The Funding Opportunities section provides a list of external funding opportunities available to our Researchers, Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Fellows and Undergraduate Students.  If you have any questions regarding external funding opportunities please contact Mike Folinas or Sam D’Alfonso.

All Applicants submitting through the University of Toronto MUST have submitted their application information online via the My Research Applications (MRA) portal.

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LDFP - Internal

LDFP CSAP Research Award (Internal Only)

The purpose of the Clinical, Social and Administrative Pharmaceutical (CSAP) Sciences Research Award competition is to support research excellence where funding is not currently held, e.g., pilot project, expand currently funded research, explore new areas of research. The objective of the program is to increase CSAP research impact by supporting research excellence that leads to publications and externally funded research proposals. Capacity building is encouraged, yet not required.

Deadline:
Offered twice yearly: April 30th and November 30th.

Value:
Up to $10,000

For more information, please review the Program Guidelines and the Application Instructions.  Contact Mike Folinas (m.folinas@utoronto.ca) or Sam D'Alfonso (sam.dalfonso@utoronto.ca) with any additional questions.

LDFP New Initiative and Innovation Award (Internal Only)

The purpose of the New Initiative and Innovation award is to fund new and/or emerging research that has the potential to achieve national and international attention in areas of high strategic priority for the Faculty. Applications will be accepted from individual investigators or from teams.  Funding through this program to support research that is not currently funded is expected to be leveraged through external sponsors to further develop the respective program(s). 

Deadline:
February 1, 2022 (Anticipated)

Value:
Up to $50,000 over 2 years

For more information, please review the Program Guidelines and the Application Instructions.  Contact Mike Folinas (m.folinas@utoronto.ca) or Sam D'Alfonso (sam.dalfonso@utoronto.ca) with any additional questions.

LDFP Small Equipment Grant (Internal Only)

The purpose of the Small Equipment Award is to support the purchase and repair of necessary research equipment for research and training of Highly Qualified Personnel.  The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy will provide up to $5,000 for successful applications that demonstrate need and where funding for equipment is a challenge to obtain.

Deadline:
Offered 4 times per year: January 31st, April 30th, July 31st and October 31st

Value:
Up to $5,000

For more information, please review the Program Guidelines and the Application Instructions.  Contact Mike Folinas (m.folinas@utoronto.ca) or Sam D'Alfonso (sam.dalfonso@utoronto.ca) with any additional questions.

Researchers

Cancer Research Society: Translational Research Partnership Program

The goal of this program is to support collaborative and pivotal translational research projects. Amount: Up to a maximum of $1,500,000 over up to 3 years per project of which up to 50% may come from the Cancer Research Society. Projects must be translational research and may include clinical trial studies, aim the development of a therapeutic and/or novel technologies, and have excellent preliminary data to support the proposed project. Letters of Intent from applicants with high potential projects will be invited to submit an official application for funding, which is then peer-reviewed.

There is no deadline associated with this program.

CanCOVID - New Canada-wide COVID-19 collaboration network: Accepting registrations

CanCOVID is an expert network  of Canadian COVID-19 researchers, clinical collaborators, and healthcare stakeholders from across the country. It is accepting registrations from recognized experts in the COVID-19 research and response community, including the following areas:

Diagnostics Vaccines & Therapeutics Modelling
Fundamental Science Clinical trials Cohort studies
Social & behavioural sciences Healthcare Policy decision-making
Indigenous knowledge Medical devices Patient services
Community health    

The CanCOVID network membership is by invitation. To be considered a recognized expert, you must have professional affiliation with a university, hospital, clinic, government office, non-profit association or business. All prospective members will be vetted, including verifying email addresses and professional affiliations.

Post Doctoral and PhD Trainees will qualify for membership ONLY if serving as representatives for faculty supervisors who are actively researching COVID-19, or if they can demonstrate substantial prior research experience on COVID-relevant topics.

Researchers who meet the above criteria can register to join the network at https://cancovid.ca/#join.

Please do not register if you do not meet the above criteria. Limiting membership in this way will enable COVID-19 researchers to focus on critical research without distraction. It will also enable the platform administrators to focus their efforts on supporting core platform activities.

Canada’s Chief Science Officer mandated the creation of CanCOVID to  expedite communication and collaboration between the scientific, healthcare and policy communities during the COVID-19 crisis. The CanCOVID networkis designed to support collaboration, coordination and communication between scientists, clinical collaborators, funding agencies, government policy makers, and healthcare practitioners. CanCOVID is linking up Canada’s research network using Slack, an online messaging and collaboration platform. Volunteers are available to help members who are new to Slack; you can indicate your need for Slack assistance on the registration form.

For more information, visit the CanCOVID website https://cancovid.ca/ or follow us on Twitter @CanCOVID.

CDMRP Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program Investigator-Initiated Research Award

US Department of Defense (DOD) Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) has released funding and pre-funding announcements for the following programs:

Pre-Announcement
Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP)

  • Clinical Trial Award
  • Early Investigator Research Award
  • Exploration - Hypothesis Development Award
  • Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Lupus Research Program (LRP)

  • Idea Award
  • Impact Award
  • Transformative Vision Award

Funding Announcements
Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP)

  • Idea Development Award
  • Investigator-Initiated Translational Research Award
  • Clinical Translational Research Partnership Award

Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

  • Clinical Trial Award Discovery Award
  • Focused Program Award
  • Investigator-Initiated Research Award
  • Technology/Therapeutic Development Award

Gulf War Illness Research Program (GWIRP)

  • Idea Award
  • Research Advancement Award
  • Clinical Evaluation Award
  • Therapeutic/Biomarker Trial Award
  • New Investigator Award

Descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, eligibility, key mechanism elements, and funding can be found in the respective Program at http://cdmrp.army.mil

UofT campus based applicants should select Toronto, University of for the institution and indicate the appropriate Research Services Office contact (see below) as the Business Official in their pre-application in the eBRAP System.  

Krista Montgomery (krista.montgomery@utoronto.ca): for UofT Faculty appointed within Dalla Lana, Applied Sci & Eng, Dentistry, Forestry, Kinesiology & PE, Nursing, Pharmacy, UTM, and Medicine (last names A-M only).

Loredana Polidoro (l.polidoro@utoronto.ca): for UofT Faculty appointed Architecture, Arts & Science, Law, Rotman, Information, Social Work, OISE, UTSC, Music, and Medicine (last names N-Z only)

Applicants must contact also contact the Research Services Office at least 2 weeks in advance of the CDMRP deadline for full application.  The internal deadline for all CDMRP full applications is 4 business days prior to the sponsor deadline.

Additional Information:
Additional Information can be found here.

CIFAR - Global Call for Ideas 

CIFAR’s third Global Call for Ideas is soliciting proposals for new CIFAR programs related to The Future of Being Human. New program proposals should explore the long term intersection of humans, science and technology, social and cultural systems, and our environment. Our understanding of the world around us, and new insights into individual and societal behaviour, have the potential to provide enormous benefits to humanity and the planet. 

CIFAR invites bold proposals from researchers at universities or research institutions that ask new questions about our complex emerging world. CIFAR is confronting challenging problems that require a diverse team incorporating multiple disciplines (potentially spanning the humanities, social sciences, arts, physical sciences, and life sciences) to engage in a sustained dialogue to develop new insights, and change the conversation on important questions facing science and humanity.

CIFAR is committed to creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. We welcome proposals that include individuals from countries and institutions that are not yet represented in our research community.

Deadline

The deadline for registration is August 17, 2021. To apply click here.

Additional Information

For additional information, please visit the CIFAR website.

CIHR Healthy Cities Implementation Science Team Grants

The Healthy Cities Implementation Science (HCIS) Team Grants funding opportunity is offering grants focused on increasing our understanding of how to design, implement and promote the systematic and equitable uptake of evidence-based interventions (i.e. interventions that have been piloted or tested in a setting and found to be promising) in multiple urban1 environments to improve population health and well-being.

One of the biggest challenges in applied healthy cities research, and the focus of this funding opportunity, is to implement evidence-informed interventions into different contexts and to understand whether those interventions are effective, for whom, and why. This is the central pursuit of implementation science. This funding opportunity will support multi-site implementation science ꟷ population health research studies in specific thematic research areas to understand which interventions/solutions can improve the health and wellbeing of people living in cities, the differential health impacts of these interventions within populations and why they occur.

For the purpose of this funding opportunity, interventions must have a population health focus and aim to positively affect all or some of the people within a city by improving the environmental, social, cultural, and/or structural determinants of health. The interventions can include policy changes, introduction of a new program or practice, and/or physical changes to the environment.

For research projects involving First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis Peoples, research must be conducted by, grounded in, or engaged with First Nations, Inuit, Métis or Urban Indigenous communities, societies or individuals and their wisdom, cultures, experiences or knowledge systems, as expressed in their dynamic forms, past and present. 

It is expected that successful research projects will engage with the Healthy Cities Research Training Platform to enhance the capacity-building efforts of the HCRI and create opportunities for training and mentorship.

Thematic Areas

The HCIS Team Grants funding opportunity will support one research project in each of the six thematic research areas described below. Proposed research projects can be relevant to multiple thematic areas.

The six CIHR thematic research areas are:

  • Healthcare Systems, Services and Policies Healthy Aging
  • Musculoskeletal Health, Mobility or Prevention (including skin and oral health)
  • Type 2 Diabetes Prevention
  • Urban Indigenous Health
  • Population and Public Health

Priority Areas

  • Active neighbourhoods
  • Healthy food environments
  • Supportive environments

Funding

Up to $3 million per proposal over 6 years.

Application

The application process will have 2 stages:

  • Letter of Intent (LOI) stage
    Up to 18 successful LOI applications will receive $25,000 to help with grant development
  • Full Application (only those selected at the LOI stage)

Deadline

Letter of Intent: August 11, 2021

Full Application (if invited): April 28, 2022

Additional Information

Additional information can be found here.

CIHR Heart Failure Research Network - Team Grant

CIHR has launched the Heart Failure Research Network Team grant.  The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support a single nationally coordinated, interdisciplinary research Network (including patients, people with lived/living experience, family/caregivers, Indigenous Elders or Knowledge Keepers, government, policy makers, not-for-profit organizations, health care providers, researchers, clinicians and industry) focused on HF across the lifecycle, within various health delivery settings (including hospitals, primary care, home and community care as examples), and must consider HF in the context of multi-morbidity, Indigenous health and well-being and health disparities. This national Network will bring together experts across Canada from different disciplines, different sectors, and different jurisdictions working collaboratively on a number of inter-related research projects under an integrated and unified program of research. The overall goal of the Network is to understand the underlying causes, pathophysiology and social determinants of HF and to improve the prevention, detection, management, patient outcomes, quality of life, and delivery of care of this common and multifactorial condition.

Research Areas

This funding opportunity will support projects relevant to the following research areas, including but not limited to:

  • Mechanistic and Translational HF Research: to understand the pathophysiology, prevention, complications and multi-morbidities, including the role of infection and inflammation in these processes, as they relate to HF, to improve patient outcomes.
  • HF Subtyping: To further understand the underlying causes and contributors of the multifactorial HF condition (see NHLBI collaboration opportunity section).
  • Disease Management and Models of Care: To further address multi-morbidity and health disparities in the context of HF, and including (but not limited to) end of life care, value-based models of care, digital health (including artificial intelligence, remote monitoring, and self-management), care transitions, and rehabilitation.
  • Indigenous Heart Health and Well-being: Indigenous-led approaches that will contribute to improving the health and well-being of Indigenous Peoples.

Funding

CIHR will award one network grant for a maximum of 5 years at a level of $1,000,000 per year ($5M total funding).

Deadline

Registration deadline: July 7, 2021 
Application deadline: December 7, 2021

Additional Information

Additional information can be found here.

CIHR Project Grants - Fall Competition

Information for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)’s Fall 2021 Project Grant competition has now been posted.

The Project Grant program is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related fundamental or applied knowledge, health research, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes. It supports projects with a specific purpose and a defined endpoint. The best ideas may stem from new, incremental, innovative, and/or high-risk lines of inquiry or knowledge translation approaches. The Project Grant program is open to applicants in all areas of health research that are aligned with the CIHR mandate: "To excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health for Canadians, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health care system". Additional funds will also be made available through CIHR Institutes Priority Announcements to support Project Grant applications in specific research areas.

Fall 2021 Project Grant Competition: Ongoing Impact Of COVID-19 CIHR has provided an informational page on the changes to the Fall 2021 Project competition, in light of the impact of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Important Dates

  • Registration Deadline: August 18, 2021 (Registration is mandatory)
  • MRA Deadline: September 08, 2021
    *The internal MRA requirement is for all applicants applying for this award through the University of Toronto. For all other applicants, please contact the Research Office of the institution through which you are applying.
  • Application Deadline: September 15, 2021 (MRA required*)
  • Anticipated Notice of Decision: February 02, 2022 Funding Start Date: April 01, 2022

Webinars

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) will be hosting several “Ask Me Anything” sessions in July, designed to support participants and answer questions about the upcoming Fall 2021 Project Grant competition.  

As done in previous CIHR Ask Me Anything sessions, questions will be accepted via a Slido question board.

Duration: 90 minutes

English sessions
When:
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 1:00 pm ET | Join Question Board #pjt-ama-jul28

French sessions
When:
Monday, July 26, 2021 at 1:00 pm ET | Join Question Board #pjt-ama-jul26

Additional Details

More information specific to University of Toronto applicants, including Tips & Checklist documents for both Registration and Application submissions, is also available on the Research and Innovation website.

CIHR’s Learning For Applicants page provide an overview of the competition as well as a detailed tour of the application process and requirements.

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs - Funding Opportunities

US Department of Defense (DOD) Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) has released funding and pre-funding announcements for the following programs:

Pre-Funding Announcements

Melanoma Research Program

- Idea Award
- Mid-Career Accelerator Award
- Team Science Award
- Translational Research Award with Collaborator Option

Vision Research Program

- Focused Translational Team Science Award
- Investigator-Initiated Research Award
- Translational Research Award
- Clinical Trial Award

Bone Marrow Failure Research Program

- Idea Development Award
- Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Chronic Pain Management Research Program

- Investigator-Initiated Research Award 
- Translation Research Award
- Clinical Exploration Award

Scleroderma Research Program

- Idea Development Award
- Idea Development Award – New Investigator Collaboration Option
- Translational Research Partnership Award

Pancreatic Cancer Research Program (PCARP)

- Idea Development Award
- Translational Research Partnership Award

Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) 

- Breakthrough Award Levels 1 and 2
- Breakthrough Award Level 3
- Breakthrough Award Level 4
- Era of Hope Scholar Award
- Innovator Award
- Transformative Breast Cancer Consortium Award
   

Funding Announcements

Autism Research Program

- Clinical Trial Award
- Clinical Translational Research Award
- Career Development Award
- Idea Development Award

 

Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program

- Behavioral Health Science Award
- Career Development Award – Fellow Option
- Idea Award
- Impact Award
- Translational Team Science Award

Spinal Cord Injury Research Program

- Clinical Trial Award
- Translational Research Award
- Investigator-Initiated Research Award

Tick-Borne Disease Research Program

- Career Development Award
- Idea Development Award

Ovarian Cancer Research Program

- Omics Consortium Award

Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program

- Clinical Research Award
- Clinical Trial Award

Epilepsy Research Program (ERP)

- Idea Development Award
- Quality of Life Research Partnership Award

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program

- Clinical Translational Research Award
- Exploration - Hypothesis Development Award
- Idea Development Award

Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program

- Applied Research Award
- Clinical Translational Research Award
- Clinical Trial Award

Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) 

- Data Science Award (NEW for FY21)
- Health Equity Research and Outcomes Improvement Consortium (HEROIC) Award (NEW for FY21)
- Early Investigator Research Award
- Physician Research Award
- Translational Science Award
- Health Disparity Research Award
- Idea Development Award
- Clinical Consortium Award

Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program (PRARP)

- Convergence Science Research Award
- Research Partnership Award
- Accelerating Diagnostics Research Award
- Innovation in Care and Support Award (INCASA)
- Leveraging Approaches for Innovation in Care and Support Award (LEAP-INCASA)
 

Descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, eligibility, key mechanism elements, and funding can be found in the respective Program at http://cdmrp.army.mil

UofT campus based applicants should select Toronto, University of for the institution and indicate the appropriate Research Services Office contact (see below) as the Business Official in their pre-application in the eBRAP System.  

Krista Montgomery (krista.montgomery@utoronto.ca): for UofT Faculty appointed within Dalla Lana, Applied Sci & Eng, Dentistry, Forestry, Kinesiology & PE, Nursing, Pharmacy, UTM, and Medicine (last names A-M only).

Applicants must contact also contact the Research Services Office at least 2 weeks in advance of the CDMRP deadline for full application.  The internal deadline for all CDMRP full applications is 4 business days prior to the sponsor deadline.

CRIS Supports for Adapting Research During COVID-19

CRIS Spotlight: Resources for Researchers during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

In preparation for the 2020-21 academic year, the Centre for Research & Innovation Support (CRIS) has developed new supports for researchers adapting their research programs during COVID-19:  

Spotlight Resource Pages:
In addition, CRIS has begun to develop resource pages for the research & innovation community on issues that have emerged during COVID-19:
• CRIS Spotlight on Working Securely: Remote Data Collection & Storage
• CRIS Spotlight on Virtual Research Events and Conferences
• CRIS Spotlight on Resources for Conducting COVID-19 Research 

To stay informed about the lastest resources, subscribe to our CRIS mailing list.

Design Nexus Research and Innovation Workshop

A research and innovation workshop is being organized to bring together researchers from across the university to support visioning for the Design Nexus initiative. If you would like to receive information about the upcoming workshop, please complete this form. 

The Design Nexus is envisioned as a cohesive tri-campus strategic cluster that will advance and integrate interdisciplinary approaches for Translation, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship.  The goal of Design Nexus is to address innovation gaps by:

  • coordinating resources and curriculum;
  • sharing best-practices and expertise; and
  • providing development support for researchers, students, funded projects, and experiential learning programs across the university, early-stage UTE start-ups, and the broader innovation community
Employment and Social Development Canada – Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program – Grants

In 2015, Canada and all other United Nations Member States, committed to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which set 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to eliminate poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity by the year 2030.  Applications are currently being accepted, on an ongoing basis, from organizations interested in receiving up to $100,000 in grant funding from the SDG Funding Program for projects that are up to 12 months in duration.
Sponsor Deadline: Ongoing

Fulbright Visiting Canadian Research Chairs 2022-2023

The 2022-2023 Fulbright Canadian Research Chair Program is accepting applications from academics and professionals through November 15th, 2021.

These grants support research with colleagues at institutions across the US for a 4 to 9-month period, with a start date of September 2022 or January 2023. Award values range from US $25,000 to US $50,000. In a single application, an applicant may apply to several of the Research Chair opportunities.

Opportunities include:

Canadian Studies

Distinguished Chair in Québec Studies, State University of New York College at Plattsburgh

Computer Science & Engineering

Research Chair in Computers, Science, and Engineering, Florida Polytechnic University

Environmental & Arctic Studies

Research Chair in Arctic Studies, Dartmouth College

Research Chair in Arctic Studies, University of Washington

Research Chair in Climate Change, Air Quality, and Atmospheric Chemistry, University of California, Irvine

Indigenous Studies

Research Chair in Aboriginal/Indigenous Cultures, Sovereignties, and Languages, University of Arizona 

Research Chair in Indigenous Issues, San Diego State University

Policy/Law & Governance

Research Chair in Canada-U.S. Relations, Johns Hopkins University

Research Chair in Military Social Work, University of Southern California

Research Chair in Peace and War Studies, Norwich University

Research Chair in Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California

Public Health / Health Policy

Research Chair in Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

Research Chair in Race and Health Policy, University of Memphis

Social Sciences

Distinguished Chair in International Area Studies, Yale University

Research Chair in the Humanities and Social Sciences, The Citadel

Research Chair in Social Sciences, University of Hawai‘i at M?noa

Field Open Awards

Research Chair (field open), University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Chair (field open), Vanderbilt University

Eligibility requirements include the following:

Candidate must have Canadian citizenship (Permanent residence is not sufficient), and not have dual US citizenship. Hold a terminal degree (Ph.D., MFA, etc.) or equivalent professional training or experience. Be proficient in English. Applicants who have resided abroad for five or more consecutive years in the six-year period preceding the application deadline are ineligible (a period of nine months or more during a calendar year constitutes a full year). Recipients of a Fulbright Scholar award are eligible to apply for another award two years after the date of completion of the previous award.

Applications are made directly to the sponsor, and will be accepted until November 15, 2021.

 

FULBRIGHT STUDENT FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

1- if you are interested in hosting a US graduate student (US citizen) for 9 months for 2022/2023 they can apply to the Fulbright Student Award (US$20,000) for doing research in Canada. See more info here.

2- If you are supervising a graduate student (CA Citizen) for 9 months for 2022/2023 they can apply to the Fulbright Student Award (US$20,000) for doing research in the US. See more info here.

Additional Information:

For more information, please see the Awards catalogue.  For full details on the application process and to apply, please see the Fulbright Research Chairs program website.

For further information on the above opportunties, please contact:Paulo Carvalho, Recruitment Specialist, Fulbright Canada pcarvalho@fulbright.ca or 613.688.5518

Genome Canada: Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) Round 21

The Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) funds downstream research and development (R&D) projects that address real-world opportunities and challenges defined by “Receptor” organizations such as industry, government, or not-for-profit entities. These organizations should have the expertise, resources and commitment to commercialize or implement the project’s outcomes. Projects must be active collaborations between the Receptor organization (Canadian or international) and a Canadian academic researcher. Both must play an integral role in the project. These projects are co-funded by Receptors and other stakeholders and must have the potential to generate significant social and/or economic benefits for Canada. 

Key Parameters of the Program

  • Total project size: $300,000 to $6 million. The structure of the funding plan is as follows: 1/3 investment from Genome Canada, 1/3 provided by the Receptor partner (cash or in-kind) and 1/3 of other co-funding. For more information see the GAPP Investment Strategy and Guidelines.
  • Project term: 2 to 3 years. A shorter or longer term will be considered, but only if a strong rationale is provided.
  • Project stage: small-scale proof-of-concept or pilot projects through to large-scale projects. Projects should not be in the discovery phase.
  • Project eligibility: To be eligible for the GAPP, a project must:
    • Develop and apply a genomics-derived tool, product or process to an opportunity or challenge defined by the Receptor(s);
    • Focus on late stage R&D that will position the innovation for near-term implementation / commercialization;
    • Be co-led by an academic and a Receptor organization in partnership, with active and necessary roles for both; and
    • Demonstrate the potential to generate significant social and/or economic benefits for Canada.

Please note that the competition has a rolling deadline structure. The deadline for submissions of Expressions of Intent (EOI) has passed for Rounds 1-20. Funded GAPP projects from past rounds can be found here.

Application Process

The GAPP program has a three-stage application process, which include:

  1. Expression of Interest (EOI)
  2. Project Pitch Supplementary
  3. Proposal

To Apply: Please contact Ann Meyer, Advisor, Sector Innovation & Programs, at ameyer@OntarioGenomics.ca to discuss the fit of potential projects with the program and key criteria for GAPP. Project teams that are a potential fit will be provided the Expression of Interest (EOI) form. Please ensure that Samantha K. Young (samanthak.young@utoronto.ca) at the Research Services Office is copied on all email submissions to Ontario Genomics.

Deadlines

Round 21 GAPP - EOI deadlines

  • Draft EOI is due to RSO and Ontario Genomics on August 10, 2021;
  • Face-to-face or Zoom meetings with Ontario Genomic’s review panel will occur between September 20-23, 2021; and
  • Final EOIs are due October 5, 2021 to Research Services via MRA, in order to meet Ontario Genomics' deadline of October 12, 2021.
    Note: An MRA is required in order to receive institutional approvals

Additional Information

Learn More: For more information on the application process, please visit the GAPP homepage, or the UofT funding opportunity.

INNO-vation Program 2021 Global Applications Now Open

The Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has launched the INNO-vation Program.

The Program was created to encourage new and revolutionary innovation globally, and the program offers commendations and up to 3,000,000 JPY (Currently approximately $34,000 CAD) in support for various ideas, technologies, products and creations.

In 2020, applications to the program opened up worldwide.  Applications to the INNO-vation Program are now accepted globally without regard to nationality, residence or age.

The application period for the 2021 INNO-vation Program has begun and applications will be accepted  until Monday, August 2nd at 6:00PM JST (9:00AM GMT).

For more information, please see:
INNO-vation Program Official Homepage
https://www.inno.go.jp/en/

International Doctoral Cluster (IDC) Applications

An International Doctoral Cluster (IDC) is a research and doctoral education arrangement in a well-defined area/topic of research that brings together, through in-person and virtual activities, a critical mass of complementary talent (PIs, PDFs and graduate students).  An IDC is a partnership between faculty and trainees at U of T and international partner institutions (academic/corporate/NGO etc.) in the form of an alliance that is more than the sum of its parts.

We are inviting IDC proposals which support cross-disciplinary and cross-border collaborations to catalyze new ideas and transformational innovations.

Taking into account the changing ways in which collaborative research is being conducted, the IDC program will give strong consideration to proposals that aim to develop robust international research and training opportunities and networks through a combination of in-person, virtual, and other novel approaches to global collaborations.

Funding and Duration:

  • The Office of the Vice-President International (OVPI) and the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) will together provide one third of the budget, up to a maximum of $33,000 CAD/year for the associated mobility costs for U of T students, PDFs, and faculty, for up to 3 years initially.  The IDC will be subjected to an internal review and if there is a good case to be made for a longer period of funding, could be renewed for a maximum of two further years.
  • The funding may also be used to cover the costs of novel virtual approaches to global collaborations, such as the use of online communication platforms, virtual workshops and lab group meetings, virtual journal clubs, and online open access lab notebooks.  Please contact OVPI for more information/questions concerning this.
  • PIs should secure the remaining 2/3rd from within and beyond the University (e.g. Tri-Agency, industry, philanthropy, etc.).

Application Deadline: February 15, May 15, September 15, and December 15.
Notification to Successful Applicants: Decisions will be communicated within 8 weeks of submission.
Eligibility: U of T applicants must have a faculty appointment with U of T and be eligible to hold research funding.

Selection Criteria:
   1. Proposed academic case including research strength, design, and rationale
   2. Engagement of a critical mass of PIs at U of T & overseas and complementarity amongst all co-PIs

   3. Proposed implementation plan, including for graduate training
   4. Novelty of approaches used in implementation plan
   5. Desired outcomes: knowledge transfer, attract top global talent, multidisciplinary global knowledge networks
   6. Funding: leverage larger sources of external funding to sustain partnership
   7. Enhance global exposure of U of T community


For more information on this call, including detailed instructions on how to submit a proposal, please see the funding opportunities page.

Contact: Skandha Sunderasen, International Strategic Partnerships Officer (s.sunderasen@utoronto.ca) for any questions about the IDC call and to submit IDC applications.
Merck research grants

This year Merck is announcing a series of research grants to stimulate innovative research in challenging areas of future importance. The Research Grants program is open to scientists in all career stages who are affiliated with any research-based institution, university or company. Applicants submit their application for the focus topics containing non-confidential information only. You may apply for more than one grant or submit your application for more than one focus topic. If your application is successful, you are invited to submit a full proposal under confidentiality and join a deep-dive workshop with the other finalists. All applicants will be informed about the decision of the selection committee at the beginning of October. 

Research Areas:

  • Drug Discovery - 3 grants comprising 350,000 €/year for 3 years with the option of extension.
  • Real time testing and sensors - grant comprising between 100,000 - 500,000 $/year for 2 years with the option of extension
  • Nanoparticle for nucleic acid delivery  - grant comprising between 100,000 - 300,000 $/year for 2 years with the option of extension
  • Digital Innovation - 3 grants comprising 40,000 - 100,000 € for 1 year with the option of extension
  • Bioelectronics - grant comprising 150,000 €/year for 3 years 
  • Sustainability - grant/s to be negotiated on a case by case basis
  • Media recycling for cultured meat - grant/s to be negotiated on a case by case basis
  • Organoids - grant/s to be negotiated on a case by case basis

Funding:

Grants of 40,000 € - 450,000 € per year for up to 3 years are available in the research areas outlined above.

Deadline:

The deadline is August 3, 2021, please follow the process outlined below.

Additional Information and Application Process:

Find out more details and apply today at http://researchgrants.merckgroup.com (for world except U.S. and Canada) or http://researchgrants.emdgroup.com (for U.S. and Canada)

Merck Research Grants

Merck has announced the 2021 research grants offering to stimulate innovative research in challenging areas of future importance. The Research Grants program is open to scientists in all career stages who are affiliated with any research-based institution, university or company. Applicants submit their application for the focus topics containing non-confidential information only. You may apply for more than one grant or submit your application for more than one focus topic. If your application is successful, you are invited to submit a full proposal under confidentiality and join a deep-dive workshop with the other finalists. All applicants will be informed about the decision of the selection committee at the beginning of October. 

Target Areas

  • Drug Discovery - Identify and characterize the next game-changing molecule or technology to help cure cancer or autoimmune disease. 
  • Real time testing and sensors -  Advancing state-of-the-art of in-line or at-line monitoring during the production of biopharmaceuticals with the ultimate goal being real-time release. 
  • Nanoparticle for nucleic acid delivery - Existing nucleic acid delivery technologies, such as (lipid) nanoparticles are ripe for innovation. We seek new technologies and approaches for novel inventive delivery vehicles and formulations, routes of delivery, and targeting strategies. 
  • Digital Innovation - Digital Innovation leveraging technological solutions such as digital pathology image analysis for advanced cell simulation, Big Data and X-Omics pipelines for single-cell RNASeQ Analysis and other applications of AI in R&D. 
  • Bioelectronics - Digital Innovation leveraging technological solutions such as digital pathology image analysis for advanced cell simulation, Big Data and X-Omics pipelines for single-cell RNASeQ Analysis and other applications of AI in R&D. 
  • Sustainability - Develop and provide more sustainable solutions to guarantee future success and create lasting value for society. We focus on four key aspects: circular economy, digitizing sustainability, responsible & new resources and new bio routes to achieve sustainability in our own processes and enable our customers and stakeholders in theirs. 
  • Media recycling for cultured meat - Proposals should address conceptual design, deployment strategy, equipment for low cost and efficient industrial scale cell culture media recycling systems that will promote efficient usage of nutrients and removal of toxic / growth inhibiting metabolites 
  • Organoids - Organoids are a three-dimensional construct composed of multiple cell types by means of self-organization and is capable of simulating the architecture and functionality of native organs. This area helps to understand human organ development, disease modeling, drug discovery and to investigate personalized medicine. 

Grants & Funding

  • Drug Discovery - 3 grants comprising 350,000 €/year for 3 years with the option of extension.
  • Real time testing and sensors - grant comprising between 100,000 - 500,000 $/year for 2 years with the option of extension
  • Nanoparticle for nucleic acid delivery - grant comprising between 100,000 - 300,000 $/year for 2 years with the option of extension 
  • Digital Innovation - 3 grants comprising 40,000 - 100,000 € for 1 year with the option of extension
  • Bioelectronics - grant comprising 150,000 €/year for 3 years
  • Sustainability - grant/s to be negotiated on a case by case basis 
  • Media recycling for cultured meat - grant/s to be negotiated on a case by case basis
  • Organoids - grant/s to be negotiated on a case by case basis.

 Deadline

Submission deadline is August 31, 2021. (Please note an MRA will be required to be submitted at least one week prior to the sponsor deadline)
Applications for each target area can be found here.

Additional Information

Additional information can be found here.

Mitacs - Business Strategy Internships (BSI)

In partnership with Canadian academic institutions, Mitacs is pleased to offer the Business Strategy Internship (BSI). The award provides either $10,000 or $15,000 per intern (undergraduate to postdoctoral fellow) to undertake a four-month internship project with a partner organization in Canada. Interns and their academic supervisor will co-design a project with the partner organization to work on the organization’s innovation activities, helping them improve their products, processes, or services. Throughout the internship, Mitacs provides online professional development courses to interns through our e-Campus, EDGE.

The BSI program aims to:

  • support innovation to generate knowledge and its transfer between academic and non-academic sectors
  • strengthen the innovation capabilities of partner organizations
  • support the creation and ownership of intellectual property in Canada
  • promote collaboration between sectors by reducing the risk for companies to engage in innovation
  • provide work-integrated learning and professional skills training to increase employability of post-secondary students
  • ensure and promote equitable access by underrepresented groups to foster inclusive innovation 

Innovation projects are expected to lead to change and improvements for the partner and/or community, through exploration, design, and implementation of improvements/efficiencies in business models, products, processes, or service delivery.

For more details about the BSI funding stream, please consult: https://www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/business-strategy-internship/program-details and contact a Mitacs Business Development representative.

National Research Council of Canada: The Pandemic Response Challenge Program - Call for Expression of Interest

The Pandemic Response Challenge Program is currently structured around four main research areas:

  • Rapid detection and diagnosis
  • Therapeutics and vaccine development
  • Digital health

Purpose: This program will build teams to address challenges requiring further research and development for solutions to meet COVID-19 related needs. The NRC will build these teams drawing on internal-to-government capacity and academic researchers who register using the button below to indicate their interest, and related areas of expertise and capabilities.

The NRC will receive $15M to form dedicated teams to address challenges in the areas of greatest research and development (R&D) need in the fight against COVID-19. The NRC Pandemic Response Challenge Program will accelerate the development of diagnostics and medical countermeasures for a rapid front-line response to protect and treat Canadians. This national vehicle will convene the best Canadian and international researchers from academia and small and medium-sized businesses to collectively accelerate R&D to address specific COVID-19 gaps and challenges as identified by Canadian health experts. 

Researchers at Canadian and international universities, government departments, colleges, and highly innovative firms with relevant expertise can now register their interest to work with NRC on these challenges by Registering via the link below.

On that linked page, you will be asked to identify your primary area of interest.  Please note that, as a 'radio button,' you can only select one Challenge area at a time.

Funding is available to help cover the costs of research for academic institutions, small and medium-sized businesses, and other eligible recipients participating in the challenge teams. Over the coming weeks, NRC will post the specific R&D challenges,  send information to registered researchers, and invite them to indicate the expertise and capabilities they can bring to a team.

https://nrc.canada.ca/en/research-development/research-collaboration/programs/expression-interest-challenge-program-collaboration

Additional Information and Submission Guide

For more information about the different research areas for the NRC Pandemic Response Challenge, please visit the program website

In order to manage the University's response to the COVID-19 Challenge, please confirm your registration via a courtesy email to strat.initiatives@utoronto.ca identifying the Challenge stream to which you have registered.  As with other Challenges in relation to COVID-19, this is a rapidly evolving real-world situation, so please be patient as NRC finalizes program details.

New Frontiers in Research Fund - Exploration 2021 competition

The 2021 NFRF Exploration grants competition has launched.

The objective of the Exploration stream is to support high-riskhigh-reward and interdisciplinary research. It seeks to inspire projects that bring disciplines together beyond traditional disciplinary or common interdisciplinary approaches by research teams with the capacity to explore something new that might fail, but that has the potential for significant impact.

Exploration grants support research with a range of impacts, some of which might be social, cultural, economic, health-related or technological. This list is not exhaustive; other types of impacts are also recognized. Diversity of perspectives is important, and the fund encourages research proposals led from any discipline, from those in the social sciences and humanities, to health, the natural sciences and engineering.

Funding

Grants awarded are up to $125,000 (including indirect costs) per year for two years.

Key Dates

Notice of Intent
Internal Deadline: August 9th, 2021 (MRA must be submitted by August 3rd, 2021)
Sponsor Deadline (RSO submits): August 10th, 2021

Full Application
Internal Deadline: October 12th, 2021
Sponsor Deadline (RSO submits): October 19th, 2021

Additional Resources

2021 Exploration competition funding opportunity
UofT Funding Opportunity listing (includes Tips & Checklist documents for NOI and Full Application)

Research Services Contacts
Deanna Pong (Health & Life Sciences) - deanna.pong@utoronto.ca
Sarah Scott (Social Sciences & Humanities) - sja.scott@utoronto.ca
Keti Dzamova (Natural Sciences & Engineering) - keti.dzamova@utoronto.ca

Sponsor Contact
Email: NFRF-FNFR@chairs-chaires.gc.ca

New Frontiers in Research Fund Special Call: Innovative approaches to research in the pandemic context

While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted researchers’ ability to conduct research, particularly community and field-based research, it also provides a unique opportunity, through this call, to explore new, innovative directions in research methodologies.

This call is open to either a nominated principal investigator submitting alone or to a team that may include up to one co-principal investigator and any number of co-applicants and/or collaborators, from any discipline. Steps to apply include submitting a mandatory notice of intent to apply and a subsequent full application.

Budget

Budget is $250,000 (includes $50,000 indirect costs) over 1 year, an automatic one-year extension will be available.

Deadlines

MRA deadline: September 15, 2021
Notice of intent deadline: 
Full application deadline: 
For details on submission and UofT approval, please see the Research Services website.

 

Webinars

In preparation for the NOI deadline, we encourage all applicants and research administrators to participate in one of the two upcoming webinars. Below are the dates, times and links to the webinars.  

August 12th – 2021 Special Call – English 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time https://sshrcvideo.webex.com/sshrcvideo/onstage/g.php?MTID=e5c94638d4738607f87a3b8b58f218f1d Event password: CPmZji4aJ23

NFRF program staff will offer webinars on the competition and application process:

August 12th– 2021 Special Call – French 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Time https://sshrcvideo.webex.com/sshrcvideo/onstage/g.php?MTID=e6962ac99df1881969fe5f1c3e1209877 Event password: pbVE336Nmpy

Additional Information

For further information please see the NFRF funding opportunity webpage.
Sponsor contact: NFRF-FNFR@chairs-chaires.gc.ca

NIH POCTRN: Fast-Track Program for COVID-19 Test Development and Distribution

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) is urgently soliciting proposals and can provide up to $500M across multiple projects to rapidly produce innovative SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests that will assist the public’s safe return to normal activities. Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx), is a fast-track technology development program that leverages the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Point-of-Care Technology Research Network (POCTRN). RADx will support novel solutions that build the U.S. capacity for SARS-CoV-2 testing up to 100-fold above what is achievable with standard approaches. RADx is structured to deliver innovative testing strategies to the public as soon as late summer 2020 and is an accelerated and comprehensive multi-pronged effort by NIH to make SARS-CoV-2 testing readily available to every American.

NIBIB  is providing substantial support to accelerate the development, validation, and commercialization of innovative point-of-care and home-based tests, as well as improvements to  clinical laboratory tests, that can directly detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. NIBIB will support the full range of product development including commercialization and product distribution.

Design features might include technical innovations that:

  • Improve analytical performance, e.g., sensitivity, specificity, dynamic range, limit of detection, reliability, accuracy, speed (time to test result) and throughput
  • Enhance operational performance through, e.g., development of a patient- and user-friendly design, use of alternative sampling strategies (e.g., saliva, exhaled breath), integration with mobile-devices, designs for home-based use or strategies to overcome bottlenecks with current testing approaches
  • Improve access and reduce the cost of testing

Application Process:

Project proposals will be accepted through the online RADx portal on a rolling basis and will be reviewed within a week of receipt. 

Based on meritorious review, RADx will select projects for a 3-phase process (Phases 0, 1 and 2). Each phase will have a budget and deliverables that must be reached to move to the next phase.

  • Phase 0: Work Package Development. An external expert panel will rapidly review all project proposals submitted to RADx for program suitability and technology readiness level. Following review, if NIH accepts a project into the RADx program, project teams will initiate Phase 0, a “deep dive” with content and commercialization experts that produces a customized one- or two-phase work package.  Awards of up to $25,000 will be provided to cover the approximately one week participation in the RADx deep dive. Based on the results of this deep dive, a subset of projects will be selected for progression to Phase 1. More advanced approaches with higher technology readiness levels will be selected for acceleration directly to Phase 2.
  • Phase 1: Work Package #1. Once NIH approves a project for entry into phase 1, funding will be provided immediately to allow work to begin. Depending on the structure of the work package, some funding may be dependent on successful achievement of interim milestones. The awarded budget will be sufficient to address gating risks identified in Phase 0 on a maximally accelerated timetable. In-kind support may be provided in technical, clinical, manufacturing, and regulatory domains. Depending on the milestones that must be met, project budgets are expected to range from $500,000 to millions of dollars.
  • Phase 2: Work Package #2. The awarded milestone-driven budget will be sufficient to enable full product deployment on a maximally accelerated timeline. Additional accelerating resources will be made available through partnerships established by NIH and in-kind support provided by NIH and RADx.  For projects that meet all milestones toward product distribution, budgets of tens of millions of dollars are anticipated. NIH will negotiate cost sharing with for-profit institutions as appropriate.

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.poctrn.org/radx

NIH Various Opportunities

The National Institutes of Health has released the following requests for applications and program announcements:
Advancing technologies to improve delivery of pharmacological, gene editing, and other cargoes for HIV and SUD mechanistic or therapeutic research (R01- Clinical Trial Optional) (RFA-DA-22-010) Application Receipt Date(s): AIDS Application Due Dates

Assessing the Effects of Cannabinoids on HIV-Induced Inflammation (R01) (RFA-DA-20-022) 
Application Receipt Date(s): October 25, 2021

Biomedical Knowledgebase (U24)
(PAR-20-097) Submission Deadline: September 24, 2021

Blueprint Neurotherapeutics Network (BPN): Biologic-based Drug Discovery and Development for Disorders of the Nervous System (UG3/UH3) (PAR-21-163)
Submission Deadline: Multiple dates, see announcement.

Building in vivo Preclinical Assays of Circuit Engagement for Application in Therapeutic Development (R01) (PAR-19-289).
Submission Deadline: Standard deadline dates apply.

BRAIN Initiative: Secondary Analysis and Archiving of BRAIN Initiative Data (R01) (RFA-MH-21-130)
Submission Deadline: Multiple dates, see announcement.

BRAIN Initiative: Integration and Analysis of BRAIN Initiative Data (R01) (RFA-MH-21-135)
Submission Deadline: Multiple dates, see announcement.

Clinical Studies of Mental Illness (R01) (PAR-19-297)
Submission Deadline: Standard dates apply

Clinical Translation of Activated Optical Fluorescence Methods and Technologies for Sensitive Cancer Detection in Vivo (R01)(PAR-20-295)
Submission Deadline: October 13, 2021

Clinical Trials to Test the Effectiveness of Treatment, Preventive, and Services Interventions (R01) (PAR-21-129)
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2021, February 15, 2022

Clinical Trials to Test the Effectiveness of Treatment, Preventive, and Services Interventions (R01) (PAR-21-130)
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2021, February 15, 2022

Confirmatory Efficacy Clinical Trials of Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Mental Disorders (R01 (PAR-21-132)
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2021, February 15, 2022

Development of Medications to Prevent and Treat Opioid Use Disorders and Overdose (UG3/UH3) (PAR-20-092).
Submission Deadlines: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, beginning on February 24 , 2020.  

Development of Psychosocial Therapeutic and Preventive Interventions for Mental Disorders (R33) (PAR-21-134)
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2021, February 15, 2022

Development of Psychosocial Therapeutic and Preventive Interventions for Mental Disorders (R61/R33) (PAR-21-135)
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2021, February 15, 2022

Early Stage Testing of Pharmacologic or Device-based Interventions for the Treatment of Mental Disorders (R33) (PAR-21-136)
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2021, February 15, 2022

Early Stage Testing of Pharmacologic or Device-based Interventions for the Treatment of Mental Disorders (R61/R33) (PAR-21-137)
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2021, February 15, 2022

Ethical Issues in Translational Science Research (R01) (RFA-TR-20-001)
Application Receipt Date(s): October 6, 2021

Fundamental Mechanisms of Affective and Decisional Processes in Cancer Control (PAR-20-034).
Application Receipt Date(s): Standard dates apply.

Genetic Architecture of Mental Disorders in Ancestrally Diverse Populations (U01) (PAR-20-026).
Application Receipt Date(s): September 15, 2021

Genetic Architecture of Mental Disorders in Ancestrally Diverse Populations (Collaborative U01)(PAR-20-027).
Application Receipt Date(s): September 15, 2021

Grand Opportunity in Medications Development for Substance-Use Disorders (U01) (PAR-19-327).
Submission Deadline: on a rolling basis, beginning on August 26, 2019

Grand Opportunity in Medications Development for Substance-Use Disorders (U01 Clinical Trial Optional) (PAR-19-327).
Submission Deadlines: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, beginning on August 26, 2019

Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Research (R01) (PAR-20-031)
Application Receipt Date(s):  November 30, 2021

HEAL Initiative: Analgesic Development Initial Translational Efforts [Small Molecules and Biologics] (U19) (RFA-NS-21-015)
Submission Deadlines: October 13, 2021, June 9, 2022,

Heart, Lung, and Blood Co-morbiditieS Implementation Models in People Living with HIV (HLB SIMPLe) (UG3/UH3) (RFA-HL-20-025).
Application Receipt Date(s): Only accepting applications for the AIDS Application Due Date(s)

Heart, Lung, and Blood Co-morbiditieS Implementation Models in People Living with HIV (HLB-SIMPLe) Research Coordinating Center (U24) (RFA-HL-20-026)
Application Receipt Date(s): Only accepting applications for the AIDS Application Due Date(s)

HIV Vaccine Research and Design (HIVRAD) Program (P01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
(PAR-21-024) Submission Deadline: Only accepting applications for the AIDS Application Due Date(s)

Innovation Grants to Nurture Initial Translational Efforts (IGNITE): Neurotherapeutic Agent Characterization and In vivo Efficacy Studies (R61/R33) (PAR-21-122)
Submission Deadline: Multiple dates, see announcement.

Innovation Grants to Nurture Initial Translational Efforts (IGNITE): Development and Validation of Model Systems to Facilitate Neurotherapeutic Discovery (R61/R33)
(PAR-21-123) Submission Deadline: Multiple dates, see announcement.

Innovation Grants to Nurture Initial Translational Efforts (IGNITE): Assay Development and Neurotherapeutic Agent Identification (R61/R33 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
(PAR-21-124) Submission Deadline: Multiple dates, see announcement.

International Research in Infectious Diseases (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
(PAR-20-108) Submission Deadlines: July 15 2022

Leveraging Big Data Science to Elucidate the Mechanisms of HIV Activity and Interaction with Substance Use Disorder (RFA-DA-21-040)
Submission Deadline: Only accepting applications for the AIDS Application Due Date.

Leveraging Big Data Science to Elucidate the Mechanisms of HIV Activity and Interaction with Substance Use Disorder (RFA-DA-21-041)
Submission Deadline: Only accepting applications for the AIDS Application Due Date.

Modular R01s in Cancer Control and Population Sciences (R01) (PAR-21-190)
Submission Deadline: Multiple dates, see announcement.

Maximizing the Scientific Value of Existing Biospecimen Collections (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (RFA-OD-21-004)
Submission Deadline: October 8, 2021, August 8, 2022, March 8, 2023

Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cells (MDSCs) as Potential Therapeutic Targets in TB/HIV (R21)(PAR-19-364).
Only accepting applications for the AIDS Application Due Dates

Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cells (MDSCs) as Potential Therapeutic Targets in TB/HIV (R01) (PAR-19-357).
Submission Deadline: AIDS Application Due Dates

New Approaches to Identify Neurogenesis and Study its Dynamics in Brain Aging and AD/ADRD (R01) (RFA-AG-22-006) 
Submission Deadlines: October 15, 2021

New Models of Integrated HIV/AIDS, Addiction, and Primary Care Services (R01)
(PAR-20-273) Submission Deadlines: Only accepting applications for the AIDS Application Due Date(s)

New Models of Integrated HIV/AIDS, Addiction, and Primary Care Services (R34)
(PAR-20-274) Submission Deadlines: Only accepting applications for the AIDS Application Due Date(s)

NIA Multi-site Clinical Trial Implementation Grant (R01)  (PAR-19-302)
Submission Deadline: Standard dates apply

NIDA Translational Avant-Garde Award for Development of Medication to Treat Substance Use Disorders (PAR-21-092).
Submission Deadlines: July 26, 2021; July 25, 2022; July 25, 2023

Non-Invasive Neurostimulation in AD/ADRD (R01) (PAR-19-298)
Submission Deadline: Standard dates apply

Pilot Effectiveness Trials for Treatment, Preventive and Services Interventions (R34) (PAR-21-131)
Submission Deadlines: October 15, 2021, February 15, 2022

Priority HIV/AIDS Research within the Mission of the NIDDK (R01) (PAS-21-031)
Submission Deadline: AIDS Application Due Dates

Program to Assess the Rigor and Reproducibility of Extracellular Vesicle-Derived Analytes for Cancer Detection (R01) (PAR-20-053)
Application Receipt Date(s): Standard dates apply

Secondary Analyses of Existing Datasets of Tobacco Use and Health (R21) (RFA-OD-21-003)
Application Receipt Date(s):October 8, 2021, August 8, 2022, March 8, 2023

Small Research Grant Program for the Next Generation of Clinical Researchers in AD/ADRD Research: Area of Focus Archiving and Leveraging Existing Data Sets for Analyses (R03) (PAS-19-391)
Application Receipt Date(s): Standard dates apply

Small Research Grant Program for the Next Generation of Clinical Researchers in AD/ADRD Research: Area of Focus Basic Science (R03) (PAS-19-392)
Application Receipt Date(s): Standard dates apply.

Small Research Grant Program for the Next Generation of Clinical Researchers in AD/ADRD Research: Area of Focus Systems Biology (R03) (PAS-19-393) Application Receipt Date(s): Standard dates apply

Stimulating Innovations in Behavioral Intervention Research for Cancer Prevention and Control (R21) (PAR-19-309)
Submission Deadline: Standard dates apply

Toward ElucidAting MechanismS Contributing to HIV Reservoirs in NIDDK-relevant Tissues (Cure TEAMS) (R01) (RFA-DK-20-023)
Submission Deadline: Only accepting applications for the AIDS Application Due Date(s)

Toward ElucidAting MechanismS of HIV Pathogenesis within the Mission of the NIDDK (Pathogenesis TEAMS) (R01) (RFA-DK-20-022) Submission Deadline: Only accepting applications for the AIDS Application Due Date(s)

Understanding and Reducing Cardiovascular Disease in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (R01) (RFA-HL-21-014)
Submission Deadlines: October 15, 2021   

Visit here to see the National Institutes of Health’s recently released requests for applications and program announcementsFor more information on NIH application and the submission process, please visit the University’s Research Funding Opportunities found here.

NSERC Alliance grants: Canada’s Research Partnerships Program

NSERC is pleased to announce that Alliance grants are now open for all Option 1 requesting more than $20,000 annually from NSERC, and Option 2 applications requesting over $30,000 and up to $100,000 annually from NSERC.  For Option 2, the number of applications from each applicant (as principal investigator or as co-applicant) will be limited to one within a 12-month period. As with the staged Option 1 introduction in 2019, the full range of Option 2 applications will be accepted only at some point in future. Alliance Option 2 applications will be evaluated in two stages. Complete applications will be submitted to a multidisciplinary and multisectoral selection committee that will assess whether the higher NSERC contribution (associated with Option 2) is justified. The selection committee will meet on a quarterly basis, starting in the Spring of 2020. If selected, applications will then proceed to the second step for review of overall merit, similar to Option 1.

For full details about Alliance grants and how to apply, please visit: http://www.research.utoronto.ca/research-funding-opportunities/natural-sciences-and-engineering-research-council-of-canada-alliance-grants/

**Please note 

Additional Information

Please consult the Alliance Latest News page and the updated Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

NSERC Alliance and Mitacs Accelerate streamlined funding opportunity

NSERC and Mitacs are pleased to build on the success of their existing partnership with a new joint initiative that will support the R&D efforts of Canadian university researchers and their partners, while supporting highly qualified personnel including students and/or postdoctoral fellows.

Through NSERC’s Alliance grants and Mitacs’s Accelerate, this new opportunity is available to Canadian researchers through a single application submission and review process. Applicants are invited to include in their Alliance application a request for additional support through Mitacs Accelerate internships as a component of the training of highly qualified personnel.

Alliance grants support university researchers to collaborate with partner organizations, which can be from the private, public or not-for-profit sectors, on their R&D efforts that will create economic, social and/or environmental benefits to Canada.

Accelerate puts the talent of students and postdocs to work with a paid internship at an organization that needs their expertise.

Alliance-Accelerate applications require the following information when outlining the training of highly qualified personnel:

  • A description of the role of the Mitacs interns in the research project and an explanation of the quality of the research-based training experiences provided to the interns
  • A description of how the internship partnership organization is committed to providing supervision and mentorship to the interns
  • An explanation of how the number of Mitacs interns and the number of internship units are appropriate to the scope of the project

Applicants who wish to include Mitacs Accelerate internships in their Alliance application should contact their local Mitacs business development representative to obtain the NSERC/Mitacs joint application form. Applicants must submit the NSERC/Mitacs joint application form to NSERC with their Alliance proposal.

**Please note:  As of July 12, 2021, NSERC is now requiring applicants (and their institutions) are required to complete the National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships’ risk assessment form for all Alliance grant applications involving one or more partner organizations from the private sector.

Additional Information

For more information please visit the NSERC Alliance/Mitacs Accelerate Grants webpage.

Natural Sciences and Engineering and Research Council of Canada - Alliance grants and Ontario Centres of Excellence - Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP): Partnership

The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering and Research Council of Canada (NSERC) are announcing a new partnership that will expand opportunities for Ontario’s small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop and commercialize technical innovations by supporting R&D collaborations between Ontario's industry and publicly funded post-secondary institutions.

Building on a long-standing relationship, the OCE-NSERC partnership will create a streamlined application process to provide better value to Ontario-based researchers and SMEs, enabling “one stop” access to provincial and federal collaborative R&D funding programs. This collaboration between two leading innovation partners is designed to help SMEs more effectively access the expertise in Ontario’s colleges and universities to develop innovative products, drive economic growth, and deepen connections between innovators across the province.

This partnership provides applicants with the option to apply to OCE’s Voucher for Innovation and Productivity program and NSERC’s Alliance programs through a single joint application. By leveraging provincial and federal funding to support collaborative R&D projects that will maximize commercialization outcomes in Ontario, this partnership provides a unique opportunity to accelerate the development of emerging technologies from Ontario’s post-secondary institutions into the next generation of products and services for local and international markets.

  • Open to Ontario-based SMEs only (< 500 employees worldwide);
  • 12-month maximum project term;
  • Up to $15K SME direct cash contribution to the University research (minimum $10K);
  • Single application process, managed by OCE;
  • SME’s $15K yields $30K (2:1) from OCE plus $30K (2:1) from NSERC, for a max $75K cash budget.

For detailed program and application information, please visit: https://research.utoronto.ca/funding-opportunities/db/natural-sciences-and-engineering-and-research-council-canada-alliance

NSERC Discovery Grants 

The Discovery Grants program supports ongoing programs of research with long-term goals rather than a single short-term project or collection of projects. These grants recognize the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of all research advances. Discovery Grants are considered “grants in aid” of research, as they provide long-term operating funds and can facilitate access to funding from other programs but are not meant to support the full costs of a research program.

Application

The NSERC Discovery grant application process involves 2 stages, a notice of intent and a formal application.  NSERC has informed us that the mandatory Notice of Intent form for the 2021 Discovery Grant competition is now available through the NSERC Research Portal.  In order to apply for a Discovery Grant in November 2021 an applicant MUST complete and submit an online Notice of Intent by August 3, 2021, 8pm (ET)

Deadline

Notice of Intent (Mandatory): August 3, 2021 by 8pm (ET) - An MRA is not required for the NOI
    NSERC will not accept any NOI after the deadline.

Full Application: November 1, 2021 by 11am (ET)
    Internal Deadline: October 25, 2021 - An MRA is required by 5pm

For details on the submission and approval process, including internal deadlines, required signatures and information sessions, please see the Research Services webpage, as well as the NSERC Discovery Grants webpage.

Webinars

NSERC has prepared pre-recorded videos to aid in the process.

Additional Information

Additional information about the program and submission process can be found on the Research Services webpage, as well as the NSERC Discovery Grants webpage.

NSERC has prepared the following documentation and invites you to review:

NSERC Idea to Innovation (I2I)

Offered four times per year, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) accepts applications for its “Idea to Innovation” (I2I) program, for the purpose of accelerating pre-competitive technologies for transfer to a Canadian company. Successful applicants receive awards of up to $125,000 for each phase of their commercialization project, with additional funding available as the project progresses.

Deadlines:

Offered 4 times per year, January, March, June and September.
*Internal Application Deadlines will be 10 days prior to the sponsor deadlines

Additional Information:

All projects must be based on inventions disclosed and assigned to the University, and should be managed in conjunction with the Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO) – the Innovations team in particular can assist with development of the Commercialization Plan, and can also assist in determining the appropriate Phase for your project.

For more information, please contact IPO's intake email innovations.partnerships@utoronto.ca or visit NSERC's website at: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Professors-Professeurs/RPP-PP/I2I-INNOV_eng.asp. .

Ontario Ministry Of Health Challenge Questions Initiative

The Ontario Ministry of Health has launched the COVID-19 Challenge Questions Initiative outlining key COVID-19 research areas in need of actionable solutions. This initiative aims to accelerate the generation and translation of research and data analytic insights in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Researchers at Ontario-based universities, academic institutions and non-profit organizations are invited to participate.

Research Areas:

  • Vaccination Strategy
  • Therapeutic Treatment Options and Outcomes
  • Pandemic Waves
  • Testing and Surveillance Strategies
  • Population Level Prevention and Containment
  • Health System Resourcing
  • Health Equity and Vulnerable Populations 

 Expressions Of Interest will be accepted on a Rolling Basis to this non-competitive program.

Useful Links:
Challenge Questions Initiative: Overview of the Challenge Questions Initiative, including a breakdown of each of the key research areas
Initiative Details: Full details on the opportunity, including eligibility criteria, incentives to participate and details on application processes
Expression Of Interest: Form to complete to register an Expression of Interest

Scialog Conferences: Advancing Bioimaging and Mitigating Zoonotic Threats

The Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement is inviting early-career faculty to participate in two new Scialog (science dialog) conferences that will launch in 2021: Advancing Bioimaging and Mitigating Zoonotic Threats.  Each conference will bring together about 50 Fellows (faculty from their first year through soon after tenure) and 10 Facilitators (senior faculty who guide the discussions) over 3½ days, with the goal of launching innovative, collaborative, interdisciplinary projects that we and our foundation partners support with one-year grants of $50,000 per Fellow on each funded team.

If you are an early-career faculty member working in one of the identified areas, you may nominate yourself to be a Scialog Fellow.

If you are a senior faculty member working in one of the identified areas and you are interested in serving as a facilitator, please write to Daniel Linzer, President, Research Corporation for Science advancement at dlinzer@rescorp.org, or to Andrew Feig, the Program Director overseeing these initiatives, at afeig@rescorp.org.

Conference Descriptions:

Mitigating Zoonotic Threats (September 16-19, 2021)
This Scialog will bring together early-career scientists from multiple disciplines (including chemists, biologists, physicists, computer scientists, veterinary scientists, epidemiologists and public health specialists) along with scientists from federal agencies and thought leaders in the detection and mitigation of existing and emerging zoonotic threats.

For more information please see the Scialog site or email Andrew Feig, Program Director, at afeig@rescorp.org.

Sloan Research Fellowships 

The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year, $75,000 fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

Eligible fields: Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth System Science, Economics, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics

Deadlines

September 15, 2021: Sponsor Deadline (Please note and MRA is required by September 13, 2021)

Workshop

The Division of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation is hosting a 90-minute workshop to provide awareness and best practices for applying to this and other early-career award opportunities.  This session will feature four recent U of T winners of the Sloan Research Fellowships who will offer strategies for self-advocating for awards, as well as insights into crafting competitive nominations and securing strong support letters that enhance chances of success. 

Session Moderator: 

Prof. Julie Lefebvre, Dept. of Molecular Genetics; Senior Scientist, Program for Neuroscience & Mental Health, Hospital for Sick Children 

Panelists: 

  • Prof. Sophie Rousseaux, Dept. of Chemistry 
  • Prof. Natalie Enright Jerger, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering 
  • Prof. Daniel Wigdor, Dept. of Computer Science 

Schedule and Registration: 
August 12, 2021, 10:30am – 12:00pm 
Registration: https://cris.eve.utoronto.ca/home/events/1760

Additional Information

Please review the eligibility requirements and the sponsor's webpage.

SSHRC Connection Grants

These grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and to engage on research issues of value to those participating. Events and outreach activities funded by a Connection Grant may often serve as a first step toward more comprehensive and longer-term projects.

Connection Grants support workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes, or other events or outreach activities that facilitate:

  • disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary exchanges in the social sciences and humanities;
  • scholarly exchanges between those working in the social sciences and humanities and those working in other research fields;
  • intersectoral exchanges between academic researchers in the social sciences and humanities and researchers and practitioners from the public, private and/or not-for-profit sectors; and/or
  • international research collaboration and scholarly exchanges with researchers, students and non-academic partners from other countries.

Value: 

Events: $7,000 to $25,000
Outreach activities: $7,000 to $50,000; higher amounts may be considered if well justified

Duration:

 1 year

Application Deadline:

November 1, February 1, May 1, August 1 (8 p.m. eastern)

Additional Information can be found here.

For any questions, please contact SSHRC at: connection@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca. For more information on SSHRC Connection Grants, please see the SSHRC website. For information related to UofT applicants (including internal deadlines), please vist the UofT funding opportunity Connection Grants webpage.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

For any questions, please contact us by email at: connection@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

SSHRC Aid to Scholarly Journals - 2021 competition

SSHRC has announced that the next Aid to Scholarly Journal (ASJ) competition is proceeding as planned, and will be offered this year (2021). SSHRC's ASJ website will not be updated until June 25, 2021, so the full, updated guidelines are not yet available, and neither is the application form (which will presumably be available on SSHRC's application site once SSHRC's ASJ website has been updated). However, SSHRC has confirmed the following for this year's ASJ competition:

  • Overall, the 2021 ASJ funding opportunity will be close to the same as the last one in 2018, as the value of the grant ($30,000 per year base grant, and up to $5,000 per year supplementary funding), the duration of the grant (3 years), and the grant selection process remain the same.
  • The eligibility criteria, including open access eligibility criteria, are the same.  Please note, however, that the transition period allowed during the last competition has concluded and will not be offered in the 2021 competition (please see our website, under "Key changes for 2021", for an explanation of this change).
  • SSHRC is cognizant of the potential impacts of COVID-19 on scholarly journals, so flexibility measures within the application are under development.

Deadlines

The following will be the internal deadlines for this competition for UofT applicants:

Internal deadline to receive MRA – noon, Friday, September 3, 2021

Approved MRA must be received by Research Services (MRA may take several days for divisional approval, please submit well in advance). The MRA should include a draft proposal and finalized budget amount. For instructions on how to submit an MRA, you can look on our website here.


Internal deadline to submit online application – 9am, Wednesday, September 8, 2021:

  • Applicant must submit completed SSHRC application via SSHRC site

For more information on the above internal deadlines, please see the UofT Research and Innovation webpage for the ASJ or contact Mark Bold, Research Funding Officer (mark.bold@utoronto.ca). 

Webinars

SSHRC will be holding informational webinars on the following dates:

Title

Date

Time

Link

Aid to Scholarly Journals (English)

August 16, 2021

1:30-3:00 (Eastern time)

https://sshrcvideo.webex.com/sshrcvideo/onstage/g.php?MTID=e388e4a21ee06eed9d2c8b0dabb2d0f83

Aide aux revues savantes (français)

Le 12 août, 2021

10h-11h30 (heure de l’est)

https://sshrcvideo.webex.com/sshrcvideo-fr/onstage/g.php?MTID=e62a2982d7507985d971a3efeccea29a6

Additional Information

To contact SSHRC concerning this funding opportunity, you cam email scholarlyjournals@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

SSHRC Insight Grant 

SSHRC has now updated the Insight Grant competition guidelines for the 2021 competition. Insight Grants support long-term research initiatives in the social sciences and humanities. They offer awards from $7,000 to $400,000 over 2 to 5 years, with a maximum annual budget of $100,000. Funding is available to emerging and established scholars for projects conducted by an individual researcher or team of researchers.

For full IG guidelines, please visit the SSHRC website here (which also has the link to the online application form through the SSHRC site and the IG application instructions). 

Deadlines:

The SSHRC deadline for the 2021 IG competition is October 1, 2021 by 8PM EST.  An MRA will be required and the Research Services internal deadline is 

  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021 (noon) - Approved MRA must be received by Research Services (MRA may take several days for divisional approval, please submit well in advance). The MRA should include at least a draft proposal and finalized budget amount (but check with your department/administrative unit if more is required, or if they have an earlier internal deadline).
  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021 (9 am) - online submission of final SSHRC application via the SSHRC site 
    Applicant must submit completed SSHRC application via SSHRC site (please note, submitting after this time may reduce our ability to submit your application to SSHRC by their deadline of Oct 1st, as Research Services must complete an administrative review of all applications (for eligibility concerns) before forwarding them to SSHRC through the SSHRC site).

Information Session:

The University of Toronto Research Services will hold an online information session for the 2021 SSHRC Insight Grant (IG) competition through MS Teams. Topics covered will include a general overview of the SSHRC IG, the adjudication process and the elements of a strong proposal, budget considerations, and the application process and deadlines (both internal at UofT and external to SSHRC).

  • Date and time of session: Tuesday, July 27, 2021, from 10 am - 11:30 am 
  • Registration required?: Yes, please register through the UofT Centre for Research & Innovation Support (CRIS) website at the following link: https://cris.eve.utoronto.ca/home/events/1690. Once you register, the MS Teams link to the session will be made available to you, and an email will be sent to you with the session information that can be added to your calendar.

There will be two presenters at this information session:

  • Professor Simon Stern, Full Professor, Faculty of Law and the Department of English, 2018 Insight Grant awardee, and 2020 SSHRC IG adjudication committee member
  • Mark Bold, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Funding Officer, UofT Research Services Office


SSHRC will be holding two webinars for applicants and research administrators to provide information and answer questions about the upcoming IG October 2021 competition via WebEx. Advance registration is not required. Detailed information of the webinars is below:

Date

Time (ET)

Topic

Language

Link to meeting

August 19, 2021

1:00 -2:30 PM

Insight Grants Funding Opportunities

English

https://sshrcvideo.webex.com/sshrcvideo/j.php?MTID=m262c819f0d03573fd8362ed98b92782d .

August 20, 2021

1:00 -2:30 PM

L’occasion de financement
des subventions Savoir

French

https://sshrcvideo.webex.com/sshrcvideo/j.php?MTID=m7908e31258cb43721843ff6b04b34230   

For any questions, please contact SSHRC by email at: insightgrants@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca.

Additional Information

For more information on the 2021 SSHRC IG competition, please visit the UofT Research and Innovation IG webpage (particularly for the internal deadlines for this competition) and the SSHRC IG webpage.

SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is pleased to announce the partnership Engage Grants.  These grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight program and the Connection program. Please note that Partnership Engage Grants cannot respond exclusively to the objectives of the Connection program.

These grants provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision-making at a single partner organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sector. The small-scale, stakeholder-driven partnerships supported through Partnership Engage Grants are meant to respond to immediate needs and time constraints facing organizations in non-academic sectors. In addressing an organization-specific need, challenge and/or opportunity, these partnerships let non-academic organizations and postsecondary researchers access each other’s unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities on topics of mutual interest.

Sponsor Deadlines: December 15, March 15, June 15 by 8pm EST.

SSHRC Partnership Program Series

The Division of the Vice-President Research & Innovation (VPRI) will be delivering a series of webinars in the coming months to increase awareness and understanding of SSHRC Partnership Funding opportunities (see summary below), and to encourage and support researchers with the planning and development of competitive proposals for these programs.

SSHRC Partnership Engage Grants
In this session, faculty and staff will provide an overview of the Partnership Engage Grant Program, share insights on key elements of competitive proposals, and share resources and strategies for successful proposal planning and development.

SSHRC Partnership Development Grants: Grant Writing Workshop
This session will offer a close review of the Partnership Development Grant application requirements and proposal content, proposal adjudication and evaluation, and offer specific advice for writing and refining a PDG proposal. 

Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 9:30am - 11:00am
Registration Link -  UTORAuth Required

In this webinar, faculty and staff will provide hands-on learning and advice about the review process and on specific sections of the PDG proposal. Attendees will benefit from tools and templates to use in their own writing. 

Part 1 (9:30am-10:25am): 

Faculty advice on proposal evaluation from a former member of a SSHRC adjudication committee (Professor Sara Grimes). RSO advice on composing a strong budget and partner letters (Sarah Scott).

Part 2 (10:30am-11:25pm): 

Strategies for preparing the written sections of the PDG application: Editorial and Proposal Development Officers will lead hands-on writing activities focused on specific sections of the grant.

Presenters

  • Sara Grimes, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information and Director of the Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) and Semaphore Labs
  • Sarah Scott, Research Funding Manager, Research Services Office
  • Lee Slinger and Gabrielle Sugar, Editorial and Proposal Development Officers, Research Services Office

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

Identify techniques and strategies to write a successful Partnership Development Grant Better understand how to position the grant to appeal to the adjudication committee Apply strategies to concrete and illustrative examples, using provided templates Develop a strong draft in advance of the RSO editorial review deadline 

SSHRC Partnership Grants: Grant Writing Workshop
This workshop will offer a close review of the Partnership Grant application requirements and proposal content, proposal adjudication and evaluation, and offer specific advice for writing and refining a Partnership Grant proposal. 

Date: TBA, Early November

SSHRC Partnership Funding Opportunities

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) offers a suite of partnership funding programs that support research, research training and knowledge mobilization activities for new and existing partnerships. Partner organizations support the activities of the partnership by sharing in intellectual leadership or providing expertise, and are expected to provide cash and/or in-kind contributions. 

Partnership Grants
Partnership Grants (PG) provide support to new or existing formal partnerships for initiatives that advance research, research training and/or knowledge mobilization in the social sciences and humanities.
Value: $500,000 to $2.5 million over four to seven years
Deadline (Stage 1): February 10

Partnership Development Grants
Partnership Development Grants (PDG) provide support to foster new research and/or related activities with new and/or existing partners; and to design and test new partnership approaches for research and/or related activities.
Value: $75,000 to $200,000 over one to three years
Deadline: November 15

Partnership Engage Grants
Partnership Engage Grants provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision-making at a single partner organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sector. 
Value: $7,000 to $25,000 over one year
Deadlines: March 15, June 15, September 15, December 15

SSHRC Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative Pre-announcement

SSHRC have announced the Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative, to launch in August 2021. This strategic initiative will support partnership research to enhance society’s understanding of the causes and persistence of social disparities related to race, gender and other forms of diversity, the impact of oppression on Canadians and our communities, and will help develop strategies to support greater justice and equity.

This initiative will support community-based and community-led research, carried out in partnership with postsecondary institutions, that is based on the lived experience of underrepresented and disadvantaged groups, including but not limited to women; First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples; people living with disabilities; racialized minorities; religious minorities; and LGBTQ2+ people, as well as individuals who identify as, or belong to, more than one of these groups.

The federal government is investing a total of $12 million for this initiative. The funds will be awarded for three-year partnership grants, each valued at up to $450,000, geared at co-creating new knowledge and connection activities, and developing talent on critical issues to create a more equitable Canada. The research projects will be awarded competitively, through a merit review process, by a diverse, multidisciplinary and multisector adjudication committee of external experts with both research and lived experience.

The funding opportunity will launch in August 2021, with complete details about the application process and deadline available then.

For more information, contact partnerships@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca.

SSHRC - Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is pleased to announce the renewal of the Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative. This initiative aims to continue helping the Canadian social sciences and humanities research community better understand data management, and incorporate data management considerations into research practices.

The initiative will fund at least 10 meritorious Connection Grants proposals per competition:

  • August 1, 2021 

The Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative supports the research community’s development, adoption and dissemination of research data management standards, practices, tools and skills appropriate to their field.

For additional information on this information, please visit the Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative web page or contact SSHRC directly at connection@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca.

Takeda: Innovative DMPK and Safety Research for Therapeutics and Drug Delivery Systems RFP

*Only submissions from Europe and Australia will be eligible for this RFP, collaborations will be required*

Takeda Pharmaceutical are launching an open innovation initiative, inviting researchers to submit their ideas and technologies across five different focus areas, up to £85k/€100k/$150k (AUD). Summarised below are the interests of Takeda relating to innovative DMPK and safety research for therapeutics and drug delivery systems. In the attached application form, each of these subtopics have been expanded upon to give further detail of proposals that would be within scope. In the attached application form, each of these topics have been expanded upon to give further detail of proposals.

Target Areas

  • REF#33: Improvement of omics analysis using artificial intelligence
  • REF#34: Platform using pattern recognition and machine learning for evaluation of drug response and disease status
  • REF#35: New drug delivery system and/or human prediction platform for brain targeting of non-small molecule modalities
  • REF#36: Development of central nervous system-related safety biomarkers using less invasive samples 
  • REF#37: Novel devices, software or methods to evaluate pathological conditions or drug toxicities in animals

Deadline

Deadline: 29 July 2021 - 10:59 pm GMT

Application Information

To view more details on each area of interest seeking proposals for funding, download an application form here . To submit your proposal, please visit discover.in-part.com, register, and submit as a Research Project under the appropriate Discover campaign.

U of T - Melbourne International Research Training Group (IRTG) Grant Applications

In 2021/22 U of T and the University of Melbourne (UoM) are calling for proposals from all research areas to establish joint PhD projects.

UoM and U of T faculty awarded funding under this call will be expected to jointly recruit and co-supervise PhD candidates on approved PhD project proposals.  These co-supervised PhD candidates will be concurrently enrolled and graduate from both institutions upon fulfilling the PhD requirements of UoM and U of T. 

PhD candidates recruited from diverse disciplines are expected to commence in 2022. The recruited candidates will form the second cohort of the U of T - UoM International Research Training Group (IRTG).

Priority will be given to “Cluster Applications” which includes 3 or more primary supervisors (across both institutions) supervising at least 2 joint PhD candidates.

Funding and other details for U of T PIs

UoM will provide co-supervised PhD candidates with

  • stipendiary support of $29,000 CAD/year (2021 full-time study rate) when they are at Melbourne
  • funding to cover fees associated with their stay at Melbourne (including insurance, incidentals etc.)
  • travel to UoM
Office of the Vice-President, International will provide up to $34,000 CAD (total) in funding for each PhD candidate a U of T PhD supervisor co-supervises with a UoM faculty to assist with the following expenses:
  • U of T supervisor travel to UoM
  • PhD candidate travel to U of T
  • Virtual and other collaboration expenses
  • PhD stipend top-up support when candidate is at U of T

Cluster proposals will receive additional funding from both institutions.

Deadlines

  • Deadline for submissions: August 16, 2021, 5:00pm EST 
  • Announce successful projects: Mid-September 2021
  • Projects advertised for candidate recruitment: January 2022
  • PhD candidates commence at U of T: September 2022

Eligibility 

Faculty members in continuing appointments, eligible to hold research funds at U of T and have full SGS Graduate Faculty Membership. Melbourne co-supervisors will be required to be given status only appointment and SGS membership with the relevant U of T department.

Selection Criteria

  • How does the collaboration combine mutual areas of interest and strength?
  • How will the PIs work together effectively in jointly supervising their shared PhD candidates?
  • How clearly presented and justified is the basis for, and design of, the joint PhD project?
  • What is the level of originality and innovation in the research proposal?
  • What is the extent of the planned collaboration between the PIs beyond joint supervision?

For more information on this call, including instructions on how to submit a proposal, please see the visit the Research Opportunities funding page.

Contact: Tak Koguchi, Research Officer (tak.koguchi@utoronto.ca) for any questions about the call.

United States Department of Defense (DOD) - Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs - Funding Opportunities

US Department of Defense (DOD) Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) has released pre-funding announcements for the following programs:

Hearing Restoration Research Program (HRRP)

Focused Research Award

Neurotoxin Exposure Treatment Parkinson’s (NETP)

Early Investigator Research Award
Investigator-Initiated Research Award
Synergistic Idea Award (NEW!)

Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP)

Prostate Cancer Pathology Resource Network Award
*Descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, eligibility, key mechanism elements, and funding can be found in the respective Program pre-announcement at http://cdmrp.army.mil

Application Information:
UofT campus based applicants should select Toronto, University of for the institution and indicate the appropriate Research Services Office contact (see below) as the Business Official in their pre-application in the eBRAP System.  

Contact Information:
Krista Montgomery (krista.montgomery@utoronto.ca): for UofT Faculty appointed within Dalla Lana, Applied Sci & Eng, Dentistry, Forestry, Kinesiology & PE, Nursing, Pharmacy, UTM, and Medicine (last names A-M only).

Deadlines: Individual deadlines available at http://cdmrp.army.mil

U of T – Zhejiang University Call for SDG Workshop

The University of Toronto and Zhejiang University (ZJU) in Hangzhou City, China have formalized a two-year partnership. In 2021, both universities are issuing a call for expressions of interest in attending a virtual workshop on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aligned with their institutional priorities, complementary strengths, and track record of cooperation. The workshop will be followed by a call for collaborative projects later in the summer.  

Workshop date:  TBD (October-November 2021). Those wishing to attend will be polled for dates. 

Workshop duration: up to 2 hours on one day. 

Eligibility:  

  • U of T faculty with continuing appointments and who are eligible to hold research funds at U of T or their postdoctoral fellow (if supervisor cannot attend). 
  • ZJU faculty or their postdoctoral fellow (if supervisor cannot attend).

Virtual Workshop Format: 

  • Welcome by the Associate Vice-President, International Partnerships, U of T 
  • Faculty will be asked to give a very short pitch (“Minute Madness”) at the workshop that covers:
    • Their research area and its impact as it pertains to an SDG theme
    • What they are looking for in a collaborator
    • The importance of collaboration with ZJU (for U of T faculty) and U of T (for ZJU faculty) 
  • The exact length of the pitch (typically 1 – 3 minutes) will be determined by the number of participants. 
  • Pitches will be grouped by SDG theme (e.g., starting with pitches for SDG 1 followed by pitches for SDG 2 and so on).
  • All SDG theme participants will be present during the pitches.
  • There will be discussions following the pitches to identify potential project collaborators.

Interested U of T faculty are encouraged to email international@utoronto.ca by July 31, 2021 with the following details: 

  • Email subject line: “ZJU - U of T” 
  • Full Name, Department, Division 
  • Link to faculty webpage 
  • SDG theme that best suits your interest in collaboration 
  • Title for a potential collaborative project 

The Office of the Vice-President, International will reach out to those who wish to participate to poll for workshop dates.  

Please note that a faculty member (or their postdoctoral fellow) must participate in the workshop to be eligible to apply for the 2021 U of T - ZJU call for proposals on SDGs, which will open later in the summer and close 3-5 weeks after the workshop has concluded. The call will commit 200,000 CAD in total from both institutions. Each successful collaborative project will receive up to 20,000 CAD over two years. 

If you require additional information, please contact Rikki Zhao, Director, China Partnership (rikki.zhao@utoronto.ca). 

University of Toronto Institutional Strategic Initiatives

The University’s Institutional Strategic Initiatives (ISI) are interdisciplinary cross-divisional research networks pursuing grand challenges and bold ideas that require collaboration and the integration of various disciplinary research and training approaches.

ISI awards are intended to establish research capacity in high-priority areas, with the goal of realizing transformational impacts on issues of societal importance.  These awards are intended to increase the University’s capacity to launch, grow, and sustain strategic research initiatives, thereby increasing the University’s research impact and opportunities for external funding and partnerships. 

Investigator-initiated proposals for new initiatives must be championed by multiple Academic Divisions before being considered for ISI funding. Proposed initiatives must meet the following key criteria.

  1. Address a significant challenge and associated research questions that requires an interdisciplinary approach
  2. Matching funds secured from three or more Academic Divisions
  3. Path to sustainability demonstrated by a clear opportunity for external funding

Funding for New Initiatives: from $50,000-$300,000 per year for up to three years. The proposal budget must include cash matching funding from three or more Academic Divisions. In-kind contributions can be used to demonstrate support for the project but will not be matched. Applications are submitted by the vice/associate dean/principals research of an Academic Division.

Faculty interested in launching an initiative or supporting an existing initiative should contact the academic leadership team in their division’s research office, such as the Vice Principal or Vice/Associate Dean Research.

Full program details and application materials can be found on the ISI website: https://isi.utoronto.ca/initiatives/launch-an-initiative/ .

Women of Impact in Canada

Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) works to advance equality with respect to sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression through the inclusion of people of all genders, including women, in Canada’s economic, social, and political life.

WAGE celebrations and highlights women’s achievements through the Women of Impact.  Women of Impact in Canada is an online gallery hosted by Women and Gender Equality Canada, celebrating women’s achievements and contributions to Canadian society. To be included in the gallery, candidates must meet at least one of the criteria listed here. All fields are eligible.

 Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Fellows

2022 Acceleration Consortium (AC) Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Acceleration Consortium (AC) is pleased to launch our inaugural postdoctoral fellowship program. 
 
OVERVIEW 

Fellowship value

$75,000 (salary support of $70,000 and lab consumables of $5,000) per year for up to 5 fellows 

Fellowship duration

2 years (January 4, 2022 – January 3, 2024) 

Theme areas: 

  • Applications of AI in molecular or materials discovery (including but not limited to energy production and storage, construction materials, electronics, healthcare, life sciences and the circular economy)  
  • Integrating machine learning with computational and experimental methods 
  • Laboratory automation 
  • High throughput data analysis  Please note: multidisciplinary approaches are required 

*Please note: multidisciplinary approaches are required 

Deadline

September 17, 2021 by 5:00pm EDT 

Submission: Applications are to be submitted by email to apply@accelerationconsortium.ai by the deadline 

How to apply 

Access the complete application guidelines via bit.ly/ac-fellowships  

Please email acceleration@utoronto.ca with any questions.

Award Explorer

Interested in awards at the University of Toronto? Whether you’re thinking of coming to U of T – or you are a current student pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies – this tool can help you explore the diverse funding opportunities that recognize your achievements and financially support your studies.

Graduate and Postdoctoral Awards database is available here.

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

SGS has recently announced the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships for the 2021-22 fiscal year.  The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is intended to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally. The program offers Postdoctoral Fellows a 2-year non-renewable award with a value of $70,000 per year. The Postdoctoral Fellows areas of research can be within Health research, Natural sciences and/or engineering and the Social sciences and/or humanities. Information on the program can be found in the attached material, the Banting PDF website and on our Funding Opportunities Page.   

The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy has been allocated one (1) Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship nomination for 2021.  As a result, we will be implementing an internal review process to select the top ranked applicant from the Faculty and provide the endorsement.  Please review the material and submit the nominations by the internal application deadline (Friday, July 23, 2021 by 5pm EST). 

Who is this for?

Any current Postdoc or Graduate student who have fulfilled or will fulfill all degree requirements for a PhD, PhD-equivalent or health professional degree between September 15, 2018 and September 30, 2022, and before the start date of their award. Additional information on eligibility can be found here.

Deadlines

As the Faculty of Pharmacy can only submit one Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship application, we will be implementing an internal review process; details are outlined below:

Internal Review (Deadline: Friday July 23, 2021 by 5pm EST)

Applicants are required to submit an application package to the LDFP Research Office for review and selection.  If selecting another Host Institution you need to submit your application through their research office and should consult their process and timelines.

For submission through the Faculty of Pharmacy please email a PDF copy of your complete application package to sam.dalfonso@utoronto.ca by Friday, July 23, 2021 by 5pm EST – do not send your application to either SGS or Banting.

Full Applications - SGS Review & Sponsor Submission Deadline: Wednesday, September 22 2020 – 8pm EDT

Only the top-ranked PDF application will be endorsed by the Faculty of Pharmacy and be forwarded to SGS.  Details on the final submission of the application will be provided by SGS before the application can be submitted (through ResearchNet) to the Banting PDF Secretariat. Details on the full application process can be found in the Application Guide.

Internal Application:

An application package can be submitted to Sam D’Alfonso (sam.dalfonso@utoronto.ca) in PDF format as one file using the naming convention LastFirst_BPDF_JULY2021.  The PDF file must contain the following items:

  1.  Curriculum Vitae – Please note that Banting Application requires the use of the Canadian Common CV
  2.  A Fulfillment of Degree Requirements Form (from the institution that conferred their degree). Applicants who require this document from U of T must request it by email from the Postdoctoral Fellows Office before Sept 4th.
  3. Significance of research and leadership contributions (Max 1 page)
  4. Special circumstances, if applicable (Max 1 page)
  5. Research proposal (Max 4 pages including graphs and images)
  6. Supervisor's Statement (Max 4 page)
  7. A list of 3 referees’ that will provide an assessment at the full proposal stage – At least one arm’s length referee must be included (We recommend contacting your referee’s in advance)

**Instructions can be found at the following page: https://banting.fellowships-bourses.gc.ca/en/app-dem_guide.html#g11

**Notification of results from the LDFP are expected by mid-August.**

Selection Criteria:

A selection committee constituted from members of the professorial staff within the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy will review all applications.  Applications will be evaluated based on the following selection criteria:

  • Research excellence and leadership in the research domain - demonstrated capacity for research excellence based on track record as defined by quality of applicant's research contributions, and demonstrated capacity for leadership in the research domain defined by the sphere of influence achieved to date by the applicant.
  • Quality of the applicant’s proposed research program - examined in terms of the potential of the proposed research program (taking into consideration feasibility, timelines and novelty of research), executed in the proposed institutional environment, to position the applicant for significant impact through a research-intensive career (potential for significant impact).
  • Institutional commitment and demonstrated synergy between applicant and institutional strategic priorities – examined in terms of:
    • demonstrated commitment of institution to support the development of the applicant’s research and leadership capacity through institutional support (funding, facilities, equipment, etc.) and professional development; and
    • demonstrated alignment and synergy between the applicant's research ambitions and the institution's potential to benefit strategically from its engagement with the applicant (alignment with institution's strategic priorities)

See the Banting Postdoctoral Fellows selection committee guide for further information.

Additional Information

Additional information can be found in the Application process, which includes the Eligibility criteria, the application guide, the information for host institutions, the information for referees, equity, diversity and inclusion, and other resources & tools.

CIHR 2021 Info Session for Trainees in Health Research

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) will be holding a series of four MS Teams live events to provide information to trainees and institution staff regarding award programs in health research. These are designed to assist participants with the different awards funding opportunities requirements and answer questions on how to apply.

Information Sessions

If you are interested in participating, we invite you to mark your calendar for the session of your choice.

Date, Time & Duration

(*additional time may be allocated as needed)

Language Session

MS Teams Live Event Link

·   Tuesday, September 7, 2021
·   Time: 1:00 pm, ET
·   Duration : 1 hour *

English

MS Teams Link

·   Wednesday, September 8, 2021
·   Time: 10:00 am, ET
·   Duration : 1 hour *

French

MS Teams Link

·   Thursday, September 9, 2021
·   Time: 10:00 am, ET
·   Duration : 1 hour *

English

MS Teams Link

·   Thursday, September 9, 2021
·   Time: 1:00 pm, ET
·   Duration : 1 hour *

French

MS Teams Link

*A computer with internet connection is required to access the event, view the PowerPoint presentation as well as accessing Slido, an interactive tool where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the live event. 

Additional Information

Additional information can be found on the CIHR website.

CIHR Fellowship Program 2021-2022

CIHR’s Health Research Training Strategy aims to equip research trainees so that they emerge from their training as scientific, professional, or organizational leaders within and beyond the health research enterprise. Generating Research Leaders of tomorrow is a key objective for CIHR.

Fellowships provide support for highly qualified applicants in all areas of health research at the post-PhD degree or post-health professional degree stages to add to their experience by engaging in health research either in Canada or abroad.

The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are:
   1. To provide recognition and funding to academic health research trainees;
   2. To provide a reliable supply of highly skilled and qualified researchers.

Funding

The value of the Fellowship is $45,000 per annum ($40,000 stipend and $5,000 research allowance).

Deadline

The application must be submitted on Researchnet by October 6th, 2021 by 8PM EST.

Additional Information

Additional information can be found on the CIHR Funding Opportunity webpage.

 

Marie Sklodowska-Curie (MSC) Global Fellowship

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie (MSC) Global Fellowship opportunity is offered by the European Commission and is designed to help create long-term collaborations and new knowledge transfer between European Member States (MS) and Associated Countries (AC) and countries outside Europe (Third Countries) such as Canada.

These fellowships enable experienced European researchers (PhD or with 4 years of full-time research experience) who are national or long term residents of a MS or AC to be trained and to acquire new knowledge in a Third Country (TC) research partner organization (e.g. U of T) during an Outgoing Phase for a total duration of 12-24 months. Fellows must return to the European Host Organization for a mandatory 12 month period following their Outgoing Phase.

Submission Process

By the internal deadline, the applicant's proposed UofT Supervisor must upload & submit the following documents through the University's My Research (MR) System: Applicant's application Editable draft letter of commitment

Deadlines

Internal Deadline: Mon. October 4, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: Tues. October 12, 2021

Additional Information

For further details on this funding opportunity, please click here

Mitacs Accelerate Graduate Student Internships

The Mitacs Accelerate program can help fund your research and trainee costs!   The Mitacs Accelerate program helps fund partnered research projects by supporting Masters, PhD students, or PostDocs through "units" consisting of 4-month paid graduate student internships.   Each Mitacs Accelerate grant is a $15,000 award, with at least $10,000 to support the student stipend and the balance available for project resources.  In addition to single awards, the program can support “clusters” of units that can span multiple years and dozens (or more) of pre-approved internship opportunities.  No deadlines - apply at any time.

Mitacs is a national funding agency and their programs can help you connect with industry, not-for-profit, community and other external partners.  

For information about the Mitacs Accelerate program, please see: Mitacs Accelerate
For general information on Mitacs, please see: https://www.mitacs.ca/en/about

Contact innovations.partnerships@utoronto.ca for more information on the internal process.

Mitacs Accelerate Industrial Postdoc

The Mitacs Accelerate Industrial Postdoc provides one, two or three years of funding – valued at $60,000 per year – for a postdoctoral fellow. This special initiative offers an enhanced leveraging opportunity for postdoctoral fellows. 

Postdoctoral fellows partner with a company or not-for-profit organization and build a longer-term research collaboration. 

Partner organizations gain a competitive advantage by adding a highly skilled member to their team while postdoctoral fellows apply their expertise to real-world problems and build business-ready skills. 

Postdoctoral fellows can complete projects for up to three years of funding and need to be within five years of PhD completion at the start of their project to be eligible for this Mitacs program. 

For information about the Mitacs Accelerate program, please see: Mitacs Accelerate Industrial Postdoc
For general information on Mitacs, please see: https://www.mitacs.ca/en/about

Contact innovations.partnerships@utoronto.ca for more information on the internal process.

Mitacs - Business Strategy Internships (BSI)

In partnership with Canadian academic institutions, Mitacs is pleased to offer the Business Strategy Internship (BSI). The award provides either $10,000 or $15,000 per intern (undergraduate to postdoctoral fellow) to undertake a four-month internship project with a partner organization in Canada. Interns and their academic supervisor will co-design a project with the partner organization to work on the organization’s innovation activities, helping them improve their products, processes, or services. Throughout the internship, Mitacs provides online professional development courses to interns through our e-Campus, EDGE.

The BSI program aims to:

  • support innovation to generate knowledge and its transfer between academic and non-academic sectors
  • strengthen the innovation capabilities of partner organizations
  • support the creation and ownership of intellectual property in Canada
  • promote collaboration between sectors by reducing the risk for companies to engage in innovation
  • provide work-integrated learning and professional skills training to increase employability of post-secondary students
  • ensure and promote equitable access by underrepresented groups to foster inclusive innovation 

Innovation projects are expected to lead to change and improvements for the partner and/or community, through exploration, design, and implementation of improvements/efficiencies in business models, products, processes, or service delivery.

For more details about the BSI funding stream, please consult: https://www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/business-strategy-internship/program-details and contact a Mitacs Business Development representative.

Mitacs Globalink Research Award – Call for Applications

Up to 200 senior undergraduate and graduate student, as well as postdoctoral fellows from the university can participate in research exchanges through the Globalinks Research Award pathway. Faculty at U of T and an international university from a partner country will jointly supervise research projects. In addition, up to 80 students and postdoctoral fellows from international universities will come to Canada to conduct research at U of T. The funding for this international research mobility will allow students and researchers to build on their professional and academic networks, to refine their research skills in new environments and gain global fluency.
Award amount: $6,000 Canadian for 12-24 week long research projects*
Application deadline: 3 months prior to student arriving at host university
Eligible participants: undergraduate and graduate Students, and postdoctoral fellows in all disciplines
Application process: https://learningabroad.utoronto.ca/funding/gra/
Contact: mahvish.wesley@utoronto.ca

Mitacs and National Research Council (NRC) collaborative funding stream for R&D projects

Mitacs and the NRC are collaborating to support 250 graduate and post-graduate student internships to support the NRC’s Challenge and Supercluster support programs. The funding will accelerate research and innovation by reducing the costs of collaborations between the public and private sectors and academia. It will also give graduate and post-graduate students the opportunity to accelerate their research careers while working on projects that address key Canadian priorities. This will be delivered through Mitacs Accelerate and Mitacs Globalink Research Awards (for international graduate students from RWTH Aachen University in Germany to conduct research at Canadian universities).

Please see the following press release for details: https://www.mitacs.ca/en/newsroom/news-release/government-canada-and-mitacs-announce-25m-funding-student-internships-drive 

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships program 

The Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) program provides support to a core of the most promising researchers at a pivotal time in their careers. The fellowships are also intended to secure a supply of highly qualified Canadians with leading-edge scientific and research skills for Canadian industry, government and academic institutions.

Funding

The value of the award is $45,000 per year for two years,

Deadline

NSERC must receive your application electronically before 8:00 p.m. (ET) on October 18th, 2021.

Application

You can apply for a PDF by completing and submitting Form 201, attaching supporting documents if necessary. Read the instructions on how to complete Form 201.

Additional Information

Additional information on this program can be found on NSERC's PDF Fellowship Program webpage.

2021-22 Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowship

The Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowships will be awarded nationally to doctoral students who are registered or about to commence studies in either Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering or Computer Science. 
Eligibility to Apply

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

Be a Canadian citizen (Permanent Residents of Canada are ineligible); Be a resident of Canada (although at the time of application, a candidate may be studying outside the country). Preference will be given to those born in Nova Scotia, followed by those born in any of the otherAtlantic Provinces; Be registered or commencing (May or Sept 2021) doctoral studies in Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering or Computer Science at a participating Canadian university. See the application form for full list; and Hold a degree from a Canadian university other than the one at which the doctoral studies will be conducted during the tenure of the fellowship. If only a degree at the Bachelor’s level is held, the applicant must have at least two years’ experience in either teaching or industry in the chosen field of study.

Renewals
Current recipients of the Sumner award may submit a request to renew the award for an additional year.  A new application form is not required.  Awardees should submit the following documentation via their graduate unit:

1. A one page report which includes information on:
     a) the research completed;
     b) any papers in press or published;
     c) an official transcript showing results of any course work;
     d) papers or posters presented; and
     e) any other relevant information.

2. A letter from the recipient’s research supervisor co-signed by the Dean of Graduate Studies (SGS will obtain this signature for applicants), indicating that, in their view, satisfactory progress has been made by the student.  The letter must also disclose whether the applicant has been awarded a Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS D) for his/her second year of study.

Contacts & Resources

Visit SGS’ Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowships webpage for further information.

For inquiries please contact:
Pascal Papathanasakis
Graduate Awards Officer, (Federal)
School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto  
p.papathanasakis@utoronto.ca
416-978-8260

Successful applicants who are later awarded a Canada Graduate Scholarship (NSERC, CIHR or SSHRC) must inform the Walter C. Sumner Foundation immediately.

Application Process

Applicants must ensure that Part I of the application form, proof of citizenship, their official transcripts and referees’ forms (Part II) are submitted in ONE PDF file to the graduate office at pharm.sci@utoronto.ca. Applications that are incomplete, ineligible or are submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

A completed application will consist of the following documents (no other supporting documentation will be accepted):

 Application Form; Proof of Canadian citizenship (i.e. copy of valid Canadian passport, birth certificate, or citizenship card); and Official up to date transcripts from all universities attended, including a current University of Toronto transcript. Up-to-date transcripts are defined as transcripts dated or issued in the fall session of the year of application (if registered) or after the last term completed (if not currently registered). Web-based print-outs are not accepted.

Undergraduate Students

Award Explorer

Interested in awards at the University of Toronto? Whether you’re thinking of coming to U of T – or you are a current student pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies – this tool can help you explore the diverse funding opportunities that recognize your achievements and financially support your studies.

Undergraduate Awards database is available here.

CIHR 2021 Info Session for Trainees in Health Research

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) will be holding a series of four MS Teams live events to provide information to trainees and institution staff regarding award programs in health research. These are designed to assist participants with the different awards funding opportunities requirements and answer questions on how to apply.

Information Sessions

If you are interested in participating, we invite you to mark your calendar for the session of your choice.

Date, Time & Duration

(*additional time may be allocated as needed)

Language Session

MS Teams Live Event Link

·   Tuesday, September 7, 2021
·   Time: 1:00 pm, ET
·   Duration : 1 hour *

English

MS Teams Link

·   Wednesday, September 8, 2021
·   Time: 10:00 am, ET
·   Duration : 1 hour *

French

MS Teams Link

·   Thursday, September 9, 2021
·   Time: 10:00 am, ET
·   Duration : 1 hour *

English

MS Teams Link

·   Thursday, September 9, 2021
·   Time: 1:00 pm, ET
·   Duration : 1 hour *

French

MS Teams Link

*A computer with internet connection is required to access the event, view the PowerPoint presentation as well as accessing Slido, an interactive tool where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the live event. 

Additional Information

Additional information can be found on the CIHR website.

Mitacs Accelerate Undergraduate Student Internships

The Mitacs Accelerate program can help fund your research and trainee costs!   The Mitacs Accelerate program helps fund partnered research projects by supporting undergraduate students  through "units" consisting of 4-month paid graduate student internships.   Each Mitacs Accelerate grant is a $15,000 award, with at least $10,000 to support the student stipend and the balance available for project resources.  In addition to single awards, the program can support “clusters” of units that can span multiple years and dozens (or more) of pre-approved internship opportunities.  No deadlines - apply at any time.

Mitacs is a national funding agency and their programs can help you connect with industry, not-for-profit, community and other external partners.  

For information about the Mitacs Accelerate program, please see: Mitacs Accelerate
For general information on Mitacs, please see: https://www.mitacs.ca/en/about

Contact innovations.partnerships@utoronto.ca for more information on the internal process.

Mitacs Globalink Research Award – Call for Applications

Mitacs Globalink Research Award – Call for Applications. Up to 200 senior undergraduate and graduate student, as well as postdoctoral fellows from the university can participate in research exchanges through the Globalinks Research Award pathway. Faculty at U of T and an international university from a partner country will jointly supervise research projects. In addition, up to 80 students and postdoctoral fellows from international universities will come to Canada to conduct research at U of T. The funding for this international research mobility will allow students and researchers to build on their professional and academic networks, to refine their research skills in new environments and gain global fluency.
Award amount: $6,000 Canadian for 12-24 week long research projects*
Application deadline: 3 months prior to student arriving at host university
Eligible participants: undergraduate and graduate Students, and postdoctoral fellows in all disciplines
Application process: https://learningabroad.utoronto.ca/funding/gra/
Contact: mahvish.wesley@utoronto.ca

Mitacs - Business Strategy Internships (BSI)

In partnership with Canadian academic institutions, Mitacs is pleased to offer the Business Strategy Internship (BSI). The award provides either $10,000 or $15,000 per intern (undergraduate to postdoctoral fellow) to undertake a four-month internship project with a partner organization in Canada. Interns and their academic supervisor will co-design a project with the partner organization to work on the organization’s innovation activities, helping them improve their products, processes, or services. Throughout the internship, Mitacs provides online professional development courses to interns through our e-Campus, EDGE.

The BSI program aims to:

  • support innovation to generate knowledge and its transfer between academic and non-academic sectors
  • strengthen the innovation capabilities of partner organizations
  • support the creation and ownership of intellectual property in Canada
  • promote collaboration between sectors by reducing the risk for companies to engage in innovation
  • provide work-integrated learning and professional skills training to increase employability of post-secondary students
  • ensure and promote equitable access by underrepresented groups to foster inclusive innovation 

Innovation projects are expected to lead to change and improvements for the partner and/or community, through exploration, design, and implementation of improvements/efficiencies in business models, products, processes, or service delivery.

For more details about the BSI funding stream, please consult: https://www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/business-strategy-internship/program-details and contact a Mitacs Business Development representative.

Summer internship opportunities in cancer research at IRIC – Summer 2021

IRIC, located on the campus of Université de Montréal, recently launched the 2021 edition of its IRIC Next Generation Awards program. This program offers to undergraduate students wishing to complete a 12 to 16 week internship at IRIC an award to perform a research project in the field of cancer during the summer 2021. This program is open to students (Canadians, permanent residents of Canada or holders of a valid study permit in Canada) enrolled in the following programs:

Biochemistry Bioinformatics Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Sciences Biopharmaceutical Sciences Cell Biology
Chemistry Computer Sciences Molecular Biology
Microbiology and Immunology Physics  
Additional Information
Please use this link for additional information about the program: IRIC Next Generation Awards program