Research Funding Information, News & Opportunities

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Updated August 2016

My Research Application (MRA)

All research grant applications submitted at the University of Toronto must be accompanied by a My Research Application (MRA) online form. MRA allows the university to track the number of research applications submitted and to set up research funds quickly and easily, if the application is successful. It replaces the old RIS form (or Blue form).

NOTE - Use your UTORid and password to logon to MRA

Some helpful MRA resources are;

Research Proposal and Budget Peer Review

To have your research proposal and budget reviewed by the Associate Dean of Research and the Research Funding Coordinator, kindly provide a copy of your proposal and project budget in Microsoft Word, along with the name of the sponsor, program and information about any deadlines (internal and external) a minimum of TWO WEEKS ahead of U of T's internal deadline (if applicable).

Also refer to the weekly e-newsletter for specific deadlines.

Funding Opportunities

Funding opportunities are typically selected from Research Alerts and web searches. Faculty are encouraged to create their own profile for Research Alerts so appropriate funding opportunities are emailed directly to them, in addition to reviewing this page. Weekly Research Alerts summary emails also go out to all faculty members on Friday afternoons.

  • Research Alerts from the University of Toronto Research and Innovation Office
  • Pivot is a database of funding opportunities and is part of the ProQuest family of databases. All staff, students and faculty are eligible to create accounts or simply use the database to perform searches.

Various Funding Opportunities

  • SOSCIP (Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform) - Call for Expressions of Interest for Collaborative Projects: The Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) Consortium invites eligible researchers to submit expressions of interest for the development of standard collaborative research projects.
    • This call aims to:
    • Generate creative collaborations among SOSCIP consortium member academic institutions and industry
    • Facilitate new opportunities for researchers and industry to access high performance Blue Gene/Q, Cloud, Agile, and Large Memory System computing environments
    • Address industry challenges across a broad range of strategic sectors
    • Create new products and/or services that can be commercialized in Ontario and applied both domestically and around the globe.
    • iSchool internal deadline: please inform the Dean of intent to apply.
      There is no deadline for applications, and the SOSCIP operations, technical and business development teams will work with project PIs to develop their proposal prior to submission.
       
  • Marc Fitch Fund: Special Projects. The Marc Fitch Fund makes small grants towards the costs of publishing scholarly work in the fields of British and Irish national, regional and local history, archaeology, antiquarian studies, historical geography, the history of art and architecture, heraldry, genealogy and surname studies, archival research, artefact conservation and the broad fields of the heritage, conservation and the historic environment. The Marc Fitch Fund is a fund of last resort, stepping in to assist worthwhile projects that are at risk of failing without a grant, and where other sources of funds have been exhausted. For that reason, we ask applicants to explain why a grant is necessary and to demonstrate that they have made an effort to secure funding from other sources. Deadline for Application: March 1 and August 1, annually.
  • Google: Faculty Research Awards. Google Research Awards are one-year awards structured as unrestricted gifts to universities to support the work of world-class full-time faculty members at top universities around the world. Faculty members can apply for Research Awards by submitting a proposal to one of our two 2014 funding rounds (2015 dates pending).  Faculty members can apply for up to 150,000 USD in eligible expenses, but actual award amounts are frequently less than the full amount requested. Most awards are funded at the amount needed to support basic expenses for one graduate student for one year. Review the proposal advice and FAQ sections when drafting your application.  Deadline for application: October 15, 2016.
  • Soros Foundation: Open Society Fellowship. The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. Among the Foundations' core areas of concern are human rights, government transparency, the promotion of civil society and social inclusion. Project themes should cut across these areas of interest. Stipends are either $80,000 or $100,000. A fellow's stipend is based on several factors including the fellow's experience, seniority, prior earnings and the cost of living in the city where he/she is based. In addition to supplying a stipend for living expenses, the fellowship may cover certain expenses, such as travel, conference fees, and part-time research assistance. The program anticipates that most fellows will spend a portion of their fellowship term at one of the organization's main offices, in New York, Washington, London, Brussels, or Budapest, or at a regional foundation. 
  • John Templeton Foundation: Core Funding Areas. Each year, the Foundation designs funding opportunities that ask researchers and other project leaders to focus their attention on a group of particularly compelling topics. These Funding Competitions challenge grant-seekers to develop proposals that specifically address one or more of the Big Questions in their Core Funding Areas. Proposals are vetted in an Online Funding Inquiry (OFI) process and projects are selected from this pool and invited to move forward to the full application phase. Successful projects are funded for up to three (3) years and award amounts range from several thousand to several million depending on the project. 
  • OCLC ResearchOCLC/ALISE Library & Information Science Research Grants. The overall goal of this program is to promote independent research, particularly work helping to integrate new technologies that offer innovative approaches, and research that contributes to a better understanding of the information environment and user expectations and behaviors. Grant awards range up to $15,000 and support one-year research projects. Research related, but not limited, to the following areas is encouraged:
    • Impact of digital technology on libraries, museums, and archives
    • Social media, learning, and information-seeking behavior
    • New developments in knowledge organization (metadata, social tagging, linked data, etc.) 
  • Fritz Thyssen Foundation: Various Opportunities. The Foundation focuses on supporting scholars in the humanities, social science and biomedicine fields. The promotion areas they fund include; History, language, and culture, "Image and Imagery", and State economy and society.
    • Support of Projects: The award amount is unspecified, but projects can range up to a period of three years. The applicant must be actively involved in the research work plan for the project. interdisciplinary projects are also welcome. Deadline for Applications: February 15, 2016.
    • Conferences: The Fritz Thyssen Foundation supports scholarly events, in particular national and international conferences with the aim of facilitating the discussion and analysis of specific scholarly questions as well as fostering cooperation and networking of scholars working in the same field or on interdisciplinary topics. the award amount is unspecified. Deadline for Application: TBA. 
  • Danish Council for Independent ResearchThe Council's aim is to promote and strengthen Danish research, understood in a broad sense. Therefore, there are no requirements as to applicants' citizenship, the location of research institutions or the specific venue for carrying out the research activities applied for.
    • Research Networks. The purpose of FKK-Research Networks is to help strengthening research areas which are geographically and institutionally scattered, and where the development of international relations are high on the agenda of Danish Council for Independent Research | FKK.  The maximum amount that can be awarded to research networks is DKK 700,000 (excl. overhead), and grants cannot be awarded for more than 2 years. Deadline for Applications: Late October.
    • Sapere AudeDFF - Starting Grants. The objective of the Sapere AudeDFF–Starting Grant is to give excellent researchers, i.e. researchers who have achieved outstanding research results in their field and within eight years of completing their PhD, an opportunity to develop and strengthen their research ideas. The instrument also aims at promoting the mobility internationally as well as nationally between research environments, and thereby to strengthen the researchers’ networks and careers. The maximum amount that can be awarded to research networks is DKK 4,900,000 (excl. overhead), and grants cannot be awarded for more than 4 years.  Deadline for Applications: Late October.
  • Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA): Community Investment Program. The Canadian Internet Registration Authority, through this grant program, will make
    strategic investments in Internet related community projects consistent with CIRA’s
    Strategic Plan
    Funds are available to community groups, not-for-profit organizations and the academic community for projects that will make the Internet even better. Typical grants will be
    approximately $25,000 - $50,000, to a maximum of $100,000. The projects associated with
    the grants are not to exceed one year in duration. Further, grants are meant to be a onetime
    investment and not intended as operating funding for an organization. Deadline for Applications: March, 2016.
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation: Digital Information Technology. This program seeks to better our understanding of the relationship between technology, information, and society, primarily through research on and the development of digital information technology for the conduct of scholarly research and public engagement with knowledge. Grantmaking in this program focuses on three distinct sub-areas:

There are no deadlines and those interested in applying should review the Sloan Foundation website in detail and send a one page letter of inquiry to the program officer for the sub-area that interests them.

  • James S. McDonnell Foundation: Studying Complex Systems - Collaborative Award. This program supports scholarship and research directed toward the development of theoretical and mathematical tools that can be applied to the study of complex, adaptive, nonlinear systems.  JSMF is particularly interested in projects attempting to apply complex systems approaches to coherently articulated questions. Deadline: Continuous submissions via their website.
  • Ford Foundation: Grants. The Ford Foundation is committed to achieving lasting change that transforms people’s lives. Through our grant making, we support innovative thinkers, leaders and organizations that are working to reduce poverty and injustice and to promote democratic values, free expression and human achievement. When making grants, we think about long-term strategies, knowing that lasting social change requires decades of effort. And because our mission is broad and our resources are limited, we carefully target our support so it can be used most effectively and leverage the greatest amount of impact. Deadline: Continuous inquiries via their website.
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: Various Programs. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies. To this end, it supports exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work. They fund grants in five key areas;
  • Jacobson Foundation: Project Funding. Funded projects are aimed at the development and alignment of new and sustainable approaches in the field of child and youth development. The Jacobson Foundation supports innovative basic research, application-oriented intervention research and also practical projects in all fields of importance for child and youth development. They support partners from research and practice who have a proven track record and work together closely with them in a spirit of trust so as to best ensure a high scientific quality as well as practical relevance and effectiveness. Deadline: Continuous submissions via their website.
  • Comcast: Various Opportunities. As the largest video, high-speed Internet, and phone provider to residential customers, Comcast Cable is committed to supporting external technical research and open source software development. Over the long term, this can lead to critical insights and advancements that can positively benefit consumers by delivering innovative new generations of products faster than ever before. Deadline: Continuous submissions via their website.
    • General Research Grants: A General Research Grant provides an unrestricted award of funds to support researchers at colleges and universities. These grants are focused on supporting excellent technical research in a wide variety of fields that are relevant to the broadband industry and/or to Comcast specifically.
    • Targeted Research GrantsIn contrast to General Research Grants, Targeted Research Grants are more narrowly tailored and typically study more specific issues. Applicants are encouraged to consider grants that may have a cooperative focus, whereby researchers can be matched with a Comcast engineering liaison who will be involved with the research.
    • Targeted Open Source Development GrantsTargeted Open Source Development Grants are intended to fund new or continued development of open source software in areas of interest to Comcast or of benefit to the Internet and broadband industries. This can fund a range of development, from adding specific features to an existing open source project, to general support of an open source project in which we are interested.

Tri-Council Program Information and Updates  

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

SSHRC Updates and webinars

Popular Programs

  • Connection Grants (CG): CG's 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.
    • Value: $7,000-$25,000
    • Duration: 1 year
    • Deadline: February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1 
  • Salary Research Allowances: SSHRC has made salary research allowances an eligible expense within a grant. These stipends cover up to 50 per cent of the cost of temporarily replacing an employee from a not-for-profit organization who will be devoting his or her time as a principal investigator or co-investigator on a SSHRC-funded research project.
    • Value: up to 50% of the annual salary of a person listed as an investigator or co-investigator and employed by a not-for-profit (this does not include faculty employed by a university)
    • Duration: may be requested each year for the duration of the grant
    • Deadline: dependent on larger grant application
  • Insights Development Grant (IDG): IDG's support research in its initial stages. These grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas.
    • Value: $7,000-$75,000 CAD
    • Duration: 1 to 2 years
    • Deadline: early February annually
  • Insight Grant (IG): IG's support research excellence in the social science and humanities. Funding is available to both emerging and established scholars for long-term research initiatives.
    • Value: $7,000-$500,000 CAD
    • Duration: 3 to 5 years
    • Deadline: early-mid October annually
  • Partnership Development Grant (PDG)PDG proposals are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight program or the Connection program, or a combination thereof. They are designed to develop research and related activities, or to design and test new partnership approaches led by a project director.
    • Value: $75,000-$200,000 CAD
    • Duration: 1 to 3 years
    • Sponsor deadline: late-November annually
  • Partnership Grants (PG): PG's provide support for new and existing formal partnerships over four to seven years to advance research, research training and/or knowledge mobilization in the social sciences and humanities through mutual co-operation and sharing of intellectual leadership, as well as through resources as evidenced by cash and/or in-kind contributions.
    • Value: Stage 1, Letter of Intent - up-to $20,000, Full application, $500,000 maximum/year, up to $2.5 million in total
    • Duration: 4 to 7 years
    • LOI Deadline: Mid-February annually
    • Final submission Deadline: November annually

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

NSERC Updates 

Popular Programs
  • Collaborative Research and Training Experience(CREATE) Program: The CREATE Program supports the training of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs that focus on collaborative and integrative approaches and help trainees transition into the workplace.
    • Duration: Up to six years
    • Deadline: LOI - May 1, Application - September 22
  • Collaborative Research and Development Grant (CRD): The Collaborative Research and Development Grant (CRD) promotes well-defined research projects within the University setting, supported by contributions from industry partners having a strong Canadian presence. Projects should have a reasonable expectation of success leading to an industrial and/or economic benefit to Canada.
    • Duration: two to five years
    • Value: $100,000 CAD - $2,000,000 CAD
    • Deadline: No deadline, projects are considered on a rolling basis
  • Discovery Grants Program (DGP): The Discovery Grants Program supports ongoing programs of research (with long-term goals) rather than a single short-term project or collection of projects. These grants recognize the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of all research advances, whether made individually or in teams. Researchers are free to work in the mode most appropriate for the research area.
    • Duration: Up to five years
    • Deadlines: NOI - August 1, Application - November 1
    • Discovery Grant Information Centre: Everything you have ever wanted to know about DG's, including;
      • links to instructional videos
      • competition results and statistics
      • details about changes to the program and review process
      • FAQ's 
  • Engage Grants (EG): Engage Grants support well-defined research projects undertaken by eligible university researchers and their industrial partners. An Engage project must be aimed at solving a company-specific problem through the generation of new knowledge or the application of existing knowledge in an innovative manner.
    • Duration: up to six months
    • Value: Up to $25,000
    • Deadlines: No deadline, projects are considered on a rolling basis
  • Strategic Network Grants: Strategic Network Grants fund large-scale, multidisciplinary research projects in targeted research areas that require a network approach and that involve collaboration between academic researchers and Canadian-based organizations. The applicant should be an established researcher with a solid track record in collaborative research, student training and grant management, and who demonstrates the leadership and other skills necessary for managing a complex, interdisciplinary, multi-institutional project.
    • Duration: up to five years
    • Value: $500,000 - 1,000,000/year
    • IPO internal deadline: early March
    • Sponsor deadline: April 1 annually
  • Strategic Project Grants: The goal of Strategic Project Grants (SPG) is to increase research and training in targeted areas that could strongly enhance Canada's economy, society and/or environment within the next 10 years. They are intended to fund early-stage project research in targeted areas and to increase the participation of Canadian companies and government organizations in academic research and enable the transfer of knowledge, technology and expertise to those organization.
    • Duration: 1 to 3 years
    • Value: There is no maximum or minimum, but the 2013 average amount was $162,748/year for three years
    • UofT internal deadline: March annually
    • Sponsor deadline: April 1 annually

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

  • Collaborative Health Research Projects (CIHR/NSERC):  The CHRP program supports innovative interdisciplinary collaborative research projects requiring participation from the natural sciences or engineering community together with the health sciences community. Proposed research projects must have a strong focus on knowledge translation (KT) and lead to health and economic benefits for Canadians, more effective health services and products, and/or a strengthened health care system. Funding for CHRP projects can be for up to three years for defined projects with clear milestones and decision points.

Commonly Applied for Programs

Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

Popular Programs

  • Innovation Fund: The CFI will support initiatives that allow institutions and their researchers to build on and enhance an emerging strategic priority area, accelerate current research and technology development work or take established capabilities to a globally competitive level. In short, the initiatives should be of sufficient maturity to enable institutions to launch them rapidly. This program is subject to an internal campus wide selection process, as only a certain amount of funding will be allocated to each institution. Deadlines for the next round will be posted as they become available.
  • John R. Evans Leader's Fund (JELF): This program is designed to serve the infrastructure needs of individual faculty or small groups of up to three faculty members where there is a need to share infrastructure. The JELF is not intended to serve the infrastructure needs of larger groups, centres, departments, or institutions. Contact the aleatha [dot] coxatutoronto [dot] ca (subject: CFI-JELF) (iSchool Research Funding Coordinator) for further information. 

Connaught Fund

Popular Programs

  • Connaught New Researcher Award: The purpose of this program is to help new tenure stream faculty members establish competitive research programs. Top-up funding will be provided to the highest ranked proposals that also identify a specific need for the additional funding. No matching required. Researchers may reapply to this award only once. Deadline for Application: TBA.
  • Connaught Summer Institute: The purpose of this program is to bring together Canadian and international graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, other scholars in order to foster rich interdisciplinary collaboration and creative new methods for research and innovation. The successful institute will build networks within the U of T and heighten the University’s international profile. The activities of the participants will not be normal training of researchers nor the normal exchange that occurs in a conference. The preferred model is a workshop where top scholars in a field are engaging with younger scholars and intense interaction is facilitated. Deadline for Application: October 1, 2016 (anticipated).

Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI)

Popular Programs

  • Ontario Research Fund: Research Excellence (ORF-RE)ORF-RE provides up to 1/3 of the total value of a project with the remaining 2/3 from a combination of private sector and institutional contributions. Generally, the minimum support provided by the ORF-RE to a project is $1 million and the maximum support provided is $4 million. Deadline for NOI: TBA (mid February). Deadline for Application: TBA (Mid July).
  • Early Research Awards (ERA): The ERA program helps promising, recently-appointed Ontario researchers build their research teams of undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates, and technicians. It is a discretionary, non-entitlement program that encourages applications from all disciplines. Deadline for NOI: TBA (Late May). Deadline for Application: TBA (mid August).

Mitacs

Popular Programs

  • Update: It is now possible to collaborate with not-for-profit partners and crown corporations. If you have a potential partner in mind please contact the aleatha [dot] coxatutoronto [dot] ca (subject: Mitacs) (iSchool Research Funding Coordinator) who will work with a Mitacs representative to determine partner eligibility. 
  • Accelerate: Through Mitacs Accelerate, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from over 50 universities apply their specialized expertise to business-related research challenges. Armed with the very latest tools, techniques, and innovations, the intern (a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow) brings a new perspective to the problem faced by the industry partner. Accelerate grants can also be extended into clusters of 6 or more 4 month internship segments. No set deadline, projects are considered on a rolling basis.
  • Accelerate PhD Fellowship: The Mitacs Accelerate PhD fellowship offers PhD students three years of funding and the opportunity to apply their specialized expertise to various research challenges. Students work closely with a partner organization and faculty supervisor, using the latest tools and techniques available to them in both academic and industrial settings.