Submissions:

Wayne Robertson
Executive Director
The Law Foundation of British Columbia
605 Robson Street, Suite 1340
Vancouver, BC V6B 5J3
Email Address: 


How to Apply

Visit the Foundation for Legal Research website for application details.

For Questions, please contact

Contact for Questions or Further Information:

Michelle C. Awad, Q.C.
McInnes Cooper
1300-1969 Upper Water Street
P.O. Box 730 Stn. Central
Halifax, NS B3J 2V1
Tel: 902-444-8509 Fax: 902-425-6350

Office of Research

Kristin Gibson, Awards and Agreements Officer
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x56257

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