What's New in Research Funding
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.
- Please note, all grants requiring the Dean's signature should be brought to the Faculty of Medicine Research Office in the C. David Naylor Building, Suite 119, 6 Queen’s Park Cres W. to the attention of Cindy Faber email@example.com.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org..
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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.
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Recently Received News and Updates
March 1, 2021
2021 STAR Workshops Series: Registration Open for Workshop 3- Internal Audit - Understanding Research Expenditure Compliance.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 10:00am-11:00am
- Jeff McIlravey, Manager, Internal Audit
- Lusine Amirkhanyan, Senior Auditor, Internal Audit
Register now for STAR Workshop #3
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CIHR Webinar - Health Research Training Platform (HRTP) Pilot. CIHR will be hosting the following webinar to support participants with the requirements of the funding opportunity “Health Research Training Platform (HRTP) Pilot - Information for Applicants” and to answer questions on how to apply.
When: Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 13:00 pm ET
Language: English presentation followed by a period of questions and answers in both official languages, English and French
Duration: 90 minutes
Below is a list of upcoming award nomination deadlines. Please contact Golnaz Farhat if you are interested in nominating for these awards:
March 31, 2021 - RSC McLaughlin Medal) – Program Homepage
April 2, 2021 - Lucian Award for Research in Circulatory Diseases – Program Homepage
May 7, 2021 - Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research – Program Homepage
June 1, 2021 - Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research – Program Homepage
June 30, 2021 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards in Biology and Biomedicine – Program Homepage
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) Pichichero Family Foundation Research Development, Vaccines for Children Initiative Award in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. The award is intended to support translational and clinical research involving vaccine development and/or pathogenesis or host-pathogen interaction moves the field towards the development of new vaccines and therapeutics. Studies of new uses of existing vaccines (e.g., use in a special population) may also be considered; however, preference will be made for studies that advance new knowledge, new insights into vaccine and immunotherapeutic development, pathogenesis and host-pathogen interactions. Research proposals that focus principally on disease surveillance or vaccine attitudes/hesitancy are unlikely to be funded. The Research Award provides USD $50,000 in total costs (inclusive of 8% indirect costs) per year for up to 2 years. Deadline for applications: July 15, 2021.
Angelman Syndrome Foundation, Inc. (ASF) Special Call for Research to Address Gastrointestinal Complications. The ASF Scientific Advisory Committee identified the following areas of unmet need in AS research. Priority will be given to the following topics:
- Projects studying or correcting the heterozygous effect of non-UBE3A genes in deletion.
- Projects studying the potential results of increasing UBE3A after therapies or for some subtypes of AS.
- Projects studying delivery of therapies and potential for improvement.
- Symptomatic therapies that impact the daily life of people with Angelman syndrome and their families.
Proposals that do not address these topics are still welcome and will be given full consideration. Award Amount: up to USD $100,000. Deadline for applications: March 15, 2021.
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, Inc. (CCFA): Senior Research Awards. The Senior Research Awards objective is to provide established researchers with funds to generate sufficient preliminary data to become competitive for funds from other sources such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Proposal must be relevant to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) or Crohn's disease and/or ulcerative colitis.Total maximum award per year: USD $115,830 (subject to annual progress report approval). Duration: One to three years. Deadline for LOIs: May 5, 2021; Deadline for full proposals: July 20, 2021.
February 11, 2021
CIHR Spring 2021 Project Grant competition update. Registration for the Spring 2021 CIHR Project Grant competition opened on February 4, 2021. Registration is due to CIHR by March 4, 2021 and full applications due to CIHR by April 1, 2021. Please find a detailed message from CIHR regarding some changes to the Spring 2021 Project Grant competition. Changes include: Revised Summary of Progress, Removal of Weighted Scores, Use of the Applicant Profile CV for Knowledge Users, Indigenous applicants and International applicants, and ensuring equitable access to research funds.
CIHR Spring 2021 Reviewer in Training program. CIHR has announced the launch of the new Reviewer in Training (RiT) program for the Spring 2021 Project Grant competition. The RiT program expands on and replaces the Observer program to offer 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 with the support of a Mentor. Applications to the RiT program may be submitted directly to CIHR prior to the application deadline. Full details including the link to apply online can be found here.
Application deadline: February 26, 2021.
Pre-Announcement: CIHR Funding for SARS-CoV-2 Variant Research. CIHR would like to provide the research community with information about the upcoming launch of a rapid research response, comprised of three separate but linked initiatives, designed to contribute to global efforts to address SARS-CoV-2 variants.
Initiative 1: Supplementary funding for CIHR funded COVID-19 researchers studying variants
Initiative 2: Priority funding of applications focusing on SARS-CoV-2 variants
Initiative 3: Funding of a Canadian Network of Networks for SARS-CoV-2 Variant Research
Pre-announcement Informational Page: Web page with further information on the three initiatives, funding amounts and eligibility details.
2021-23 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: Temerty 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 deadline for documentation is March 31, 2021 at 12:00 noon.
MITO2i Together With Its Partners Funds Innovative Projects Accelerating the Field of Mitochondrial Research. MITO2i is pleased to announce that 5 Innovation Grants, 2 Post-Doctoral Fellowships and 6 Graduate Student Scholarships will be awarded the funding.
Pfizer Global Medical Grants (GMG):2021 Global ANGPTL3 ASPIRE. The intent of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to support basic science, pre-clinical research and clinical research through a competitive grants program that advances medical knowledge of the role of ANGPTL3 in health and disease.0.Individual projects requesting up to USD $250,000 will be considered. Pfizer anticipates a total fund of USD $750,000. Research is expected to be completed and submitted for presentation/ publication within 3 years of
Deadline for Letters of Intent: March 12, 2021; Full proposals due: July 2, 2021.
International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF): ET Research Grants. The IETF is requesting proposals for grants addressing the nosology, etiology, pathogenesis, treatment or other topics relevant to essential tremor (ET). In general, each IETF research grant will not exceed $50,000 each for a given year. Institutional indirect costs will not be provided. Deadline for applications: February 28, 2021.
January 28, 2021
2021 NSERC CREATE Information Webinar. NSERC’s Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program awards grants of up to $1.65M over 6 years for the development of innovative training programs designed to enhance collaboration and facilitate the transition of trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce. In preparation for the next CREATE competition, NSERC will hold an information session via Cisco Webex webinar to provide an overview of the CREATE program and application process. The dates of the sessions are as follows:
English session: February 4th 2021, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (ET)
French session: February 5th 2021, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (ET)
Registration is not necessary – anyone can connect using the link provided below.
Spring 2021 Project Grant Competition: Ask Me Anything. CIHR will be hosting “Ask Me Anything” sessions designed to support participants and answer questions about the Spring 2021 Project Grant competition. Questions will be accepted via a Slido question board.
Duration: 90 minutes
When: Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 15:00 pm ET
When: Friday, February 5, 2021 at 13:00 pm ET
When: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 11:00 am ET -
CIHR/SickKids Foundation: New Investigator Grants in Child and Youth Health, New Investigator Grants provide important early career development support to child health researchers. The competition is open to early career investigators from any CIHR eligible institution, who may apply for up to 3 years' support for research in biomedical, clinical, health systems and services, population and public health sectors. Another key support for these investigators has been CIHR’s decision to temporarily "pause the clock” for early career researchers, extending eligibility for one additional year, which also applies to this partnered competition. The maximum amount for a single grant is $300,000 ($100,000 per year for up to 3 years). Deadline for applications: April 20, 2021.
National Institutes of Health - Funding Announcements: The National Institutes of Health has released these requests for applications and program announcements.
Human Frontiers Science Program - Research Grant Program. The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) supports innovative basic research that applies novel and interdisciplinary approaches to understand fundamental biological problems and includes scientific exchanges across national and disciplinary boundaries. Grants are for 3 years and made to international teams of 2 – 4 members who have not collaborated before. The amount is dependent upon team size, up to $465,000 per year for a team of four. UofT internal deadline: March 26, 2021: HFSP deadline for LOIs: March 30, 2021.
Canadian Asthma, Allergy and Immunology Foundation (CAAIF): Research And Fellowship Opportunities.
CAAIF Research Fellowship in Type 2 Inflammation supported by Sanofi Genzyme Canada, Duration: One Year: Amount: $75,000.
Asthma Canada/CAAIF Graduate Student Awards. Duration: One year: Amount: $20,000.
Deadline for submissions: April 26, 2021.
January 12, 2021
Temerty Knowledge Translation Grant: development of novel antibody tools for COVID-19 diagnosis or immunotherapies. These grants are designed to support our researchers in translating fundamental science towards impactful applications in collaboration with a knowledge translation partner.
Value: three thresholds of $25,000, $50,000, and $100,000 per award
Duration: 1 year, with the possibility of an additional 1-year no-cost extension
Application deadline: February 15th
Eligibility: all Temerty Medicine faculty members can apply. A KT partner (e.g. clinical collaborator, industrial partner) must also be included.
Application form for further details and submission process.
Please note that this is the first in a series of Temerty Knowledge Translation Grants. Future calls will be open to any KT-oriented projects or focused on other emerging priority areas.
T-CAIREM Student Opportunities T-CAIREM has announced two new programs to introduce U of T undergraduate and medical students to the field of AI in healthcare. T-CAIREM at the University of Toronto is an interdepartmental Centre that serves as a focal point for collaboration between computer scientists, healthcare providers, trainees, medical basic science researchers and industry to advance health through machine learning.
- T-CAIREM 2021 Student Trainee Rounds
Deadlines for Submissions: February 1, 2021
- T-CAIREM 2021 Summer Research Studentship
Application deadline: 5pm February 19, 2021
2021 STAR Workshop Series: Spring Workshops The Annual STrengthening Administration of Research (STAR) Conference has been transformed into a series of online workshops that will be held over the course of 2021.
Join your peers in expanding your knowledge on preparing for audits, the new procurement thresholds, research service vs. collaboration agreements, administering Canada Foundation for Innovation funds, the Tri-Agency Guide on Financial Administration, and more!
Workshop #1 - Research Administration Processes: The Impact of COVID-19
Thursday, January 28, 2021, 10:30-11:30am (Registration for Star Workshop #1)
Donna Walker, Director, Research Financial Reporting & Audit, Research Oversight & Compliance, VPRI
Drew Gyorke, Director, Agency and Foundation Funding, Research Services VPRI
Kevin Hamilton, Director, Institutional Initiatives, Research Services, VPRI
Workshop #2 - Research Procurement Updates
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Presented by Nathan King, Senior Procurement Officer, Procurement Services
(Register now for STAR workshop #2)
To kick start the New Year MITO2i is pleased to invite graduate students and post-doctoral working in all areas of mitochondrial research to participate in our fun and educational Science Communication Workshop and Video Competition. This exciting event will give trainees the chance to learn more about knowledge dissemination and how to effectively share their research to the general public. We are thrilled to announce that Ivan Semeniuk, Science Journalist for The Globe and Mail and who has previously worked for Nature, New Scientist Magazine and the Discovery Channel will be joining MITO2i on January 27th to host a workshop for trainees on science communication. This will be followed by a video tutorial workshop. More information on both workshops can be found below.Trainees will then have the opportunity to create there own 1 minute video describing their research in a fun and engaging way. Prizes will be awarded for the most innovative videos.To register for both workshops please click the links below:
MitoFUTURES Workshop Series- Science Communication | Mitochondrial Innova (mito2i.ca)
MitoFUTURES Workshop Series- Video Tutorial | Mitochondrial Innova (mito2i.ca)
December 3, 2020
Cancer Research Society: Operating Grants. The Operating Grants Program is the principal means by which the Cancer Research Society fulfills its mission to support fundamental, early translational and environment-cancer research in the broad field of cancer to contribute to the advancement of science aimed at preventing, detecting and treating this disease. The annual Cancer Research Society Operating Grants Competition is open to new and established researchers across Canada. Amount: $60,000 per year for two years.
Deadlines for LOIs: December 9, 2020; Full application deadline: February 11, 2021.
CIHR Operating Grant: ECIs in Maternal, Reproductive, Child and Youth Health. All applications in the area of maternal, reproductive, child and youth health research as per IHDCYH’s mandate will be eligible for support.In addition, funding is available to support projects that are determined to be relevant to the following specific research areas: Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA): Maternal, reproductive, child and/or youth health research relevant to the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction’s mandate to support research to enhance mental health, neurological health, vision, hearing, and cognitive function and to reduce the burden of related disorders through prevention strategies, screening, diagnosis, treatment, support systems, and palliation.
In keeping with the CIHR Sex, Gender and Health Research policy, all proposals are expected to consider how sex and/or gender might shape the research described. Applicants are encouraged to visit the CIHR sex- and gender-based analysis resource page for more information on key considerations for the appropriate integration of sex and gender in their proposal. Deadline for registration: December 15, 2020; Application deadline: January 26, 2021.
CIHR's Policy on Identical and Essentially Identical Applications - What's New. This fall, CIHR aims to strengthen the research community’s awareness and understanding of the policy, and to that end, we would appreciate your help in promoting among your networks some recent developments.
Commercialization Grants – NSERC Idea to Innovation (I2I). Four times per year, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) accepts applications for its “Idea to Innovation” (I2I) program, for the purpose of accelerating pre-competitive technologies for transfer to a Canadian company. Successful applicants receive awards of up to $125,000 for each phase of their commercialization project, with additional funding available as the project progresses. Internal Application Deadline for Current Round: Friday December 18th, 2020; Sponsor Deadline: Tuesday January 5th, 2021.
FRAXA Research Foundation: Fraxa Fellowships. FRAXA Research Foundation focuses on research which is likely to lead to new and improved treatments — and ultimately a cure — for Fragile X syndrome, with an emphasis on disease-modifying therapeutics based on understanding of Fragile X disease mechanisms. Every year we receive proposals from scientists worldwide seeking funding for the most cutting-edge Fragile X research. FRAXA Fellowships provide $45,000 USD per year for up to 2 years. Application deadline: February 1, 2021.
August 14, 2020
CIHR Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Project Grant competitions: What's new for these competitions? CIHR has kept the key components of the program the same; however, there are a few changes that we want to bring to your attention. Some reflect the context of COVID-19, and all are designed to make the competition work better for all applicants and reviewers..
- Timelines shifted for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Project Grant competitions
- Additional page to highlight COVID-19-related impacts
- Expanded eligibility criteria to include Indigenous organizations
- Updated instructions around attaching previous reviews
Deadlines for Fall 2020 competition: Registration deadline: September 16, 2020, Application deadline: October 14, 2020.
PSI Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellowship 2021. This Fellowship is intended to provide salary support for a new Ontario investigator, who has demonstrated the ability to successfully complete high impact knowledge translation research. The Fellowship’s funds, dedicated to salary support, must protect at least 50% of the Fellow’s time to conduct such research. Please visit here to see elgibility criteria. All applications for this funding opportunity must be made through the Faculty of Medicine Research Office and are subject to internal review. All applications must include the completed PSIF application form and adhere to the guidelines provided. Only two applications will be selected for submission and formally endorsed by the institution. Electronic applications will be received by Cindy Faber by Monday, September 28, 2020 at 9am.
March 17, 2020
EMHSeed Call for Proposals: Expanding research impact through inter-disciplinary collaboration. EXTENDED DEADLINE. 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 EMHSeed: Faculty of Medicine (FoM), UofT Affiliated Hospitals, Medicine by Design (MbD), Translational Biology and Engineering Program (TBEP). 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. Deadline for proposals has been EXTENDED to: April 20, 2020.
NSERC Alliance Grants Workshop – Postponed. In compliance with guidelines restricting non-essential travel due to concerns over containment of COVID-19, NSERC, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, has postponed the on-campus visit to discuss the new NSERC-Alliance grant program, previously scheduled for April 8, 2020. The visit and workshop will be rescheduled later this year, and an announcement regarding the revised date will be made once such restrictions are lifted. In the meantime, the Innovations & Partnerships Office will continue to collect your questions; these questions will continue to be relayed to NSERC as appropriate for timely answers. Please continue to use “NSERC Alliance Question” as the email title, and send it to Colin Swift, Business Development Officer – Industry Partnerships. For more information about the NSERC Alliance program, please visit here.
On March 19th MROL moves to My Research Portal. Beginning March 19th, the link to My Research On-Line (MROL) will be removed and all users will access MROL via the My Research portal. This consolidation will streamline access to the system, and is part of the U of T Enterprise Modernization Program. Details on how to access My Research On Line (MROL) can be found here.
Physician's Services Inc. (PSI) Foundation: COVID-19 Research Stream. PSI Foundation invites all eligible clinician researchers to apply for this special funding stream. PSI will fast-track the processing of COVID-19 applications and aim for full review at our June 2020 Grants Committee meeting. Please submit your applications as soon as possible.