Academic Research Grant Program 2020–2021 

The CIA’s Academic Research Grant Program provides funding for scientific research projects in actuarial science with a potential impact on actuarial practice in Canada. The results of a funded project should lead to the submission of an article in a scientific journal.

The program promotes scientific research in actuarial science that helps solve challenging issues faced by actuaries in Canada, encourages knowledge transfer to graduate students and practitioners, strengthens the relationship between the CIA and Canadian actuarial academics, and fosters partnerships between academics and practitioners.

The maximum funding per project is $20,000.

The duration of the proposed project should be 12 to 36 months.

Projects will be assessed according to the following merits: 

  • Impact
  • Cost benefit
  • Uniqueness
  • Quality
  • Achievability

Application steps

  • The call for notices of intent is now closed for this cycle. The next cycle will open in early September 2021.
    • The Academic Research Committee (ARC) is now evaluating and ranking the notices of intent. The Research Council (REC) will then discuss the ARC recommendations and select projects to submit full proposals.
  • The selected projects will need to submit a full application by January 28, 2021.
    • The REC makes final decision on awarding the grants. You will be notified by April 9, 2021, if you have been successful.

Note: The REC coordinates with the Society of Actuaries and the Casualty Actuarial Society for research project selection. Proposed projects must not be similar to those funded by these two organizations.

For more information, contact Shlomit Jacobson at