Canada-China Initiatives Fund

Officially launching the CCIF are (from left to right) Abidin Kusno (Director, York Centre for Asian Research), Rui Wang (Interim Vice-President, Research & Innovation, York University) and B. Michael Frolic (Director, Asian Business & Management Program, York University)

Founded in 2019, the Canada-China Initiatives Fund (CCIF) was created to support scholarly exchanges and research on modern (i.e. post 1911) and contemporary China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, their global reach, their linkages with Canada, or the experiences of the diaspora communities.

It was created thanks to the generous support of the Asian Business and Management Program at York University. Learn more about ABMP at:

Proposals for activities with budgets between $5,000 and $25,000 are welcome. The number of funded projects will depend on submissions but generally, at least two projects will be funded annually. Applicants are expected to show cash or in-kind support from other sources for their applications to be considered.

The activities supported by the CCIF at YCAR will vary from year to year, but they will be prioritized in the following ranked order:

  1. Workshops or conferences at York (or in which York plays an institutional partnering role) that bring together researchers from York and elsewhere that are focused on themes within the scope noted above;
  2. Research projects by York faculty on issues within the stated scope;
  3. Visiting scholars to York whose work is focused on the stated scope and who will work with a York faculty member, preferably on collaborative research.
  4. Graduate student field research in China or Canada (both domestic and international  students registered at York will be eligible);

Applications will be judged based on several criteria:

  • Their potential to raise the global profile of research and engagement at York on China and its global reach, or Canada-China linkages, or the Chinese-Canadian community. Preference will be given to initiatives that explore how research on China can impact or impacts Canada.
  • Their potential to foster connections between York and institutions in China or in the Chinese-Canadian community.
  • Their clear articulation of a communication and knowledge mobilization strategy that will ensure that findings from the research, exchange or visit are shared widely with academic and non-academic audiences.
  • Appropriate, realistic and noteworthy output(s) that contribute to the first three criteria
  • Strong support and participation from at least one York faculty member (and preferably more than one, except in cases of graduate student funding).
  • Participation of at least one non-York University scholar and/or institution
  • Achievable timeline
  • Detailed and accurate budget. Expenses should be appropriate to the proposal.

The CCIF at YCAR Committee is responsible for the Fund and will adjudicate this opportunity.

There are two deadlines annually. The next deadlines for applications are Monday, 18 November 2019 and Monday, 18 May 2020.

Application Forms

Applicants are encouraged to contact the CCIF at YCAR Coordinator before submitting their application (

Photos from the CCIF launch on 13 September 2019 can be seen by clicking HERE.