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.

Additional comprehensive funding opportunities are available here:

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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

Allen Institute for Cell Science

The Division of the Vice-President Research & Innovation (VPRI) is pleased to host a webinar from the Allen Institute for Cell Science on June 7th, 2021.

Introduction to Allen Institute for Cell Science

This session will be divided into 2-parts. 

  • The first part is an overview of the Allen Institute for Cell Science. The mission of the Allen Institute for Cell Science is to create multi-scale visual models of cell organization, dynamics and activities with a focus on live 3D imaging to understand and predict cellular behavior. In this presentation, you will learn about the unique approaches and tools they have developed and their application for discovery research. 
  • The second part will provide information on the Allen Tool Kit. The Allen Cell Toolkit is a suite of tools developed by the Institute that is shared with the research community to study the cell and its components as an integrated system. This includes the gene-edited Allen Cell Collection, image processing tools to extract information from live 3D images, and associated resources for visualization and analysis of 3D images.

Session Moderator

  • Dr. Leah Cowen, Associate Vice-President Research, VPRI, University of Toronto

Speakers

  • Dr. Ru Gunawardane, Executive Director, Allen Institute for Cell Science Dr. Kimberly Metzler, Senior Scientific Program Manager, Allen Institute for Cell Science

Agenda

  • Welcome & Opening Remarks 
  • Part 1: Allen Institute for Cell Science Overview (Speaker - Dr. Ru Gunawardane) 
    Audience Q/A session for Part 1
  • Part 2: Allen Tool Kit (Speaker - Dr. Kimberly Metzler) 
    Audience Q/A session for Part 2
  • Next Steps & Closing Remarks

Learning Objectives

At the end of the session, participants will have:

  • A good understanding of the types of work that Allen Institute does in the field of stem cell, imaging, and holistic models that have been developed at the Institute.
  • The available resources from the Institute, including the Allen Tool Kit that covers gene edited lines, image processing tools, visualizer, and more.
  • Various ways in which our researchers can collaborate with Allen Institute.

Date: June 7 2021
Time:  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

 

Registration Website

https://cris.eve.utoronto.ca/home/events/1609

 

 

Brain Tumour Foundation - Research Grants Program

The Brain Tumour Foundation is supporting brain tumour research in Canada which allows everyone affected by brain tumours to better understand this disease and move closer to finding new treatments, improve current treatments, and enhance the quality of life for brain tumour patients.  They have launched their 2021 Research Grants Program.  Proposals that receive funding include research that involves any and/or all of the following:

  • The development of new concepts
  • Patient-oriented research such as clinical trials, epidemiological studies, quality of life studies, outcomes, health services research 
  • Pre-clinical research evaluating the therapeutic potential of recent discoveries in the basic mechanisms of either brain tumour pathogenesis or experimental therapeutics

Innovative research proposals such as those that incorporate novel or original concepts that have the potential to make a difference are also considered.

Funding:

Applications for grants up to $25,000 will be considered.

Deadline: 

Applications are due by June 18, 2021

Application:

The application form can be found at the following link
Please mail the original copy of the completed grant application and 10 copies, and also email your application as ONE PDF directly to Susan Ruypers: sruypers@braintumour.ca.

Mailing Address:
Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada
Attn: Research Committee
205 Horton Street E., Suite 203
London, ON N6B 1K7
Re: 2021 Research Grant Application

Additional Information:

Additional information can be found on the the Brain Tumour Foundation website or the guidelines page.

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.

CIHR Healthy Cities Implementation Science Team Grants - Upcoming

Launching this spring, the Healthy Cities Implementation Science (HCIS) Team Grants is a $27 million+ funding opportunity designed to support interdisciplinary teams implement and evaluate interventions in diverse urban contexts with the goal of improving health and health equity.

The HCIS Team Grants are being launched as part of the CIHR Healthy Cities Research Initiative (HCRI) and in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

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)

Additional Information:
Additional information can be found here.

CIHR Health Research Training Platform (HRTP) Pilot

CIHR has launched the Health Research Training Platform (HRTP) Pilot, designed to support the development of research leaders of tomorrow by equipping trainees and early career researchers (ECRs) with the experiences and skills needed to lead high-impact, interdisciplinary health research careers in a rapidly evolving research landscape. Through the HRTP Pilot, trainees and ECRs will have access to interdisciplinary, inter-jurisdictional, and intersectoral training environments (i.e., “platforms”) where they will benefit from high-caliber mentors and gain the skills required for academic and non-academic careers.

Confirmed funding pools for this opportunity include:

AI, Public Health and Equity Boys, Men and Masculinities Digital Health Solutions for Seniors with Complex Health Needs
Drug Safety and Effectiveness Girls and Women's Health and Wellness Human Development, Child and Youth Health
Improving Health Outcomes through Better Models of Care for Multimorbidity Integrating Mental Health Services within Primary and Community Care Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes
Stigma Reduction and Life Course Mental Wellness for LGBTQ/2S Populations Vascular Cognitive Impairment  

Funding information:
Amount: Up to $400,000/year
Duration: Up to 6 years

IMPORTANT DATES
Registration deadline: April 21, 2021
Deadline for full application: June 22, 2021 (MRA required - MRA Deadline: June 15, 2021 )
Anticipated notice of decision: February 25, 2022
Anticipated funding start date: January 1, 2022

Useful Links:
Informational Page: Web page with further information on the opportunity, funding pools and important dates.
Funding Opportunity: ResearchNet page with full details on the opportunities, including application criteria, guidelines and deadlines
Social media: Twitter account for the HRTP pilot

CIHR Strategic Plan 2021-2031 and Action Plan for Year 1 (2021-22)

A message from Dr. Michael Strong, President, CIHR

I am pleased to present the new CIHR Strategic Plan 2021–2031: A Vision for a Healthier Future. This plan reflects the vision and strategic direction of our Governing Council, and builds on CIHR’s successes over the past 20 years in supporting a community of health researchers that is stronger and more diverse than ever before.

I am also pleased to present the Action Plan for Year 1 (2021–22), the first installment of a series of annual action plans that will assist CIHR as we implement the Strategic Plan.

I invite you to read the Strategic Plan and 2021-2022 Action Plan and hope you will join us on our journey to achieve the best health for all, powered by outstanding research.
*****

Note: The University of Toronto, Division of the Vice President, Research and Innovation will be soliciting feedback from its research community through an online survey in the coming weeks.

Community-Based Research Canada - Invitation to Join Communities of Practice

Community-Based Research Canada (CBR Canada) welcomes you to join two communities of practice that bring together community-based researchers and leaders from across Canada and beyond to engage in meaningful discussions. 

Community-Based Research Organizational Culture

Join a community of practice for senior managers, staff and others working to advance community-based research in their organizations.  Meets monthly, on third Friday of the month. 

Next meeting: Friday, May 21st, 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.

The University of Toronto is a CBR Canada member institution.  All individuals employed, studying, or affiliated with the University of Toronto are eligible to participate in CBR Canada events.

Learn more and register here

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

Grand Challenges Canada: Stars in Global Health

For the 11th Round of the Stars program, Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) is seeking bold ideas that will improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women, adolescents, children and LGBTQI+ people in Sub-Saharan Africa. The ideas are expected to improve the access, use and quality of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education and services and to be resilient to pandemic control measures like those introduced to control COVID-19. Of particular interest to GCC are innovations that improve responses to sexual- and gender-based violence.

Applicants affiliated with institutions incorporated in low- and middle-income countries and/or in Canada are eligible to apply. All innovations must be implemented in SubSaharan Africa.  In the case of UofT, applicants must hold an academic appointment that allows them to apply for and receive research funding

Proposals will be awarded seed grants of up to $100,000 CAD (including 10% indirect) for up to 12 months

Internal Deadline: June 1, 2021

Sponsor Deadline: June 3, 2021

For more information on this opportunity, please check HERE

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 Future Insight Days

Merck is a vibrant science and technology company with a  more than 350 year long history. 

Future Insight Days

Register now to join free of charge the online Future Insight Days from July 12th – 14th. The 2021 Future Insight Days feature the awarding of the 1 million euro Future Insight Prize, the Nature Spin-off prize and the Johann Anton Merck Award. Expect engaging keynote presentations, panel discussions and many opportunities to boost your network with top people. Topics covered include: Food for a growing world population, cancer, autoimmune disease, life-sciences, material sciences, digitalization.
Find out more details and register today at: http://curiousfutureinsight.org (for world)

Mitacs - Globalink Research Internship Summer of 2022 Call for Applications

The Mitacs Globalink Research Internship (GRI) is now accepting faculty project submissions for Summer 2022. GRI pairs faculty in Canada with international undergrads for 12-week research projects from May to October.

The Globalink program builds international networks and experiences, and positions Canada as a top destination for innovation and research among students from abroad.

  • All disciplines are eligible
  • Top-ranked senior undergrads travel from Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Taiwan, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States.
  • Faculty can submit multiple projects and re-submit projects from previous years

Deadlines

Internal Deadline: June 2, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: June 9, 2021 at 1 p.m. PT.

Additional Information

Questions? Visit their website or contact helpdesk@mitacs.ca.

Mitacs recognizes that due to the pandemic and the uncertainties it has created, faculty members may be operating with limited ability to plan future research projects. Mitacs is moving forward and planning for in-person internships next summer, but they will also prepare in case travel and public health restrictions are still in place. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mitacs at helpdesk@mitacs.ca.

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.

NDRIO-Portage COVID-19 Data Curation Funding 

NDRIO and Portage are pleased to announce the availability of funding to support the curation of Canadian research data related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this funding is to bring COVID-19 related data into timely compliance with the FAIR Guiding Principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) for the management of research data, algorithms, tools and workflows. Ultimately, increasing the FAIRness of datasets makes them discoverable and re-usable by both humans and machines, enabling downstream research. As a secondary objective, this initiative aims to build capacity for research data management (RDM) in Canada by supporting the training of highly-qualified personnel (HQP) in data stewardship and curation. 

About the Call

This initiative will contribute up to CAD $336,000 toward the employment of highly-qualified personnel by eligible applicants for data stewardship and curation activities taking place between the date of the award  and March 31, 2022. The maximum funding available per project is CAD $42,000. This funding may only be used for the contracting of HQP for the stewardship or curation of data from research related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The amount of funding awarded to each recipient will be based on the scope and defined needs of each project as demonstrated through the application process.

Additionally, funding recipients will receive support from Portage in the form of an initial consultation with the Data Curation Team and with the possibility of group or individual training activities during the course of the project, as determined by the needs of recipients and in consultation with Portage.

Deadlines

Applications will be accepted until May 21, 2021.


Successful applicants will be notified by June 18, 2021

Application Process

Applications should be prepared using the linked form. Please download and save a copy of the form, complete all required fields, and submit the completed form via email to portage@engagedri.ca

Additional Information 

Read the full details of the call.

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: June 15, 2021, October 15, 2021, February 15, 2022

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

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

Development of Psychosocial Therapeutic and Preventive Interventions for Mental Disorders (R61/R33) (PAR-21-135)
Submission Deadline: June 15, 2021, 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: June 15, 2021, 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: June 15, 2021, 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: June 22, 2021, 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, 2021; 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: June 15, 2021, 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)

Triadic Interactions in Clinical Encounters Involving People with Alzheimer's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease-Related Dementias (AD/ADRD), Clinicians, and Care Partners (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) (RFA-AG-22-020)
Submission Deadline: June 23, 2021

Tropical Medicine Research Centers (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (RFA-AI-21-004)
Submission Deadline: June 18, 2021

Tropical Medicine Research Centers Coordinating Center (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (RFA-AI-21-005)
Submission Deadline: June 18, 2021

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

Utilizing Invasive Recording and Stimulating Opportunities in Humans to Advance Neural Circuitry Understanding of Mental Health Disorders (R01) (RFA-MH-20-350)
Application Receipt Date(s): June 10, 2021

Utilizing Invasive Recording and Stimulating Opportunities in Humans to Advance Neural Circuitry Understanding of Mental Health Disorders (R21) (RFA-MH-20-351)
Application Receipt Date(s): June 10, 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/

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.

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 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

Sponsor Deadline: June

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. .

2021 OBIO Business Development Skills Program

OBIO’s Business Development Skills Program provides funding to scaling companies of all sizes to increase their business development bench strength.  The program supports companies as they build and enhance critical capabilities in-house by providing mentorship and training for key team members.

With OBIO’s health science industry support, employers are able to be more successful in securing ‘sticky’ capital from global investors to grow their businesses and create new jobs. OBIO's goal is for health science companies to grow in Ontario, stay in Ontario and be leaders in the global market.

Program Highlights

  • Providing training for roles at the heart of intellectual property commercialization, including business development, strategic planning, finance and fundraising, negotiations, manufacturing, supply chain, hiring, scaling, clinical development.
  • Successful applicants will receive financial, advisory and networking support.
  • Financial support must be used to provide skills training and mentorship to employees and/or senior management in areas related to intellectual property commercialization (see below for details).
  • Participants will receive training from subject matter experts at OBIO-hosted workshops to provide additional skills training for participants.
  • The program will run from June 2021 to March 2022.

Company Eligibility

Private companies headquartered in Ontario developing technologies or providing services related to human health science, including but not limited to therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics, digital health.

Current OBIO Member companies are encouraged to submit an application
Successful applicants will be required to become 2021 OBIO Members

Application Process and Important Dates

Application deadline is May 28, 2021. Submissions received after this date will be considered on a rolling basis. Only one application per company as this is a competitive application and must be submitted by a member of the senior management team.

Funding

Companies with 1-4 FTEs based in Ontario may apply for up to $30,000 in financial support Companies with 5-15 FTEs based in Ontario may apply for up to $50,000 in financial support


Funding provided as a grant will be paid based on performance by agreement.

  • Companies with 16-30 FTEs based in Ontario may apply for up to $80,000 in financial support
  • Companies with 30+ FTEs based in Ontario may apply for up to $100,000 in financial support

Applicants must submit a training plan, outlining how financial supports will be used to provide skills training and mentorship to senior management and employees, indicating the number of FTE who will be supported, and a forecast of the number of FTE jobs expected to be created in the coming year.

Training Plan Activities

Instructor-led training for employees, e.g. workshop, course, accreditation.
One-on-one training (mentorship) for employees with a subject matter expert or consultant

Eligible Skills Training Topics:

  • Business Strategic Planning, including assessing the market opportunity and competitive landscape, viable business model, go-to-market strategy, sales and procurement, market forecasting, marketing, distribution, governance and managing the board of directors, refinement of investor materials, scaling a business
  • Advanced Fundraising Strategies & Financial Modeling, including validating the budget, developing a financial ask, outlining the use of funds, valuations and comparables, financial projections, identify value inflection points and communicating return on investment, planning for future needs and subsequent rounds, investment vehicles
  • Closing an Investment Round, including equity dilution, preparing for due diligence, how to handle questions and negotiations, investment terms, building the case for staying in Ontario and growing in Ontario
  • Manufacturing
  • Supply Chain
  • Clinical Development
  • Hiring
  • Developing Leadership Capabilities
  • Health Economics, Reimbursement, Market Access
  • Intellectual Property Strategy

Information Session

Join OBIO for an information session on Monday, May 17 at 12 p.m. to learn more about the Business Development Skills Program, the application process and have your questions answered.

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

Reckitt: Targeted Oral Drug Delivery 

Reckitt is interested in research focused on the exploration of targeted approaches that will selectively enhance delivery of solid or liquid benefit agents into the pharyngeal, esophageal or colonic regions of the gastrointestinal tract, following oral delivery. In line with this Reckitt is also interested in research to further characterize the GI tract physiochemical environment, with a particular focus on these 3 target regions. A particular interest is on the specific mucosa and the chemical environments in the esophagus, pharynx and colonic areas of the GI tract, with the aim of rationalising and demonstrating the application of more targeted solutions.

Approaches of Interest

  • Targeted approaches to selectively enhance delivery of solid or liquid benefit agents to the esophagus, pharynx and colon, following oral delivery

  • Development and refinement or application of biorelevant in vitro models allowing for the prediction of targeted delivery to the intended sites of action

  • Ailments of GI Relief and Sore Throat: gastric reflux, heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), functional GI disorders, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), constipation, diarrhoea, peptic ulcer, flatulence, colic and bloating 

  • Focused on local drug delivery and keeping drugs at the right site of action to give a better chance of performance

  • Technology that will provide a benefit at the site of action in its own right, without the addition of an API

Stage of Development

  • Consideration and inclusion of development/refinement or application of biorelevant in vitro models for predicting the targeted delivery to the intended sites of action 
  • Models that show selectivity to target mucosa are of highest interest

Submission Information

Submission of one page, 200-300 word briefs are encouraged In submitting to this campaign, you confirm that your submission contains only non-confidential information

Opportunity for Collaboration

Reckitt is open to a range of collaboration opportunities, with the most appropriate outcome being decided on a case by case basis. Example outcomes include licensing assets, project/PhD funding, and research collaborations. 

Deadline

This opportunity closes on June 1, 2021 by 10:59pm GMT. Please submit relevant, non-confidential opportunities
online via: discover.in-part.com

Additional Information

For additional information please visit the Targeted Oral Drug Delivery webpage.

Reckitt: Enhancing the Safety Profile of Common Over The Counter Medications

Reckitt are looking to identify technologies or approaches for reducing the risk of negative side effects from common over the counter (OTC) medications. APIs of interest include those relevant to the OTC pain, cough, cold and flu, sore throat and gastrointestinal (GI) relief categories.

Approaches of Interest

  • Application or creation of any technology solutions which will reduce the risk of any negative effects that may occur as a result of administration of common medications relevant to the pain, cough, cold & flu, sore throat and GI Relief categories
  • Solutions that will impart a beneficial effect when administered directly as part of active pharmaceutical ingredient (APIs) containing dosage forms, or solutions that will impart a benefit when administered in addition to/separately to an API containing dosage form may be of interest 
  • Application or creation of any technology solutions which will minimize the abuse potential of common OTC APIs e.g. alternatives to, or solutions which limit the potential for OTC APIs to be abused directly, or converted into abusable drugs (new chemical entities are out of scope)
  • Solutions with beneficial effects when used in conjunction with APIs
  • Some interest in solutions with beneficial effects when administered without APIs or in addition to APIs
  • Improvements to drug-drug interactions, food-drug interactions, allergic reactions and any other potential side effects, e.g. gastrointestinal, hepatotoxicity, cardiovascular, renal toxicity etc. 
  • Preference for application of ingredients / compounds that are already approved for use in medicinal products

Stage of Development

Opportunities should have some form of validation such as in vitro and/or in vivo evidence demonstrating benefit, or a clear view towards how this data will be generated.

Submission Information

  • Submission of one page, 200-300 word briefs are encouraged
  • In submitting to this campaign, you confirm that your submission contains only non-confidential information

Opportunity for Collaboration

Reckitt is open to a range of collaboration opportunities, with the most appropriate outcome being decided on a case by case basis. Example outcomes include licensing assets, project/PhD funding, and research collaborations. 

Deadline

This opportunity closes on June 1, 2021 by 10:59pm GMT. Please submit relevant, non-confidential opportunities
online via: discover.in-part.com

Additional Information

For additional information please visit the Enhancing the Safety Profile of Common Over The Counter Medications webpage.

Reckitt: Natural, Non-Medicated Solutions to Pain, Cough, Cold, and Flu, Sore Throat, or Gastrointestinal Relief

Reckitt are looking to identify research applying novel, non-medicated and natural technology solutions to treating or preventing the symptoms associated with the following ailments: upper and lower gastrointestinal (GI) conditions, cough, cold & flu, sore throat and pain.

Approaches of Interest

  • Focused on the ingredient solutions that demonstrate a therapeutically beneficial effect in the target therapeutic areas 
  • Open to all secondary metabolites e.g., flavonoids, terpenoids, alkaloids
  • Natural compounds of all origins will be considered e.g., plant-based extracts, bacteria culture/probiotic, animal protein as long as they are shown to have therapeutic benefits
  • Preference will be given to opportunities allowing for production of the treatment on a large-scale
  • Repurposing of compounds with regulatory approval are within scope 
  • Primary interest is in natural materials that are shown to have therapeutic activity 
  • All modes of delivery are within scope 

Stage of Development

  • Opportunities with considerations or plans for evidence generation to support efficacy of alternative modes of action are preferred 
  • Preference will be given to opportunities with clear understanding of Mode of Action, potential interactions and safety implications. Or at very least a clear pathway and plan to generating data to answer these questions
  • Information regarding the Ingredient Regulatory Status of compounds would be beneficial, but not essential

Out of Scope

  • Opportunities focused on prescription medications (non‑over the counter medications)
  • Compounds from genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  • Neuropathic pain

Submission Information

Submission of one page, 200-300 word briefs are encouraged. In submitting to this campaign, you confirm that your submission contains only non-confidential information.

Opportunity for Collaboration

Reckitt is open to a range of collaboration opportunities, with the most appropriate outcome being decided on a case by case basis. Example outcomes include licensing assets, project/PhD funding, and research collaborations. 

Deadline

This opportunity closes on June 1, 2021 by 10:59pm GMT. Please submit relevant, non-confidential opportunities
online via: discover.in-part.com

Additional Information

For additional information please visit the Natural, Non-Medicated Solutions to Pain, Cough, Cold, and Flu, Sore Throat, or Gastrointestinal Relief webpage.

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:

Advancing Bioimaging (May 20-23, 2021)
The goal of this Scialog will be to assemble approximately 50 early-career scientists with wide-ranging expertise who wish to apply their skills toward developing the next generation of imaging technologies that will enhance the ability to study tissues at cellular or sub-cellular resolution and to map biological processes within and throughout organisms.

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.

SciOd (Science Odyssey) - NSERC

Sponsored by NSERC, Science Odyssey is Canada’s biggest festival of science and technology with over 1000 activities for explorers of all ages.

Science Odyssey (SciOd) is a national campaign  celebrating Canadian achievements in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Every year in May, hundreds of science outreach leaders deliver fun, engaging and inspiring activities to Canadians of all ages.

Are you interested in being part of this effort by holding an engaging and inspiring public activity during the NSERC-led Science Odyssey? The SciOd.ca website is now live, and you are invited to register your events and activities.

The event runs from May 1 to 16, 2021 All across Canada.

How do I register my event?
Simply go to the partner hub and sign up to create a profile, and then add your event(s) to the Science Odyssey list.

Creating a profile as a Science Odyssey partner will allow you to easily manage your event and make updates to your profile as required.

You will be notified via email once your event has been approved and posted live on the Science Odyssey website.

If you wish to explore partnering with a science promotion organization, you are encouraged to contact our marquee events Science Rendezvous, or if in Quebec, 24 Heures de science. They are ideally positioned to help you engage youth with your outreach activities.

How do I promote my event?
Within the event approved email, you’ll receive a link to Science Odyssey branded visuals and other promotional materials, as well as a personalized link to your event that you can share on your social media.

Follow SciOd!
Science Odyssey will once again make heavy use of its social media accounts during the campaign. Be sure to follow on FacebookInstagram and Twitter!

Please use the hashtag #OdySci on all your Science Odyssey related content, so SciOd can follow and share your posts.
If you have questions, please contact scienceodyssey@nserc-crsng.gc.ca.

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.

SSHRC Connection Grants – OVPI matching funds opportunity for UofT applicants - Update for August 2021 competition

The University of Toronto Office of the Vice President, International (OVPI) had previously announced an initiative to support UofT applicants for the SSHRC Connection Grants (for the Nov 2020, and Feb and May 2021 CG competitions) where it would contribute $5,000 in matching funds to an applicant’s CG application (as per SSHRC CG guidelines, applicants must have additional support (from other sources) in the form of eligible cash and/or in-kind contributions equivalent to a minimum of 50% of the amount being requested from SSHRC). This initiative has now been extended to include the August 2021 CG competition as well. The following are the details for this OVPI initiative:

Eligibility: CG proposals must have a significant international component (for example, main presenters/participants at a proposed CG event must be UofT researchers, but co-applicants/collaborators are required to be from an international institution, with presenters from outside of Canada)

CG competitions this applies to: August 2021 deadline (please see the CG webpage on the UofT Funding Opportunities database for internal deadlines for MRAs and submission of final applications via the SSHRC site)

How many applications will OVPI support?: indeterminate (could be multiple applications depending on the number of applications that meet the eligibility criteria)

OVPI contact: Anett Trifonov, Research Officer, International, anett.trifonov@utoronto.ca

How to apply for these OVPI matching funds: UofT applicants whose CG proposals meet the eligibility criteria above should email OVPI (Anett Trifonov) with the following information:

  • Names of UofT lead PI and any other UofT participants (co-applicants/collaborators/presenters)
  • Names of any co-applicants/collaborators outside of UofT (particularly from int’l institutions), anticipated non-UofT participants/presenters, information on any partner institutions, and a description of the collaboration with said partner institutions
  • Overview of proposal/event/outreach activity, including its focus, anticipated outcomes (including potential scale-up of collaboration), and budget (including funds from other sources)
Deadline to apply for these OVPI matching funds: July 7, 2021 (with communication of the results to applicants by July 23)

For more information on this OVPI initiative, please contact Anett Trifonov. For more information on the SSHRC Connection Grants in general, please see the links below.

SSHRC CG webpage: https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/programs-programmes/connection_grants-subventions_connexion-eng.aspx

UofT SSHRC CG webpage (including internal deadlines and other resources): https://research.utoronto.ca/funding-opportunities/db/connection-grants

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.

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). 

As stated above, SSHRC will release the formally updated ASJ guidelines on June 25, 2021 on their ASJ website. To contact SSHRC concerning this funding opportunity, you cam email scholarlyjournals@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

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 Imagining Canada's Future Ideas Lab: Canada and the Circular Economy

SSHRC ’s Imagining Canada’s Future (ICF) initiative has launched the ICF Ideas Lab, a multi-stage pilot funding opportunity for scholars from all disciplines who are interested in developing innovative solutions to global challenges in collaboration with others.

In the ICF Ideas Lab, up to 30 selected researchers from across Canada will come together in a facilitated virtual workshop to address the global challenge of Living within the Earth’s Carrying Capacity with a dedicated focus on “Canada and the Circular Economy.

At the workshop, participants will form research teams and develop ground-breaking project ideas with the potential to inform policies and programs addressing the needs of diverse sectors throughout Canada. Following the workshop, teams with the most promising project ideas will be invited to apply for funding; up to 3 grants of up to $250,000 will be awarded by March 2022, for two years. The awards will support the teams as they further develop their partnerships and advance their research projects. At the end of the two years, the teams will be expected to seek project funding from SSHRC and other research agencies to implement the fully developed research project.

Key dates

Stage 1: Virtual workshop

  • Participant Expression of Interest deadline: July 16, 2021 (UofT internal deadline noon, July 14, 2021)
  • Results announced: September 2021
  • Virtual workshop: October 18-29, 2021

Stage 2: Funding opportunity (by invitation)

  • Funding opportunity call opened to invitees: November 2021
  • Application deadline: January 20, 2022
  • Results announced: March 2022

SSHRC will hold an English-language webinar on May 19 to answer questions about the funding opportunity; details will be posted on the SSHRC Upcoming Webinars page shortly.

More information about the ICF Ideas Lab can be found on the ICF webpage. For more information on the call, please contact: KSG-SSC@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca.

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.

Webinar:  SSHRC Partnership Development Grants: Models and Strategies for Success
In this session, faculty and staff will provide an overview of the Partnership Development Grant Program, share insights on key elements of competitive proposals, and share resources and strategies for successful proposal planning and development. The session will feature a panel of University of Toronto researchers who hold Partnership Development Grants. Details on the webinar can be found here.

Date: Wednesday, May 19th, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Session Details & Registration

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: TBA, Mid-September

Webinar:  SSHRC Partnership Grants: Models and Strategies for Success
In this session, faculty and staff will provide an overview of the Partnership Grant Program, share insights on key elements of competitive proposals, and share resources and strategies for successful proposal planning and development. The session will feature a panel of University of Toronto researchers who lead Partnership Grants. 

Date: Thursday, May 27th, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Session Details & Registration

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 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. The session will feature a panel of University of Toronto researchers who hold Partnership Engage Grants. 

 Date: TBA

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 - 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.

Trans-Atlantic Platform for Social Sciences & Humanities Call for proposals: Recovery, Renewal and Resilience in a Post-Pandemic World

The Trans-Atlantic Platform (T-AP) for Social Sciences and Humanities launches its third joint research call for proposals. The Recovery, Renewal and Resilience in a Post-Pandemic World (T-AP RRR) call brings together 16 humanities and social science research funding agencies, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), from 12 countries in South America, North America and Europe. T-AP RRR will support international projects that contribute to our understanding of the complex societal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The São Paulo Research Foundation in Brazil is the lead organization for the call.

T-AP RRR is open to teams with members from at least three participating countries, representing both sides of the Atlantic. When a project is selected for funding, each of the teams will receive a grant from its respective country and funder(s) for projects that can last 24-36 months. Applicants are required to submit novel interdisciplinary and significant social sciences and humanities research proposals that address one or more of five identified challenges:

  • reducing inequalities and vulnerabilities
  • building a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable society
  • fostering democratic governance and political participation
  • advancing responsible and inclusive digital innovation
  • ensuring effective and accurate communication and media

Collaboration through this call will enable researchers to:

  • address key gaps in our understanding of the dynamic and complex interaction of medium- and long-term societal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • advance knowledge of how to mitigate the negative societal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • support recovery and renewal in a post-pandemic world

For information on eligibility and the submission process for Canadian teams, please see the T-AP RRR Canadian addendum. For the main Call for Proposals, please visit the T-AP website.

Funding:

Canadian applicants can request up to $200,000 from SSHRC (plus a supplement of $50,000 to $75,000 + indirect costs of research from the FRQSC if the team includes an eligible Quebec researcher).

Deadlines:

The deadline for final applications is July 12, 2021 but project Lead PIs must submit a mandatory Intention to Submit form by June 14, 2021.

Additional Information:

For more information, contact Patricia.MacCaughan@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca.
For details on the UofT submission and approval process, please see the Research Services website.

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

University of Toronto Upcoming Events for U of T entrepreneurs

University of Toronto  Entrepreneurship is hosting two exciting virtual events in this month. On May 20th, join us for an Intellectual Property - Ask Me Anything session hosted by IP experts from the Innovation & Partnerships Office (IPO) and a UT founder with lived experiences and advice.  On May 28th, we invite you to celebrate the launch of our Indo-Canadian Entrepreneurship Exchange program with an interactive speaker series featuring global experts in the Indo-Canadian innovation landscape. Details for both events are listed below.

IP – Ask Me Anything

Join us for an Intellectual Property (IP) Ask Me Anything event in a candid, Chatham House Rule conversation with Jennifer Fraser, Director, Innovations, Innovations & Partnerships Office, Vikram Pandit, Co-founder & CEO Phycus Biotechnologies, and Kurtis Scissons, Director of University Ventures and Co-director, UTEST.

This session will be valuable to: 

Founders and employees of early-stage startups leveraging or looking to leverage intellectual property in all its forms (patents, trademarks, copyright, etc.)  Students or faculty working on research with potential commercial applications  Idea stage entrepreneurs from across the tri-campus looking to educate themselves on this important topic 

 

Where: Online via Zoom (registrants will receive a livestream link prior to the session start) 

Register here 

During this closed, non-recorded session, experts and an experienced founder will answer any questions you may have about working with IP rights and the IPO office. 

 When: May 20, 2021, 12:30-2:00 p.m. EST 

UTEST Applications + New Partnership Announcement with Frontiers Fund

The UTEST Program is announcing its tenth call for UofT companies. This year the UTEST program, has partnered with Frontiers Fund an early stage investment fund focused on investing in breakthrough technologies. Frontiers Fund will provide not only additional capital to our companies but mentorship, access to follow-on capital and networks. UTEST will also continue to provide UofT start-up companies with seed funding of up to $150,000 per company in the form of a SAFE, 12 months of incubation space*, intense entrepreneurial education provided by MaRS, corporate and intellectual property legal support, mentoring and business strategy support. Our program partner, TIAP, provides sector expertise, an Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIR) program and follow-on investment capital of up to $500,000.

Since 2012 UTEST companies have raised over $300M in follow-on investment funding. 

Deadline

University of Toronto Early Stage Technology Program (UTEST) Applications due before 11:59PM on June 3rd, 2021.

Application

The application process can be found here, http://utest.to/apply/

Additional Information

Full program information and application can be found on the UTEST program page: http://www.utest.to

Selected companies will be interviewed the week of June 14th. The program will begin the week of June 21st, 2021.
*UTEST will be operating in a remote capacity in the short term without access to the incubation space.

Vice-President, Research & Innovation (VPRI) - Improving Effectiveness Survey

The Division of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation (VPRI) continues to seek new approaches to improving the effectiveness and responsiveness of the services and supports we provide to the U of T research and innovation community. To that end, the VPRI is pleased to launch an Excellence in Service Feedback Form. This tool is designed to capture feedback from members of the U of T research and innovation community about their satisfaction with VPRI’s services and supports. Faculty and librarians, research personnel, trainees, administrative staff, and other members of the community are invited to take 2 to 3 minutes to fill out the feedback form after interactions with the VPRI when receiving a support or service. 

The objective of the Excellence in Service Feedback Form is to build on service areas where the VPRI excels and identify opportunities for further improvement. The responses collected through this feedback mechanism will inform the VPRI’s ongoing operational and strategic planning and feed into business process evaluation and refinement. 

You can access the Excellence in Service Feedback Form on most pages of the VPRI website in the box at the bottom labelled “Tell us about your experience!”, or via the direct link at https://research.utoronto.ca/secure/excellence-service-evaluation-eise-form. Please bookmark the page in your browser so that you can complete the form following future interactions with VPRI services and supports. 

(Note: To access the form, you will need valid UTORid credentials) 

If you have questions about the feedback form and how the collected information is used, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Chief Administrative Officer, VPRI.  

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

AGE-WELL Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Awards in Technology and Aging (2021) – Call for Applications

AGE-WELL Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Awards in Technology and Aging provide partial funding to highly qualified master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral candidates and provide them with access to training and mentorship opportunities through the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence. AGE-WELL aims to provide a unique training environment that exposes trainees to multi-disciplinary research environments and to its industry and community partners. AGE-WELL is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining outstanding Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) in Canada.

AGE-WELL is a pan-Canadian network of industry, non-profit organizations, government, care providers, caregivers, end-users, and academic partners working together to drive innovation and create technologies and services that benefit older adults and caregivers. Our vision is to harness and build upon the potential of emerging and advanced technologies in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), e-health, information communication technologies (ICTs), and mobile technologies to stimulate technological, social, and policy innovation.

Please consult the AGE-WELL Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Awards Package 2021 and the AGE-WELL Award FAQ for detailed information and instructions. Applicants should also refer to the AGE-WELL Challenge Area Booklet for additional information about Network priorities.

Important Dates

Completed Applications Due: 31 May, 2021
Results Available: 2 August, 2021
Funding Commences: September 2021
Award Term: 1 September 2021-31 August 2022

AGE-WELL Awards

Awards are intended to enhance existing funding support awarded to promising new scholars. Trainees must demonstrate that they receive funding from a source other than AGE-WELL.

Funding for awards runs from September 1, 2021 –  August 31, 2022.
They expect to offer the following awards in this 2021 call: 

  • Master’s level awards at $10,000
  • PhD level awards at $15,000
  • Postdoctoral level awards at $20,000

AGE-WELL is pleased to once again offer the Indigenous Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Awards to provide salary support to self-identified Indigenous trainees researching in AgeTech-related fields. Recipients will be matched with network mentors during their award term.

AGE-WELL  is pleased to offer our Michael F. Harcourt Policy Fellowship to support one doctoral student (any year of enrolment) or postdoctoral fellow from any discipline and training program that wishes to explore the policy dimensions of their work.

AGE-WELL has partnered with a number of community, industry, and post-secondary groups to further expand our collective impact and to build capacity among Canada’s young researcher. Click here for this year’s Co-funded Awards.

Eligibility

In order to be considered for AGE-WELL Awards, funding applicants must:

Receive at least some financial support from additional sources: home department, supervisor research grants, and/or through government and agency scholarships or awards. Participate full time in their respective program at a Canadian post-secondary institution.


Applicants who will receive AGE-WELL project funds concurrently with this award period are ineligible to apply to this competition. For example, a trainee who will be funded through AGE-WELL Core Research Projects, Platform Projects, Cross-Cutting themes, or the Strategic Investment, or Catalyst programs would be ineligible.

  • Be engaged in academic study/research aligned with the mission and vision of AGE-WELL.
  • Applicants for doctoral awards are restricted to those entering the first, second, or third year of their program.\

Program Requirements

Training
Funded trainees will be automatically enrolled in our EPIC training program (Early Professionals, Inspired Careers) and are expected to participate actively in AGE-WELL seminar series and professional development activities (e.g. workshops in commercialization or entrepreneurship). Trainees will be required to earn the Innovators of Tomorrow certificate by completing 4 online courses (estimated 25-30 hours total) within 1 year of receiving AGE-WELL funds.

Reporting

As per NCE rules, funds must flow from AGE-WELL to the trainee’s primary supervisor at their institution.  Academic institutions receiving AGE-WELL funds in trust are expected to:

  • Set up a new account for AGE-WELL funds disbursed during the current AGE-WELL funding cycle.
  • Report on expenditures of AGE-WELL funds by submitting a Form 300 to the Network Management Office no later than April 30 of each year for the duration of this funding award.

Acknowledging AGE-WELL

AGE-WELL funded trainees will acknowledge the AGE-WELL Award program in their presentations, publications, and other knowledge translation activities related to research conducted during their funding period.  Funded trainees are required to use the AGE-WELL logo on their posters and other materials related to research conducted during their funding period.

Evaluation

All applications will be reviewed by a team of field experts using the following criteria:

  • Scholarly Merit & Quality of Proposed Research (40%)
  • Fit with AGE-WELL Goals and Priorities (40%)
  • Quality of training environment (20%)

If successful, trainee funding will be held and disbursed by the trainee’s supervisor in a new account that must be established at the supervisor’s home institution.

Required Documents

Completed applications consist of the following:

  • Online Application Form (you may complete this in either English or French);
  • Formal evidence of enrolment in a Master’s or Doctoral program or PostDoctoral position;
  • Formal evidence of awarded funding for 2021-2022;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Two Confidential Letters of Support (one must be from your proposed supervisor) sent directly from your referees to training@agewell-nce.ca.

How to apply online:

Once you are ready to submit an application online:

  • If you have not already done so, you must register with the AGE-WELL Forum Research Portal at https://forum.agewell-nce.ca/index.php/Special:HQPRegister (the form will ask for your name and email).
  • After you submit the registration form, the system will create an account and send your credentials to the email address you provided.
  • Once you login, you will have to reset your temporary password.
  • Finally, you can proceed to fill out the application form; the “My Applications” link is in the top right of the page you will reach after resetting your password. Please select “Award 2021.” Make sure to read the instructions on the first page of the application process carefully.

If you encounter any technical difficulties, please contact support@forum.agewell-nce.ca.  For questions about the program, eligibility etc., please contact training@agewell-nce.ca.

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.

Merck research challenges and Future Insight Days

Merck is a vibrant science and technology company with a  more than 350 year long history. Open innovation is part of our DNA and we are happy to share 2 opportunities to boost your research:

Future Insight Days

Register now to join free of charge the online Future Insight Days from July 12th – 14th. The 2021 Future Insight Days feature the awarding of the 1 million euro Future Insight Prize, the Nature Spin-off prize and the Johann Anton Merck Award. Expect engaging keynote presentations, panel discussions and many opportunities to boost your network with top people. Topics covered include: Food for a growing world population, cancer, autoimmune disease, life-sciences, material sciences, digitalization.
Find out more details and register today at: http://curiousfutureinsight.org (for world)

Merck research challenges

Participate in a series of science competitions and win great prizes. Find out more and sign-up today at: http://researchchallenges.emdgroup.com (for U.S. and Canada)

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: Business Strategy Internships (BSI)

Mitacs has launched the Business Strategy Internship (BSI) program – connecting Canadian businesses and not-for-profits with university students with relevant skills, to plan/adapt their business operations during the economic recovery.

Senior undergraduates and graduate students in a variety of fields (finance, marketing, social sciences, professional faculties, for example) are invited to share their expertise with these Canadian entities, receiving a $10,000 stipend for a four-month project.  The projects are jointly funded by Mitacs and the external organization.

As this is not a research program, academic units are expected to manage and administer the program according to their own rules and policies – for example, BSI may be of particular interest to units running co-op programs, but is not restricted to such scenarios.  Mitacs will provide a draft agreement template.

Mitacs describes the program at: https://www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/business-strategy-internship

Interested units within the University of Toronto are invited to contact Colin Swift, Business Development Officer – Industry Partnerships at the Innovations & Partnerships Office for more information on rolling out this Mitacs program within UofT, or for an introduction to the current prime contact at Mitacs. 

Mitacs Elevate 

The call for proposals is now open! Mitacs Elevate is now accepting proposal submissions for two years of postdoc funding valued at $60,000/year plus extensive customized professional development training ($7,500/year non-cash value).

Postdocs:

• Manage a long-term collaborative research project with a company or not-for-profit
• Develop business-ready skills in leadership, financial literacy, management and negotiation, project management, problem solving and much more

Key deadlines:

June 2, 2021 — If applicable, deadline to submit not-for-profit eligibility check or conflict of interest declaration at 5 p.m. PT
June 30, 2021 — Deadline to submit full application at 5 p.m. PT

If you have questions or would like to learn more about how to apply, please consult our website or contact elevate@mitacs.ca.

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

Pride Ptich Award - ICube UTM

ICube UTEM is thrilled to announce the second year of U of T’s PRIDE Pitch. Students from all three campuses are welcome to apply for #UofTPRIDEPITCH – a competition that offers $5,000 in cash prizes to recognize, reward and accelerate the U of T’s LGBTQ2S+ entrepreneurs. Selected individuals or teams will compete by showcasing their idea via a five-minute pitch to a panel of judges.

Eligibility

  •  The team has at least one founder who is a current U of T student, post-doc or a recent alum (i.e. graduated no earlier than July 2017).
  •  At least one of the team members identify themselves as LGBTQ2S+ Open to all faculties and sectors across the tri-campus.
  • Applicants must have less than $100,000 cumulative funding or investment, and less than $25,000 cumulative revenue as of April 1, 2021.
  • Previous PRIDE Pitch winners are not eligible to compete.
  • Entrants must be able to present their pitch via Zoom to the panelists on June 16th, 2021.
  • Competition preparation with an advisor: The finalists will be notified by June 4th and encouraged to work with an advisor ICUBE to help them prepare and perfect their pitch.

Deadline

Applications are being accepted from May 3, 2021 until May 31, 2021. Please click on the following link to apply: Apply to Pitch @ Competition

Additional Information

Additional information on this program can be found here.  The competition day (event) will take place on Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 from 4:00-6:00PM via Zoom. Each team will present a five-minute pitch to a panel of experts followed by a five-minute Q and A from the panel. Two winners will be announced the next day and win cash prizes to develop their ideas.  To attend, please click on the following link: Get Your Ticket to Attend!

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.
University of Toronto Upcoming Events for U of T entrepreneurs

University of Toronto  Entrepreneurship is hosting two exciting virtual events in this month. On May 20th, join us for an Intellectual Property - Ask Me Anything session hosted by IP experts from the Innovation & Partnerships Office (IPO) and a UT founder with lived experiences and advice.  On May 28th, we invite you to celebrate the launch of our Indo-Canadian Entrepreneurship Exchange program with an interactive speaker series featuring global experts in the Indo-Canadian innovation landscape. Details for both events are listed below.

IP – Ask Me Anything

Join us for an Intellectual Property (IP) Ask Me Anything event in a candid, Chatham House Rule conversation with Jennifer Fraser, Director, Innovations, Innovations & Partnerships Office, Vikram Pandit, Co-founder & CEO Phycus Biotechnologies, and Kurtis Scissons, Director of University Ventures and Co-director, UTEST.

This session will be valuable to: 

  • Founders and employees of early-stage startups leveraging or looking to leverage intellectual property in all its forms (patents, trademarks, copyright, etc.) 
  • Students or faculty working on research with potential commercial applications 
  • Idea stage entrepreneurs from across the tri-campus looking to educate themselves on this important topic 

During this closed, non-recorded session, experts and an experienced founder will answer any questions you may have about working with IP rights and the IPO office. 

 When: May 20, 2021, 12:30-2:00 p.m. EST 

Where: Online via Zoom (registrants will receive a livestream link prior to the session start) 

Register here 

 

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.

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)

Mitacs has launched the Business Strategy Internship (BSI) program – connecting Canadian businesses and not-for-profits with university students with relevant skills, to plan/adapt their business operations during the economic recovery.

Senior undergraduates and graduate students in a variety of fields (finance, marketing, social sciences, professional faculties, for example) are invited to share their expertise with these Canadian entities, receiving a $10,000 stipend for a four-month project.  The projects are jointly funded by Mitacs and the external organization.

As this is not a research program, academic units are expected to manage and administer the program according to their own rules and policies – for example, BSI may be of particular interest to units running co-op programs, but is not restricted to such scenarios.  Mitacs will provide a draft agreement template.

Mitacs describes the program at: https://www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/business-strategy-internship

Interested units within the University of Toronto are invited to contact Colin Swift, Business Development Officer – Industry Partnerships at the Innovations & Partnerships Office for more information on rolling out this Mitacs program within UofT, or for an introduction to the current prime contact at Mitacs. 

Pride Ptich Award - ICube UTM

ICube UTEM is thrilled to announce the second year of U of T’s PRIDE Pitch. Students from all three campuses are welcome to apply for #UofTPRIDEPITCH – a competition that offers $5,000 in cash prizes to recognize, reward and accelerate the U of T’s LGBTQ2S+ entrepreneurs. Selected individuals or teams will compete by showcasing their idea via a five-minute pitch to a panel of judges.

Eligibility

 The team has at least one founder who is a current U of T student, post-doc or a recent alum (i.e. graduated no earlier than July 2017).  At least one of the team members identify themselves as LGBTQ2S+ Open to all faculties and sectors across the tri-campus. Applicants must have less than $100,000 cumulative funding or investment, and less than $25,000 cumulative revenue as of April 1, 2021. Previous PRIDE Pitch winners are not eligible to compete. Entrants must be able to present their pitch via Zoom to the panelists on June 16th, 2021. Competition preparation with an advisor: The finalists will be notified by June 4th and encouraged to work with an advisor ICUBE to help them prepare and perfect their pitch.

Deadline

Applications are being accepted from May 3, 2021 until May 31, 2021. Please click on the following link to apply: Apply to Pitch @ Competition

Additional Information

Additional information on this program can be found here.  The competition day (event) will take place on Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 from 4:00-6:00PM via Zoom. Each team will present a five-minute pitch to a panel of experts followed by a five-minute Q and A from the panel. Two winners will be announced the next day and win cash prizes to develop their ideas.  To attend, please click on the following link: Get Your Ticket to Attend!

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