NPH Call for Proposals

Submission deadline: May 13, 2019

Funding Proposal Submission Guidelines

The National Pension Hub (NPH) is a Canadian centre for pension knowledge and research that promotes leading-edge research and thought leadership through funded research collaborations with Canadian universities and researchers. The NPH strives to provide pension and income security research that, among other things, will lead to innovative solutions to pension design, governance and investment challenges.

Each year, the NPH will award a number of research grants for research projects that will make a material contribution to the NPH’s topics of interest (as detailed in the research package document). NPH research grants are for new or beginning stage research projects with a completion time of up to two years.

Award Details

NPH grants have a duration of one to two years. Funding ranges from CAD$20,000 to CAD$60,000 per year. Funding levels will be determined by the NPH advisory committee on a project-by-project basis. Note that the NPH caps overhead at 20 percent. Research output from NPH-funded projects will be shared with the NPH member organizations and researchers will be invited to give a seminar and/or to speak at a member event. Distribution of research output does not preclude subsequent publication of the work in a journal of the researcher's choice.  Successful applicants will be required to submit bi-annual research reports and annual financial reports.

Award Requirements

All project submissions should detail new, original research that is in its beginning stages and practically addresses some aspect of one of the NPH’s key research topics. Research should demonstrate academic rigour, research excellence, and practical applicability. Strong preference will be given to submissions with at least one researcher at a Canadian institution. Proposals from research teams outside of Canada should be highly relevant to the Canadian pension market.

Submission Process

All submission packages must be sent to Alex LaPlante ( with the subject line “NPH Proposal Submission: Last Name of Project Lead”. Submission Package must include:

  1. Completed Application Form (see page 5): This form should be filled out in a clear and concise manner and should be treated as a standalone document that conveys all necessary information. 1 page maximum.
  2. Detailed Project Proposal: This should introduce the project, detailing both the scientific and industry-specific motivations for the research. Briefly lay out the proposed methodology, highlight how this work fills existing gaps in the literature, and comment on the expected outcome. The proposal should also include a general timeline for the work. Maximum 8 pages excluding references.
  3. Project budget: The proposal must include a detailed budget that abides by the NPH overhead policy.
  4. CV(s) of lead researcher(s)

Application Deadline and Review Process

The 2019 submission deadline is Monday, May 13th, 2019. The NPH Advisory committee, composed of both practitioners from each NPH member firm and pension researchers, will evaluate all submissions. Applicants will be notified directly as to the final funding decisions.