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

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

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LDFP - Internal

LDFP CSAP Research Award (Internal Only)

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

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

Value:
Up to $10,000

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

LDFP New Initiative and Innovation Award (Internal Only)

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

Deadline:
February 1, 2022 (Anticipated)

Value:
Up to $50,000 over 2 years

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

LDFP Small Equipment Grant (Internal Only)

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

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

Value:
Up to $5,000

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

Researchers

Cancer Research Society: Translational Research Partnership Program

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

There is no deadline associated with this program.

Cancer Research Society: 2022 Operating Grants Program

The Cancer Research Society has launched the 2022 Operating Grants Program.  The Operating Grants Program is the principal means by which the Cancer Research Society (the Society) fulfills its mission to support fundamental, early translational and environment-cancer research in the broad field of cancer to contribute to the advancement of science aimed at preventing, detecting and treating this disease. The annual Cancer Research Society Operating Grants Competition is open to new and established researchers across Canada.

Funding

The amount of funding available for each project is $60,000 per year for up to 2 years. For the 2021 Operating Grants Competition, the Society awarded 80 research grants worth $9.6M; a historic record for the organization! In 2022, the Society hopes to repeat this significant milestone.

Deadlines

Letter of Intent - December 9, 2021 11:59 pm (EST)

Full Application - February 16, 2022 11:59 pm (EST)
Application details are available online.

Additional Information

For more information about the competition consult the Program Guidelines, available in our website.

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.

CIHR - Planning and Dissemination Grants within the Institute/Initiative Community Support (ICS) Program

CIHR's mandate is to excel, according to internationally accepted standards of scientific excellence, in the creation of new knowledge and its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened health care system. CIHR integrates research through a unique interdisciplinary structure made up of virtual Institutes and Initiatives. The Institutes and Initiatives are networks of researchers and stakeholders brought together to focus on important health problems, with each Institute and Initiative dedicated to a specific area of focus, linking and supporting researchers pursuing common goals.

One of the mechanisms for Institutes and Initiatives to achieve their mandates is by offering planning and/or dissemination grants within the Institute/Initiative Community Support (ICS) Program. The Planning and Dissemination Grants are intended to provide support for planning and/or dissemination activities (either virtual or in-person) consistent with the mandate of CIHR and relevant to CIHR Institutes and Initiatives.

Events/activities may focus on, but are not limited to, the following:

Planning:

  • Activities that assist potential teams of researchers, knowledge-users and/or partners in working together to identify research questions or emerging issues and priorities that could form the basis of a grant application
  • Stakeholder consultations, including citizen engagement activities regarding needs, gaps and opportunities in the health research landscape, priority policy issues and/or priority research questions, where such common understanding is currently lacking or requires further development
  • Initial planning and discussion of a research project among potential team members, including researchers, knowledge-users and/or partners to assess the viability of the research project and the partnership
  • Conducting an environmental scan or preliminary synthesis of relevant literature, activities or programs
  • Early-stage planning to determine possible commercial viability of a discovery
  • Opportunities for knowledge exchange involving stakeholder linkages to inform practice, care, and/or policy that could potentially lead to an application to a funding opportunity
  • Gatherings of partners, health researchers, and/or knowledge-users where the main objective is to facilitate regional/national and/or international collaboration among individuals or groups from a variety of backgrounds (ex., building new and existing multi-sectored partnerships that include a significant number of participants from outside the conventional scientific community, consensus meetings, networking and partnership development events) interested in applying to a funding opportunity

 

Dissemination:

  • Education of groups, such as patients, health professionals, community organizations, policymakers, and the general public
  • Knowledge dissemination that will inform practice, clinical care, partnership best practices, policy and decision making
  • Dissemination and/or discussion of research findings at scientific meetings, workshops, conferences, congresses or symposia
  • Development and dissemination of knowledge translation products and tools (e.g., written materials in various formats, plain language summaries, decision support tools, educational materials, and web sites)

 

Note: This funding opportunity is not intended to support the direct cost of research (e.g., pilot projects, feasibility studies or operating grants), principal and co-investigator salaries or research equipment. Primary research or primary data collection will not be supported through this funding opportunity. Any activity that may be perceived as such should be justified (e.g., surveying individuals for the purpose of the project).

Deadline

The deadline for this opportunity is January 18, 2022.  Please note that an MRA is required and must be submitted by January 11, 2022.

Funding

Each grant is for one (1) year. The maximum amount per grant varies by the sponsoring Institute and Initiative but will not exceed $50,000.  The total amount available for this funding opportunity is $2,858,500, enough to fund approximately 162 grants. This amount may increase if additional funding partners participate.

Additional Information

Additional information about this program, eligibility and guidelines can be found on CIHR's website.

CIHR Project Grant - Spring

CIHR has announced the Project Grant program, which is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential for important advances in fundamental or applied health-related knowledge, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes by supporting projects of research proposed and conducted by individual researchers or groups of researchers in all areas of health. The best ideas may stem from new, incremental, innovative, and/or high-risk lines of inquiry or knowledge translation approaches.

Application areas include:

 

 

Deadline

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 9, 2022
MRA Deadline: Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Funding

The total amount available for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Project Grant Competitions is $650M.

Additional Information

Additional information about this program, eligibility and guidelines can be found on CIHR's website.

CIHR SPOR Primary Care Network

he SPOR Networks are national, multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary networks that are comprised of collaborations of patients, health professionals, decision makers, researchers and other stakeholders. In the first phase of network funding through SPOR, CIHR provided funding to the Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations (PIHCI) Network, which was a series of cross-jurisdictional research, analysis and knowledge synthesis grants to catalyze work in the area of primary care research. This next phase of funding focuses on bringing together a national primary care network that builds upon the successes of the first phase of funding.

The aim of this funding opportunity is to support the development of a national SPOR Primary Care Network that will facilitate the reach, adaptation, and accessibility of successful patient-oriented primary and integrated health care innovations to new sites, new settings, and/or new populations. The Network will mobilize knowledge to inform and transform practice, clinical care, policy, and/or decision-making toward more optimal and equitable health outcomes. Through research, training, mentorship, collaborations and partnerships, the Network will build capacity for the ongoing application of patient-oriented primary and integrated health care knowledge.

Network Requirements and Alignment with the CIHR Strategic Plan

Applications submitted to this funding opportunity are required to demonstrate the following key elements and aspects of a patient-oriented research approach:

  • Co-Conducting Impactful Research with Health System Stakeholders
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Indigenous Health Research
  • Training and Capacity Development
  • Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Governance

Funding

The total amount available from CIHR for this funding opportunity is $10,000,000, enough to fund one grant for a total of five years. Applicants can request a maximum of 25% of the total CIHR contribution in any year; however, funds must be distributed across all five years of the grant.

Deadline

The deadline is December 7, 2021.

Additional Information

Additional information can be found 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
DSI Summer Undergraduate Data Sciences (SUDS) Research Program

The University of Toronto Data Sciences Institute (DSI) is soliciting supervisors with research opportunities for students to participate in the DSI Summer Undergraduate Data Sciences (SUDS) Research Program.  

Purpose:  To provide undergraduate students interested in exploring data science as a career path with an exciting opportunity to engage in hands-on research. SUDS provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to experience applications of data science methods and tools in a range of application areas. Although each student will work on a submitted supervisor’s project, the program is cohort-based, and students will also be provided with social, academic, and professional development opportunities.

SUDS research opportunities are being solicited from UofT faculty members and funding partner scientists that are focused on data sciences methodology or applications in any research area.

Award Value

$7,200 provided by the DSI to the supervisor for the student’s stipend. Any supplement above this level may be set at the supervisor's or department's discretion.

Award Duration

12 full weeks in the summer term, between May 1, 2022 and mid-August, 2022. Start dates and end dates are agreed upon for each student and supervisor.

Deadline

Deadline for supervisors to submit data science research opportunities: January 4, 2022, 11:59 PM

Application

How to apply: Applications are to be submitted online by the deadline 

 The list of research opportunities will be posted on the DSI website on January 10, 2022 for interested students to apply.

Additional Information

Further information: https://datasciences.utoronto.ca/SUDS/

About the Data Sciences Institute (DSI)
The DSI is an institutional strategic initiative for data science research, training, and partnerships at the University of Toronto. Our goal is to accelerate the impact of data sciences across disciplines to address pressing societal questions and to drive positive social change.

To learn more about the DSI, please visit our website: datasciences.utoronto.ca 

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

The Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) 3rd Innovation Networks call for proposals

In response to the rapid development and deployment of commercial 5G technologies, the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF) are seeking to stimulate the application of advances in technologies for 5G and beyond to defence and security problems.  

What IDEaS Provides

Up to $1,500,000 (over 3 years) to develop a research micro-network to stimulate collaboration and build a network of expertise in support of Canada’s current and future defence and security needs.

They are seeking proposals from micro-nets that aim to exploit the advances within 5G and beyond to develop, integrate and demonstrate technologies to improve current capabilities and to introduce new concepts. Example areas of research may include, but are not limited to:

  • architectures that exploit the features of 5G and beyond to improve situational awareness;
  • scalable and adaptable networks to match force requirements;
  • non-cryptographic techniques to enhance information security in public networks;
  • applications of machine-to-machine communications and Internet of Things;
  • application of artificial intelligence to enhance network performance and security; and
  • haptic, virtual or artificial reality applications for simulation, training and operational use.

Eligibility

Recognizing that successful sustainable research networks take time to build, Innovation Networks calls for proposals are to support the creation of smaller networks, called Micro-nets.

A Micro-net is a self-organized multidisciplinary team of at least three eligible organizations/institutions who carry out interdisciplinary research on one or more aspects of the S&T Challenge. Each Micro-Network will advance solutions from Solution Readiness Levels (SRLs) 1 to 6 inclusively,

Eligible organizations or institutions are:

  • Canadian universities and educational institutions chartered in Canada;
  • Incorporated for-profit organizations;
  • Incorporated not-for-profit organizations;
  • Provincial/territorial and municipal government organizations; and
  • International universities and educational institutions.

Applications

Micro-net Team Composition

Each Micro-net must be composed of a minimum of three investigators, up to a maximum of 10 investigators, from any combination of the eligible institutions and organizations. A Canadian university must be the Applicant. Individuals from the eligible institutions and organizations who are members of existing networks, associations, groups, consortia, etc. may participate.

Read and refer to the Applicant Guide for complete details on eligibility and Micro-net composition.

How to Apply

Step 1: Review the Challenge Statement.

Step 2: Read the Applicant Guide for detailed information on eligibility, evaluation, timelines, submission process, etc.

Step 3: Download and complete the Letter of Intent [PDF, 79KB] .

DND will evaluate the submitted Letters of Intent and communicate the results to each applicant.

Only Applicants who have submitted fully completed and eligible Letters of Intent may be invited to submit a Full Proposal Submission.

Step 4: Follow the submission steps outlined in Section 11: Submission Process of the Applicant Guide which includes steps to use Canada Post Corporation’s (CPC) Connect Service to submit the Letter of Intent on or before the closing date.

Deadline

Applicants have until 2:00 PM (Eastern Time), Tuesday, December 7, 2021, to submit their Letter of Intent. See submissions steps provided in Section 11. Submission Process for information on how to submit the Letter of Intent.

Additional Information

For any questions not answered by the Applicant Guide or its annexes, please contact the Innovation Networks team at: IDEaS-IN.IDEeS-RI@forces.gc.ca

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

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.
Mitacs - Business Strategy Internships (BSI)

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

The BSI program aims to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional Information and Submission Guide

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

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

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

AIDS-Science Track Award for Research Transition (R03 Clinical Trial Optional) (PAS-21-270) Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement

Basic Research in Cancer Health Disparities (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (PAR-21-322) Application Receipt Date(s): Standard Deadlines Apply  

Basic Research in Cancer Health Disparities (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (PAR-21-323) Application Receipt Date(s): Standard Deadlines Apply  

Basic Research in Cancer Health Disparities (R03 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (PAR-21-324) Application Receipt Date(s): Standard Deadlines Apply  

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

BRAIN Initiative: Research on the Ethical Implications of Advancements in Neurotechnology and Brain Science (R01) (RFA-MH-21-205)
Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement

Clinical Characterization of Cancer Therapy-induced Adverse Sequelae and Mechanism-based Interventional Strategies (R01) (PAR-21-329)
Application Receipt Date(s): November 05, 2024

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

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

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

Computational Approaches for Validating Dimensional Constructs of Relevance to Psychopathology (R01) (PAR-21-263)
Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement

Computationally-Defined Behaviors in Psychiatry (R21) (PAR-21-264) Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement

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

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

Dyadic Interpersonal Processes and Biopsychosocial Outcomes (R01) (PAR-21-280) Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement

Dyadic Interpersonal Processes and Biopsychosocial Outcomes (R01) (PAR-21-281) Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement

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

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

Global Brain and Nervous System Disorders Research Across the Lifespan (R01) (PAR-21-311) Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement

Global Brain and Nervous System Disorders Research Across the Lifespan (R21) (PAR-21-319) Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement

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

HEAL Initiative: Analgesic Development Initial Translational Efforts [Small Molecules and Biologics] (U19) (RFA-NS-21-015)
Submission Deadlines: 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)

High Priority HIV and Substance Use Research (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) (RFA-DA-22-040) Application Receipt Date(s): February 15, 2024

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)

Imaging - Science Track Award for Research Transition (I/START) (R03) (PAR-21-309) Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.

Imaging - Science Track Award for Research Transition (I/START) (R03) (PAR-21-310) Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.

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.

Innovative Mental Health Services Research Not Involving Clinical Trials (R01) (PAR-21-316) Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.

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

Investigator Initiated Research in Computational Genomics and Data Science (R01) (PAR-21-254) Application Receipt Date(s): Standard dates apply

Investigator Initiated Research in Computational Genomics and Data Science (R21) (PAR-21-255) Application Receipt Date(s): Standard dates apply

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: August 8, 2022, March 8, 2023

Mood and Psychosis Symptoms during the Menopause Transition (R01) (PAR-22-035) Application Receipt Date(s): January 07, 2025

Mood and Psychosis Symptoms during the Menopause Transition (R21) (PAR-22-036) Application Receipt Date(s): January 07, 2025

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 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 25, 2022; July 25, 2023

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

Pharmacokinetics (PK) and Pharmacodynamics (PD) of THC in Cannabis and Cannabis Products (R01) (RFA-DA-22-028)
Application Receipt Date(s): February 09, 2022 National Institute on Drug Abuse

Pharmacokinetics (PK) and Pharmacodynamics (PD) of THC in Cannabis and Cannabis Products (R21) (RFA-DA-22-039) Application Receipt Date(s): February 09, 2022

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

Research on Biopsychosocial Factors of Social Connectedness and Isolation on Health, Wellbeing, Illness, and Recovery (R01 Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required) (PAR-21-349) Application Receipt Date(s): June 21, 2022

Research on Biopsychosocial Factors of Social Connectedness and Isolation on Health, Wellbeing, Illness, and Recovery (R01 Clinical Trials Not Allowed) (PAR-21-350)
Application Receipt Date(s): June 21, 2022

Research on Biopsychosocial Factors of Social Connectedness and Isolation on Health, Wellbeing, Illness, and Recovery (R01 Clinical Trial Required) (PAR-21-352)
Application Receipt Date(s): September 07, 2022

Secondary Analyses of Existing Datasets of Tobacco Use and Health (R21) (RFA-OD-21-003) Application Receipt Date(s): 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

Technology Development for Single-Molecule Protein Sequencing (R01) (RFA-HG-21-001) Application Receipt Date(s): June 15, 2022; June 15, 2023

Technology Development for Single-Molecule Protein Sequencing (R21 Clinical Trial not allowed) (RFA-HG-21-002)
Application Receipt Date(s): June 15, 2022; June 15, 2023

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)

Utilizing the PLCO Biospecimens Resource to Bridge Gaps in Cancer Etiology and Early Detection Research (U01) (PAR-21-330)
Application Receipt Date(s): October 11, 2024

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.

*NIH is informing the applicant of changes to grant application forms and application guide instructions for due dates on or after January 25, 2022.  Application guides for FORMS-G application packages will be posted to the How to Apply - Application Guide page no later than October 25, 2021.

NSERC Alliance grants: Canada’s Research Partnerships Program

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

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

**Please note NSERC will require the completion of a risk assessment form for your research project, as part of your Alliance application.

Additional Information

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

Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) - Innovation to Implementation Supplement (I2IS)

The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) is inviting applications for the Innovation to Implementation Supplement (I2IS), which is focused on overcoming barriers to the mobilization, or uptake, of knowledge required to inform adoption of OICR research assets into policy or health care. OICR is committed to providing research funding to help support a sustainable health system that enables fair and equitable access to cancer interventions. I2IS is a supplement for OICR research projects supported within the last five years to move them from an experimental phase towards clinical use.

 

I2IS funding has two main purposes:

  • To support research projects needed to overcome implementation bottlenecks and provide optimal approaches to accelerate the uptake and sustainability of OICR-supported research outputs in population health, cancer screening and clinical settings; and 
  • To support efforts to synthesize, disseminate, exchange and apply knowledge related to OICR-funded research in order to build on and use that knowledge to improve high-quality decision making to support health, the healthcare system or healthcare delivery. 

Eligibility

I2IS is a supplement for projects that have received OICR support between April 1, 2016 and November 30, 2021 (the ‘eligibility term’). To be eligible, the applicant must have been listed as a Principal Investigator (PI), co-PI, Investigator, or co-Investigator on a previously supported OICR project within the eligibility term. Applications from Investigators who have not received OICR funding over the eligibility term will only be accepted if a co-PI, who has received OICR support for the related project over the eligibility term, is also listed on the application. Applicants are eligible to submit a single I2IS application as the PI or Co-PI. PI/Co-PIs may participate on separate I2IS applications as Co-Investigators or Collaborators.

Funding available

Up to $100,000 per year, inclusive of overhead, for a maximum of one year. The annual budget for the entire I2IS funding stream is $600,000. OICR funding is only tenable in Ontario and can only be disbursed to not-for-profit entities. 

Deadline 

RFA information session: January 12, 2022, 10-11 a.m. ET (register here to attend)
Notice of Intent (NOI) deadline: No later than January 26 by 5 p.m. ET
Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline: January 26, 2022 by 5 p.m. ET
Full application deadline: April 28, 2022 by 5 p.m. ET
Funding to begin: July 1, 2022

Additional Information

For more information visit www.oicr.on.ca.

Ontario Research Fund: Research Excellence: Round 11

The Ministry of Colleges and Universities has launched Round 11 of the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence (ORF-RE) competition.  The ORF-RE provides research institutions with funding to support the operational costs of major projects of strategic value to the province.

The fund provides up to one third of the total value of a project, with the remaining two-thirds coming from a combination of private sector and institutional contributions.

Application Streams

Stream 1: General – Basic and Applied Research

This stream:

  • is open to all research disciplines
  • funds projects from $500,000 to $2,000,000
  • funds projects up to a maximum of 5 years

Stream 2: Targeted – Experimental Research

This stream:

  • funds projects that demonstrate strong commercialization potential, where the innovation is at a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 3 or higher
  • targets projects in the following sectors:
    • information communications technologies
    • life sciences and medical devices
    • industrial technologies
  • requires collaboration with an Ontario-based company
  • funds projects from $300,000 to $1,000,000
  • funds projects up to a maximum of 4 years

Priority themes

In both streams, MCU will give priority to applications focused on:

  • connected, autonomous, electric vehicles (including battery and powertrain technology)
  • industrial/mining technologies related to electric vehicles, spanning the entire value chain from minerals to manufacturing to recovering resources from vehicles or their component parts at end-of-life

Program Guidelines and Application Forms 

Links to ORF-RE guidelines and application forms are available from the MCU web page.

Deadlines

Notice of Intent:               December 10th, 2021 to RSO.VPR@utoronto.ca

Draft Application:            February 11th, 2022 to RSO.VPR@utoronto.ca

Final Application:            Wednesday, March 16th, 2022 to RSO.VPR@utoronto.ca

MCU deadline:                 Monday, March 21st, 2022

Additional Information

Further details of the competition and of internal University of Toronto processes, including the NOI form, will be published shortly on the UofT Research Funding Opportunities page.

NSERC Discussion Paper: Inviting Research Community input

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) is inviting input from the research community as part of its NSERC 2030 Strategic Plan development exercise.

As described in the Discussion Paper, NSERC must define its goals for how NSE research could benefit society, along with how best to evaluate those benefits, and how to ensure that NSE research results are proactively disseminated by researchers to populations in Canada. 

Structured around the four discussion questions referenced below, those wishing to contribute their thoughts and comments can click on the above link for more details and then provide input on the Comment Form (which you can access at the bottom of the Discussion Paper.)

Discussion questions:

  • Evaluation of research and research impacts: How should NSERC define research impacts? What metrics can be used to assess enhanced research impacts?
  • Enhancing societal impacts: How could NSERC adapt its practices to increase research impacts to meet societal needs, e.g., designated 10 urgent problems for Canadian science to tackle? How should NSERC define and measure what it considers a societal impact?
  • Knowledge mobilization: How should NSERC support effective translation of research into impact?
  • Science communications and enhancing public access to research: What role should NSERC play in supporting public understanding and trust in science, and how can it best support researchers

 

If you have any questions, comments or ideas, you can write to NSERC at:
nserc2030crsng@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.

Webinar:

In view of the technical difficulties that were experienced in our latest webinar presented in English and which were not experienced in the one presented in French, SSHRC will be holding an additional webinar in English for applicants and research administrators to provide information and answer questions about Connection Grants competition.

​​​​​​The webinar will be held via WebEx at the following time:

Webinar

Date

WebEx link

Event number

Event password

Connection Grants (English)

 

December 8, 2021

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Eastern

https://sshrcvideo.webex.com/sshrcvideo/j.php?MTID=mc81f8a9f587eb7404e9ca9c568f02d23

2335 313 9198

CG2021Webinar

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.

Additional Information:

F

or 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 visit the UofT funding opportunity Connection Grants webpage.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

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

SSHRC Connection Grants – OVPI matching funds opportunity for UofT applicants

The University of Toronto Office of the Vice President, International (OVPI) provides up to $5,000 in funding to support U of T applicants for the SSHRC Connection Grants (CG).  The funding is for matching funds in support of an applicant’s Connection Grant 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 be international in scope
    • Have at least one international co-applicant or collaborator identified
    • There must be presenters from outside of Canada at the proposed event
  • CG competitions this applies to: February 2022 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?: There is no set number.  Applications will be reviewed for quality of the project and contribution to international partnership development, and only those that meet OVPI criteria will be funded.
  • OVPI contact: Anett Trifonov, Administrative Coordinator, anett.trifonov@utoronto.ca
  • How to apply for these OVPI matching funds: UofT applicants whose CG proposals meet the eligibility criteria above should submit an application through the OVPI Application Portal with the following information:
    • International Partners & Location
    • Project Overview
    • U of T Lead/Co-Lead Applicant Information
    • Other U of T Applicants (if applicable)
    • Proposal Details including (Please provide as an attachment though field 5.b):
      • Names of co-applicants/collaborators outside of UofT (particularly from int’l institutions), anticipated non-UofT participants/presenters, information on partner institutions, and a description of the collaboration with identified partner institutions
      • Overview of proposal/event/outreach activity, including its focus, anticipated outcomes and potential scale-up of the collaboration
    • Budget, including funds from other sources. (Please provide as an attachment though field 6.a)

Application Process

Please note, OVPI has populated this new platform with historic grants data. If you applied to an OVPI grant in the past, an account may have been created for you during this process. When signing up for a new user account, the following error message will indicate that your e-mail address is associated with an existing account: “Email must be unique. youremail@utoronto.ca is already being used.” If you receive this error, please simply use the "forgot password" option to gain access to your account or contact international@utoronto.ca for assistance.

Deadline

Apply for the OVPI matching funds by no later than Friday, January 7, 2022 

Additional Information

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 Insight Development Grant 

Insight Development Grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight program.

Insight Development Grants support research in its initial stages. The grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas. Funding is provided for short-term research development projects of up to two years that are proposed by individuals or teams.

Insight Development Grants foster research in its early stages, but are not intended to support large-scale initiatives. Long-term support for research is offered through SSHRC’s Insight Grants.

Proposed projects can involve, but are not limited to, the following types of research activities:

  • case studies
  • pilot initiatives
  • critical analysis of existing research

Projects can also involve national and international research collaboration, and the exploration of new ways of producing, structuring and mobilizing knowledge within and across disciplines and sectors.

Funding: 

Insight Development Grants are valued at up to $75,000 over one to two years. A minimum budget of $7,000 in at least one of the years is required.

For the current competition, at least 50 % of funds will be reserved for applications from emerging scholars.

Deadlines:

  • Noon - Monday, January 24, 2022 – completed My Research Application form (submitted and approved, i.e. please submit MRA at least two days earlier) - Please check with your administering unit/department to see if they have an earlier internal deadline for the MRA, and whether or not a draft application/proposal (with a firm budget) or a complete/finalized application is needed for their review and approval.
  • 9 am - Friday, January 28, 2022 – completed SSHRC Application (including CCV upload for main applicant and any co-applicants) submitted via the SSHRC Research Portal; please note that this is earlier than SSHRC's posted deadline of Feb 2 because after online submission by the applicant through the SSHRC Research Portal, the application does not go directly to SSHRC, but instead first comes to UofT Research Services. Research Services will then conduct an administrative review of the application (i.e., an eligibility check among other things) before approving and forwarding the application to SSHRC prior to SSHRC's formal deadline, so it is important for applicants to submit their application by the UofT internal deadline so that Research Services has sufficient time to complete its administrative review and forwarding of all applications to SSHRC by Feb 2.

Information Session:

SSHRC will be holding webinars for this program, details are available below:

Webinar

Date

WebEx Link

Insight Development Grants (French)

Thursday, December 16, 2021

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (eastern)

https://sshrcvideo.webex.com/sshrcvideo/j.php?MTID=m32ac5ca540f58cadd1f81f5561c522b9

Insight Development Grants (English)

Thursday, December 16, 2021

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (eastern)

https://sshrcvideo.webex.com/sshrcvideo/j.php?MTID=m41cf2b5baeaac5f1113925453d054dd1

UofT Research Services will be holding an information session for the 2022 SSHRC Insight Development Grant (IDG) competition. This session will cover eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria, proposal development and the submission process (both internal through MRA, and external to SSHRC). A former IDG selection committee member will discuss the adjudication process and elements of a strong proposal.

Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2021 Time: 10 am - 11:30 am

 

For more information on the SSHRC IDG, please see the listing for it on the UofT Funding Opportunities database (which includes the UofT internal deadlines) and also the SSHRC IDG webpage. (***Please note that SSHRC has not yet updated its IDG funding opportunity for the 2022 competition, so another Research Alert will be sent out once they do so)

  • Place: Online through MS Teams.
  • Registration required?: Yes, to register, please go to the EVE IDG event registration page: https://cris.eve.utoronto.ca/home/events/2060. After registering, you will have access to the MS Teams link in order to attend the event.
  • Speakers:
           - Professor Amaya Perez-Brumer, Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, SSHRC IDG awardee, and 2021 SSHRC IDG adjudication committee member
             (Multidisciplinary or Interdisciplinary Social Sciences committee)
          - Mark Bold, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Funding Officer, Research Services Office, University of Toronto

Additional Information

For more information on the 2021 SSHRC IDG competition, please visit the Insight Development Grants webpage 

SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant - The Emerging Asocial Society

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) has launched a Knowledge Synthesis Grants funding opportunity to assess the state of research knowledge on the topic of The Emerging Asocial Society, under SSHRC’s Imagining Canada’s Future initiative.

This call for proposals focuses on the state of knowledge from research on issues related to the growing sense of disconnection, isolation and loneliness in Canadian society. The resulting syntheses will identify roles that the academic, public, private and not-for-profit sectors may play in promoting more connected and resilient communities, and may inform the development of effective tools, robust policies and sustainable practices required to support the transition to a more equitable, healthy and prosperous future.

Knowledge Synthesis Grants are not intended to support original research. Rather, they are intended to support the synthesis of existing research knowledge and the identification of knowledge gaps. This call is particularly focused on the state of research produced over the past 10 years.

Value

Grants are valued at $30,000 for one year.  Up to 25 grants may be awarded.

Successful applicants will be expected to do the following:

  • complete a synthesis report (maximum 40 pages) and two-page evidence brief within six months of receiving the grant
  • participate in a kick-off webinar (tentatively scheduled for May 2022)
  • participate in an in-person or virtual one-day knowledge mobilization forum six months after the grant has been awarded to share research findings with community practitioners and knowledge users in various sectors (tentatively scheduled for November 2022, format TBD)

Knowledge mobilization activities (i.e., conference presentations and outreach activities) can take place throughout the year. All synthesis reports must be completed by November 1, 2022, prior to the forum.

Deadline

The internal UofT deadline is December 10, 2021; Sponsor deadline is December 17, 2021
For details on submission and UofT approval, please see the Research Services webpage.

Additional Information

For more information on the call for proposals, please see the SSHRC website or contact: ksg-ssc@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 Partnership Program Series

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

SSHRC Partnership 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 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

Strategic Science Fund (SSF) – Supporting Proposals

The Strategic Science Fund (SSF) was launched in August 2021 by the Federal Government, to be administered through ISED and Health Canada.  Applications to SSF will be considered from third-party science and research organizations (TPO) in response to periodic Calls.  The first such Call has now been launched, with LOIs due by January 14, 2022. Eligible applicants under this Call include those not-for-profits whose existing sources of federal funding are expiring, with no direct follow-on sources of funding.

While universities cannot lead applications, TPOs are likely to engage with postsecondary institutions in both the application process and the proposals awarded SSF funding.  We expect to receive several such requests as TPOs craft their Letters of Intent in response to the current Call.

This Research Alert is to provide some basic context to researchers who may be approached individually by TPOs that have previously funded their endeavours through NCEs, Business-Led NCEs, and other such federal funding programs.

The current SSF call explicitly allows such TPOs to apply through a two-stage process.  LOIs will be submitted by the TPO by January 2022; those deemed most worthy will be invited to submit full applications in the August 2022 timeframe, for a final decision in early 2023. 

Part of the LOI process includes indications of supporting organizations – in the case of universities, this may entail some measure of in-kind support for the applicant TPO by the university (which can include, for example, a portion of HQP salaries on applicable research projects, equipment access, etc.).  Researchers approached for such support are encouraged to discuss this opportunity with their Chairs/ACRs, for coordination of institutional responses across Divisions. The Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO) will aggregate these in-kind contributions in responding at the institutional level to the TPO.

For information on the SSF program, please see: Strategic Science Fund

U of T Public Policy Reports Collection: Call for Submissions

The Division of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (VPRI) and the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) are calling for submissions to the U of T Public Policy Reports Collection.

This collection assembles public policy-related research reports produced by University of Toronto units. It is a collection of grey literature (research not published through traditional means such as in an academic journal). It is housed in TSpace, a free and secure research repository established by the University of Toronto Libraries to disseminate and preserve the scholarly record of U of T. The collection aims to improve discoverability of U of T contributions in a variety of areas including local, provincial, national, and global public policy.

Eligibility:

Public policy-related reports, broadly construed, which meet all the following criteria:

  • Authored by faculty, fellows, students or staff, providing that they were at U of T when the report was issued.
  • Authored by U of T academic units with explicit U of T branding and affiliation of the author.
  • Not published in an academic journal in an identical form.

Benefits to Researchers:

The U of T Public Policy Reports Collection provides permanent URLs on a high-traffic repository, enabling timely research to be available sooner than through traditional scholarly publication channels. Many U of T faculty produce public policy reports outside of traditional publishing and dissemination channels. These reports are not easily found through standard bibliometric searches or through search engines and can be lost when department or personal websites are redesigned.

For more information and instructions on submitting public policy reports to the collection, please visit: https://research.utoronto.ca/reports-publications-metrics/public-policy-reports-collection

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 Institutional Strategic Initiatives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women of Impact in Canada

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

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

Working with Johnson & Johnson Innovation and JLABS

U of T’s Innovations and Partnerships Office (IPO) is pleased to host a webinar with Johnson & Johnson Innovation on Dec. 14, 2021. 

During this live virtual event, Johnson & Johnson Innovation will present their external academic collaboration model and walk you through how they work side-by-side with innovators throughout their journey, providing a robust exchange of ideas and resources to support their success. 

There will also be presentations from U of T startups that are currently incubating or have recently graduated from JLABS@Toronto sharing their lived experiences. 

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and to reply to a call to meet with the J&J team 1:1 and discuss collaboration opportunities. 

Session Moderator 

Akshita Vincent, Business Development Officer, Industry Partnerships, Innovations and Partnerships Office (IPO) 

 

Speakers

  • Dr. Jennifer Hamilton, Senior Director, Early Innovation Partnering, Johnson & Johnson Innovation (Canada) 
  • Dr. Dozie Amuzie, Head, Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS Canada 
  • Liam Kaufman, CEO & Cofounder, Winterlight Labs 
  • Natalie Galant, CEO & Cofounder, Paradox Immunotherapeutics 

 

Target Audience: U of T faculty researchers in the Life Sciences across the tri-campus. Post-docs and graduate students are also welcome to attend. 

Session Details & Registration 

 Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Fellows

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.

The graduate and Postdoctoral Awards database are available here.

Brain Tumour Foundation - Fellowships

Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to reaching every Canadian affected by a brain tumour through support, education, information, and research.

This Fellowship is being offered to help us with our vision to find the cause of and cure for brain tumours while improving the quality of life for those we serve and in recognition of the critical need for increased focus on brain tumour research.

The Brain Tumour Research Fellowship encourages and enables young clinicians and scientists to enter the field of brain tumour research and will accelerate studies leading to a cure for brain tumours. Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is seeking outstanding young brain tumour researchers to continue the Research Fellowship for studies to be conducted in Canada

Area of Research

Must be Glioblastoma Focused to be accepted Applications will be considered for adult and pediatric Basic, Clinical or Translational Research

Funding

$100,000, two year Canadian fellowship award: $50,000 a year: $45,000 salary + $5,000 lab expenses/travel. (only one award can be had at one time)

Deadline

Fellowship applications must be RECEIVED by February 11, 2022 4:30 EST, in office. The selection process and approval will take place shortly after and the Fellowship will be communicated to all applicants late Spring to begin early Summer.

Please mail the original and 5 copies and send ONE electronic PDF copy of the completed fellowship application to:
Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada Research Committee
205 Horton St E, Suite 203
London, ON N6B 1K7
Re: 2022 - 2024 Brain Tumour Research Fellowship Application- Glioblastoma Feature

Additional Information

Additional Information can be found on the Brain Tumour Foundation website.

CAMH Talent Development Competition - PDF Fellowships

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world's leading research centres in its field. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.

CAMH has launched its 2022 Talent Development Competition, with the following postdoctoral fellowships available:

Discovery Fund: 2022 Postdoctoral Fellowship

 - Up to three (3) 1-year fellowships and two (2) two-year fellowships pursuing basic and clinical research to better identify, diagnose, prevent and treat mental illnesses under a number of research
    themes, including neuroscience, bio-marker identification and more.

Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre: 2022 Postdoctoral Fellowship

 -  Up to four fellowships applying concepts to better identify, prevent, diagnose and treat mental illnesses in adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families.

womenmind: 2022 Postdoctoral Fellowship

 -  Up to four fellowships pursuing research to better understand, prevent and treat mental illnesses, with a focus on women’s mental health.

Additional Information

For more information, please visit: https://www.camh.ca/en/science-and-research/research-students-and-fellows, or contact grants.awards@camh.ca.

**Please pay specific attention to the eligibility requirements**

CIHR - CTN Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards Program

The CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN) is pleased to announce the 2022/23 competition for the CTN Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards Program.  The CTN Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards Program facilitates research in HIV, hepatitis C (HCV) and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs) and related health conditions by providing funding to candidates who wish to write a trial protocol, research program, and develop and run their own trial. The fellowships provide career support and are renewable for up to two years. Former CTN postdoctoral fellows from the last two decades include some of Canada’s leading HIV clinical investigators today.

Value

Each award is worth $50,000 plus up to $5,000 in travel allowance on expenses claimed.

Eligibility

We invite applications from MDs who have completed their medical residency program or PhDs who have completed their PhD. In addition, Biostatisticians with a PhD and working in a HIV or related health conditions group are also eligible to apply. Only Canadian citizens or permanent residents may apply.

Deadline

The application deadline is February 15, 2022.

Application

Details on the application can be found here.

Additional Information

For more information, please visit https://www.hivnet.ubc.ca/join-the-ctn/post-doctoral-program/

CIHR - Health System Impact Fellowship

The Health System Impact (HSI) Fellowship (for doctoral trainees and post-doctoral fellows) provides highly-qualified doctoral trainees and post-doctoral fellows studying health services and policy research (HSPR), or related fields, a unique opportunity to apply their research and analytic talents to critical challenges in health care that are being addressed by health system and related organizations (e.g., public, private for-profit, not-for-profit, and Indigenous health organizations that are not universities) outside of the traditional university setting, and to also develop professional experience, new skills, and networks.

The HSI Fellowship provides doctoral and post-doctoral awardees, both referred to as fellows, with an embedded research opportunity within health system and related organizations where they will dedicate the majority of their time towards a co-developed program of work that advances the organization’s impact goals and contributes to improved health system performance. Fellows will be exposed to how the health system and related organizations work, how decisions are made, how research and analytic skills can contribute to an organization’s rapid learning and improvement, and the organization’s role in contributing to improved health and health system performance.

The HSI Fellowship contains a stream for doctoral trainees and a stream for post-doctoral fellows:

  • Doctoral fellows receive a paid one-year experiential learning opportunity where they are embedded in their health system partner organization for at least 60% of their time focused on an impact-oriented project of direct relevance to their partner organization. The remaining time (up to 40%), is protected to continue with their doctoral program commitments.
  • Post-doctoral fellows receive a paid two-year experiential learning opportunity where they are embedded in their health system partner organization for at least 70% of their time focused on their impact-oriented program of work. The remaining time (up to 30%), is protected for academic research.

Flexibility in the time commitment will enable fellows to make meaningful contributions to an organization’s impact goal, become immersed in the culture and operations of the organization, and benefit from mentorship by health system leaders, while also protecting time to continue with doctoral program commitments or post-doctoral academic research with an academic supervisor. This immersion in both the health system and academic communities, and the co-mentorship by a health system leader within the organization and an academic supervisor at the university, are unique elements of the HSI Fellowship program.

HSI Fellows’ experiential learning will also be enhanced through two training offerings:

  • Professional development training in a core set of enriched competencies (e.g., leadership, negotiation, project management, change management) designed to accelerate their professional growth and better prepare them to embark on a wider range of career paths with greater impact; and
  • Participation in a national cohort of HSI Fellows and leaders from academic and health system and related organizations.

Value 

Funds are allocated across two mutually exclusive streams: Stream A: Health System Impact (HSI) Award for Doctoral Trainees and Stream B: HSI Awards for post-Doctoral Fellows. Further breakdown of funding by region and organization is detailed below in Distribution of Funding within Streams.

  • Stream A: HSI Award for Doctoral Trainees: The maximum amount per award is $50,000 per year for up to 1 year. Of this:
    • Stipend: $45,000
    • Professional development training and research allowance: $5,000
  • Stream B: HSI Awards for post-Doctoral Fellows: The maximum amount per award is $155,000 total for 2 years. Of this:
    • Stipend: $70,000 per year
    • Professional development training and research allowance: $7,500 per year

Deadline  

Sponsor Deadline: February 24, 2022
*Please note that an MRA is required for this award*

Additional Information

Additional information on this funding opportunity is available at the sponsor's website.

Data Sciences Institute – Call for Postdoctoral Fellows

The University of Toronto Data Sciences Institute is pleased to launch our inaugural call for Postdoctoral Fellows. 

Value: 

$60,000/year plus benefits

Duration:  

2 years

Purpose: 

The DSI Postdoctoral Fellowships are designed to support multi/interdisciplinary training and collaborative research in data sciences that include faculty from the University of Toronto and funding partner institutions. Currently, DSI Partner institutions are: Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, University Health Network, and The Hospital For Sick Children.

  • To be considered for the Fellowship, applicants must pursue a research project that uses a data sciences focus to address major societal issues through the development of a novel methodology or the innovative application of existing approaches and
  • applicants must identify at least two faculty members from complementary disciplinary backgrounds to serve as co-supervisors, who together can supervise the different multidisciplinary aspects of the research project.

Application Deadline: 

January 4, 2022, 20:00 EST

Submission: Applications are to be submitted via email by the deadline 

How to apply: Access the complete application guidelines and templates via the DSI website

Further information: 

Professor Laura Rosella, DSI Associate Director, Education & Training is hosting a webinar on the Postdoctoral Fellowships competition on November 30, 2021. Applicants are encouraged to attend to learn more about the DSI and the overall Postdoctoral Fellowship application process.

About the Data Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto

The Data Sciences Institute (DSI) is a central hub and incubator for data science research, training, and partnerships at the University of Toronto. Its goal is to accelerate the impact of data sciences across disciplines to address pressing societal questions and to drive positive social change. DSI is focused on training the next generation of data science scholars. To learn more about the DSI, please visit our website: datasciences.utoronto.ca 

Research Award Recipient Opportunities

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has announced the 2022 Research award recipient opportunities.  IDRC offers research awards in a number of development areas or themes, which include: 

  • Climate-Resilient Food Systems 
  • Democratic and Inclusive Governance
  • Education and Science
  • Ethics in Development Research
  • Global Health 
  • Policy and Evaluation
  • Sustainable Inclusive Economies.

If your research proposal is selected, you will join IDRC as a Research award recipient for a period of 12 months from 1 May 2022 to 30 April 2023 with a salary in Canadian dollars between CA$42,033 to CA$48,659 to undertake research on the topic you have submitted. You will receive hands-on experience in research and program management and support, grant administration, and the creation, dissemination, and use of knowledge from an international perspective. Meet some or our former IDRC Research award recipients.

Deadline:

The deadline for submitting your completed application is 1st February 2022 at 23:59 EST

Program Requirements:

Additional information pertaining to eligibility and proposal requirements can be found on the IDRC website.

Additional Information:

For further information, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions and the Short-Listed Candidate Checklist. If after reviewing all the information provided, you still have a question, please contact us at careers@idrc.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 $60,000 per year – for a postdoctoral fellow. This special initiative offers an enhanced leveraging opportunity for postdoctoral fellows. 

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

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

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

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

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

Mitacs - Business Strategy Internships (BSI)

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

The BSI program aims to:

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

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

Additional Information

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

Mitacs Globalink Research Award – Call for Applications

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

Mitacs RISE-Globalink Research Internship

Mitacs and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) have partnered to offer the RISE-Globalink Research Internship (RISE-GRI), which offers undergraduate students at Canadian universities the opportunity to undertake summer research internships at eligible German institutions.

RISE-GRI pairs Canadian students with three-month projects supervised by PhD students in Germany.

  • Open to full-time undergraduates in biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, earth sciences, or engineering (or a closely related field) who have completed at least two years of a four- or five-year program 
  • Applications accepted until December 15, 2021. Students must apply through the RISE application portal
  • Projects must start between May 15 and July 11, 2022
  • Approved recipients receive $6,000 toward travel and accommodation

For questions about the application procedure, matching process, and internship placements, please contact rise-germany@daad.de.

For any questions regarding the funding, please contact Mitacs at helpdesk@mitacs.ca.

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

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

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

2021-22 Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowship

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

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

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

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

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

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

Contacts & Resources

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

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

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

Application Process

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

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

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

Undergraduate Students

Award Explorer

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

Undergraduate Awards database is available here.

Brain Tumour Foundation - Studentship

The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada has announced they are accepting applications for the 2022 Brain Tumour Research Studentship.  They lead research into the cause of and cure for this devastating disease through a variety of funding opportunities including the Brain Tumour Research Studentship opportunities. This opportunity will allow students to become more familiar with the Brain Tumour Research Field and its research methods.  

Funding

This program offers $10,000 research opportunities for first-year medical students and first, second or third-year undergraduate science students pursuing a four-year Bachelor of Science degree. Research studentships offer funding for two summers of research work. All research studentships are funded thanks to the generosity of donors.

Deadline

The deadline for this competition is January 7th, 2022

Application

The application can be found here.

Additional Information

Additional information can be found on the Brain Tumour Foundation website. Guidelines for the program are available here.

INSPIRE Scholars Drug Discovery Program

Interested in a career in biotech or pharma? Want to jumpstart your graduate career? Curious about what it takes to build your own start-up?

The INSPIRE Scholars Drug Discovery Program is an interdisciplinary summer program in research and entrepreneurship. 

Running June 13 to July 8, 2022, this four-week program will introduce students to interdisciplinary graduate research at the interface of the physical and life sciences while jumpstarting future careers in pharma or biotechnology.

Students will get immersive, hands-on training in drug discovery taught by distinguished U of T faculty and industry experts. This year's program will focus on "GPCR Pharmacology" and will include 30-35 hours per week of lab instruction, workshops, case studies, networking, social events, and more. 

Who Should Apply?

This program is primarily geared toward third and fourth year undergraduate students as well as new U of T graduate students interested in pursuing interdisciplinary graduate research in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Physics. Exceptional second year undergraduates are also encouraged to apply.

Fees & Registration

This is a highly competitive program. Accepted students will be provided with a fellowship to cover 100% of the costs of all instruction and laboratory fees. We are committed to fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion. Additional funds are available to support this committment.

Registration closes February 25, 2022. Results will be announced by March 25, 2022.

Download the Brochure | Register Now

The program is being offered by the Centre for Medicinal Chemistry (CMC) in partnership with IMIx Executive Programs at UTM’s Institute for Management & Innovation.

Mitacs Accelerate Undergraduate Student Internships

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

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

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

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

Mitacs Globalink Research Award – Call for Applications

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

Mitacs - Business Strategy Internships (BSI)

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

The BSI program aims to:

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

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

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

Summer internship opportunities in cancer research at IRIC – Summer 2021

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

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