What's New in Research Funding

Introducing Research FUNDamentals

At the Office of Research and Health Science Education (RHSE), in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, we are working diligently to enhance our communication with you. Part of our improvements include the introduction of a new biweekly newsletter, Research FUNDamentals, which will eventually replace our What’s New in Research Funding” page.

Anyone currently subscribed to our listserv, you will receive our Research FUNDamentals when it launches. Any campus-based faculty with a primary appointment in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, or Chairs and Business Officers in Temerty Medicine will also receive our newsletter. You can unsubscribe using the link at the bottom of the email if you no longer wish to receive updates from us.

If you are not on our current listserv and would like to receive updates from RHSE about funding, awards, events and workshops, feel free to sign up for our Research FUNDamentals newsletter. While some of the opportunities we share in the newsletter may be limited to on-campus faculty, most will be open to all faculty. So we encourage our hospital-based faculty to sign up as well. We will post the current issue and all previous issues of the newsletter on our website.  

We are pleased to assist the research community in identifying potential sources of funding through the provision of information posted here:

  • All Applicants submitting through the University of Toronto MUST have submitted their application information online via the My Research Applications (MRA) portal. This is an online submission process to obtain institutional approval on research applications. Please note that you will be required to upload a copy of the application to this online submission. Please complete this step as early as possible and at least several days ahead of the deadline to insure all approvals are obtained on time. Please visit the OVPRI's MRA webpage for complete information on this process.
  • Research Partnership Security Checklist for International Partnerships.Faculty engaged in international research partnerships will be asked to fill out a Research Partnership Security Checklist. The checklist is meant as a tool to assist PIs and approvers assess the suitability and potential risks of engaging with an international partner, before proceeding with a specific project.
  • Also, our office offers a grant editing service for researchers submitting proposals to tri-council or any other funding agency. For more information, please contact medicine.editors@utoronto.ca

Comprehensive funding opportunities may be searched through these links:

New CRIS Spotlight: Resources for Conducting COVID-19 Research. 

The Centre for Research & Innovation Support (CRIS) has published the next issue of Spotlight: Resources for Conducting COVID-19 Research.

This issue includes an up-to-date list of current COVID-19 funding opportunities; a listing of robust sources of published, pre-print, and synthesized research; data sets and visualizations; and more. Visit the CRIS Spotlight page to access these resources.

If you have additional resources to share with the research & innovation community, please notify us at CRIS@utoronto.ca

To sign up to receive future email communications from CRIS, including new Spotlight resources, please click here

Recently Received News and Updates

March 23, 2023

Tannenbaum Institute for Science in Sport (TISS): TISS Research Accelerator Funding. The Tanenbaum Institute for Science in Sport (TISS) is pleased to announce its inaugural 2023-2024 call for funding support for research project proposals. This funding from the TISS Research Accelerator Fund is intended to support new ideas and promote innovation and interdisciplinary research in sport science and sport medicine. Project proposals from a wide range of disciplines are welcomed and there is a portion of the funding that is specifically designated for projects related to sports analytics, modeling and data science research within sport. Funding amount and duration: up to $120,000 per project that must be completed within two years. LOI Submission Deadline: April 09, 2023; Stage 2 Application Deadline (by invite): June 04, 2023. 

National Research Council of Canada: Dorothy Killam Fellowships. the Dorothy Killam Fellowships provide support to scholars of exceptional ability by granting them time to pursue research projects of broad significance and widespread interest within the disciplines of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering or studies linking any of these disciplines. These Fellowships are now specifically targeted to mid-career researchers in need of relief from teaching and administrative duties to focus on their research career. Value: $80,000/year over 2 years. For more information, please visit the University of Toronto's funding opportunity page (UTORID required). UofT Internal deadline: May 25, 2023: Sponsor deadline: June 16, 2023.

Data Sciences Institute – Call for Seed Funding for Methodologists Grant. The DSI Seed Funding for Methodologists Grant initiative is designed to encourage new collaborations of data science methodologists and theorists with applied researchers. By presenting and bringing to the fore innovative methodological and theoretical work, our goal is to ensure that new collaborative research teams (CRTs) are forged with new and unexpected connections to foment cutting edge data science work. Single applicants working in data sciences methodology or theory can apply for this grant. An applicant’s research area should focus on data sciences methodology or theory with the potential to be relevant to applied fields. Applicants will present their research and methodology/theory at a seminar, including its potential for applied fields. Funds of up to $10,000 can be used to support successful applicants to seed a new CRT with the aim of applying for a DSI Catalyst Grant. Application deadline: April 17, 2023.

Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education 2024. The purpose of the prize is to recognize and stimulate high-quality research in medical education, thereby promoting long-term improvements in educational practices. ‘Medical’ includes all education and training within any health science profession. The awarded prize sum is currently € 100 000. Nomination deadline: September 10, 2023 although the Temerty Faculty of Medicine will provide an earlier deadline. Please contact Alex De Serrano a.deserrano@utoronto.ca if you wish to be nominated for this prize. 

The Institute for Pandemics (IfP): Research Catalyst Grants. This competition is available only to UofT Faculty-led projects and provides seed funding to support collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects (e.g., development, proof-of-concept, data access, pilot studies to generate data), that lead more comprehensive applications to external funding opportunities. This is a one-year seed grant with two streams (IfP and EPIC-IfP). 21 awards are available valued at $25,000 each.  Application deadline: April 30, 2023.

February 23, 2023

2023 Anne and Max Tannenbaum Symposium. Cannabis and Endocannabinoids: Emerging Neuroscience Research Highlights.

Thursday, March 30, 2023 from 9am - 1pm at The Great Hall, Hart House, University of Toronto. Registration is free but required RSVP by March 24, 2023, https://cris.eve.utoronto.ca/home/events/3173 

Connaught Community Partnership Research Program: University of Toronto. This initiative aims to help create new or nurture early-stage research partnerships between the University and community partners by supporting research projects driven by the community partners' needs and priorities. Funded partnership projects will equitably engage community partners and let non-academic organizations and university researchers access each other’s unique knowledge, expertise, and capabilities on issues of mutual interest. Partnerships supported should show potential to evolve into more established relationships that will attract funding through external agencies, for example, the SSHRC Partnership Grant programs. Projects can request up to $50,000 per year for one or two years, for up to a total of $100,000. 

Applicants are required to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) by March 15, 2023, to the Connaught Secretariat at connaught.secretariat@utoronto.ca.

Full applications are due May 1, 2023, and must be submitted via MRA (My Research Applications).

TRANSFORM HF 2023 Collaboration Starter Grant. TRANSFORM HF is offering Collaboration Starter Grants to encourage, foster, and support members of our community working collaboratively on research and project proposals that advance our mission and expand our network. The number, type of grant, and funding amount for each award to be supported depends on the mix and quality of applications received. Up to four awards are available. Priority will be given to project proposals that were initiated during a TRANSFORM HF network meeting collaborative activity and/or which expand the network and its reach. Up to four grants are available, each up to $10,000. Application deadline: March 24, 2023 at 5:00pm EST.

February 3, 2023

Reminders: CIHR Project Grant Spring 2023 competition.  Registration for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)’s Spring 2023 Project Grant competition is currently open. The Project Grant program is designed to capture ideas with the greatest potential to advance health-related fundamental or applied knowledge, health research, health care, health systems, and/or health outcomes. It supports projects with a specific purpose and a defined endpoint. The best ideas may stem from new, incremental, innovative, and/or high-risk lines of inquiry or knowledge translation approaches. Registration deadline: February 8, 2023; MRA deadline: March 1, 2023. Application deadline: March 8, 2023.

CIHR Spring 2023 Project Grant webinar sessions. CIHR will be hosting the following webinars to support participants with the requirements of the funding opportunity "Project Grant – Spring 2023 Applicant Webinar" and to answer questions on how to apply. English Session (Duration: 60 minutes): When: Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 1:00 PM ET | Join. French Session: (Duration: 60 minutes): When: Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 11:00 AM ET | JoinNo registration for webinars is required, simply click on the Join link at date and time of your desired session.  Sessions will also be archived and available for viewing offline.

Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) Round 26. Please note that the deadlines for GAPP round 26 have been revised. Information can be found at Ontario Genomics' site (linked below) or on the UofT funding opportunities page. Ontario Genomics has announced that the new round 26 of Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) is now open for applications. The GAPP funds public-private research collaborations focused on validating genomics-derived technologies that address real-world opportunities and challenges identified by industry, government, not-for-profits, or other “Receptors” of genomics knowledge and tools across all sectors. The program provides a unique opportunity for Receptor organizations to collaborate with an academic ’omics researcher, and to leverage their research and development (R&D) investments with public funding. Budget: $300K to $6M (Total). Co-funding: 1/3 Genome Canada (max), 1/3 Receptor (min), up to 1/3 other, as applicable; can be cash, in-kind, or a mix of both. Draft EOIs are due to Ontario Genomics on April 4, 2023, at 9am. MRAs (Internal applications) are typically required a week before the external submission for all stages of University of Toronto applications.  Please visit here for more UofT information on the opportunity.

Brain & Mitochondria Innovation Seed Awards: MITO2i. MITO2i is announcing the Brain and Mitochondria Innovation Seed Grant to support projects looking to investigate the role of mitochondria in brain diseases and disorders. The purpose of the grant is to address the unmet need to understand the complex relationship between mitochondrial diseases, mitochondrial dysfunction, and brain diseases. 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 to cultivate new concepts that are expected to be of critical importance to mitochondrial and brain disease research.

MITO2i will fund 2 Innovation Seed projects at $50,000 each for one year to support pilot projects to identify the relationship between mitochondria dysfunction/disease and brain disease areas; including but not limited to neurodegenerative diseases, neuropsychiatric diseases, neurodevelopmental disorders, epilepsy, depression.

This call is open to Researchers, Clinicians and Clinician Scientists at the University of Toronto and/or the affiliated Toronto hospitals (Unity Health, UHN, Mount Sinai Health Systems (LTRI), Sunnybrook Hospital (SBRI), Hospital for Sick Children, Holland Bloorview, Baycrest, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), with a Departmental Appointment at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine. Deadline for applications: February 10, 2023 at 5pm EST. 

January 16, 2023

J. Andrew McKee Fellowship Program in Type 1 Diabetes The application process is now open for the joint The Stem Cell Network and JDRF Canada’s J. Andrew McKee Fellowship Program in Type 1 Diabetes. Running for the second year, the objective of the J. Andrew McKee Fellowship Program is to attract relatively early career researchers working in stem cell and regenerative medicine research with a focus on Type 1 Diabetes to join the JDRF Centre of Excellence at the University of British Columbia. This award is valued at $60,000 per year, of which $57,500 is stipend and $2,500 is research allowance. Deadline for Notice of Intent to apply: February 1, 2023 at 5pm. Application deadline: February 28, 2023 at 5pm.

JDRF Canada-Mitacs Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. JDRF Canada and Mitacs are pleased to announce the launch of the The JDRF Canada-Mitacs Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Type 1 Diabetes. Fellowships will support postdoctoral scholars affiliated with academic institutions to conduct promising research with industry partners that are driving new therapies for type 1 diabetes (T1D) towards the clinic. Fellows will share their time between academic institutions and eligible industry partner organizations. Letter of Intent application deadline: March 24, 2023. 

Data Sciences Institute Inequity Series - Prof. Dustin Duncan, Columbia University. Data-Driven Approaches to Studying Neighborhoods and Health Inequalities. Join us for the Inequity Speaker Series with Associate Professor Dustin Duncan, from the Department of Epidemiology and Co-Director of the Social and Spatial Epidemiology Unit, Columbia University. REGISTER HERE.Date: January 27, 2023 from 11am-12pm. Format: Hybrid (in-person & virtual).

LAUNCH: CIHR *Expanded* Spring 2023 Reviewer in Training Program. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is pleased to announce the launch and expansion of the Reviewer in Training (RiT) program for the Spring 2023 Project Grant competition. The RiT program offers Early Career Researchers (ECRs) a learning opportunity to gain a better understanding of the elements of high-quality review and the peer review process through direct participation in the Project Grant competition. Participants in the RiT program can now take part in one of two roles: Mentee and ECR reviewer. Like previous competitions, Mentees will participate in the Project Grant competition with the support of a Mentor. They will conduct practice reviews on up to three applications, attend the peer review meeting, present one review, and participate in the committee discussion. New to this competition, applicants who hold CIHR or equivalent funding may choose to apply as an ECR reviewer. ECR reviewers participate in the same capacity as all reviewers, without the support of a Mentor, and with a reduced number of applications to review (up to five). Following completion of the RiT program, participants will be promoted within CIHR’s Reviewer Pathway and are expected to participate in peer review when requested and available to do so. The application period for the RiT program  closes February 3rd, 2023.









December 12, 2022

2023 Joint EMHSEED and XSEED Call for Proposals. The Joint EMHSeed and XSeed program 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:
1- For EMHSeed: Temerty Faculty of Medicine (FoM), UofT Affiliated Hospitals, Translational Biology and Engineering Program (TBEP), TRANSFORM Heart Failure (TRANSFORM HF), KITE (Knowledge, Innovation, Talent, Everywhere).
2- For XSeed: Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS), University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)/EaRTH District Collaborative Research Grant (EDCRG), Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), TRANSFORM HF, as well as other UofT Divisions. Applications including all supporting documents are due by email to director.research@engineering.utoronto.ca by 12:00pm on Monday, March 6, 2023. The application can be found here.

INFORMATION SESSION: January 27, 2023 from 12:00 - 1:30 P.M. Register here.

The Anne and Max Tanenbaum Chair Program in Biomedical Research. The Temerty Faculty of Medicine is seeking applicants for the Tanenbaum Chair Program. One position is available, in Molecular Medicine. The successful candidates must already hold, or be eligible for, a tenure-streamed 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 January 16, 2023, or until filled.

MITO2i: Brain & Mitochondria Innovation Seed Awards. MITO2i is announcing the Brain and Mitochondria Innovation Seed Grant to support projects looking to investigate the role of mitochondria in brain diseases and disorders. The purpose of the grant is to address the unmet need to understand the complex relationship between mitochondrial diseases, mitochondrial dysfunction, and brain diseases. 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 to cultivate new concepts that are expected to be of critical importance to mitochondrial and brain disease research. MITO2i will fund 2 Innovation Seed projects at $50,000 each for one year to support pilot projects to identify the relationship between mitochondria dysfunction/disease and brain disease areas; including but not limited to neurodegenerative diseases, neuropsychiatric diseases, neurodevelopmental disorders, epilepsy, depression. Deadline for submissions: January 27, 2023 at 5pm. 

The Branco Weiss Fellowship offers an opportunity for postdocs in all disciplines who have conceived an original and independent research idea that falls outside the scope of large-scale research projects. Value: Up to 5 year PDF position totalling max CHF 500,000. Deadline: 15 January 2023. You are eligible for the 2023 intake if:

  • You officially hold a PhD on January 15, 2023
  • You have obtained your PhD a maximum of five years prior to January 15, 2023
  • You do not hold/have not held a faculty-equivalent position (e.g. assistant professor or lecturer)
  • Your project departs from the mainstream of research in your discipline
  • You have a record of outstanding scientific achievement
  • You demonstrate in the proposal a willingness to engage in a dialog on relevant social, cultural, political or economic issues beyond the frontiers of your particular discipline. 

October 31, 2022

ECHO Discovery. The Translational Biology and Engineering Program (TBEP) and TRANSFORM HF are excited to announce the launch of ECHO Discovery, a foundational education program designed to explore ideation, research translation, and entrepreneurship in the cardiovascular health space.

ECHO Discovery aims to:

  • Provide fundamental ideation, entrepreneurship, and research translation skills through theoretical and experiential training.
  • Support a culture of research translation while igniting startup formation within the cardiovascular space.
  • Inspire and facilitate new cardiovascular ventures to enroll in the ECHO program.

Application Deadline: Friday Nov 18, 2022. Please visit our webpage for program details, brochure, instructions and application form.

Protect, License, and Fund your Intellectual Property with IPO. The Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO) is your first stop for research commercialization at U of T. IPO helps turn innovations into patents, licenses, and startups, building successful relationships between researchers, industry, and investors. In 2021, U of T inventors made over 180 invention disclosures, with IPO managing 74 priority patent applications, more than 39 licensing and option agreements, and 290 ongoing commercialization projects. In the last 5 years, companies based on U of T Research have secured more than $1.5 billion in investment and capital. 

Upcoming Research Ethics Workshops. The Human Research Ethics Unit is pleased to announce upcoming information sessions to address all types of research involving human participants:

Faculty members, graduate students, and staff are invited to attend.  Workshops include a presentation by Research Ethics Managers with opportunities for questions and discussion. Learning objectives include broadening and deepening understanding of:

  • History and principles behind research ethics review
  • Procedures under Tri-council policy statement: Ethical conduct for research involving humans
  • UT’s risk matrix for assessing participant vulnerability and research risk
  • Free & informed consent, privacy & confidentiality, conflict of interest, inclusion/exclusion criteria
  • Questions and discussion relating to specific projects and methods

To find out about additional training and events, join the Centre for Research & Innovation Support (CRIS) mailing list or visit the CRIS programs pageQuestions about registration can be directed to cris@utoronto.ca 

McLaughlin Centre Accelerator Grants in Genomics Medicine 2023. "Genome Networks and Data Science in Health and Disease"

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 pages including 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 project. The emphasis in this Call will be:

  1. Genome Networks: Building upon the McLaughlin Centre’s earlier rounds that often focussed on genotype-phenotype relationships, proposals will be entertained that probe the genetic/genomic interactions between two or more genes in mammalian (preferably human) systems. Funding for data generation experiments in the areas of genetic interactions to disease phenotypes, performing systematic genome-editing screens, and developing and exploring such genome-wide technologies in therapeutic strategies will be prioritized, OR,
  2. Data Science: Vast amounts of data will be generated from experiments in Aim 1 (Genome Networks) and expertise in modern informatics, statistics and machine learning will be essential to unravel complexity and enable discovery. Funding for data scientists contributing to large-scale genomic-interaction projects will be supported.
    Email: hin.lee@utoronto.ca; Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 309335

October 6, 2022

RASI (Research Application Support Initiative) recruiting PIs, research associates, and Post-Doctoral Fellows. 

RASI (Research Application Support Initiative) is an initiative which is part of the Community of Support program, which is designed to help students from underrepresented communities at various stages of research interest or experience get to the next level in their research productivity, including helping them find summer research jobs, complete graduate applications, or enroll in thesis courses. Students selected for the RASI program are strong academic scholars with promising potential for research, who often face barriers to accessing research positions. We are seeking primary investigators, research associates, and post-doctoral fellows who might be interested in collaborating with us to provide opportunities for our students. 

 COS RASI will run from November to April. Each mentor will be paired with one or more students. Please note the mentors are required to correspond with their mentees at LEAST once every month within this time. Mentors may choose to continue relationship with mentee beyond the proposed time. Mentors do not have to be in the GTA to participate in this program, as the correspondence will mainly be taking place online. If you are interested in participating, please complete this form Please complete and submit the form by Oct 21st, 11:59pm.

Applications open: Data Science Certificate - Data Sciences Institute University of Toronto. The Data Sciences Institute (DSI) at the University of Toronto has launched a Data Science Certificate to help professionals gain essential job-ready skills to support their success in careers where data science skills are increasingly in demand. In this Certificate, learners will build foundational skills in how to extract meaningful insights from data, how to apply the core competencies, master popular data analysis tools and gain hands-on experience through real-world case studies.  The case study component provides learners with important insights into the professional world of data science and analytics. Learners can take one course to improve their skills in a particular area, or complete 6 out of the 8 courses to earn the Certificate.

Previous experience with data science isn’t needed. The only prerequisite for the certificate is a degree in a field outside of computer science or statistics. In addition, the Certificate offers busy professionals flexibility and is offered fully online.

University of Toronto alumni, faculty, staff and students, and individuals appointed at DSI external funding partners, receive a 10% discount! There are limited spots available.  Apply today!

Moderna Call for Proposals: Moderna Inc. seeks to deliver on the promise of mRNA science and aims to enable the acceleration of this vision through collaborative research with academic investigators who share a common goal in pushing the basic biology of the technology or its application in many different areas of disease. Please visit https://www.modernatx.com/research/product-pipeline for more information on Moderna's research priorities, active research programs, and product pipeline. Deadline for applications: October 11, 2022.

Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) Round 25 now open. Ontario Genomics has announced that the new round (rd 25) of Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) is now open for applications. The GAPP funds public-private research collaborations focused on validating genomics-derived technologies that address real-world opportunities and challenges identified by industry, government, not-for-profits, or other “Receptors” of genomics knowledge and tools across all sectors. The program provides a unique opportunity for Receptor organizations to collaborate with an academic ’omics researcher, and to leverage their research and development (R&D) investments with public funding.

Please contact Ann Meyer, Advisor, Sector Innovation & Programs, to discuss fit of potential projects with the program and key criteria for GAPP. Potential applicants are encouraged to do this well ahead of the draft intake date. Project teams that are a potential fit will be provided the Expression of Interest (EOI) form. Draft EOIs are due to Ontario Genomics on November  1, 2022, at 9am. Please refer to their website for deadlines of other upcoming GAPP rounds, including preliminary information on round 26.


September 19, 2022

Are you thinking of partnering with industry?  Not sure where to begin or what to do next? Join us on October 13th to learn about the resources available for establishing research partnerships with industry and how partnering with industry can support your research objectives. Hosted by the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, this session will also include a talk by MITACS on how to access their programs to increase funding available to your students. This session is intended for Faculty, Postdoctoral Fellows and PhD Students. Additional sessions for research administration staff will be held at a later date.  When:   October 13th 2022 1:00PM – 2:30PM Where:  Centre for Research & Innovation Support (CRIS).

9 King’s College Circle
Gerstein Science Information Centre
Sigmund Samuel Library Building 

MITO2i: Innovation Fund - Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research (tedrogersresearch.ca)October 14, 2022, 5pm EST – Deadline for Letter of Intent (LOI).

MITO2i: MITO2i & WCMR PhD Program | Mitochondrial InnovaAnnouncing the Mitochondrial Innovation Initiative (MITO2i) @ University of Toronto and Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research (WCMR) @ Newcastle University . PhD Exchange Program in partnership with MITACS Global Link. Deadline for Submission: October 31, 2022 at 5pm.

MITO2i: Graduate Student Scholarships | Mitochondrial Innova (mito2i.ca). Deadline for Submissions: September 30, 2022.

Best Practices to Secure OCI-NSERC Funding for Industry-Academic Projects – Oct 4, 2022. In partnership, NSERC’s Alliance grant and OCI’s Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP) will support post-secondary R&D collaborations with the highest potential for regional economic development and commercialization in Ontario. 

This session on October 4, 10:30am-11:30am, hosted by the Centre for Research & Innovation Support (CRIS) and the Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO) with personnel from OCI and NSERC, will outline how U of T researchers can take advantage of this opportunity to double the funding agencies’ contribution to your research project. 

In addition, the session will cover Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), highlighting best practices that you can implement in your next application; and the recently implemented National Security Guidelines for Research Partnerships risk assessment process required for any VIP-NSERC project application.  

Connaught New Researcher Awards. Through this program, the Connaught Committee seeks to assist new University of Toronto faculty members in establishing strong research programs, thereby increasing their competitiveness for external funding. Up to $1,000,000 is allocated for this competition, enabling approximately 50 awards of up to $20,000 for the highest ranked proposals.  Applications are due no later than December 1, 2022.

Full program details can be found on the Connaught New Researcher page.

Medicine by Design Funding Call for Convergent Working Groups - Deadline Extended to Oct 5th. Medicine by Design is now accepting applications for its funding call for Convergent Working Groups. Medicine by Design will invest up to $1 million in this funding call. The deadline for Phase 1 proposals has been extended to October 5, 2022. This call is seeking broad participation from the University of Toronto and the broader Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network (TAHSN), across multiple disciplines (spanning the physical and life sciences, medicine, engineering, and social sciences) and across the academic, private and not-for-profit sectors, in setting new research priorities for Medicine by Design to fulfill the commitments of its new Strategic Plan. The Convergent Working Groups will integrate convergent disciplines and experiences that are new to the regenerative medicine community together with those who have been involved with Medicine by Design for many years. Industry partners, regional accelerators and the patients and communities we expect to serve and engage will also be involved. Successful teams will receive up to $25,000 in Phase 1 funding to address one of the identified research themes (defined below) through a workshop that will produce a white paper with a call to action.
Funded groups will then be eligible for Phase 2 funding of an additional $200,000 to implement a 1-year pilot research program

August 8, 2022

2022 NFRF Exploration Grant Session. The Centre for Research & Innovation Support, in collaboration with Research Services Office, is hosting a webinar on the upcoming 2022 NFRF-Exploration Grant for the University of Toronto community. This session will feature a faculty discussion focused on sharing insights into the adjudication process, best practices, and proposal tips. This session will also include a general overview of the NFRF-Exploration competition, budget considerations, and the application process and deadlines. Date: August 16th, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm. A question & answer period will follow. Session Details & Registration

2022 Family Medicine (FAFM & CFPC) Temerty Innovation Grant. 

Grant Objectives:

  • The 2022 Family Medicine (FAFM & CFPC) – Temerty Innovation Grant is intended to identify high-risk, high-reward research with the potential to transform family medicine in the next 20 years.
  • To encourage researchers to transcend boundaries by using diverse datasets and new technologies to improve family medicine efficiency or patient outcomes.
  • To simulate the creation of a collaborative community focused on the innovation and implementation of AI in family medicine.

    Value: $100,000
    Number of grants available: One Grant
    Duration: One year
    Application Deadline: September 30, 2022 (Friday @ 5pm)
    Application form: https://lmp.forms-db.com/view.php?id=305280

  • Call for Proposals - Vector Institute-Temerty Clinical AI Integration Grant

    In 2022, T-CAIREM and the Vector Institute are jointly offering an AI integration grant. This grant is intended to help researchers integrate their projects into clinical practice. Budget: Up to $300,000 for up to two years of funding. Letter of Intent deadline: August 19, 2022 (Friday @ 5pm). 

  • Novo Nordisk Network 2022 Catalyst Grant Competition. The Novo Nordisk Network for Healthy Populations is committed to supporting multi-disciplinary, collaborative teams to co-design initiatives and interventions in the Peel Region focused on reducing the burden of diabetes and chronic disease. Catalyst grants will be awarded to support evidence-informed programs, interventions, approaches, or evaluations that have shown promise in other contexts and align to the Network’s mission: To reduce social inequities in risk and burden of diabetes and other chronic diseases through better care, lower risk factors and healthier living environments. A maximum award of $75,000 per year, up to 2 years, will be available for each successful grant.

  • Review complete competition details.
  • Access the Letter of Intent application form.
  • Applications are due September 1, 2022 at 5:00 PM EST.

  • BBDC Funding Opportunity - Novo Nordisk-BBDC New Investigator Award 2023-2025. This award is intended to support a new clinician-scientist or basic scientist in the early stage of their career. One 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.  Amount:  $90,000 for a two year funding period. Applications must be received by 4 p.m., October 25, 2022.  For complete award details and application instructions, please see the website.

  • Data Sciences Institute: Data Access Grants. The Data Sciences Institute (DSI) will provide grants of up to $10,000 to cover costs associated with accessing and working with large data sources that are necessary to carry out data-intensive research projects. Projects should bring together researchers from different disciplines to work on projects through a shared trainee or trainees at a Master’s, Doctoral, or Postdoctoral level.The purpose of these grants is to improve data accessibility for DSI researchers and to foster research by mitigating the high cost of access to data sets. The DSI believes that equitable access to resources is crucial for creating a diverse and inclusive environment, and equity will be considered when reviewing all applications. Deadline for applications: September 30, 2022. 

June 20, 2022

Toronto Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research Consortium - TC3 Fellows Program 2022. The Toronto Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research Symposium is pleased to announce the second annual call for the TC3 Fellows Program. The TC3 Fellows Program was established to provide financial support for outstanding trainees (MSc, PhD, Postdoc) working on interdisciplinary, collaborative cannabis and cannabinoid-related projects in TC3 member research groups across the University of Toronto and the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network. Funding Amount: $10,000 (Graduate Students) and $30,000 (Postdoctoral Fellows). Deadline for applications: July 15, 2022 at 12pm.

Ontario Brain Institute : Open Call for Integrated Discovery Program Networks. The Ontario Brain Institute is hosting an open call for Integrated Discovery Programs (IDPs) that will foster discovery and deliver innovative products and services to improve the lives of those living with brain disorders. IDPs are collaborative, translational brain research networks that harness patient and community involvement, industry collaboration, and data-driven innovation. They are established with the goal of deeply understanding clinical cohorts and generating evidence that will be translated into better care. This open call for IDP proposals is a critical step in advancing OBI’s vision and seeking to improve the lives of people living with brain disorders. The IDP proposals should align with the 30-year vision, foster innovation and demonstrate a positive impact on the research community, on patient care and/or the healthcare system, as well as economic impact, such as job creation, commercialization of products or services, and the creation of companies. The successful network will maximize the value of its range of expertise, collaborations, and resources, to generate a meaningful impact for Ontarians. Visit here to see timelines.

May 19, 2022

New Frontiers in Research Fund - Exploration 2022 competition. The objective of the Exploration stream is to support high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research. It seeks to inspire projects that bring disciplines together beyond traditional disciplinary or common interdisciplinary approaches by research teams with the capacity to explore something new that might fail, but that has the potential for significant impact. Exploration grants support research with a range of impacts, some of which might be social, cultural, economic, health-related or technological. This list is not exhaustive; other types of impacts are also recognized. Diversity of perspectives is important, and the fund encourages research proposals led from any discipline, from those in the social sciences and humanities, to health, the natural sciences and engineering. Grants awarded are up to $125,000 (including indirect costs) per year for two years.

Key deadlines for UofT led applicants: 

Notice of Intent: MRA Deadline: June 21, 2022.  Internal Deadline: June 27, 2022. Sponsor Deadline (RSO submits): June 28, 2022.

Full Application Internal Deadline: September 6, 2022 Sponsor Deadline (RSO submits): September 13, 2022

NFRF Explorations Webinar NOI: May 27, 2022 from 1pm-3pm ET. 

2023 PSI Mid-Career Knowledge Translation (KT) Fellowship. The Letter of Intent (LOI) submission deadline for the 2023 PSI Mid-Career Knowledge Translation (KT) Fellowship is due on June 1st, 2022 at 5pm EST. Candidates are required to submit a LOI form directly to PSI through the online application system at https://psifoundation.smartsimple.ca/.

They have also put together an article covering the most frequently asked questions that we have been receiving to clarify our application requirements and award expectations: https://www.psifoundation.org/faq-psi-mid-career-kt-fellowship/ 

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program. The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships ​Program is intended to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally; develop their leadership potential; and position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada’s economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career. Seventy fellowships are awarded annually, divided evenly between Canada’s three federal granting agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC). There are a total of 140 awards active at any one time. The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program is unique in its emphasis on the synergy of research goals and projects between the following:

  • Applicant – individual merit and potential to launch a successful research-intensive career
  • Host Institution – commitment to the research program and alignment with the institution’s strategic priorities

Temerty Faculty of Medicine deadline: July 22, 2022. 

2022 How to Write a Successful Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Application (Info Session): June 21, 2022 from 12pm - 1:30pm.

May 5, 2022 

Temerty Medicine 2022 Grant Writing & Research Resources Workshop
Save the date!
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Tentative schedule:
9:00 am  - Welcome – Land Acknowledgement – Vice Dean remarks (5 mins) 
9:05 am – Panel Discussion: How to incorporate EDI into grant proposals. (50 mins)
9:55 am – Additional time for Q&A (10 mins)
10:05 am – New Funding Streams (10 mins) Joanna King
10:15 am – Temerty Medicine Core Facilities Update (10 mins) Betty Poon
10:25 am – Grant Fundamentals (45 minutes) Golnaz Farhat & Alex De Serrano
11:10 am  -  Q&A 15 minutes

Register here: https://public.eve.utoronto.ca/events/2479

Temerty Faculty of Medicine Partnerships Support

Need advice on forming a partnership or a connection to an external partner? Connect with Jarrod Ladouceur, Industry Partnership officer, at jarrod.ladouceur@utoronto.ca.  Examples of how Jarrod can help include:

  • Connecting you with organizations
  • Advising on partnership options
  • Supporting new partnership programs and services
  • Promoting opportunities to external organizations
  • Helping you to navigate the partnership community in and around UofT.

We have launched a few small initiatives to help better serve Temerty faculty partnership needs.  We will continue to develop and revise new initiatives based on faculty feedback.

  • Partnership website – We will start to use this site to share partnership opportunities and information.
  • Office hours – An option to quickly connect with partnership support staff at UofT
  • Partnership updates  – We are launching a regular communication channel to share partnership opportunities and information. If you are interested, please sign up for the mailing list here.

Connaught Global Challenge Award - Energy Harvesting in Biomedical (EHB) Applications Innovation Challenge Symposium on May 10th

Biomedical technology's smart and sustainable future will be illuminated at the symposium's cutting-edge advancements. The keynote presentations featuring Dr. Daniel J Inman and Dr. Sailu Nemana shall focus on developments and discoveries in the field of biological energy harvesting. Finally, six grant winning projects will be presented, demonstrating advanced solutions developed through the CGCA-EHB Innovation Challenge.

To register please click CGCA-EHB Symposium Registration.

PSI Research Trainee Fellowships 2023. The primary aim of this fellowship is to provide highly qualified Medical Doctors (M.D.) with clinically applicable research training opportunities and support. All applications for this funding opportunity must be made through the Temerty Faculty of Medicine Research Office and are subject to internal review. 

Amount and duration of funding: A maximum of $25,000 per year for two (2) years.*PLEASE NOTE: Sponsoring Institution (departments/units) are required to co-fund 50% of the amount requested from PSI. Internal deadline: Monday, July 4, 2022 at 9am.

March 31, 2022

Data Sciences Institute (DSI): Data Access Grants. The Data Sciences Institute (DSI) will provide grants of up to $10,000 to cover costs associated with accessing and working with large data sources that are necessary to carry out data-intensive research projects. Projects should bring together researchers from different disciplines to work on projects through a shared trainee or trainees at a Master’s, Doctoral, or Postdoctoral level.

The purpose of these grants is to improve data accessibility for DSI researchers and to foster research by mitigating the high cost of access to data sets. The DSI believes that equitable access to resources is crucial for creating a diverse and inclusive environment, and equity will be considered when reviewing all applications. Applications are accepted four (4) times a year (November, January, April, July) until five (5) grants have been funded in a given university fiscal year (May-April). Deadline for applications: April 29, 2022.

Connaught Global Challenge Award - Energy Harvesting in Biomedical (EHB) Applications Innovation Challenge Symposium. With the rapid advances in wireless sensors, implantable electronics, and wearable devices, the demand for high-power-density and long-lifespan power sources is becoming increasingly stronger. Advanced multifunctional structures can capture energy from such sources as muscle contractions, body movement, and organ motion. Energy harvesting from such sources is thus emerging as an alternative energy solution to batteries, providing sustainable and clean energy for powering low-powered electronics, such as portable instruments and wearable devices. May 10th, 9:30am - 3:00pm. 

Connaught Global Challenge Research Program. The Connaught Global Challenge Award aims to heighten U of T’s contribution to important issues facing society through the advancement of knowledge, and the transfer and application of solutions. $1 million annually will be awarded to support approximately 4 team initiatives of up to $250K each. Teams will represent new collaborations involving leading UofT researchers and students from multiple disciplines, along with innovators and thought leaders from other sectors. Furthermore, 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. 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. Deadline for applications: May 16, 2022.

University of Toronto and Takeda Canada teams. Keynote speaker, Dr. Chinwe Ukomadu. Dr. Ukomadu is Head of the Gastroenterology (GI) Therapeutic Area Unit (TAU) at Takeda, where he helps guide the global R&D strategy. Aligned with his vision, the GI pipeline focuses on Celiac disease, chronic liver diseases, IBD, and GI motility disorders. During this webinar, Dr. Ukomadu will discuss Takeda's GI R&D vision, share insights into the company's strategic areas of interest, and offer a glimpse into partnership opportunities and innovations that lie ahead. April 8, 2022 at 12pm.

Click here to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_z3nTbeEHQJ2OIL1IfQbrww

March 4, 2022

NFRF Special Call 2022: Research for Post-pandemic Recovery. The New Frontiers in Research Fund Special Call: Research for Post-pandemic Recovery is now open. The goal of this Special Call is to mobilize interdisciplinary, Canadian-led research efforts in support of a more equitable, sustainable and resilient post-pandemic reality. It will support a diverse portfolio of projects that directly address one or more of the research priorities outlined in the UN Research Roadmap for the COVID-19 Recovery, including any of the UN’s priorities and sub-priorities, including but not limited to the “quick-win”, “best-buy” and “game-changer” priorities. Value: Up to $250,000 per year for two years.

Deadlines: Internal deadline (MRA due): April 19, 2022. Sponsor deadline: April 26, 2022.
Full application deadline: Internal deadline: August 2, 2022. Sponsor deadline: August 9, 2022

Editorial review for campus based Temerty Faculty of Medicine is available for applicants. Please contact Golnaz Farhat for this service.

University of Toronto Data Sciences Institute: Doctoral Student Fellowships. The DSI Doctoral Student Fellowships are designed to support multi/interdisciplinary training and collaborative research in data sciences. To be considered, applicants in PhD programs must pursue a research project focused on data science, through the development of novel methodology or the innovative application of existing approaches. The value of the Fellowship is CDN $25,000 per year for up to 3 years. Application deadline: April 11, 2022.

Community Partnership Research Program.  This initiative is intended to help create new collaborative research partnerships, or nurture early-stage partnerships, between the University and community partners, fostering access to each other’s unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities on issues of shared interest that, over time, may evolve into more established relationships that will attract external funding through, for example, the SSHRC Partnerships Grant program. 

Applicants are required to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) by Tuesday, March 15, 2022, to the Connaught Secretariat at connaught.secretariat@utoronto.ca. Full applications are due Monday , May 2, 2022, and must be submitted via MRA (My Research Applications).

MITO2i 2nd Annual Research Symposium. MITO2i is pleased to announced that it will be holding its 2nd Annual Research Symposium on April 28th & 29th from 10am - 2pm and is thrilled to showcase new and exciting areas for mitochondrial research and medicine. Over the two days we will be highlighting:

  • Mitochondria and Metabolism with a focus on Diabetes and Cardiovascular Health

  • The importance of Mitochondria function in Organ Transplantation.

  • Mitogenetics and Brain disease looking at research in Parkinson’s and Dementia An introduction to Mito Innovation from UofT start-up companies, new areas for mitochondria targeting and the potential of using AI to identify mitochondrial gene risk.

The Symposium is a great opportunity to stay up to date in the field of mitochondrial research and to seek potential collaboration areas with MITO2i and the community! Visit here to RSVP.

January 21, 2022

2022-2024 Joint EMHSeed and XSeed funding program: Information Session.

This program aims to catalyze new innovative partnerships between researchers from FASE with researchers from our partner divisions, including the Temerty Faculty of Medicine (TFoM), UofT Affiliated Hospitals, Faculty of Arts & Science (FAS), University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), Medicine by Design (MbD), Translational Biology and Engineering Program (TBEP), Knowledge, Innovation, Talent, Everywhere (KITE), as well as other divisions. For additional details and eligibility requirements please refer to the Call for Proposals. Please submit all documents to vdr@engineering.utoronto.ca by March 7, 2022.  Please email Elaine Footman with any questions.

Joint Seed Information Session - Thursday, February 10, 2022, from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. Registration Link: https://uoft.me/7tg

Joint Seed Call for Proposals: website

J. P. Bickell Foundation Medical Research Grant Application. The J. P. Bickell Foundation Medical Research Grant provides assistance to biomedical scientists of various departments and faculties in Ontario universities, hospitals and scientific institutions concerned with medical research. There will be five to seven applicants chosen from across the province to receive grants of approximately $25,000 to $80,000 each. Deadline for Notice of Intent: March 1, 2022.

2022-23 NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE).  NSERC has just informed us that they will be offering a webinar to provide information for potential applicants interested in applying to the Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program.

The CREATE program supports the training of teams of outstanding students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs that encourage collaborative and integrative approaches, address significant scientific challenges associated to Canada's research priorities, and facilitate the transition of new researchers from trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce. 

Information Sessions: English session:  February 10th  2022, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (ET) French session:  February 11th  2022, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (ET)

DEADLINES: If you are interested in submitting an LOI, please advise Jessica Keating (jessica.keating@utoronto.ca) by March 1, 2022 so that they can put together an internal review panel

Internal LOI DeadlineFriday March 11, 2022  10:00AM (FIRM)