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:

Researchers

Adams Sustainability Innovation Prize

Do you have a sustainable student-led idea, project or startup? Apply for the Adams Sustainability Innovation Prize  – an annual competition offering $25,500 in prizes to recognize, reward and accelerate the U of T’s most innovative sustainability ideas. Ideas may be for market-based products or social innovation solutions. Selected individuals or teams will compete by showcasing their idea via a brief pitch to a panel of judges. The three winning teams will each receive $10,000, $7,500 and $5,000 respectively to develop their idea further.  There are three additional prizes for $1,000 for teams who are not selected for the 2020 competition but encouraged to further develop their ideas and apply again next year!

The application deadline for the Adams Sustainability Innovation Prize is October 23, 2020.

Alpha Phi Foundation Heart to Heart Grant

The Alpha Phi Foundation has announced their 2021 Heart to Heart grant program.  This program aims to provide $100,000 in grant funding to support innovative research studies and educational programs that inform health care professionals and women about the causes, prevention and treatment of heart disease.

Internal Deadline:  October 30, 2020

Sponsor Deadline: November 3, 2020

For more information on this funding opportunity, please click here

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.

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program 2021

The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program provides $100,000 CAD in unrestricted research support over two years, leadership training, mentorship, and opportunities for highly promising early-career researchers in the first five years of a full-time research position to collaborate with colleagues from diverse disciplines. Scholars' research interests must be aligned with the themes of an eligible CIFAR research program. Please visit the above link for details.

October 30, 2020: Sponsor deadline

Additional information can be found at the following link.

CIHR Catalyst Grant: Cannabis and Mental Health

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to strengthen the evidence base and expand cannabis research related to mental health, to build cannabis-related research capacity and/or to inform the development of future larger-scale research projects. Lived experience perspectives* will be meaningfully included in all stages of research, including research design, execution, knowledge translation and dissemination, and evaluation. Please visit the above link for details.
 
This targeted investment in cannabis research will provide support for mental health research activities such as:

  • Pilot projects or feasibility studies aiming to generate preliminary data, observations or knowledge;
  • Novel projects with the potential for significant impact, but that may be unsupported by proof of concept or preliminary data; new tools, methodologies, protocols, theoretical models or frameworks;
  • Planning and/or development activities of expert teams (e.g., multi-disciplinary, trans-disciplinary, etc.) coming together to address health research priorities;
  • Secondary analyses to provide an opportunity for expert analyses of existing data sets, improve the evidence for decision-making and create new knowledge.

Funding: $115,000 for up to one year

Deadlines:
November 12, 2020: Internal MRA required
November 19, 2020: Sponsor deadline

Additional information on the program can be found here: CIHR Catalyst Grant: Cannabis and Mental Health

CRAFT Project Award competition

The Centre for Research and Applications in Fluidic Technologies (CRAFT) launched its inaugural Project Award competition on October 1, 2020.

 


CRAFT is a unique partnership between the University of Toronto (U of T) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) that creates microfluidics-enabled devices for industrial and clinical applications. The Centre, which is located at U of T’s St. George Campus and NRC’s Boucherville site, comprises expertise and infrastructure for rapid device prototyping and fabrication, preclinical validation and rapid scale-up of device fabrication under certified conditions that can be transferred to industry for large-scale manufacturing. CRAFT research activities are focused in the three following areas (each known as a ‘pillar’): Diagnostics, Biofabrication and Organ-on-a-Chip.

 

The CRAFT Project Award aims to support high-risk/high-reward research projects focused on microfluidic device innovation with a clear translational objective (e.g., translation to the clinic or industry). Projects should be at the interface of engineering, biology and medicine and align with at least one of CRAFT’s pillars. Priority will be given to projects that involve developing or advancing the use of alternative material for devices (e.g., biodegradable, implantable, bio-inspired), where device manufacturing using alternative material will be compatible with thermal embossing, microinjection molding and/or roll-to-roll processing, and will be scalable to hundreds of devices.

 


Funding Information:

 


Selected projects will receive up to $105,000 per year for up to two years. Each award will consist of:

 

  • up to four CRAFT Fellowships per year collectively worth approximately $50,000 (must be matched by equal amount by applicants); and

     

    $55,000 per year for device fabrication materials and time, as well as other expenses incurred by the project.

     

Eligibility:

 


The principal investigator (PI) of the proposed project should hold an academic appointment at U of T and be able to hold research funds at the University.

 

The project team should include one Research Officer from NRC and one clinician-scientist from a TAHSN hospital, each of whom will be listed as either a co-PI or collaborator.

Important Dates:

 

  • Deadline for one-page letter of intent (LOI): November 1, 2020

     

  • Selected LOIs are invited to submit four-page application: December 1, 2020

     

  • Deadline for four-page application: February 1, 2021

     

  • Notification of award: March 2021

     

  • Planned funding start date: April 1, 2021 (Funds can be retroactively applied to cover costs incurred on/after January 1, 2021)

Contact:

 


Carrie-Lynn Keiski, the CRAFT Research Program Manager

 


Useful Links:

 


CRAFT Project Award 2021/22: Visit this page to download the full guidelines, LOI template and list of potential NRC collaborators.

 


LOI template: To be completed and returned to carrie.keiski@utoronto.ca by 11:59 pm EST on November 1, 2020.

 

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:  

Webinar Series:
Creating an Engaging Online Research Conference Experience
November 17, 2020 from 11am to noon

Panelists will share their first-hand experience with planning and hosting virtual research conferences. The discussion will address leading practices in creating an engaging experience for conference delegates and event participants. This session will be useful for researchers who might be considering shifting to a virtual option to support collaboration and knowledge exchange events with peers and colleagues.  

Fireside Chats: Let's Talk International Partnerships

Do you have questions about how to engage with international partners and obtain funding to do so?  Are you wondering about how to add a global aspect to your teaching?  Are you curious about the University’s international strategy?
This new series of virtual drop-in sessions will allow you to ask these and many more questions.  
Join our Fireside Chats where members of the Office of the VP International will be available to answer your questions, discuss issues related to U of T’s engagement on the global scene, and also receive updates about what is happening within the Office, including funding and programming opportunities.  Topics will address a range of issues including engaging with international partners, learning more about funding to support global partnerships and enhancing global teaching strategies. Some sessions will also feature PIs who have forged robust international partnerships.

October 29 (12:00 pm - 1:00 pm)
November 26 (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)
December 17 (12:00 pm – 1:00pm)
January 28 (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)
February 25 (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)

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.

Cyclica Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) - Call for Proposals to Accelerate Small Molecule Drug Discovery

Cyclica’s aims to empower academic research experts with computational medicinal chemistry technologies to accelerate small molecule drug discoveries. Cyclica’s technology is disease agnostic and they welcome all labs that work on small molecule drug discovery to apply.

Each successful applicant will be offered one of two awards to support small molecule design or screening efforts. 

Cyclica Academic Partnership Program goal is to bring small molecules from the bench to bedside faster. They believe CAPP will help achieve this mission by:

Accelerating Publications that will contribute to better understanding of diseases and therapeutic opportunities Advancing Commercialization Opportunities by bringing novel
therapeutics to clinical settings faster

For Program information: https://www.cyclicarx.com/capp?utm_source=LinkedIn&utm_medium=Organic&utm_campaign=CAPP-announcement

Ligand Design Award

Generate novel compounds with desired ADMET properties that are specific to your target(s) of interest while avoiding anti-target(s) 
Please see the link for Application: https://www.cyclicarx.com/ligand-design-award-form

Ligand Express Award

Screen existing compounds for mechanisms of action, ADMET predictions, or repurposing opportunities
Please see the link for Application: https://www.cyclicarx.com/ligand-express-award-form

Fall 2020 Cohort Deadline: Oct 31st, 2020.
Only submit non-confidential information. Contact your commercialization manager (IPO) with any concerns.

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
The Edwin S.H. Leong Centre for Healthy Children 2020 Catalyst Grant

The Edwin S.H. Leong Centre for Healthy Children has launched its 2020 Catalyst Grant competition. Launched in 2020, the Edwin S.H. Leong Centre for Healthy Children will bring together scholars from across the University of Toronto and fund work to address inequities in child health in Canada. Catalyst Grants will be awarded to develop unique concepts, approaches or methodologies that have the potential to meaningfully improve outcomes and address inequities for children and their families in the context of Covid-19.

The proposed project must be related to equity in the health and well-being of children and their families in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Well-being can be broadly defined. Applicants must indicate a collaborative approach to the research, with multi-disciplinary investigators engaged in the work.


Funding information:
Maximum Amount: $75,000/year; in exceptional circumstances, up $125,000 can be requested for larger scope projects Duration: Up to 2 years; priority given to projects that can be completed in 1 year

IMPORTANT DATES

Deadline for Letter Of Intent: 12:00pm (noon) EST, October 16, 2020
Feedback on LOI provided by: November 2, 2020
Deadline for full application: 12:00pm (noon) EST, December 15, 2020 (MRA required)
*The internal MRA requirement is for all applicants applying for this award through the University of Toronto. For all other applicants, please contact the Research Office of the institution through which you are applying.

Notice of awards: March 2021

Useful Links:
The Edwin S.H. Leong Centre for Healthy Children 2020 Catalyst Grant: Full details on the opportunity, including application criteria, adjudication process guidelines and deadlines\
LOI application form: To be completed and returned to leong.centre@sickkids.ca to indicate intent to apply

Employment and Social Development Canada – Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program – Grants

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

Fulbright Canada research opportunities at US institutions

The 2021-2022 Fulbright Canada Research Chair Program is accepting applications from academics and professionals through November 15th, 2020

These grants support research with colleagues at institutions across the US for a 4 to 9-month period. Opportunities include: 

Humanities and Social Sciences

Research Chair in Aboriginal/Indigenous Cultures, Sovereignties, and Languages, University of Arizona
Research Chair in the Humanities and Social Sciences, The Citadel
Research Chair in Social Sciences, University of Hawai‘i at M'anoa

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

Science & Technology
Research Chair in Computers, Science, and Engineering, Florida Polytechnic University
Environmental & Arctic Studies

Research Chair in Arctic Studies, Dartmouth College
Research Chair in Arctic Studies, University of Washington
Research Chair in Climate Change, Air Quality, and Atmospheric Chemistry, Univ. of California, Irvine

Health
Research Chair in Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

Policy/Law & Governance
Distinguished Chair in International Area Studies, Yale University
Research Chair in Canada-U.S. Relations, Johns Hopkins University
Research Chair in Military Social Work, University of Southern California
Research Chair in Peace and War Studies, Norwich University
Research Chair in Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California

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

Eligibility requirements
Eligibility for these awards require the candidate to meet the minimum requirements mentioned below:

Have Canadian citizenship (Permanent residence is not sufficient) and not dual US citizenship. Hold a PhD or equivalent professional training or experience/terminal degree as appropriate.  Be proficient in English.

Applications are made directly to the sponsor. For an overview of the application process and full list of opportunities, please see: https://www.fulbright.ca/programs/canadian-scholars/visiting-chairs-program/how-to-apply

Detailed Eligibility requirements are available here.

France Canada Research Fund New Collaborations

The 2021 FCRF New Collaborations program is open!  

This Scientific Collaboration Support Program, financed by the France-Canada Research Fund (FCRF), aims to support developing new expert partnerships between France and Canada by promoting researcher mobility, particularly for young researchers, and students. 

This program provides financing for new scientific projects jointly developed by French and Canadian teams that have never worked together before. Submitted proposals must be joint projects between a French institution (all universities, Grandes Écoles, and research organizations are eligible) and one of the 20 FCRF’s Canadian member universities. 

This call is open to all disciplines. 

For more information please visit the France Canada Research Fund website 

For important dates, and to download the application package, please visit the 2021 FCRF page on our Funding Opportunities database

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.
MDC - Psychiatry Consortium: Validation of Novel Molecular Drug-targets

The Medicines Discovery Catapult (MDC), representing a consortium of charities and global pharmaceutical companies (“Psychiatry Consortium”), is looking for proposals that focus on the validation of novel molecular drug-targets.

The Psychiatry Consortium will work collaboratively with successful researchers to develop the projects and provide, in addition to project funding, access to drug-discovery expertise, drug-discovery capabilities through specialised Partner Organisations, commercial know-how, and project management resources.

Scope
The Psychiatry Consortium is seeking project proposals which focus on the validation of novel molecular drug-targets for the following mental health conditions:
psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, stress-related disorders, PTSD, OCD, autism spectrum disorders as well as psychiatric symptoms associated with dementia and other cognitive disorders

The Psychiatry Consortium intend to fund projects which:

  • show some evidence that links the molecular target to human disease and of the target modulation having a therapeutic effect, which can be further developed or validated
  • will enable tools for target validation e.g. through optimisation of existing tool compounds to improve selectivity, potency, bioavailability

Funding
Projects will be expected to last up to 3 years and the total eligible funding will be between £200,000 and £1,000,000, depending on the specific requirements of each project.

Application Process
The call for applications for project funding will run twice per year;

For 2020 the call dates will be:

  • Call 3 Deadline: November 20th

Before submitting your application, please read their Terms and Conditions. You may also find their FAQs useful.

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://psychiatryconsortium.org/call-for-proposals/
Projects seeking to identify target modulation biomarkers relevant to disease will also be in scope.

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.

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:
Advanced Development of Informatics Technologies for Cancer Research and Management (U24)
(RFA-CA-20-009) Submission Deadlines: November 18, 2020

Assessing the Effects of Cannabinoids on HIV-Induced Inflammation (R01) (RFA-DA-20-022) 
Application Receipt Date(s): AIDS Application Due Dates

Biomedical Knowledgebase (U24)
(PAR-20-097) Submission Deadline:  January 25, 2021; September 24, 2021

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

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

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 Innovative Informatics Methods and Algorithms for Cancer Research and Management (R21) (RFA-CA-20-007). Submission Deadlines : November 18, 2020

Early-Stage Development of Informatics Technologies for Cancer Research and Management (U01)
(RFA-CA-20-008) Submission Deadline: November 18, 2020

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, 2020; November 30, 2021

Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Research (R03) (PAR-20-032)
Application Receipt Date(s): November 30, 2020

Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Research (R21) (PAR-20-033)
Application Receipt Date(s): November 30, 2020;

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)

Integrative Research on Polysubstance Abuse and Disorder (R61/R33)(PAR-20-035)
Application Receipt Date(s): November 17, 2020, March 17, 2021

International Research in Infectious Diseases (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
(PAR-20-108) Submission Deadlines: July 15, 2021; July 15 2022

Mechanisms of Mycobacterial-Induced Immunity in HIV-Infected and/or Uninfected Individuals to Inform Innovative Tuberculosis Vaccine Design (R01) (PAR-19-307)
Submission Deadline: January 14, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Sustained Support for Informatics Technologies for Cancer Research and Management (U24)
(RFA-CA-20-010) Submission Deadline: November 18, 2020

Transgender People: Immunity, Prevention, and Treatment (R21) (PAR-20-054)
Application Receipt Date(s): May 11, 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. NSERC personnel have been invited to present a workshop on optimizing Alliance applications on the downtown St. George campus in late March 2020. Details of this visit will be shared in a subsequent Research Alert.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NSERC Discovery Grant

NSERC has announced the process for the NSERC Discovery Grant program.  This involves a two phased application process, which includes:

  1. A mandatory Notice of Intent form (now available through the NSERC Research Portal
  2. Full application (only available when the mandatory Notice of Intent form has been submitted) - November 2, 2020, 8pm (ET)

In order to apply for a Discovery Grant in November 2020 an applicant MUST complete and submit an online Notice of Intent by August 4, 2020, 8pm (ET)

NSERC will not accept any NOI after the deadline and an MRA is not required at NOI stage and is only required for your full application.

For additional information on the memo to potential applicants and the Discovery Grant program.

Resources:

Memo to Potential Applicants – Notification of Intent to Apply for a Discovery Grant – 2021 Competition
Instructions for Completing the Notification of Intent to Apply for a Discovery Grant
Canadian Common CV – How to Complete NSERC’s Version

NSERC Emerging Infectious Diseases Modelling (EIDM) initiative

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has launched the Emerging Infectious Diseases Modelling (EIDM) initiative. The. initiative aims to establish multi-disciplinary network(s) of specialists across the country in modelling infectious diseases to be applied to public needs associated with emerging infectious diseases and pandemics such as COVID-19.

Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) are a key public health threat, which we are currently experiencing with COVID-19. The interaction of animals, the environment and humans in the emergence and spread of EIDs means that understanding EIDs to support risk assessment, prevention and control requires a One Health approach. In responding to the COVID-19 epidemic, mathematical modelling has proven to be an essential tool to simulate the impact of various interventions, and to provide quantitative predictions of how interventions might affect population health in the future.  The COVID-19 epidemic has reinforced the crucial role of modelling and has underscored a need for greater and ongoing capacity to implement and validate a full range of modelling tools. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and NSERC are working together to strengthen collaborative efforts to conduct and coordinate infectious diseases modelling to better respond to COVID-19 and other similar situations.

The funding opportunity has two broad objectives:
Enhance national capacity of infectious disease modelling that supports public health responses to EIDs in the future by building a national network for collaboration and knowledge mobilization; Provide direct support to Canada’s COVID-19 response by producing modelling products that contribute to public health decisions via risk assessment, impact analyses and decision support such as intervention program design.

Submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI):
The funding opportunity will be delivered via a two-stage process.

 

 

All interested individuals are invited to submit an EOI to NSERC by October 26, 2020 The purpose of the EOI is to facilitate connections and to enhance collaborations between participants in the development of a full application.
To submit an EOI please fill out the EIDM EOI form and submit the completed form to the NSERC secure site.

Contact: If you have questions about the EOI for this initiative please contact EIDM-MMIE@NSERC-CRSNG.GC.CA

 

 

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

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. .

NSERC Research Tools and Instruments

Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) grants foster and enhance the discovery, innovation and training capability of university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering by supporting the purchase of research equipment.

The RTI grants program provides the primary avenue for university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering to obtain up to $150,000 in support for research tools and instruments with a net cost between $7,001 and $250,000.

Deadlines: Internal Deadline - October 19, 2020 (MRA Required); Sponsor Deadline - October 26, 2020 


Webinar:
Due to COVID-19, NSERC is replacing live webinars with pre-recorded videos followed by live Q&A sessions. This series is meant to assist the research community on how to complete an application using the Research Portal and the NSERC Canadian Common CV (CCV). You will find below the pre-recorded videos as well as the dates for these upcoming live Q&A sessions. New Q&A session dates will be added as they become available on our website.

We ask that you please view the pre-recorded videos prior to attending a live Q&A session, as the material presented in the videos will not be repeated.

In order to prepare, we invite you to familiarize yourself with the following documents:

RTI program description which includes the Peer Review Manual and Frequently Asked Questions Instructions for Completing an RTI Application

Additional information about the program can be found on UofT Research Funding Database or NSERC RTI webpage.
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

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) - Mental Health of Black Canadians Fund

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is seeking proposals for community-led projects that implement and evaluate culturally responsive programs that promote mental health and address its determinants for Black Canadians. This solicitation will aim to generate or synthesize knowledge and to mobilize that knowledge in order to raise awareness of the unique needs of diverse communities and build greater capacity to respond to these needs and address barriers.

Funding information:

Maximum Amount:$200,000/year; $240,000/year for projects addressing syndemics between mental health and sexually transmitted and blood borne infection Duration: Up to 2 years

IMPORTANT DATES

Deadline for full application: 3:00pm EST, October 22, 2020 (MRA required)
Funding start date: March 2021


Useful Links:
Promoting Health Equity: Mental Health of Black Canadians Fund: Full details on the opportunity, including application criteria, guidelines and deadlines

SOSCIP COVID-19 Response - Call for Applications

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario-based industries and academic institutions are coming together to form strategies and provide support to fight this ongoing global crisis. As such, the work that needs to be done in advanced manufacturing, bioinformatics, molecular modelling, vaccine development and epidemiology demands considerable computational capacity.

The SOSCIP COVID-19 Response aims to provide rapid access to high-performance computing (HPC) resources on their advanced computing platforms. Through industry-academic partnerships, compute space for collaborators committed to responding to COVID-19 will be fast-tracked, and successful applicants will be rapidly launched onto the compute systems.

SOSCIP COVID-19 Response Details
Include a brief description of

  • Your COVID19 solution,

  • Your compute needs,

  • Your organization,

  • Your academic / industry partner.

Contact SOSCIP: covid.response@soscip.org

If your application is eligible, they will send you a formal application form for you to fill out.

For complete program information, please visit: https://www.soscip.org/covid19/#

Please note:  As indicated above, the applicant must also upload and submit the application through the university's My Research Application (MRA) System. The MRA approval process should be started well in advance in parallel to ensure a successful submission since it can take several business days to complete the approval process.

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.

Webinars:

Webinar

Date

WebEx link

Webinar ID

Event password

Connection Grants (English)

 

Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. ET

https://sshrcvideo.webex.com/sshrcvideo/onstage/g.php?MTID=e6967f59889f3ec50a62e24eaef03191f

173 247 4689

CG2020

Connection Grants (French)

 

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 11:00 am – 1:00 p.m. ET

https://sshrcvideo.webex.com/sshrcvideo/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9737fd80096f776e8ae63dc271534575

173 100 6118

SC2020webinaire

The above links are also available on the SSHRC website: https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/webinars-webinaires/index-eng.aspx. Please note that you do not need to register in advance and a question and answer period will follow the presentation. With WebEx, questions must be submitted in writing.

To join via WebEx:

Click on the WebEx webinar link on the date and time specified. Enter your name, email address and the event password. Adjust the volume on your computer.

If it is your first time attending a WebEx meeting, then please click here for a quick overivew.

Connection Grants support events and outreach activities (e.g., workshops, colloquiums, conferences, forums, summer institutes, or other events) 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.

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

The University of Toronto Office of the Vice President, International (OVPI) has announced an initiative to support UofT applicants for the SSHRC Connection Grants 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). 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: November 2020 and February 2021 deadlines (please see the CG webpage on the UofT Funding Opportunities database for internal deadlines)

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

OVPI contact: Tak Koguchi, Research Officer, International, koguchi@utoronto.ca How to apply for these OVPI matching funds: UofT applicants whose CG proposals meet the eligibility criteria above should email OVPI (Tak Koguchi) 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: two weeks prior to the applicable internal MRA deadline

  • Feb 2021 CG competition: January 13 deadline

For more information on this OVPI initiative, please contact Tak Koguchi. 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 Partnership Engage Grant

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

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

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

SSHRC Partnership Development Grant

The SSHRC 2020 Partnership Development Grants competition is now open. These grants provide support over one to three years to teams of researchers, working in formal parterships between postsecondary institutions and/or organizations of various types, to:

  • develop research and/or related activities in the social sciences and humanities—these can include knowledge mobilization and the meaningful involvement of students and emerging scholars, by fostering new partnerships with existing and/or potential partners; or
  • design and test new partnership approaches for research and/or related activities that can result in best practices or models—these can either be adapted by others or have the potential to be scaled up to a regional, national or international level.

Partner organizations can be Canadian or international institutions or organizations (public, private, not-for-profit) of any type. Funds are available to support a variety of formal partnership development initiatives in all of the disciplines and themes eligible for funding at SSHRC

Value and duration

Partnership Development Grants are valued at $75,000 to $200,000, over one to three years.

While there is no minimum contribution requirement, institutions and their partner organizations are expected to support the activities of the formal partnership through cash and/or in-kind support.

Internal deadlines

October 19, 2020: submission of documents for optional editorial review

November 11, 2020: online submission of completed application and receipt of fully approved MRA and support documentation for UofT commitments

Further information

SSHRC Partnership Development Grant funding opportunity
Research Services Partnership Development Grant webpage

SSHRC Partnership Grant

The Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC) has launched the 2021 Partnership Grant competition.

Partnership Grants are intended for large teams working in formal collaboration between postsecondary institutions and/or organizations from the public, private and/or not-for-profit sectors, to advance research, research training and/or knowledge mobilization in any of the disciplines eligible for funding at SSHRC.

Application is a two-step process. Only applicants successful at Stage 1 will be invited to submit a Stage 2 application. Applications successful at Stage 1 may receive up to $20,000 towards development of the Stage 2 proposal.

Amount:
Stage 1 - up to $20,000
Stage 2 - (by invitation only) up to $2.5 million

Duration: 4 - 7 years

Deadlines: 

Researchers considering an application to the Partnership Stage 1 competition should contact Research Services as early as possible to discuss their plans, by email to:
Steven Hermans, Partnership Development Officer, at steven.hermans@utoronto.ca
Sarah Scott, Research Funding Manager, at sja.scott@utoronto.ca

Information on UofT internal deadlines and resources is available on the Research Services website. For full competition details, please see the SSHRC website

Stage 1 - February 10, 2021 by 8 pm (institutional)

Webinars:
To help you in preparing applications we will be holding webinar presentations. To access the upcoming webinars, please use the following links:

In French: Tuesday, November 10, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

In English: Tuesday, November 10, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. ET

Additional Information:
Application instructions are available here: https://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/funding-financement/instructions/index-eng.aspx?fid=pg-1_instr
For any questions, please contact us at partnershipgrants@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

SSHRC - Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative

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

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

  • November 1, 2020
  • February 1, 2021
  • May 1, 2021 
  • 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.

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 - 2021 President's Impact Awards

The 2021 President's Impact Awards celebrate and honour faculty members whose research has led to significant impact beyond academia. We encourage and welcome nominations of colleagues university-wide in the arts and humanities, life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences and professional disciplines, whose outstanding impacts beyond academia may be recognized with this special U of T honour.

President’s Impact Award winners receive an award of $10,000 per year for five years to be used toward their research, and are also designated by the University as members of the President’s Impact Academy for a minimum of five years. Nominees whose research impact is related to public policy may be simultaneously nominated for the Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award, a separate award that is presented annually under the banner of the U of T Awards of Excellence.

Nominations should be led by a Chair, Academic Director, Vice- or Associate-Dean, Research, or Vice-Principal, Research as appropriate, and must be endorsed by the nominee’s academic division.

Eligibility
Nominations are open to faculty members with full-time academic appointments and whose research has led to significant impact beyond academia. This includes tenure-stream, teaching-stream, clinical faculty, and status-only faculty with full-time academic appointments.

The University of Toronto recognizes that diversity is essential to the creation of a vibrant intellectual community that allows our researchers to maximize their creativity, contributions and impact. The President’s Impact Awards are therefore strongly committed to recognizing diversity in research impact and especially welcomes nominations of racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal Peoples of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and impact.

Deadlines
The deadline for submitting nominations to the 2021 University of Toronto President’s Impact Awards is Thursday, November 12, 2020. 

For detailed information on preparing a nomination and the selection process, please visit the President’s Impact Awards website.

UCL-U of T — Joint Call for Collaborative Projects: Responding to COVID-19 Challenges

University College London (UCL) and the University of Toronto (U of T) are contributing matching funds to support collaborative education and research initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through a joint call for proposals for collaborative multidisciplinary activities. 

Eligibility:
To be eligible, a single proposal must be submitted by a multidisciplinary team of researchers. All projects must be led by two researchers from different disciplines from each institution. Project teams are encouraged to include a mix of senior and junior faculty and post-doctoral fellows. The proposal must address COVID-19-related challenges and/or impacts. This can be broadly interpreted to include the medical, social, technological, economic, or cultural aspects of the crisis, both in the current and future recovery context.

  • Faculty members in continuing U of T and UCL appointments are eligible to submit proposals.
  • For exchange activities: faculty members in continuing U of T and UCL appointments, and students and fellows under their supervision at U of T and UCL, are eligible to participate in exchange activities.

Funding and Duration:
Up to 6 successful proposals will be selected and will receive up to the following funding:

UCL will provide each approved project up to £10,000 for one year to support UCL applicants. U of T will provide each approved project up to $15,000 for one year to support U of T applicants.

Proposal Submission:
This is a joint call and a single application should be submitted online as a PDF.

Proposals must be submitted by 20 November, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST.  Proposals must include an abstract, description of the planned activities, relevance to the priority theme, project impact, impact of collaboration, involvement of trainees and early career researchers, capacity for future collaborations and sustainability, a proposed budget, and C.V.s of the two lead PIs.

Notification to Successful Applicants: December 21, 2020

Start Date of the Award: January 4, 2021

Applications will be assessed by a joint committee of UCL and the University of Toronto.
For more information on this call, including detailed instructions on how to submit a proposal, please see the funding opportunities page.
All questions related to this Joint Call for Collaborative Projects must be directed to:

At U of T:
Julia Kulik, Research Officer, Office of the Vice-President, International
Email: julia.kulik@utoronto.ca

At UCL:
Clement Leroy, Senior Partnership Manager, Global Engagement Office
Email: c.leroy@ucl.ac.uk

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

In 2020/21 U of T and the University of Melbourne (UoM) are calling for proposals from all research areas to establish joint projects for joint PhD candidates, forming the first cohort of the U of T - UoM International Research and Training Group (IRTG). Each successful supervisory team will access funding to recruit PhD candidates to commence in 2021, including tuition fee waivers or scholarships, full living allowance, health insurance, and relocation support. Priority will be given to “Cluster Applications” which includes 3 or more primary supervisors (across both institutions) supervising at least 2 joint PhD candidates.

Funding:
Office of the Vice-President, International will provide up to $34,000 CAD in funding for

  • U of T PhD advisor’s travel to UoM,
  • PhD candidate’s travel to U of T,
  • PhD stipend top up when candidate is at U of T, and
  • virtual & other collaboration expenses.

For each PhD candidate a U of T PhD advisor co-supervises with a UoM faculty.

UoM will provide funding for

  • UoM PhD advisor’s to travel to U of T,
  • PhD candidate’s travel to UoM, and
  • Stipendiary support for PhD candidate ($31,200 AUD/year) when they are at Melbourne.

Cluster proposals will receive additional funding from both institutions.

Key Dates:

Launch call: Oct 12, 2020
Deadline for submissions: Nov 23, 2020, 5:00pm AEDT OR approximately Nov 22, 2020 (EST)

Eligibility: Faculty members in continuing appointments, eligible to hold research funds at U of T and have SGS Graduate Faculty Membership.

  • Announce successful projects: Dec 2020
  • Projects advertised for candidate recruitment: Jan 2021
  • PhD candidates commence at U of T: 2021

Selection Criteria:
The history and extent of collaboration between the UoM and U of T PhD advisors.

How the PhD project(s) combine mutual areas of interest and strength at UoM and U of T.

How the PhD projects articulate the need for, and benefit of, the PhD candidate spending a minimum of 12 months at UoM and U of T.

The capacity for future collaboration/funding: What is the extent to which future collaborations are possible as a result of the proposed exchange activities? What is the ability of the proposal to leverage future external funding?

The capability of the project to seed the development of a larger network of researchers across the universities within this research area.

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

Contact: Skandha Sunderasen, International Strategic Partnerships Officer (s.sunderasen@utoronto.ca) for any questions about the call.

If you wish to attend an informational webinar for this call, please email international@utoronto.ca by Wednesday, October 21.

 Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Fellows

Adams Sustainability Innovation Prize

Do you have a sustainable student-led idea, project or startup? Apply for the Adams Sustainability Innovation Prize  – an annual competition offering $25,500 in prizes to recognize, reward and accelerate the U of T’s most innovative sustainability ideas. Ideas may be for market-based products or social innovation solutions. Selected individuals or teams will compete by showcasing their idea via a brief pitch to a panel of judges. The three winning teams will each receive $10,000, $7,500 and $5,000 respectively to develop their idea further.  There are three additional prizes for $1,000 for teams who are not selected for the 2020 competition but encouraged to further develop their ideas and apply again next year!

The application deadline for the Adams Sustainability Innovation Prize is October 23, 2020.

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.

CIHR Fellowship

CIHR is now accepting applications for their annual Fellowship Awards. These awards provide support for highly qualified candidates at the post-PhD or post-health professional degree stages to add to their experience by engaging in health research either in Canada or abroad.

For this competition, applications will be accepted in all areas of health research, including biomedical, clinical, health services and social, cultural, environmental and population health.

Duration of awards: Up to 5 years
Award amount: Up to $60,000 per year


IMPORTANT DATES

  • Internal deadline for UofT applicants: November 24, 2020 (MRA needed from an applicant's supervisor)
  • ResearchNet deadline for sponsor assessments: 48 hours prior to the CIHR deadline.
  • CIHR deadline for final applications on ResearchNet: December 1, 2020

Useful Links:
ResearchNet posting for the Fellowship Award
Application Instructions for the Fellowship Award
U of T Research Office webpage for the Fellowship Award, with internal requirements and FAQs

2021 John Charles Polanyi Prizes

The John Charles Polanyi Prizes, awarded by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), annually recognize up to five outstanding researchers or scholars who are in the early stages of their career at Ontario universities. The $20,000 prizes are given in the areas of Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Economic Science, broadly defined.

Candidates must have received (or expect to receive) their doctoral degree between September 1, 2017 and May 31, 2021; must hold a faculty appointment or be planning to continue to post-doctoral studies in a publicly assisted university in Ontario; and be normally resident in Ontario. Applicants who were on parental leave between receiving their doctorate and applying for the award may have their period of eligibility extended by six months.

Nomination Process
The University of Toronto may endorse up to three applications in each focus area per year. Interested applicants must submit an electronic application package to their graduate unit or their supervisor’s graduate unit, by the graduate unit’s deadline. Please see the School of Graduate Studies’ Awards webpage for a list of documents required in the application package.

Nomination/Application Process
All applicants must submit to their graduate unit or their supervisor’s affiliated graduate unit (not Dean of Graduate Studies) an electronic copy of the following documents in a single PDF package by the graduate unit deadline:

  1. The completed application form – available from the Council of Ontario Universities’ (COU) website;
  2. Curriculum vitae (no page restrictions), including information concerning the application. Updates to curriculum vitae will not be accepted after submission;
  3. A summary of the doctoral thesis (1 page max, to be written by the applicant);
  4. A brief statement of research or scholarship to be undertaken during the period of the award, prepared by the applicant (maximum of 2 pages, an additional 1 page is allowed for diagrams, bibliography, etc.);
  5. A non-technical summary of the statement of research or scholarship, written by the applicant (maximum 500 words);
  6. Confidential letters (on letterhead and signed) from four assessors (emailed directly to Sam D'Alfonso or Mike Folinas before the internal deadline)
  • Mandatory arm's length  assesors:
    All applications must have at least two arm’s length assessors from among the four assessors. Eligible arm’s length assessors include those who have read the applicant’s work, seen them present at conferences, but have not actually been involved with the applicant.  Additionally, the arm’s length assessors cannot be:
    • a relative or close friend, or have a personal relationship with the applicant;
    • in a position to benefit from the funding of the application;
    • affiliated with the applicant’s current and/or proposed institutions;
    • professionally affiliated with the applicant, as a result of (but not limited to): being their supervisor, trainee, or thesis committee member, collaborating, publishing or sharing funding with the applicant, or having plans to do so in the immediate future.
  • Letters should focus on an evaluation of the applicant’s research or scholarship to date, and the research or scholarship being undertaken. 
  • Assessors must read and comment on the statement of research (or writing) being submitted as part of the application.

Deadline:
Applicant Deadline to submit to Graduate Unit:  Monday, November 16, 2020

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 Accelerate Graduate Student Internships

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

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

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

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

Mitacs Accelerate Industrial Postdoc 

The Mitacs Accelerate Industrial Postdoc provides one, two or three years of funding — valued at $55,000 per year — for a postdoctoral fellow. This special initiative offers better leveraging than standard Mitacs Accelerate internships to:

  • Build a longer-term collaboration with a company or not-for-profit organization
  • Apply academic expertise to real-world problems
  • Connect with a potential employer

 

Postdoctoral fellows need to be within five years of PhD completion at the start of their project to be eligible for this Mitacs program.

This limited time offering closes on November 25, 2020. For questions or more information, please contact Mitacs at accelerate@mitacs.ca or visit their FAQ

 

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 

Mitacs Elevate fellowships provides two years of postdoc funding valued at $60,000/year plus extensive customized professional development training ($7,500/year non-cash value).
Postdoctoral fellows:

  • Manage a long-term collaborative research project with a company or not-for-profit organization
  • Develop business-ready skills in leadership, financial literacy, management and negotiation, project management, problem solving and much more
  • Key deadlines
    January 13, 2021 — Intent to apply and conflict of interest declaration deadline
    February 10, 2021 — Final application deadline

 For questions or more information, please contact Mitacs at elevate@mitacs.ca

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.