Funding Opportunities

The Funding Opportunities section provides a list of some external funding opportunities available to our researchers. 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.

  • American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association (AFSA): Research Grants. Visit their website for priority areas of funding. Amount: Up to USD $50,000 for one year. Deadline for Letters of Intent: Continuous.
  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation: Crazy 8 Initiative Award Program. The Crazy 8 Initiative Award will fund research into innovative and rigorous approaches that directly address the most intractable issues in pediatric cancer research today. This award is designed to coalesce cross-disciplinary cores of scientists working collaboratively in order to accelerate the pace of new cure discovery. See the RFA for details. Amount: potential for impact. Depending on the type of project and the size of the team, the requested budget should be in the range of USD $1-5 million over 4 years. Deadline for Letters of Intent: October 1, 2019.
  • Banting and Best Diabetes Centre (BBDC): Sun Life Financial New Investigator Award 2020-2022, and Reuben & Helene Dennis Scholar in Diabetes Research 2020-2022. These awards are intended to support new clinician-scientists and basic scientists in the early stages of their careers. One Sun Life Financial New Investigator Award and one Reuben & Helene Dennis Scholar award will be made available for this competition. Funds may be used for diabetes research support and/or the salary of a clinician-scientist conducting diabetes research. Deadline for applications: October 22, 2019 at 4pm. 
  • Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation, Inc. (BEBRF): Request for Blepharospasm/Meige Research Proposals Funds are available for support of research directly related to the cause of, treatment for, and complications derived from treatments for benign essential blepharospasm or Meige’s Syndrome, both forms of cranial dystonia. Proposals for improvement of existing treatments and for new treatments (such as medical marijuana and neuroplasticity training for blepharospasm) are welcome. Novel therapies for apraxia of eyelid opening, dry eye, and photophobia will also be considered for funding. Amount: Up to USD $100,000 for one year. Sponsor Deadline: August 31, 2019.
  • Biocodex Microbiota Foundation – Microbiome in human health and diseases Biocodex Microbiota Foundation is calling on inspired researchers at Canadian institutions in the microbiome field to submit proposals for funding their projects. This Canadian grant of 25,000 €.will be awarded to an early career investigator studying a 1 – 2 year long research project within the topic of microbiome in human health and diseases. The grant is intended as a seeding or bridging grant, to help investigators become independent or advance in the progression of their career. Holders of CIHR Foundation grants or total funding exceeding 200k per year may not apply. Sponsor Deadline: October 31, 2019.
  • Brain Tumour Charity. These awards are open to international researchers but all proposals must demonstrate how they can benefit patients in the UK health system. Deadline proposals: September 2, 2019.
    • Clinical Biomarkers support the identification, validation, and implementation of clinical biomarkers that bring us closer to an early and accurate diagnosis, and/or inform the management of brain tumours. These grants are available for up to £100,000 per year for up to five years.
    • Quality of Life Awards provide funding to increase understanding and minimise the impact of brain tumours on those affected. Funding is up to £300,000 per project for up to three years.
    • Expanding Theories Awards support pilot studies that explore and develop novel concepts that may eventually lead to significant improvements in clinical outcomes, including quality of life, for people with brain tumours. Applications including a UK collaborator will be looked on favourably. Funding of up to £60,000 per year, for up to two years can be requested.
  • Canada-Brazil Awards – Joint Research Projects   Global Affairs Canada is offering the Canada-Brazil Awards for Joint Research Projects, which support exchanges of research teams collaborating on bilateral research projects. The projects must engage in collaborative research in mutually beneficial areas of research that is of benefit to both Canada and Brazil. This competition is open to research teams from Canadian and Brazilian universities,and is open to all academic disciplines. The coordination of the project will be the responsibility of both the Canadian and Brazilian Project Leads and the teams will consist of graduate Project Members from Canadian institutions and PhD Project Members from Brazilian institutions.
    Internal Deadline: September 4, 2019; Sponsor Deadline: September 16, 2019
  • Canadian Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Foundation (CAAIF): Research Grant for New Investigators. The objective of the Research Grant is to support fellows or new investigators who are studying or
    practicing allergy and clinical immunology. The research project can be in progress and must have clinical relevance. Amount: Up to $10,000. Deadline for applications: September 13, 2019.
  • Canadian Cancer Society: Grants.
    • Innovation Grants. Applications are encouraged from across all areas and disciplines of cancer research, as well as from investigators in other disciplines , whose ideas are relevant to the field of cancer. Amount: Up to $200,000 for up to 2 years. Deadline for applications: October 15, 2019.
    • Innovation to Impact (i2I) Grants. The i2I Grant was designed as the next stage in the funding pipeline for Innovation and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) Grants, that have completed their original aims
      and have demonstrated productivity. Only investigators with a funded Innovation Grant (including Prevention Innovation Grants )/CBCF Grant with a project end date between January 1, 2017 and October 31, 2020 are eligible for this program. Amount: Up to $150,000 per year for up to 3 years. Deadline for applications: October 15, 2019.
  • 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. There is no deadline associated with this program. Letters of Intent from applicants with high potential projects will be invited to submit an official application for funding, which is then peer-reviewed.
  • Cancer Research Institute (CRI): Clinic and Laboratory Integration Program (CLIP) CRI offers CLIP grants to qualified scientists who are working to explore clinically relevant questions aimed at improving the effectiveness of cancer immunotherapies. The grant will support basic, pre-clinical, and translational research that will provide information that can be directly applied to optimizing cancer immunotherapy in the clinic. In partnership with the Chordoma Foundation, CRI has secured designated funding that will provide for additional CLIP grants focused on topics related to accelerating the development of effective treatments and ultimately a cure for chordoma. Amount: $200,000 over two years. Deadline for LOIs: November 1, 2019; Invited application deadline: February 15, 2020.
  • CIHR Project Grants: Fall 2019 Competition – Learning for Applicants and upcoming webinars. CIHR just launched the Project Grant: Fall 2019 Competition and related Priority Announcements. The Learning for Applicants page has been updated with materials to support applicants through the Registration and Application stages of the competition. Specifically, these learning materials include:
    •    Modules: Project Grant modules are listed on the Learning for Applicants page and provide an overview of the competition as well as a detailed tour of the application process, including requirements such as completing the Equity and Diversity Questionnaire.
    •    Webinars: Spaces are still available in the Project Grant: Fall 2019 Question and Answer webinars, which will run until August 28th. All attendees are asked to review the presentation, reference materials and applicant learning modules in advance of the webinar to ensure that everyone’s experience is as productive as possible.
    Registration Deadline: August 14, 2019; Application Deadline: September 11, 2019.
  • CIHR Pre-Announcement: Methamphetamine and Related Psychostimulant Use Operating Grants The use of methamphetamines and other psychostimulants is increasing but there is a relative lack of high-quality data on the scale of the issue, and its impacts on healthcare and the health service system. This funding opportunity is designed to lay the groundwork for successful interventions at all levels – including treatment, harm reduction, and at the levels of health service systems and health care policies. Amount: Up to $100,000 over one years. Registration deadline: August 2019; Sponsor Deadline: September 2019.
  • CIHR SGBA+ Health Policy-Research Partnerships  The integration of sex and gender considerations throughout the health policy process (i.e. planning, implementation, knowledge transfer, impact assessment and re-design) can be complex. Effective integration of evidence-based sex- and gender-based analysis (SGBA+) requires a thorough review of best available evidence, including consideration and mitigation of potential negative unintended consequences.
    This funding opportunity will support one project in each of the following research areas
    1.  SGBA+ lens to prescription drug lifecycle management – up to $75,000
    2.  SGBA+ lens to medical device lifecycle management – up to $75,000
    Full application deadline: September 10, 2019
  • CIHR in partnership with the Terry Fox Research Institute: Terry Fox New Investigator Awards. This program will support outstanding New Investigators to collaborate, and be mentored by, one or more senior investigators of a currently funded research team. Specifically, the research teams are: Terry Fox New Frontiers Program Project; TFRI Translational Program; CIHR Cancer Control Partnerships in Health Services Improvement (PHSI) Grants; CIHR Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) Canada Dream Teams; and CIHR Large Scale Applied Research Cancer Projects (LSARP).  The maximum amount per grant is $150,000 per year for up to 3 years for a total of $450,000. Deadline for applications: September 13, 2019.
  • CNRS-University of Toronto: Call for Joint Research Proposals
    Canadian and French principal investigators are invited to jointly submit proposals for the development of collaborative research projects and the exchange of researchers.Projects must be focused within the Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences & Astronomy, Ecology & Environment, Engineering & Systems, Humanities & Social Sciences, Informational Sciences, Mathematics, Nuclear & Particle Physics, or Physics.
    Sponsor Deadline: September 19, 2019, 5:59 p.m. Toronto time (11:59 p.m. Paris time)
  • Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs – Funding Opportunities   Programs (CDMRP) has released pre-funding announcements for the following programs:
    Gulf War Illness Research Program (GWIRP)

    • Idea Award • Research Advancement Award • Clinical Evaluation Award
    • Therapeutic/Biomarker Trial Award • Patient-Provider and Health Communications Award • New Investigator Award

    Descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, eligibility, key mechanism elements, and funding can be found in the respective Program pre-announcement at
    Sponsor Deadlines vary, please check funding opportunity.

  • Connaught Innovation Award 2019-20  The Connaught Fund will fund approximately, 10-12 awards of up to $50,000 in the 2019-20 competition to accelerate the development of promising technology and promote commercialization and/or knowledge transfer. Projects must be at or above Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4 as defined by Science and Economic Development Canada (SEDC). Information regarding SEDC TRL Scale can be found here. Successful projects will have strong socio-economic and/or commercial potential, and will strive to have a positive impact on society.
    Notice of Intent Deadline: September 10, 2019 (Invention disclosed by August 27, 2019); Sponsor Deadline: October 15, 2019
  • CQDM SynergiQc-International Program Call for Proposals  CQDM has launched the SynergiQc-International funding program that may cover up to 50% of R&D expenses incurred in Quebec as part of a public/private partnership in the biopharmaceutical field, up to a maximum of $500,000. The objective of the program is to promote university-based industrial research in the biopharmaceutical field, while fostering international collaborations.
    Eligible research and innovation initiatives must involve at least:
    • One public research institution in Quebec where research activities eligible for funding will take place;
    • One Quebec company (priority given to SMEs) that will fund, in cash, a minimum of 20% of the Quebec portion of the project;
    • One public or private partner from another Canadian province or abroad that will actively participate in the project and provide a cash or in-kind contribution totaling at least 30% of all project expenses. Interested researchers and entrepreneurs are invited to contact Marc Thibault or Véronique Dugas for more information.
    Sponsor Deadline: October 7, 2019
  • Cystic Fibrosis Canada  Cystic Fibrosis Canada offers funding to support CF research and training in these categories:
    Training Awards: Sponsor Deadline – October 1, 2019
    Awards provide stipend and salary support for senior investigators and research trainees:

    • Early Career Investigator awards
    • Fellowship awards

    Travel Grants & Awards: Sponsor Deadline – ongoing
    Cystic Fibrosis Canada supports participation of Cystic Fibrosis Canada-funded awardees at scientific meetings related to cystic fibrosis through:

    • Special travel allowances for fellows and students
  • Economic and Social Research Council  The 6th call for proposals of the Open Research Area (ORA) is now open. This round of ORA is based on an agreement among the French National Research Agency (ANR; France), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG; Germany), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC; UK) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC; Canada). The scheme will provide funding for integrated projects by researchers coming from at least three of the four subscribing countries. There is also a special opportunity for co-operation with projects in Japan.Proposals may involve any of the disciplines, thematic areas or approaches eligible for SSHRC funding. However, the disciplinary coverage varies according to the involvement of the national agencies. Canadian applicants can request up to $135,000 per year for a maximum of $400,000 over two to three years.
    Internal Deadline: September 5, 2019; Sponsor Deadline: September 11, 2019 by 4PM (UK time).
  • 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
  • Epilepsy Foundation: New Therapy Commercialization Grant and Epilepsy Seal of Innovation Award. The Program seeks to advance the development of new therapies including but not limited to medicines, biologics or devices. All proposals must demonstrate a clear path from the lab to the patient and are evaluated with consideration for their potential value to patients, likelihood of successful development including regulatory approval and the timeframe of development. The Program also encourages 1:1 matching grants to academic and commercial entities to support the commercialization of novel approaches to the treatment of epilepsy. Amount: New Commercialization Grant – Up to USD $350,000 for up to two years; Epilepsy Seal of Innovation Award – Up to USD $200,000 for one year. Deadline for Letters of Intent: January 28, 2020.
  • Global Affairs Canada – Health & Rights for Women, Adolescent Girls and Children  Global Affairs Canada has announced a call for proposals related to Health and Rights for Women, Adolescent Girls and Children.
    This call for proposals will support projects that improve the quality of, access to, and demand for integrated health services and information for women, adolescents and children at the community, health facility and health system levels. Projects will take a multi-sectoral approach grounded in the social and environmental determinants of health, rights and well-being to improve the quality and accessibility of health services for the most marginalize. At least 50% of the funding will be allocated to projects that address sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
    Value of funding:  Between $5 million and $50 million per proposal.
    Internal Deadline: August 26, 2019 (to notify RSO); Sponsor Deadline: October 10, 2019
  • Guggenheim Fellowships 2020  The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation invites applications for the 2020 Guggenheim Fellowships, six- to twelve-month grants for focused work on projects in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, or arts.
    Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship in the noted disciplines, or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Fellowships provide Fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, and are awarded in support of a single project with a balanced, focused goal.
    Sponsor Deadline: September 16, 2019
  • Heart & Stroke Grants-In-Aid  The Heart & Stroke Grant-in-Aid (GIA) program provides operating funds to support important, pertinent and novel research in the areas of heart disease and stroke. GIA funding promotes research discovery, exploration and innovation across all health research themes. Knowledge gained from scientific findings, contributes to the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health of Canadians through prevention, treatment and recovery.
    Research is supported across the four health research themes: Basic Biomedical; Clinical; Health Services/Systems; Social, Cultural, Environmental and Population Health
    Sponsor Deadline: August 29, 2019 by 4:00 pm EDT
  • Heart & Stroke Awards  The 2020/21 Heart & Stroke Research & Personnel Awards are now open.  A detailed list of awards are listed below, including the relevant deadlines:
  • Health Research Foundation (HRF) of Innovative Medicines Canada Research Fellowships  The HRF will award two (2) research Fellowships ($100,000) in the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Health Research in its impact on health care in Canada. One of the Fellowships will focus on AI’s impact on health system sustainability, while the second Fellowship will focus on AI’s impact on patient outcomes.The objectives of these HRF Fellowships is to support outstanding MD and/or PhD researchers to become our future scientists and healthcare leaders with the tools to contribute to the innovative health care system of tomorrow, and to facilitate collaboration, teamwork, and trust between academic research centers and the pharmaceutical industry to find better ways to transfer knowledge from research to the health system.
    Sponsor deadline: September 27, 2019.
  • Immunodeficiency Canada: Chaim Roifman Scholar Award for Senior Investigators Each fall, Immunodeficiency Canada requests proposals focused on research in primary immune deficiency (PI). Research objectives should address one or more of the unique needs of patients with primary immunodeficiency:- Study the clinical, cellular and molecular characteristics of genetically determined immunodeficiency diseases- Discover improved diagnostic tools for PI
    – Advance novel therapeutic approaches for PI
    – Advance education of patients and medical professionals
    Amount: Up to $60,000. Letters of Intent: September 27, 2019; Sponsor deadline: November 29, 2019.
  • JDRF: Strategic Research Agreements – Multi-Project SRA. The JDRF SRA for multiple projects provides a mechanism to stimulate new collaborations between clinical and basic scientists and/or between scientists from diverse backgrounds as a means to conceive and develop new approaches to major challenges, potential breakthroughs, or persistent obstacles to progress along the various paths to prevent, treat or cure Type 1 diabetes and its complications. Available funding for the Strategic Research Agreement will be reviewed on a per-application basis. Deadline for concept papers/proposals: November 4, 2019; or February 3, 2020.
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS): Translational Research Program (TRP) Applications are sought proposing novel approaches to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of hematological malignancies and related pre-malignant conditions. Proposals should be based on molecular, cellular or integrated systems findings and be conceptually innovative. The application should have a clear plan for the clinical translation of the studies proposed and the results expected. This feature will be an important consideration of the review process. Amount: USD $650,000 over two years. Letters of Intent: August 31, 2019; Sponsor Deadline: October 31, 2019.
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS): Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) Program. The SCOR grant program is intended to bring together established investigators from one or several institutions to develop a focused research program, foster new interactions and cooperation, and enhance interdisciplinary research among the participants. The overall goal of this mechanism is to enhance the development of innovative strategies for the treatment, diagnosis or prevention of hematological malignancies. Strategies that move discoveries from the bench to the clinic are of high importance as are integrated translational projects. A major focus is translatability to the clinic within the time frame of the SCOR, or shortly after the grant term ends. Amount: Up to $5,000,000 over five years including indirect costs. Deadline for Letters of Intent: August 31, 2019.
  • The Kidney Foundation of Canada: Kidney Health Research Grants (formerly Biomedical Research Grants). The Kidney Foundation of Canada is pleased to announce that the value of this grant has increased to $120,000 over two years with a maximum of $60,000 per year. The Kidney Health Research Grant competition has moved to an on-line application system. All forms, policies and procedures can be found on the proposalCENTRAL website. Deadline for Letters of Intent: September 1, 2019; Full applications due: October 1, 2019.
  • LG Chem Global Innovation Contest 2019  LG Chem is inviting researchers to submit proposals for the “LG Chem Global Innovation Contest 2019 (GIC 2019)”. The program is a platform for research collaboration designed by LG Chem that will be initiated with novel proposals from universities and research institutions from all over the world.
    The contest theme includes Energy, Advanced Materials, Bio, Petrochemicals, as well as other areas that need innovative solutions. The specific keyword for each contest theme is summarized in Contest Theme page.
    Winners of this contest will be granted up to USD $150,000 per year for multi-year research activities and may also have the opportunity to collaborate with LG’s R&D teams. LG Chem highly encourages those with such novel ideas to apply for GIC 2019.
    Internal Deadline: September 23, 2019;  Sponsor Deadline: September 30, 2019
  • The Michael J. Fox Foundation: Therapeutic Pipeline Program. The objective of this program is to support the development of Parkinson’s disease therapeutics with potential for fundamentally altering disease course and/or significantly improving treatment, or management of symptoms, beyond current standards of care. Programs developing novel approaches, as well as approved or clinically safe repurposed or repositioned therapies from other disease indications, are appropriate. Amount: Up to USD $500,000 over 1-2 years.
    WEBINAR: September 12, 2019 from 12:00 – 1:00pm ET.
    Deadline for pre-proposals: September 24, 2019.
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada: Discovery Research (Operating) Grants. This Program is intended to support various research projects aligned with the MS Society of Canada’s new strategic plan. The strategic plan outlines four key impact areas: Treatment and Care; Enhance Wellbeing; Understand and Halt Disease Progression; and Prevent MS. Based on the nature of the research, applicants can apply to one of the following two streams: Biomedical Discovery Research (Operating) Grant; or Clinical and Population Health Discovery Research (Operating) Grant. Amount: $50,000 for 1 or 2 years. Deadline for applications: October 1, 2019.
  • National Ataxia Foundation: Research Grants.
    • The Young Investigator Award was created to encourage young clinical and scientific investigators to pursue a career in the field of ataxia research. Deadline for Letters of Intent: October 1, 2019.
    • Seed Money Research Grants are for new and innovative studies that are relevant to the cause, pathogenesis or treatment of the hereditary or sporadic ataxias. Deadline for Letters of Intent: September 16, 2019.
    • Pioneer SCA and SCA3/MJD Translational Research Award is for research projects that will facilitate the development of treatments for the Spinocerebellar Ataxias. Deadline for Letters of Intent: October 15, 2019.
    • Post-doctoral Fellowship Awards are to serve as a bridge from post-doctoral positions to junior faculty positions. Deadline for Letters of Intent: October 15, 2019.
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Pilot Research GrantsThe objective of these grants is to provide funds for limited, short term support of research in areas where preliminary data are scant or nonexistent. The program is designed to support new, unique or novel ideas with the potential to open significant new areas of research on multiple sclerosis. Amount: Up to USD $50,000 for one year in direct costs. Deadline for pre-applications: September 9, 2019.
  • NIH Various Opportunities  The National Institutes of Health has released the following requests for applications and program announcements:
    Building in vivo Preclinical Assays of Circuit Engagement for Application in Therapeutic Development (R01) (PAR-19-289). Submission Deadline: Standard deadline dates apply.
    Oscillatory Patterns of Gene Expression in Aging and Alzheimers Disease (R01) (RFA-AG-20-040) Submission Deadline: October 23, 2019
    Exploiting In Vivo Precision Pharmacology Techniques to Understand Opioid Receptor Signaling in Specific Circuits, Cell Types, and Subcellular Compartments (R61/R33) (RFA-DA-20-019) Submission Deadline: October 17, 2019
    Adipogenesis, Adipocyte Function and Obesity Following HIV Infection, Antiretroviral Therapy, or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (R01) (RFA-DK-19-008) Submission Deadline: November 7, 2019.
    Brain Initiative: Research to Develop and Validate Advanced Human Cell-Based Assays To Model Brain Structure and Function (R01) (RFA-MH-20-140). Submission Deadline: November 1, 2019.
    – Interpersonal Processes in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Clinical Interactions and Care Partnerships (R01) (RFA-AG-20-006)
    Submission Deadline: October 23, 2019.
    – Biology of Aging in Reproductive Tissues (R01) (RFA-AG-20-036) Submission Deadline: January 29, 2020
    Clinical Studies of Mental Illness (R01) (PAR-19-297) Submission Deadline: Standard dates apply
    – Non-Invasive Neurostimulation in AD/ADRD (R01) (PAR-19-298) Submission Deadline: Standard dates apply
    – Aging, Driving and Early Detection of Dementia (R01) (RFA-AG-20-022) Submission Deadline: October 22, 2019
    NIA Multi-site Clinical Trial Implementation Grant (R01)  (PAR-19-302) Submission Deadline: Standard dates apply
    Mechanisms of Mycobacterial-Induced Immunity in HIV-Infected and/or Uninfected Individuals to Inform Innovative Tuberculosis Vaccine Design (R01)
    (PAR-19-307)  Submission Deadline: January 14, 2020, January 14, 2021
    Stimulating Innovations in Behavioral Intervention Research for Cancer Prevention and Control (R21) (PAR-19-309) Submission Deadline: Standard dates apply
    Lipid Signaling in Healthspan and Longevity Regulation (R01) (RFA-AG-20-039) Submission Deadline: February 3, 2020
    Regulation of Brain Regional and Cell Type Specific Proteome Dynamics in Alzheimers Disease (R21) (RFA-AG-20-041) Submission Deadline: October 23, 2019
    Regulation of Brain Regional and Cell Type Specific Proteome Dynamics in Alzheimers Disease (R01) (RFA-AG-20-042)Submission Deadline: October 23, 2019
    Leveraging Big Data Science to Elucidate the Mechanisms of HIV Activity and Interaction with Substance Use Disorder (R01). (RFA-DA-20-008) Submission Deadline: November 14, 2019
    Leveraging Big Data Science to Elucidate the Mechanisms of HIV Activity and Interaction with Substance Use Disorder (R21). (RFA-DA-20-009) Submission Deadline: November 14, 2019
    Development of Clinical Outcome Assessments for Clinical Trials in Substance Use Disorders as FDA-qualified Drug Development Tools (U01). (RFA-DA-20-015) Submission Deadline: October 23, 2019
    BRAIN Initiative: Proof of Concept Development of Early Stage Next Generation Human Brain Imaging (R01) (RFA-EB-19-001) Submission Deadline: September 3, 2019
    BRAIN Initiative: Development of Next Generation Human Brain Imaging Tools and Technologies (U01) (RFA-EB-19-002) Submission Deadline: September 3, 2019
    Computational Methods for Integrating Tissue and Single Cell Genomic Data from the Brain (R01)  (RFA-MH-20-300) Submission Deadline: September 3, 2019 BRAIN Initiative: Non-Invasive Neuromodulation – New Tools and Techniques for Spatiotemporal Precision (R01) (RFA-MH-20-310) Submission Deadlines: September 03, 2019 and February 14, 2020
    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 Alliance grants encourage greater collaboration in Canada’s R&D system by providing support for projects that include both generators and users of research results and knowledge. Alliance is designed to be more responsive and flexible for our research community and to accommodate a broader range of partners. It also includes incentives for collaborations with small and medium-sized enterprises and multi-sectoral partnerships, and offers an accelerated means for projects to scale and grow. For full details about the Alliance grants and how to apply please visit the new Alliance webpage. Alliance will be launched in a phased approach. On May 21st, Option 1 will be open for applications requesting $150,000 or more annually from NSERC. Option 1 for applications requesting less than $150,000 annually from NSERC, as well as Option 2, will be phased in gradually. Please continue to check the website for the latest information and sign up to the mailing list on the Alliance webpage.
  • NSERC Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering Program  NSERC has just opened the call for proposals for the Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering Program. The call is open to the Ontario and Prairies regions.
    The aim of this program is to increase the participation and retention of women in science and engineering, while also providing role modes for women that are in, and considering, careers in these fields. The CWSE Program is regional—with one Chair for each of the Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies, and British Columbia/Yukon regions.
    Internal Deadline: September 4, 2019; Sponsor Deadline: October 8, 2019 by 8pm ET.
  • NSERC Discovery Grant  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. Discovery Grants are considered “grants in aid” of research, as they provide long term operating funds and can facilitate access to funding from other programs, but are not meant to support the full costs of a research program.
    Internal Deadline: August 6, 2019; Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2019
    The Research Office has announced an Information Session to be held on September 6, 2019 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 pm, location TBDGuest Speaker – Professor Deepa Kundur
    RSVP – Teresa Trimboli,  RFA, Research Services; 416-978-2525,
  • NSERC PromoScience   NSERC’s PromoScience Program offers financial support for organizations working with young Canadians to promote an understanding of science and engineering (including mathematics and technology). Organizations may request funds for up to three years at a time.PromoScience supports hands-on learning experiences for young students and their teachers. Grants may be used to cover improvements to program content or delivery, as well as for new programs and activities. Grants can also be used to cover operational costs such as salaries, travel, postage, materials and supplies, provided that they relate to the promotion of science and engineering.
    Internal Deadline: September 8, 2019; Sponsor Deadline: September 15, 2019,
  • NSERC Research Tools and Instruments  The Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) grants program fosters and enhances the discovery, innovation and training capability of university researchers in the natural sciences and engineering by supporting the purchase of research equipment. Internal Deadline: October 18, 2019; Sponsor Deadline: October 25, 2019.
    NSERC has announced a series of webinars on August 20 & 22 on how to submit an application.
    The Research Office has announced an Information Session to be held on September 13, 2019 1:00 p.m.- 2:30 pm in Room 107 at VPRES McMurrich Building, 12 Queen’s Park Cres. W.  Guest Speaker – Professor Leslie Buck
    RSVP – Teresa Trimboli,  RFA, Research Services; 416-978-2525,
  • NSERC Idea to Innovation (I2I)  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.
    Internal Deadline: September 13th, 2019;  Sponsor Deadline: September 23rd, 2019
  • Ontario Molecular Pathology Research Network (OMPRN): 2019 Cancer Pathology Translational Research Grants (CPTRG) Stream1. Projects must be likely to advance the field of cancer diagnostic, prognostic or predictive testing. Collaborations between Ontario institutions, including the trans-institutional use of core resources, are encouraged as is leveraging of existing collaborative clinical trials networks. It is expected that most proposals will make use of primary human cancer samples. Amount: Up to $35,000 for one year. Deadline for applications: October 28, 2019.
  • Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence (ORF-RE) Round 10  The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade (MEDJCT) has launched Round 10 of the Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence program. The ORF-RE program provides funding to support the operational costs of major projects of strategic value to the province.
    This program provides up to one third of the total value of a project, with the remaining two thirds coming from private sector partners and institutional contributions.
    ORF-RE Round 10 has two application funding tiers:
    o Tier 1. Funds projects from $200,000 to $1,000,000. Open to all disciplines.
    o Tier 2. Funds projects from $1,000,001 to $4,000,000. Open to all disciplines.
    NOI due to Research Services due by July 19, 2019; Budget due to Research Services by August 6, 2019; Full Draft application due to Research Services by August 12, 2019; Sponsor Application deadline: September 16, 2019.
  • President’s Impact Awards – Call for Nominations  The U of T President’s Impact Awards (PIA) celebrates and honours faculty members whose research has led to significant impact beyond academia. Award winners receive $10,000 per year for five years to be used toward their research, and are designated as members of the President’s Impact Academy. Nominations should be led by a Chair, Academic Director, or Vice-Principal Research as appropriate, and must be endorsed by the nominee’s academic division.
    Please notify the Research Office as soon as possible, if you are planning to nominate an LDFP faculty member.
    Internal Deadline: September 30, 2019; Research Services Deadline: October 31, 2019  
  • SSHRC Connection Grants – Joint Initiatives  The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is pleased to announce the Initiative for Digital Citizen Research (IDCR), a new joint initiative with the Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH) and one component of Canadian Heritage’s Digital Citizen Initiative. The IDCR aims to develop a better understanding of the impacts of online disinformation in Canada in order to better inform programs and policies, build Canada’s capacity to conduct research on – and related to – countering online disinformation and other related online harms, and help foster a community of researchers engaged with digital citizenship and online disinformation in Canada.
  • Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative – Winter 2020 Pilot Grants  The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative is now accepting applications that address areas relevant to improving the scientific understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. These areas include genetics and other factors contributing to risk; molecular and cellular mechanisms; synaptic and circuit physiology; sensory perception; cognition; behaviour; and clinical and translational studies.  Support innovative, high-impact, proposals requesting support for small-scale projects or early-stage experiments that build on preliminary data.  The maximum budget is $300,000USD (including 20% indirect costs) for up to 2 years.
    IDCR funding will be offered to meritorious and relevant research projects through four streams:

    • IDCR Research Grants valued at up to $250,000 over 3 years;
    • IDCR Research Grant supplements of $20,000 over one year;
    • IDCR Postdoctoral Fellowship supplements, valued at $10,000 over one year, for SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship holders; and
    • IDCR Doctoral Award supplements, valued at $10,000 over one year, for holders of SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships or Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program—Doctoral Scholarships.

    Various Deadlines, please check website for more details

  • 2020 Sloan Research Fellowships  The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation invites nominations for the Sloan Research Fellowships, two-year fellowships that aim to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.
    The USD$75,000 fellowships are awarded in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to the fields of chemistry, computational or evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, physics, or a related field. Candidates must hold a PhD in one of the noted fields and must be tenure-track, but untenured, faculty whose position holds a regular teaching obligation.
    Sponsor Deadline: September 16, 2019
  • SSHRC 2019 Insight Grant competition  The SSHRC 2019 Insight Grant competition is now open! Insight Grants support long-term research initiatives in the social sciences and humanities. They offer awards from $7,000 to $400,000 over 2 to 5 years, with a maximum annual budget of $100,000. Funding is available to emerging and established scholars for projects conducted by an individual researcher or team of researchers.
    Internal Deadline: October 7, 2019; Sponsor Deadline: October 10, 2019
    Information Session: UofT Research Services will present SSHRC IG info sessions on all three campuses, which will include presentations from recent SSHRC evaluation committee members and Research Services staff in September.  Additional information can be found here.
  • Social Sciences- Open Research Area Call 2019  The sixth Open Research Area call for proposals has been launched to fund integrated joint research projects in social sciences by researchers in at least three of the four subscribing countries, Canada, France, Germany and the UK.
    Sponsor Deadline: September 11, 2019.
  • University of Toronto: 2020 President’s Impact Awards. These annual awards celebrate and honour faculty members whose research has led to significant impact beyond academia. President’s Impact Award winners receive a monetary award of $10,000 per year for five years to be used toward their research, and are also designated by the University as members of the President’s Impact Academy for a minimum of five years. Nominations should be led by a Chair, Academic Director, Vice- or Associate Dean Research, or Vice-Principal Research as appropriate, and must be endorsed by the nominee’s academic divisionThe deadline for nominations is Thursday, October 31, 2019. Please check with divisional awards offices for earlier internal deadlines. Nominees whose research impact is related to public policy may be simultaneously nominated for the Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award, a separate award that is presented annually under the banner of the U of T Awards of Excellence. Visit here for eligibility and other criteria.
  • William T. Grant Foundation Institutional Challenge Grant The Institutional Challenge Grant encourages university-based research institutes, schools, and centers to build sustained research-practice partnerships with public agencies or non-profit organizations in order to reduce inequality in youth outcomes.   This program supports research institutions in the building of sustained research-practice partnerships with public agencies or nonprofit organizations in order to reduce inequality in youth outcomes.
    Applications need to address four goals:
    1.  Build a sustained institutional partnership with a public agency or nonprofit organization that serves young people ages 5-25 in the United States.
    2.  Pursue a joint research agenda to reduce inequality in youth outcomes.
    3.  Create institutional change within the research institution to value the partnership and its work.
    4.  Develop the capacity of the partners to collaborate on producing and using research evidence.
    Internal Deadline: September 3, 2019; Sponsor Deadline: September 6, 2019

Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Fellows:

  • Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada  Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada are currently seeking applications for Basic Research, Clinical Research or Translational Research and all research focuses will be given serious consideration, including pediatric brain tumours.  Funding includes $100,000, two-year Canadian fellowship award ($50,000 a year: $45,000 salary + $5,000 lab expenses/travel).
    Internal Deadline: August 16, 2019; Sponsor Deadline: August 23, 2019 (4:30 pm EST )
  • Cancer Research Institute – Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program  CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports qualified young scientists at leading universities and research centers around the world who wish to receive training in fundamental immunology or cancer immunology.
    Internal Deadline: September 27, 2019; Sponsor Deadline: October 1, 2019.
  • Cystic Fibrosis Canada  Cystic Fibrosis Canada offers funding to support CF research and training in these categories:
    Training Awards: Sponsor Deadline – October 1, 2019
    Awards provide stipend and salary support for senior investigators and research trainees:

    • Fellowship awards
  • 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:
  • 2019 Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program: Supporting Researchers from Underrepresented Groups  The University of Toronto Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides funding to increase opportunities for hiring postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented groups, specifically Indigenous and Black researchers. These fellowships will enable postdoctoral researchers to grow their scholarly profiles, undertake academic work at the University of Toronto, and strengthen the research environment at the University with diverse perspectives.
    This funding is designed to help the University compete with peer institutions for top-tier candidates, and to support the University in meeting its institutional goal of fostering increased diversity and representation at all levels of teaching, learning and research. The funding is being offered as a pilot program for three years which was inaugurated in March 2019.
    Nominees must be nominated by their prospective Faculties/divisions following the timeline and processes outlined below. While the nomination/application process will normally begin with faculty advisors/mentors, funding for the successful nominees will be provided to their respective Faculty Research Office for administration.
    Internal Application Deadline: September 30, 2019
  • 2019-2020 RBC Post-Doctoral & Graduate Fellowships  The RBC Post-Doctoral & Graduate Fellowships will support research and innovation at the University of Toronto and recognize emerging leaders who are establishing a record of research, scholarship, and impact, and exhibit the potential to make significant contributions to the body of research in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation.
    Four fellows each year will be selected from a variety of disciplines (Machine Learning and Advanced Data Analytics  & Security):
    • RBC Post-Doctoral Fellowship– 2 post-doctoral fellowships valued at $50,000 over 1 year
    • RBC Graduate Fellowship– 2 graduate student scholarships valued at $50,000 over 2 years ($25K/year for 2 years)
    In addition to research excellence, preference will be given to those who have a demonstrated and/or future interest in entrepreneurship and company creation.
    Sponsor Deadline: November 11, 2019

Undergraduate Students:

  • 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: