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, 2021

Value:
Up to $50,000 over 2 years

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

LDFP Small Equipment Grant (Internal Only)

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

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

Value:
Up to $5,000

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

Researchers

Cancer Research Society: Translational Research Partnership Program

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

There is no deadline associated with this program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cancer Research Society - Major Research Projects Targeting  Metastatic Breast Cancer

In 2020, the Cancer Research Society is celebrating its 75th anniversary while the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation marks its 25 years of supporting breast cancer research. To commemorate this important milestone, both organizations are proud to announce the joint funding of one or more major research projects targeting  metastatic breast cancer.

This Competition is part of an effort to develop and highlight scientific research excellence in (pre-clinical/translational) breast cancer therapeutic solutions, particularly in metastatic breast cancer (MBC).

Objectives: Target one of the following priorities in MBC.

  • Personalized medice
  • Immunotherapy
  • Overcoming drug resistance
Budget and terms: 1 million dollars co-funded by CRS (50%) and QBCF (50%), with a maximum amount granted of $500,000 per project over 3 years.

Eligibility: Preclinical/translational research project lead by a University Investigator or a Clinical University Investigator from an institution, center, research institute, or department affiliated to a Quebec-based university or a Canada-based university.

Deadlines:
Letter of Intent: February 3, 2021 by 11:59pm (EST)

Full Application: April 14, 2021 by 11:59pm (EST)

Application Process:
To Apply please visit the link online

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

CIHR Health Research Training Platform (HRTP) Pilot

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

Confirmed funding pools for this opportunity include:

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

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

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

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

CNRS and U of T: Research Collaboration Program

The CNRS and U of T are launching a joint call for proposals between the two institutions in order to further develop collaborations. This call invites research proposals from all disciplines.

The joint call is intended to fund up to 3 years of a PhD fellowship (for CNRS awardees) and travel (for U of T and CNRS awardees) starting in March 2021 for U of T awardees (or later if doctoral mobility is still not possible) and September 2021 for CNRS awardees.

Eligibility

Principle Investigators:

U of T: Faculty with graduate faculty member status CNRS: Researchers working in a CNRS unit holding an accreditation to supervise PhD students (HDR) A PI cannot submit more than one application within the framework of this call.

Students:

U of T: any PhD student CNRS: any first-year PhD student

Amount

Funds will cover mobility costs for visits to France and to U of T for the PhD student over three years (up to €5,000 per year for PhD students from France to travel to U of T, and up to CAD $7,500 per year for U of T students to travel to France).

Key Dates

Submission date: January 31, 2021

Notification date: February, 2021

Start date: March 2021 for U of T awardees and September 2021 for CNRS awardees.

Enquiries

Please see the full call for proposals for more information.
U of T enquiries should be directed to julia.kulik@utoronto.ca
CNRS enquiries should be directed to eudora.berniolles@cnrs-dir.fr

Community-Based Research Canada - Decolonizing Community-Based Research Learning Series

Community-Based Research Canada (CBRCanada) welcomes you to participate this winter and spring 2021 in an extended six-part online learning and discussion series exploring the topic of Decolonizing Community-Based Research.

January Sessions

Webinar: January 21, 12 noon ET
Uplifting Indigenous Community Wisdom - Skookum Lab's Journey in Indigenous Social Innovation
Speakers: Jeska Slater, Skookum Lab’s Indigenous Social Innovation Coordinator and Krystal Dumais, Skookum Lab Ambassador

Through a highly collaborative and Indigenous social innovation process, Skookum Lab's goal is to make Surrey British Columbia a great place for Indigenous children and youth. The lab is engaging community, organizations, and government agencies to address the systems that create and sustain Indigenous child and youth poverty in Surrey BC, now home to the largest Indigenous population in the province. Join us for a presentation on how uplifting Indigenous community wisdom has been a transformative process both on a systems level and within the community itself.

Register Here

Live Discussion: January 28, 12 noon ET
Uplifting Indigenous Community Wisdom

Participate in a live discussion with fellow community-based researchers across the country to reflect and explore how to integrate learnings from the "Uplifting Indigenous Wisdom" webinar into our own research projects and work.

Register Here

Congressional 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:

FY20 Funding Opportunity released

Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP)
Physician Research Award (W81XWH-20-PCRP-PRA2)

FY21 Pre-announcement released:

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

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

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.

Connaught Global Challenge Research Program

The Global Challenge Award  will support new collaborations with UofT researchers and students from multiple disciplines, along with innovators and thought leaders from other sectors, with the goal of heightening the University of Toronto’s contribution to important issues facing society through the advancement of knowledge, and the transfer and application of solutions. 

Starting in the 2021-22 competition, a supplementary stream of funding is being offered. The Connaught Global Research Impact Program (C-GRIP) provides additional funding for Global Challenge teams who wish to partner internationally to achieve the goals of the Connaught Global Challenge Award.  The additional funding will provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with unique global opportunities by supporting global mobility and exchange over an additional three years.

Open to all UofT full-time professorial staff (tenured or tenured stream), the funding scheme will have an annual funding envelop of $1,000,000, with grants up to $250,000 each plus an additional $150,000 through C-GRIP.

Application deadline: April 19, 2021

For more information please visit the Connaught website 

CRIS Supports for Adapting Research During COVID-19

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

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

Webinar Series:
Fireside Chats: Let's Talk International Partnerships

Do you have questions about how to engage with international partners and obtain funding to do so?  Are you wondering about how to add a global aspect to your teaching?  Are you curious about the University’s international strategy?
This new series of virtual drop-in sessions will allow you to ask these and many more questions.  
Join our Fireside Chats where members of the Office of the VP International will be available to answer your questions, discuss issues related to U of T’s engagement on the global scene, and also receive updates about what is happening within the Office, including funding and programming opportunities.  Topics will address a range of issues including engaging with international partners, learning more about funding to support global partnerships and enhancing global teaching strategies. Some sessions will also feature PIs who have forged robust international partnerships.
January 28 (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)
February 25 (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)

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

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

Design Nexus Research and Innovation Workshop

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

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

  • coordinating resources and curriculum;
  • sharing best-practices and expertise; and
  • providing development support for researchers, students, funded projects, and experiential learning programs across the university, early-stage UTE start-ups, and the broader innovation community
The Digital Technology Supercluster - Call for Projects: Technology Leadership Program

The Digital Technology Supercluster is stoking the engines of Canada's economic renewal through the development, deployment, and scaling of Canadian-made digital technologies to accelerate our return to prosperity and drive Canada's global leadership.

 The Digital Technology Supercluster is now accepting ideas in its Cycle 4 Technology Leadership Program. They are seeking big, ambitious projects that will help solve some of the world's biggest challenges.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Their Technology Leadership program is seeking to co-invest up to $30M in approximately five to seven big and ambitious projects that have clear commercial pathways, a high degree of innovation and strong collaboration.

The program is focused on the following areas: Keeping Canadians Safe & Healthy, Addressing Climate Change & Protecting the Environment and Accelerating Digital Transformation.

NOTE: While Superclusters do not fund Academic Institutions directly, UofT teams can propose projects, to be potentially funded via eligible Full Members of the Digital Technology Supercluster - these companies would then act as sponsors for the research project.  You can register your interest in the call by describing your project concept here.

Submissions will be accepted on a continuous intake basis, so there is no deadline for submission. There is a finite funding envelope, therefore the strongest proposals that come through first will be selected. The Supercluster will post updates on the program on this page.

ACTION ITEMS:
Find out more on the program page, Program Guide and Co-Investment Guidelines.
Register your interest by telling the Supercluster about your project concept here.

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 Gilbert Family Foundation - Gene Therapy Strategies for Neurofibromatosis Type 1

The Gilbert Family Foundation’s (GFF) Gene Therapy Initiative is pleased to announce a Request for Proposal (RFP) for high-impact research on gene therapy strategies aimed at addressing the loss of neurofibromin 1 (NF1) gene function in neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) patients. Proposals will be accepted for Team Science Awards defined as collaborative research amongst investigators with experience in gene-targeting strategies in or outside the NF1 field.

NF1 results from mutations or deletion of the NF1 gene, which encodes a tumor suppressor protein called neurofibromin that is a negative regulator of the Ras signal transduction pathway. NF1 is a large gene, comprised of 60 exons and spanning approximately 350 kb of genomic DNA. Its transcript is between 11 and 13 kb long with an approximate 8,500 bp open reading frame, encoding a protein of 2,818 amino acids. Thousands of different pathogenic mutations distributed along the entire NF1 gene have been identified in NF1 patients. While haploinsufficiency is necessary to cause the disease, tumor formation requires alterations in both copies of the NF1 gene. The somatic mutation (the ‘second hit’) can occur in various cell types and at various timepoints during an individual’s lifetime and contributes to the pathologic variability observed in patients.

The objective of this RFP is to identify promising therapies and drug-delivery mechanisms that have the potential to dramatically reduce pathologic burden in NF1 patients. Potential areas of interest include but are not limited to the following list:

  • Exogenous Delivery of Full-length NF1 Gene
  • Gene Editing
  • RNA Editing
  • Regulation of NF1 Signaling Pathways
  • Preventing Loss of Heterozygosity
  • DNA Repair
  • Enhancement Delivery Systems

Awards for team science are designed to foster a collaborative research process amongst researchers with complementary expertise and capabilities, who will work together to advance new therapeutic solutions for NF1. For multidisciplinary teams of two or more established Principal Investigators (PIs), GFF expects to provide funding to undertake projects with a clear potential to lead to novel gene therapies for NF1 patients.

Amount: Up to $1.2 million over 3 years

Deadlines: 
There will be a two-stage peer-reviewed application process:

In the first stage, Letters of Intent (LOIs) are due by February 28, 2021 by 5pm EST. GFF will select LOIs to advance and notify applicants of their application status by April 1, 2021. 
For those applications selected to advance, full-length proposals will be due by May 31, 2021 by 5pm EST. The full Request for Proposal, including the application instructions, can be accessed here.

Additional Details: 
Additional details regarding this opportunity can be found:https://www.gilbertfamilyfoundation.org/gilbert-nf-research-alliance/gilbert-gene-therapy-initiative/new-funding-opportunity/.
The full Request for Proposal, including the application instructions, can be accessed here.

GFF utilizes the proposalCENTRAL online application tool. LOIs can be submitted here.

Questions can be directed to Jim Goss (jamesgoss@gilbertfamilyfoundation.org)

Human Frontier Science Program Research Program

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) are pleased to announce the upcoming funding opportunity for the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Research Grants.

The Human Frontier Science Program is an international program of research support implemented by the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization. The HFSP promotes international collaboration in basic research focused on the elucidation of the sophisticated and complex mechanisms of living organisms.

HFSP Research Grants support innovative basic research into fundamental biological problems with emphasis placed on novel and interdisciplinary approaches that involve scientific exchanges across national and disciplinary boundaries.

Projects are expected to be at the frontiers of knowledge and therefore entail risk. Participation of scientists from disciplines outside the traditional life sciences such as biophysics, chemistry, computational biology, computer science, engineering, mathematics, nanoscience or physics is recommended because their contributions have made biological research increasingly quantitative and because such collaborations have opened up new approaches for understanding the complex structures and regulatory networks that characterize living organisms, their evolution and interactions. It is important to note that HFSP only funds basic life science research.

Research Grants are provided to teams of scientists from different countries who wish to combine their expertise in innovative approaches to questions that could not be answered by individual laboratories. Preliminary results are not required and applicants are expected to develop new lines of research through the research collaboration.

Applied applications, including medical research typically funded by national medical research bodies, such as CIHR, will be deemed ineligible.

Two types of Research Grants are available:

  • Young Investigators' Grants: Awarded to teams of researchers, all of whom are within the first five years after obtaining an independent laboratory (e.g. Assistant Professor, Lecturer or equivalent). Applications for Young Investigators’ Grants will be reviewed in competition with each other, independent of applications for Program Grants.
  • Program Grants: Awarded to teams of independent researchers at any stage of their careers. Applications including independent investigators early in their careers are encouraged.

Eligibility to Apply

CIHR and NSERC encourage Canadian researchers to consider applying to the HFSP Research Grants program. Complete this questionnaire to see if you are eligible to apply.

Deadlines - Preliminary

Research Grant Initiation Deadline Submission Deadline Funding Start Date
Young Investigators' Grants March 2021* March 2021* 2021-2022
Program Grants March 2021* March 2021* 2021-2022
*It is important to note that registration and submission via HFSP Extranet will be possible as of February 2021. Please view the HFSP website for more information and specific dates.
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.
J.A. Campbell Research Fund

The J.A. Campbell Research Award is offered by the Canadian Celiac Association for research projects in Canada of a scientific, applied science, and/or medical nature relevant to celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, and/or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or the socio-economic implications of delayed diagnosis and/or living with this conditions.  The CCA is open to all types of relevant research and is not restricted to medical research.

The purpose of this award is to encourage research and further the understanding of the full range of implications of celiac disease (gluten-induced enteropathy), dermatitis herpetiformis and/or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. 

Grant Value: up to $25,000

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by no later than February 15th, 2021

Click to download the main grant application (PDF)

Click to download the main grant application (Word)

Additional information about the program can be found here: Grant overview

 

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

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

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

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

Clinical Translation of Activated Optical Fluorescence Methods and Technologies for Sensitive Cancer Detection in Vivo (R01)(PAR-20-295) Submission Deadline: February 10, 2021; October 13, 2021

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.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

Translational Research in Maternal and Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics (R21) (PAR-20-299) Submission Deadline: April 9, 2021, August 10, 2021

Translational Research in Maternal and Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics (R01) (PAR-20-300) Submission Deadline: April 9, 2021, August 10, 2021

Transgender People: Immunity, Prevention, and Treatment (R21) (PAR-20-054)
Application Receipt Date(s): May 11, 2021

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

Utilizing Invasive Recording and Stimulating Opportunities in Humans to Advance Neural Circuitry Understanding of Mental Health Disorders (R21) (RFA-MH-20-351)
Application Receipt Date(s): June 10, 2021

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

NSERC Alliance grants: Canada’s Research Partnerships Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience CREATE

NSERC’s Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program awards grants of up to $1.65M over 6 years for the development of innovative training programs designed to enhance collaboration and facilitate the transition of trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce.

In preparation for the next CREATE competition (May 1, 2021), NSERC will hold an information session via Cisco Webex webinar to provide an overview of the CREATE program and application process. The dates of the sessions are as follows:

English session:  February 4th  2021, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (ET)
French session:  February 5th  2021, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (ET)

Registration is not necessary – anyone can connect using the link https://nsercvideo.webex.com/meet/guy.faubert

PLEASE NOTE: If you experience sound quality problems during the meeting, please connect via the Webex telephone line:
Meeting number - access code: 171 539 5408
Canada Toll Free: 1-844-426-4405
Canada Toll (Ottawa): +1-613-714-9906

Please verify that Webex works on your computer prior to February 4th.

The webinar will be recorded. Following the presentation, a link to that recording will be emailed so that those who are unable to attend may watch the recorded webinar later at their convenience.

Please send any questions regarding the CREATE program and/or the application process in advance to CREATE@NSERC-CRSNG.gc.ca so that we may address them in the presentation.

NSERC Idea to Innovation (I2I)

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

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

Sponsor Deadline: March 29th, 2021

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

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

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - Synergy Awards 2021

The nomination periods for NSERC’s top research prizes are underway. Show us where to shine the spotlight and nominate your peers and colleagues for their outstanding research partnership!

By working together to develop new and better products and improve process, universities, colleges, polytechnics and companies help to make our world a better place. Together they collaborate to shape Canada’s future, allowing us to be at the forefront of the world's emerging knowledge-based economy.

The updated literature for the Synergy Awards for Innovation has been posted on the NSERC website. The awards recognize university-industry research and development (R&D) partnerships in the natural sciences and engineering. 

The submission deadline for this year’s nominations is April 15, 2021 at 8pm (EDT). For increased inclusion and advancement of women and other under-represented groups, the nominator must outline how gender equity, diversity and inclusion were considered in the nomination process.

Winning university researchers receive a $200,000 NSERC research grant. Industry partners receive vouchers valid towards the cash portion of their contribution in a future partnerships grant.

The Synergy awards recognize collaborations that exemplify effective partnership between industry and academia; to find out more about past winners please visit the NSERC website.

OCI-VIP/NSERC-Alliance Program: Workshop

The Ontario Centre for Innovation (OCI), formerly OCE, has recently streamlined its popular research partnerships funding program, the Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP), providing support to academic researchers working with Ontario companies. 

OCI has also entered into an agreement with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), providing the ability to match industry contributions from small and medium enterprises (SME) with support from both federal and provincial agencies, matched to the same industry cash/in-kind contribution.   

This session hosted by the Centre for Research & Innovation Support (CRIS), and the Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO) on February 10, 2021, 10:00am – 11:00am, is targeted to inform UofT investigators interested in working with small and medium enterprise (SME) partners, to capitalize on both the OCI and NSERC funding streams. 

For further information about the application process please visit the internal Funding Opportunity page. 

Ontario Ministry Of Health Challenge Questions Initiative

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

Research Areas:

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

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

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

Scialog Conferences: Advancing Bioimaging and Mitigating Zoonotic Threats

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

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

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

Conference Descriptions:

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

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

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

SSHRC Connection Grants

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

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

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

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

Duration: 1 year

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

Additional Information can be found here.

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

SSHRC 2021 Insight Development Grant competition

SSHRC has now updated their Insight Development Grant funding opportunity for the 2021 IDG competition. The funding opportunity description and link to the application form are available on SSHRC's website.

Insight Development Grants support research in its initial stages. They 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, proposed by individuals or teams. At least 50% of available funding is reserved for applications from emerging scholars.

Maximum budget request: $75,000

Duration: one or two years, plus automatic one-year extension

Deadlines for UofT applicants:

  • 9 am - Monday, January 25, 2021 – 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 29, 2021 – 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 applications to SSHRC before Feb 2.

For funding opportunity-related questions please contact the SSHRC IDG Program Officers at at 613-996-6976 or insightdevelopment@sshrc-crsh.gc.ca

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.

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 Grant

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

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

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

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

Duration: 4 - 7 years

Deadlines: 

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

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

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

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

SSHRC - Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative

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

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

  • February 1, 2021
  • May 1, 2021 
  • August 1, 2021 

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

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

Temerty Innovation Grants for AI in Medicine

T-CAIREM has announced the launch of the Temerty Innovation Grants for AI in Medicine, with the goal of advancing research, education, knowledge dissemination and digital infrastructure in the field of AI in medicine. T-CAIREM at the University of Toronto is an interdepartmental Centre that serves as a focal point for collaboration between computer scientists, healthcare providers, trainees, medical basic science researchers and industry to advance health through machine learning. 

 Objectives of the Temerty Innovation Grants for AI in Medicine:

  • To identify promising high risk, high reward ideas that will transform healthcare over the next 20 years in AI in medicine. 
  • To encourage researchers to transcend boundaries by using diverse datasets and new technologies to improve care efficiency or patient outcomes.
  • To stimulate the creation of a collaborative community focused on the innovation and implementation of AI in medicine.

Funding information:
Maximum Amount: Up to $200,000
Duration: One year, with possibility of extension to two
Eligibility: One of the Principal Investigators on an application must have a T-CAIREM affiliation

Note:  This funding is being managed by T-CAIREM. Applicants do not need to create an MRA

IMPORTANT DATES
Application deadline: 
5:00pm EST, March 1, 2021
Funding announced: Summer 2021


Useful Links:
Call for Proposals: Full details on the opportunity, including eligibility criteria, application guidelines and deadlines
Application form: PDF application form to be completed as instructed

For further information or inquiries, please contact Zoryana Salo, T-CAIREM Centre Administrator.

University of Toronto - Hebrew University of Jerusalem Research & Training Alliance: Call for Joint Proposals

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) and the University of Toronto (U of T) are calling for joint proposals for a Research & Training Alliance to develop a collaborative research focus and the exchange of graduate and undergraduate students and researchers, as well as one post-doctoral fellow.

For this second cycle, which runs from 2021-2025, we are inviting proposals from the Social Sciences, Humanities, Law, and Social Work.

Funding and Duration:
U of T and HUJI will each provide the approved joint project with up to CDN $75,000/year (for a total of $150,000/year) for up to four years to support U of T and HUJI researchers/trainees, one postdoctoral fellow and for project-associated costs incurred between September 2021 and August 2025.

Applications Deadline: March 19, 2021, 5:00 p.m. Toronto time (12:00 midnight Jerusalem time)
Notification to Successful Applicants: End of May 2021
Applications will be assessed by a joint committee of HUJI and the University of Toronto.

 

Eligibility:
Projects must include research team participants from both U of T and HUJI. U of T applicants must hold a continuing faculty appointment with U of T.

Selection Criteria:

  • Proposed academic focus including scientific quality, design, and rationale
  • Demonstrated collaboration and complementarity amongst all PIs
  • PDF training opportunity
  • Opportunities for student exchange
  • Expected results, outcomes, and project impact
  • Impact of international collaboration on research project

 

Additional Information:

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

If you have questions, please contact the University of Toronto’s Office of the Vice President International (international@utoronto.ca) or Hebrew University’s International Office (almal@savion.huji.ac.il).

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

 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.

Graduate and Postdoctoral Awards database is available here.

Mitacs Accelerate Graduate Student Internships

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

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

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

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

Mitacs: Business Strategy Internships (BSI)

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

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

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

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

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

Mitacs - The Canadian Science Policy Fellowship

Help solve public policy challenges in Canada.

The Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship offers PhD holders from all disciplines a 12-month immersion into the policy making process with participating government departments.

The Canadian Science Policy Fellowship is now accepting applications from prospective fellows interested in undertaking a year-long policy position with a Canadian government host office beginning in September 2021.

Eligible applicants must:

• Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident*
• Hold a PhD in any academic discipline at the start of the fellowship
• Participate full-time in a 12-month fellowship with the host office
• Secure accommodation in the host city, and relocate to their host office as needed
• Negotiate a leave of absence from their current employer, as applicable

The 2021 cohort of fellowships will begin in September 2021. Approved fellows receive remuneration from their host offices as well as professional development training and networking events facilitated by Mitacs.

Applications will be accepted until February 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

At this time, the intention is that the CSPF program will be carried out in person, but COVID-19 restrictions could result in a virtual placement.

Mitacs Elevate 

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

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

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

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

T-CAIREM Student Opportunities

T-CAIREM has announced two new programs to introduce U of T undergraduate and medical students to the field of AI in healthcare. T-CAIREM at the University of Toronto is an interdepartmental Centre that serves as a focal point for collaboration between computer scientists, healthcare providers, trainees, medical basic science researchers and industry to advance health through machine learning. 

T-CAIREM 2021 Student Trainee Rounds
A competitive seminar series that will highlight innovative and outstanding research at the intersection of AI and healthcare across the University of Toronto’s graduate and professional programs. Student Trainee Rounds consist of a bi-monthly public seminar series with one-hour virtual presentations beginning in April 2021. Two students will be awarded per session and required to give a 20-minute presentation of their research, followed by 10 minutes for Q&A and discussion.

Application info:

Application deadline: February 1, 2021 Results announced: February 15, 2021

Due to the internal nature of this opportunity, no MRA is required.

Useful Links
T-CAIREM 2021 Student Trainee Rounds: Program information: Full details on the opportunity, including information on eligibility, application requirements and judging

Application form: PDF application form to be completed and submitted to t.cairem@utoronto.ca

For further information or inquiries, please contact Zoryana Salo, T-CAIREM Centre Administrator.

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.

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.

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

Undergraduate Students

Award Explorer

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

Undergraduate Awards database is available here.

Mitacs Globalink Research Award – Call for Applications

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

Mitacs: Business Strategy Internships (BSI)

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

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

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

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

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

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
Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Participants in the Undergraduate Summer Research Program (USRP) spend the summer conducting research under the supervision of a Pharmaceutical Sciences faculty member. Participants will attend an orientation session, laboratory safety training sessions and seminar presentations by faculty members. In mid-August, students will have the opportunity to present their research projects, in the annual Poster Day, to their peers and the rest of the Faculty. Presenters will be judged, and the winner will receive the Summer Undergraduate Student Research Program Award.

Undergraduate students are offered a unique opportunity to participate in research in the following areas:

Molecular basis of drug targets and diseases
Drug development and disease diagnostics
Drug safety
Health Services research
Clinical Pharmacy research

Duration

May 5 to August 22, 2021. Individual projects will run from 12 to 16 weeks as arranged between participants and supervisors. Students completing their 4-week EPEs are able to participate by doing a 12-week project.

Application Procedure

Students are required to apply through the CNLx portal (website) and complete a Questionnaire then apply for individual opportunities (limit of 5);

Students must submit the following for each opportunity:

Letter of Intent Curriculum Vitae/Resume An unofficial transcript


Application Deadline is Friday, January 15, 2021.

All applicants will receive notification of the results of their application around the end of February and beginning of March 2021.
To start your application, click here: APPLY NOW

Additional Information

Additional information can be found on our website.  Inquiries about the Undergraduate Summer Research Program can be directed to Sam D’Alfonso at sam.dalfonso@utoronto.ca