Internal Funding Opportunities

Pathway Grant - Deadline for abstracts: March 4, 2021

To address the gap between the Temerty Faculty of Medicine’s Project Grant proposals and CIHR’s limited available funding envelope, the OVDRI has launched a Pathway Grant for the Fall 2020 Project Grant competition. This funding program functions as an internal CIHR bridge grant for top-rated Project Grant proposals from on-campus Temerty Faculty of Medicine applicants: Up to 3 grants per Project competition (Spring and Fall) $100,000 for 1 year, w/potential 1-year no-cost extension Top 3 unfunded proposals, by percentile rank within review committee, will receive Pathway Grants Terms & Conditions: To be eligible for a Pathway Grant – you must be enrolled and in good standing with the Temerty Faculty of Medicine's College of Internal Scientific Reviewers at the time of the prior Project Grant competition. To be in good standing, you simply have to remain available to serve as an internal reviewer should you be selected to do so by the College for a specific grant. Expense eligibility follows the Tri-Council policy on financial management

Temerty Knowledge Translation Grant: Addressing health inequities in disadvantaged populations - Deadline for submission: June 15, 2021

We are very pleased to announce the launch of the Temerty Knowledge Translation Grant focused in the priority area of: Addressing health inequities in disadvantaged populations

We are pleased to announce the 2nd round of the Temerty Knowledge Translation Grant Program to fund collaborative projects led by Temerty Medicine faculty members working with community organizations to address health inequities.

Value: A total of $250,000 is available in this round to fund 1-year grants of up to $100,000
Duration: 1 year, with the possibility of an additional 1-year no-cost extension
Application deadline: June 15th, 2021
Eligibility: The competition is open to full-time Temerty Medicine faculty members on campus and at hospital-based research institutes affiliated with the University of Toronto.  

 Application form for further details and submission process.


Temerty Innovation Grants for AI in Medicine - Deadline for submission: April 30, 2021

Overview - Call for Proposals

Value: Up to $200,000 for granting period of up two years
Number of grants available: 2 grants
Duration: One year with a possibility of extension to two years
Application Deadline: (***APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED to April 30, 2021***)
Application Procedure: Proposals are to be submitted using the PDF application form to  the T-CAIREM Centre Administrator with the subject line: Temerty Innovation Grant Application.
• For more Information: Zoryana Salo, Centre Administrator

Full or Associate Professor – Temerty Health Innovation & Technology Chairs - Deadline for submission: April 30, 2021

The Temerty Faculty of Medicine seeks applicants for the inaugural Temerty Health Innovation & Technology Chair.  Two positions are available.  The successful candidate must already hold, or be eligible for, an academic appointment within the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (U of T), at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The term of the Chair position is 5 years with the opportunity for one 5-year renewal following a successful review. Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2021, or until filled. Position start date is July 1, 2021, or a mutually agreed upon date. 

In the course of their activities, the Temerty Health Innovation & Technology Chair will support the development and implementation of strategies (research, clinical, industrial, and/or educational) that enable the success of new health-care technologies to emerge from the Faculty’s ecosystem. These strategies may range broadly across health application areas, including but not limited to:  machine learning, advanced imaging, digital health, diagnostics, novel drug and/or biological therapies, rapid on-site manufacturing, personalized interventions, medical devices, etc. The Chair will support fellow innovators (faculty and/or trainees) on the practical and/or commercial implementation of their ideas during early stages of translational design work and concept development. Proposed innovations should have the potential for significant impact in clinic settings, the home, or the community, with a particular emphasis on scalability, a better quality of life, and/or reducing health inequities. 

The successful candidate will also be appointed as a mentor actively engaged in the mission of the Health Innovation Hub (H2i), a campus-linked accelerator within the Temerty Faculty of Medicine whose mission statement is “to educate, enable, partner, and facilitate early-stage entrepreneurs in the commercialization of health matters.”   A minimum of 20% of the Chair’s activity will be directly related to H2i’s mission.  It is anticipated that these Temerty Health Innovation & Technology Chairs will be the first two of twelve Chairs in Health Nexus - a U of T research & education initiative that champions the successful outcome of health innovation. 

Applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, who are widely respected in their field, are encouraged to apply. We welcome applicants working in any research domain, from basic to clinical to industrial research and hold either a PhD, MD or equivalent in an allied health area. Applicants must have a demonstrated track record of: peer-reviewed publications in main-stream journals, funding of collaborative research projects, successfully moving innovations towards new and improved health care practices; outstanding teaching performance and mentorship; interdisciplinary collaborations; communication skills; and inclusive leadership. The successful candidate will be a developer and promoter of entrepreneurial activity, with a proven ability to transform innovative ideas from discovery, research and/or de novo development into new technologies supporting improved health care practice or policy.

The Chair award will provide funding of $200,000 p.a. with a maximum of 75% to support the Chairholder’s salary and the remainder to directly support the Chair’s required activity costs in health innovation and technology and engaging with H2i.  The Chair holder’s renumeration is expected to be commenserate with qualifications and experience. 

Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2021, or until the position is filled. All nominations must be put forward by a Departmental Chair in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine.   There is a limit of one application per department.  Applications should include: a cover letter of support from the Chair confirming a 20% time commitment to H2i, the applicant’s curriculum vitae, and a 5-page (maximum) outline of current and future plans for innovation and/or technology advancement, education interests related to the Chair’s mandate, engagement with H2i, an EDI statement, and the names of three academic or industry references.   Applications to be submitted as a single PDF and sent via email to:

Prof. Reinhart Reithmeier
Interim Vice Dean, Research & Innovation, Temerty Faculty of Medicine
c/o         Cindy Faber
                Research Services Officer, Office of the Vice Dean, Research & Innovation

Home to over 40 departments and institutes, the University of Toronto's Temerty Faculty of Medicine lies at the heart of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN) and is a global leader in groundbreaking research and education, spanning clinical medicine, basic science and the rehabilitation

sciences sectors.  

For more information about the Temerty Faculty of Medicine’s research & innovation platform, please visit:  

The Health Innovation Hub was established to create a culture, infrastructure, and momentum that translates discoveries and ideas into problem-solving designs, services and products, and to foster the success of health technology companies.

For more information about H2i, please visit:

Also see the Faculty’s Academic Strategic Plan for further details on its institutional vision:

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially where possible welcomes nominations from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


EMHSeed Funding - Deadline for submission: March 31, 2021

Joint EMHSeed And XSeed Call For Proposals

Expanding research impact through inter-disciplinary collaboration
The Joint EMHSeed and XSeed is an interdivisional research funding program designed to promote multi-disciplinary research and catalyze new innovative partnerships between a coPI from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (FASE) and a coPI from outside Engineering. Partner divisions for these programs are:

For EMHSeed: Faculty of Medicine (FoM), UofT Affiliated Hospitals, Medicine by Design (MbD), Translational Biology and Engineering Program (TBEP)

For XSeed: Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS), University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), as well as other UofT Divisions.

Funding is available for a maximum of fifteen (15) new collaborative projects beginning in early September 2020.


The budget for each Seed project will be $60,000 CAD/year for two (2) years. In exceptional cases, a no-cost extension for an additional year will be considered. The $60,000 CAD/year amount for each project is the sum of total cash invested by each of the participating Faculties and departments/institutes,

PI Eligibility:

Each coPI should be eligible to hold, as PI, tri-council agency grants (NSERC, CIHR, or SSHRC).

One PI should have a primary appointment with an Engineering unit, and one PI should have his/her primary appointment outside Engineering.

A PI can hold a maximum of one EMHSeed and one XSeed funded project at any point in time.

EMHSeed funding is for faculty members that have an appointment status at FoM and UofT Affliated Hospitals; XSeed is for faculty members with appointment status at FAS, UTM, UTSC, DLSPH and other divisions.

Deadline for documentation: March 31, 2021 at 12:00 noon.

McLaughlin Centre 2021 Accelerator Grants - Deadline for LOIs: December 9, 2020

“Genomic Data Generation and Integration for Discovery” Request for Letters of Intent (LOI)

LOI Deadline: December 4, 2020
LOI Decision: January 8, 2021
Application Deadline: March 5, 2021
Application Decision: April 23, 2021
Funding Start: May 1st, 2021 *LOI form at:

The McLaughlin Centre is pleased to announce its 11th research funding competition. The competition will be based on invited grant applications passing an initial letter of intent stage. Both steps will go through committee peer-review adjudicated by the Director. Letters of Intent up to two pages long should outline (i) background and rationale, (ii) objectives and activities, (iii) relevance to the McLaughlin Centre mission, (iv) planned deliverables and (v) a brief budget summary. Full grant applications will be a maximum of 10 pagesincluding references. Priority will be given to applications demonstrating promise for near-term deliverables, potential to seed larger grants, and those involving two or more institutions from the University of Toronto Faculties (and their Departments and Institutes) and the hospitals/research institutes fully affiliated with the University of Toronto (TAHSN). Successful grants will be awarded for one year with up to $100,000 from the McLaughlin Centre. A requirement is that the McLaughlin Centre investment be equally leveraged with other funds necessary for the completion of the project. (Note: considering other funding opportunities in Toronto, if your project involves cancer or COVID-19 please contact us in advance. We also prefer one application per Principal Investigator). The emphasis in this Call will be Genomic Data Generation and Integration for Discovery: 1. Building clinical and control genome-wide datasets. The emphasis this year will be projects for long-read genome sequencing, RNAseq, and epigenomics datasets for discovery and, 2. Importing genomic data from other databases (e.g. UK Biobank) and integrating/analyzing with local data, as well as linking whole genome datasets with health and administrative databases. Developing integrated analysis pipelines and databases for discovery will also be considered.



MITO2i - Innovation Grants - Deadline for submission: September 14, 2020

The MITO2i Innovation Grants are meant to fund impactful projects that brings novel ways to transform mitochondrial health and be able to have a direct impact on the quality of life of patients with mitochondrial disease or dysfunction. The objective of the Innovation grants is to generate new knowledge, promoting innovation and interdisciplinary research. MITO2i will invest in bold interdisciplinary ideas, ranging from basic (e.g. fundamental biological concepts) to clinical and translational research (diagnostic and novel treatments for mitochondrial dysfunction) and health policy, economics, law and ethics and epidemiology, to cultivate new concepts that are expected to be of critical importance to mitochondrial medicine and research.

​Research areas can include but not limited: 1) research in all disease and clinical applications in which mitochondrial mutations, defects and/or dysfunction may play a role in the pathogenesis of disease,  2) development of novel compounds that improve mitochondrial function and therapeutic treatments such as mitochondrial transplant, mitochondrial augmentation therapy, precision nutrition and others, 3) development of diagnostic tools and technologies for detection of mitochondria defects, 4) projects concerning the law, ethics, patient counselling,  health policy and economics and epidemiology of mitochondrial medicine research.

​Successful grants will be awarded up to $100,000 for a two-year project.


​Each application should be representing two distinct disciplines (by NPI and Co-PI) in a collaboration to develop an interdisciplinary project that advances the innovation mission for mitochondria medicine and research.

NPI’s and Co-PI’s from any academic and/or hospital institutions may apply.  Researchers can only be NPI and Co-PI in one application; however, they can be listed as collaborators in more than one application.

​MITO2i investment should be equally matched (cash and/or in-kind) with other funds to demonstrate commitment to the project. This can include other grant funding, institutional contributions, external investments, and others.

It is strongly advised that applicants consider, and plan for, engaging with people affected by mitochondrial disease and/or other chronic diseases affected by mitochondrial dysfunction.  This could include patient, patient advocates, foundations, organizations, and patient groups.   This element should be integral to the design of the proposed research.


Drucker Family Innovation Fund Grants 2021/2022 - Deadline for submissions: April 20, 2021


This Drucker Family Innovation Fund Grants is a joint funding program between the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre (BBDC) and the University Health Network/Mount Sinai Hospital Department of Medicine. Multiple grants will be awarded per year. The number of awards depends on the total interest earned on these endowed funds.

The program provides funding of up to $50,000 per application to enable eligible investigators to explore innovative research that may change the paradigm and reorient the field in a new direction. The emphasis of this grant is on INNOVATION. Applicants must demonstrate to reviewers that their proposal does not simply represent a logical extension of their existing research program.

This funding is not to be used as bridging or emergency funding, nor is it intended as funding for ongoing studies.

Preference will be given to high risk innovative proposals focused on diabetes and metabolism research; however, in the absence of meritorious applications in the area of diabetes and metabolism, submissions related to other areas of biomedical research will be considered. (This program is not intended to support activities in care delivery, evaluation of education programs, or practical issues in clinical management)

The application must include an explanation as to how this project constitutes a highly innovative potentially paradigm-shifting undertaking for the applicant(s) and is not just an extension of, or related to, ongoing research efforts.

Preference will be given to applications that represent a completely new initiative in biomedical research/basic sciences for a particular investigator(s). The most innovative and potentially transformative ideas will receive funding preference.


The principal applicant must hold a faculty appointment with the University of Toronto at the level of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor at the time of application submission.

The principal applicant must be appointed to the University of Toronto or a University of Toronto-affiliated institution. In addition to the above, the principal applicant must be either:

A registered member* of the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre at the time of application submission. (*for information about BBDC membership please view the Membership section of this website), or

A faculty member in the Department of Medicine who holds their primary hospital appointment at Mount Sinai Hospital or the University Health Network

Co-applicants must be independent researchers (not trainees or research associates). Co-applicants are not required to be members of the BBDC, UHN/MSH Department of Medicine faculty, or U of T faculty.

The proposed research must be conducted at the University of Toronto or one of its affiliated institutions.

Faculty can only submit one application as the principal applicant.


Up to $50,000 will be awarded to successful applicants.

Funding Period

One-year funding period commencing on September 1, 2021. All grant recipients must be prepared to begin the research on September 1, 2021.

Application Procedure

Submit a completed application to the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre by the deadline date. See the application form for complete instructions.

Download the 2021/2022 Drucker Family Innovation Fund Grant application form (PDF)

Application Deadline

Applications must be received by 4 p.m., April 20, 2021.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Full details here.

Ukraine-Toronto Education and Collaboration Initiative - Deadline for applications: September 30, 2021

The Temerty Faculty of Medicine has launched a Ukraine-Toronto Education and Collaboration Initiative, generously supported by the Temerty Foundation’s landmark gift. A new fund has been established to support education and research, with the goal of increasing and deepening our collaborations and partnerships with clinicians, health educators and researchers in Ukraine.

Grants are available with the goal of supporting emerging health leaders in Ukraine and the University of Toronto’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine in Canada through collaborative research and educational programs and activities.

Examples of initiatives may include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborative research or educational projects that are co-led by researchers at Temerty Medicine and in Ukraine
  • Capacity building trips to Ukraine led by Temerity Medicine faculty member(s)
  • Support for Temerty Medicine learners (medical students, clinical trainees, residents, fellows, graduate students) working on projects with demonstrated potential for impact in Ukraine
  • Steps to build a network of colleagues interested in a sustained relationship with Ukraine

Please see the application form for further details.

Maximum Grant: $75,000 CDN (to support up to 2 years maximum)

Applications to be submitted as one PDF package by 11:59pm on September 30, 2021 to Late applications will not be considered and the committee will only review one application per person.The outcome of the competition will be announced by December 2021 and successful applicants will be notified directly.