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Internal Funding Opportunities  

Description: The Arts & Science International Research Events Fund is a matching funds program, designed to facilitate hosting research-related events that contribute to increasing the international research profile of A&S research. Faculty members who have full-time faculty appointments in A&S units (i.e., St. George campus faculty) are welcome to apply to the fund in support of events they are organizing/co-organizing on campus. Faculty and researchers who hold graduate-only appointments, other types of cross-appointments, or are emeritus faculty, are not eligible.

Submit applications to:

Deadline: Any time

Value: up to $7,500

Application Form


Description: The Arts & Science Tri-Council Bridge Funding Program is designed to help bridge research funding gaps for full-time A&S faculty members (i.e., St. George campus) whose Tri-Council grant applications have been unsuccessful. The program is designed to allow researchers to continue their work and become more competitive on their next application. Faculty members and researchers who hold graduate-only appointments, other types of cross-appointments, or are emeritus faculty, are not eligible.

While we accept requests for bridge funding for all of the below listed programs, first priority will be given to applicants in the SSHRC Insight, SSHRC Insight Development, and NSERC Discovery Grant competitions. The NSERC RTI and CIHR programs will require some vetting depending on the quantity and magnitude of the requests.

The Tri-Council Bridge Fund is a 1:1 matching funds program. Principal Investigators must first apply for funding through their Department Chair or Director. Matching fund requests are to be submitted to the Vice-Dean Research & Infrastructure by the Chair or Director.

Submit applications to:

Specific Program Details & Deadlines

SSHRC Insight, SSHRC Insight Development, and NSERC Discovery Bridge Funding
A&S will match unit contributions, up to $15,000, for one year of bridge funding to unfunded SSHRC Insight, SSHRC Insight Development, and NSERC Discovery Grant applications. For the matching amount, the PI must submit a proposal to the next Insight, Insight Development, or Discovery grant competition. 

Deadline: any time before August 1 (immediately following an unsuccessful application)

NSERC Research Tools & Equipment Bridge Funding 
A&S will match unit contributions, up to $50,000, for RTI grants not funded by NSERC.

Deadline: any time before August 1 (immediately following an unsuccessful application)

CIHR Project Bridge Funding 
A&S will match unit contributions, up to $20,000, to PIs on CIHR grants that were unfunded in this year’s Project competition. For the matching amount, the PI must submit a proposal to next year’s CIHR Project grant competition.

Deadline: by April 15, 2020 (immediately following an unsuccessful application)

​Application Form

There are three funding streams offered through the Institutional and Strategic Initiatives (ISI) portfolio. 

1. Seed Support

Description: ISI support can include any combination of:

  • organization of activities that initiate and foster cross-divisional and interdisciplinary collaborations (e.g. workshops, roundtables);
  • funding; and
  • support and guidance on the development of proposals to secure internal/external funding.

Deadline: Rolling
Value: up to $20,000

2. Development and Launch Funding

Description: ISI Development & Launch Funding supports the launch and implementation of an ISI, and enables the development of long-term research and scholarship collaborations. Divisional (may include unit funding in multi-departmental academic divisions) and/or external support (cash or in-kind) is required to match ISI funding.

Deadline: Rolling
Value: $25,000-$225,000/year for 3-5 years

3. Opportunity Matching Funding 

Description: ISI Opportunity Matching Funding advances an ISI beyond initial implementation and development or for which significant external funding is expected. Additional supports (e.g. hiring of staff) will be made available for academic leads to develop a compelling business/academic plan, and for the general development and scale-up of priority ISIs to this next level. Relief/buyout for the time of faculty and/or staff members contributing to the initiative may also be available with their division’s approval.

Deadline: Rolling
Value: $250,000-$2M/year

Faculty of Arts & Science Review & Support Process 

  • To receive ISI support, the academic divisions involved must be aware and supportive of the proposed initiative. 
  • In order to facilitate this for the Faculty of Arts & Science, the Vice Dean Research asks that interested faculty members, units and teams consult with their unit Chair(s) and Director(s) and be in touch with the Arts & Science Research Services Office early in the application development process. 
  • Divisional matching funding is available for proposals to both the 1) Development and Launch & the 2) Opportunity Matching Funds program. 
  • In order to be considered for Divisional matching funds, proposals must secure matching funds (cash or in-kind) from participating units across Arts & Science, as well as the participating Divisions/Units across the University of Toronto. 
  • If the project includes requirements for net-new space, the commitment should be documented in writing from the source (i.e. Department Chair, Director). 

For complete Program details, visit the Institutional and Strategic Initiatives Program page. 

Description: XSeed is an interdivisional research funding program led by the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (FASE), which is designed to promote multi-disciplinary research and to catalyze new innovative partnerships between a coPI from FASE and a coPI from another University of Toronto division (Medicine excluded). Each competition year, funding is available for a maximum of ten (10) new collaborative projects, four of which will be allocated to the Faculty of Arts & Science. Two Arts & Science projects will be earmarked for coPIs from either the Humanities or Social Sciences.

For complete details, visit the FASE Call for Proposals page.

Deadline: April 20, 2020

Value: $60,000/year for a maximum of 2 years. $15,000 each from the collaborating Faculties and home unit of each co-PI.

Description: The Law and Arts & Science Conference Fund is committed to co-sponsoring up to two conferences per year. To be eligible for the funding, each conference must involve the active participation of at least three members of each Faculty (from the application stage to the actual conference itself). The funding can be directed to support the workshop/conference event itself (venue rental, reasonable food expenses, etc.), to bring in speakers from out of town, and/or to support publication of the proceedings.

Applications and questions should be sent to

Deadline: March 31

Value: up to $7,500 contribution from each Faculty, total $15,000

Description: $1 million annually will be awarded to support approximately 4 team initiatives of up-to $250,000 each. The program 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. Global Challenge teams will represent new collaborations involving leading U of T researchers and students from multiple disciplines, along with innovators and thought leaders from other sectors. The program objective is to enhance U of T’s capacity to achieve meaningful outcomes and impact, including but not limited to: major new external funding to further develop solutions to the global challenge, important new partnerships, and/or new research oriented academic programs.

Visit U of T's Research & Innovation website for complete program details and materials.

Deadline: February 1

Value: $250,000 (over two years)

Description: The Connaught Innovation Fund was created to accelerate the development of promising technology and promote commercialization and/or knowledge transfer. Connaught applications will be at or above Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4 as defined by Science and Economic Development Canada (SEDC) to support evolving the innovation to the next level with potential commercial partners. Information regarding SEDC TRL Scale can be found here. Successful projects will have strong socio-economic and/or commercial potential, and will strive to have a positive impact on society.

Visit U of T's Research & Innovation website for complete program details and materials.

Deadline: Fall

Value: $50,000

Description: The purpose of this program is to help new tenure stream faculty members establish competitive research programs. Up to $1 million awarded: support for approximately 50 awards of up to $20,000 will be provided to the highest ranked proposals (no matching required). These awards are intended to establish a strong research program, thereby increasing the faculty member’s competitiveness for external funding.

Visit U of T's Research & Innovation website for complete program details and materials.

Deadline: December

Value: $20,000

Description: The Major Research Project Management (MRPM) Fund is an initiative of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation to enhance the competitiveness of U of T-led research funding applications, and to ensure the effective administrative oversight of the project, enabling faculty members to focus on research.

To be eligible for MRPM, an application will be multi-PI, multi-departmental, and/or multi-institutional, led by full-time faculty members whose research is campus-based and administered through the University. Other sponsors/programs that attract indirect costs will also be considered on a case-by-case basis where all other eligibility criteria are met. The budget request from the sponsor for these large, complex projects are typically in excess of one million dollars (total project cost) at the level of hundreds of thousands per year.

The MRPM program comprises two potential funding streams that may be applied for separately or in combination. In both streams, MRPM funds must be matched dollar-for-dollar by cash contributions from the supporting division(s).

MRPM Stream 1 funding is provided to support proposal development for submissions at the full proposal stage. Up to $10,000 will be provided by the MRPM fund, which must be fully matched by the applicant’s division/department (up to $20,000 total when matched).

MRPM Stream 2 funding is provided specifically to support the administration of large, complex research projects, normally as compensation for project management. PI’s may request up to $50,000 per project year, which must be fully matched by the applicant’s division/department (up to $100,000/annum – total when matched).

Visit U of T's Research & Innovation website for complete program details and materials.

Deadline: Any time

Description: Joint workshops help lay the groundwork for future international collaborative research. They allow faculty and students to leverage complementary research strengths and increase their access to the unique capabilities of other international institutions. The Office of the Vice-President, International will provide up to $5000 to help facilitate a joint research workshop. Please note: workshop organizers must demonstrate a match of $10,000 in order to be eligible for the full $5000.
For complete details, visit the VPI Call for Proposals page.
Deadline: Rolling
Value: Up to $5000 (matching commitments required)

Description: Through engagement in meaningful research collaborations with international partners, U of T faculty and students contribute to solving complex global problems. One way the Office of the Vice President, International helps support this work is through various joint calls for research proposals with select international institutions. The collaborations supported through this seed funding leverage each institution’s unique research strengths, foster the mobility of researchers, and accelerate discovery.
Each call varies with respect to project length, allocated funding, and prioritized field depending on the nature of the partnership. 
For complete details on current opportunities, visit the VPI Call for Proposals page.


Funds for Recruiting Research Trainees

Description: The Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowships provides outstanding recent doctoral students advanced training in their field of study. These fellowships are not discipline specific, but rather can be held in any department or research unit across the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto. Applicants must secure sponsorship of a full-time supervisor, or supervisors, from the professoriate within the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George Campus).

Submit applications to:

Deadline: December 1 (11:59pm EST)

Value: CDN $48,000/year for a maximum of two years.

Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Application Overview​
Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowship Applicant Form
Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowship Supervisor Form 

Description: The University of Toronto Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship program provides funding to increase opportunities for hiring postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented groups, specifically Indigenous and Black researchers. These fellowships will enable postdoctoral researchers to grow their scholarly profiles, undertake academic work at the University of Toronto, and strengthen the research environment at the University with diverse perspectives.

This funding is designed to help the University compete with peer institutions for top-tier candidates, and to support the University in meeting its institutional goal of fostering increased diversity and representation at all levels of teaching, learning and research. The funding will be offered as a pilot program for three years.

Visit U of T's School of Graduate Studies website for complete program details and materials.

Submit applications to:

Arts & Science Deadline: April 15 (Department Chairs submit applications to Arts & Science) 

Value: CDN $70,000/year for a maximum of two years (plus $5,000/year in start-up funding)

​Arts & Science Internal Application Form

Description: The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to the very best postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will positively contribute to the country’s economic, social and research-based growth. Fellowships are distributed equally among CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC. Each year, the Faculty of Arts & Science runs an internal competition to select candidates to be put forward for institutional endorsement in the Federal competition. To start the process, interested applicants should be directly in touch with potential supervisors.

For more information on the Banting competition process at the University of Toronto, please visit the School of Graduate Studies, Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program.  

Submit applications to:

Internal Application Deadline: August 1 (20:00 EDT)

Value: CDN $70,000/year for a maximum of two years.

Arts & Science Allocation (2020-2021): 14

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Tip Sheet 
Arts & Science Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Internal Nomination Form

Description: The Arts & Science and Max Planck Institute for Religious & Ethnic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowships are designed to provide advanced training to outstanding recent doctoral students working at the intersections of ethics, law, religion and politics in relation to questions of citizenship, migration and diversity. Applicants must secure sponsorship of a full-time supervisor, or supervisors, from the professoriate within the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George Campus).

Submit applications to:

A&S Application Deadline: December 1 (11:59pm EST)

Value: CDN $45,000/year for a maximum of two years and include 0.5 FCE of teaching per year, ideally in a First-Year Foundations Seminar.

Arts & Science and Max Planck Institute for Religious & Ethnic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Overview 
Arts & Science and Max Planck Institute for Religious & Ethnic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Form
Arts & Science and Max Planck Institute for Religious & Ethnic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship Supervisor Form​

Description: The University of Toronto Excellence Award (UTEA) program is funded by the Vice-President Research and Innovation (VPRI). The UTEA program in the Faculty of Arts & Science is designed to provide undergraduate students with opportunities to work on summer research projects over 14 weeks under the direction of a faculty member whose primary (full time) appointment is in the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George Campus). Using an allocation model based on CRC-eligible Tri-council performance, the VPRI annually allocates a specific number of awards to A&S each year. Please note that the competition has historically generated an applicant pool that far surpassed the number of awards available.

PLEASE NOTE: Until further notice from the University, no on-campus research may be conducted (other than research with approved exemptions, which is not appropriate for undergraduate trainees).  All undergraduate trainee research activities must follow up to the minute COVID-19 public health and safety guidelines and also observe the University’s COVID-19 restrictions on research travel and human participants research.  Supervisors are encouraged to be flexible and creative as they develop summer research projects and/or courses, using virtual collaboration and training tools.  Check the COVID-19 Research FAQs for further information, as they are updated daily.  

Visit the U of T Research Services website for complete program details and materials.

Submit applications to:

Deadline: April 7, 2020

Value: $6,000 (over 14 weeks)

Note: VPRI covers the full $6,000 value of the award for Social Sciences and Humanities awardees, while for Natural Sciences and Engineering awardees, $4,875 is covered by VPRI, and a minimum $1,125 top-up is required from the Supervisor or Unit.

2020 UTEA Program Guidelines 
2020 UTEA Application 

Description: The purpose of the Research Opportunity Program is to provide an opportunity for degree students in their second and third year in the Faculty of Arts & Science to work on the research project of a professor in return for 299Y or 399Y course credit. The Program is completely voluntary and serves to enhance the fundamental connection between teaching and research in a research intensive university.

Timeline: Fall/Winter and Summer term course offerings.

Learn more about the Research Opportunities Program.

Description: The Research Excursions Program (REP) provides small groups of second- and third-year students the opportunity to contribute to faculty research in an off-campus setting, in Canada or abroad. These group projects are based on experiential learning and are supervised by an Arts & Science faculty member.

Timeline: Applications accepted in the Fall

Value: $5,000 - $15,000

Learn more about the Research Excursions Program.

Description: Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that supports the creation of research and training programs in Canada. Mitacs programs financially assist academic researchers in providing on-the-job research training opportunities for students and post doctorates. Support is available for collaborations with Canadian and international industry and not-for-profit organizations. Mitacs applications are pre-approved when included in successful Tri-Agency grant application budgets.

Learn more about Mitacs programs that can be utilized for recruiting trainees. A searchable database of current Mitacs Accelerate/Elevate opportunities can be found here.

Arts & Science Mitacs Contacts: 

Daniel Giovannini, PhD 
Mitacs, Business Development Specialist

Arts & Science Research Team

In partnership with member academic institutions, Mitacs is launching the Mitacs Research Training Award (RTA). The award will provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to undertake a short-term paid research training internship at a Canadian institution. Students receive an opportunity to enhance their skills through interaction with faculty and hands-on research and training experience. Projects must begin by August 31, 2020.

For complete program details, download and review the Mitacs RTA Toolkit and the RTA application form.

A&S Specific Program Details

  • Up to 30 awards are available: 15 for graduate students and 15 for undergraduate students.
  • Applications are welcome from students in both the Natural Sciences and Engineering (NSE) or Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH). Our goal will be to evenly distribute the awards across disciplines (i.e. 15 for each SSH and NSE).
  • We are strongly committed to diversity in research and especially welcome applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal Peoples of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
  • For projects that extend into the Fall term (given the timing of the launch, this will be all projects), the time commitment for students should not exceed 12-15 hours per week. 
  • These opportunities may be ideal for augmenting formal research courses/or placements offered by various units, as well as for welcoming new trainee participation in PI research groups.
  • The majority of the student projects should be conducted in a remote working environment, not involving face-to-face interactions. Any non-remote on-or-off-campus projects must be part of an approved A&S Principal Investigator Research Re-start and Recovery Plan


Award Value

  • RTA-NSE Research Training Awards: $6000 ($3000 provided by Mitacs, to be matched by a minimum of $3000 by the student’s supervisor and/or department). Note, Tri-Council funding is not an eligible match. 
  • RTA-SSH Research Training Awards: $6000 ($3000 provided by Mitacs, to be matched by a maximum of $1500 from A&S and a minimum of $1500 from the student’s supervisor and/or department). Note, Tri-Council funding is not an eligible match.

Award Duration
The RTA is a 12- to 16-week research training program, beginning no later than August 31, 2020.

Mitacs Eligibility Requirements

Students must

  • Be a registered undergraduate or graduate student at an eligible academic institution
  • Not be an active participant in another Mitacs project

Academic institutions must

  • Have a signed Mitacs funding agreement
  • Be a Full, Associate, or Honourary Member

Supervisors must

  • Be a faculty member eligible to hold Tri-Council funding

A&S Specific Eligibility Requirements


  • Students must have obtained a cumulative average of "B+" or higher to be considered for the award. 
  • Applications are welcome from all registered Arts & Science undergraduate or graduate students (i.e. full-time or part-time).
  • Undergraduate candidates should be entering third or fourth year. 


  • Supervisors must hold full-time faculty appointments in A&S units (i.e., St. George campus faculty). 
  • Maximum of one award per supervisor.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Benefit to the student: Is there potential benefit to the student by participating in the project with regards to skills development or new career opportunities? 
  • Project design and rationale: Is the project design clearly presented? Are the project activities clearly articulated and reasonable for the timeframe specified? 
  • Project significance and impact: Are the planned activities and final deliverables clearly linked to the broader community? Is the significance and impact to society, the community, or the global community clearly presented? 
  • Development of new skills and knowledge: Is the proposal tied to new research skills development for the student? 
  • Interaction and final deliverable: Are the interactions with the academic supervisor clearly articulated and appropriate? Are the final deliverable and the potential for the utility of this project beyond the project term clearly explained? 

Application Process

Applications should be submitted to the A&S Research Office:

  • Applications should be submitted by supervisors, on behalf of the students. 
  • Completed Applications, include: 
  • If selected, Supervisors will be required to submit the completed application via the MRA by the appointed Research Services deadline and applicants will need to upload their applications to the Mitacs awards portal. (Details forthcoming).

The International Doctoral Clusters program aims to strengthen relationships with top global institutions, foster academic research collaborations between University of Toronto PIs and PIs at international peer institutions, attract the best international talent, and produce a new generation of researchers whose insights are profoundly enriched by this unique opportunity.

A joint partnership between the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and the Office of the Vice President International (OVPI), the program forms a foundational part of OVPI’s strategy for building Global Research Alliances with priority global peer institutions.

Value and Duration

  • SGS and OVPI will provide one third of the budget, up to a maximum of $33,000 CAD/year (up to three years) for the associated mobility costs for U of T students, PDFs, and faculty.  
  • The remaining 2/3rds of the budget must come from within and/or beyond the University (e.g. department, division, Tri-Agency, industry, philanthropy etc.).
  • Subject to a successful internal review, SGS/OVPI funding may be renewed for a maximum of two further years.

Eligibility: U of T applicants must have a faculty appointment with U of T and be eligible to hold research funding.

Eligible Expenditures: IDCs are designed to support expenses related to the mobility and research collaborations of UofT graduate students, postdoctoral fellows (PDFs) and PIs. 

  • Mobility expenses include costs incurred by U of T PIs, graduate students and PDFs for economy class flights, accommodation, meals, local transportation, etc.
  • Collaboration expenses include the costs of hosting workshops at UofT, as well as online communication platforms, virtual workshops and lab group meetings, virtual journal clubs, and online open access lab notebooks.  

Faculty of Arts & Science Review and Support Process
The Faculty of Arts & Science anticipates funding up to three A&S-led IDCs per fiscal year (up to a maximum Divisional contribution of $15,000 CAD/year per IDC). Requests for larger Divisional contributions will be considered on a case by case basis. 

Proposals for partial IDC funding will also be considered for A&S matching funding (i.e. A&S led proposals where PIs have secured more than 1/3 of the funding from external funding sources, or proposals led in other UofT Divisions, on which A&S faculty members are co-PIs).

Important Information

In order to facilitate this for the Faculty of Arts & Science, the Vice Dean Graduate asks that interested faculty members, teams, and unit Chair(s) and Director(s) consult the A&S Office of Graduate Studies early in the application development process. Contact: 

IDCs should be aligned with A&S Strategic Priorities and/or those of the host units and be undertaken in partnership with priority peer institutions (i.e. there is potential for a broad-based institution-institution partnership with globally recognized institution(s). 

IDC proposals must have secured at least one third of its funding from a combination of unit funding (cash) and/or external funding (tri-agency funding, corporate, philanthropy) that directly supports eligible IDC expenses for U of T participants.  

IDC proposals must have confirmation that the financial resources of participating PIs from partnering institutions are in place to support their travel costs and those of their graduate students and PDFs for coming to the U of T.  

A&S will consider requests for additional top-up funding for IDC Proposals with peer-institutions in lower and middle-income countries (LMICs), where additional funding is needed to support the mobility and collaboration expenses of PIs and trainees at the partner institution. Where possible, PIs will be expected to leverage external funding sources (i.e. peer-reviewed grant funding, philanthropy, etc.) to support these costs. 

To be considered for A&S funding, proposals must demonstrate plans for: 

  • Collaborative knowledge creation & transfer.
  • Funding: Leverage larger sources of external funding to sustain partnership.
  • Attracting top global talent (doctoral students, PDFs etc.).
  • Enhancing the global exposure of the U of T community. 
  • Building sustainable multidisciplinary global knowledge networks.

To be considered for A&S funding, PIs must submit the completed IDC proposal for review no later than two weeks in advance of the corresponding VP International deadline. A&S proposals will be reviewed four times per year (i.e., February 1 for the February 15 competition, May 1 for May 15 competition, September 1 for September 15 competition, and December 1 for December 15 competition).

Completed proposals should be submitted to Sharon Kelly, Research & Graduate Academic Planning Coordinator ( 

Questions about the IDC Program can be directed to Skandha Sunderasen, Project Officer, International Strategic Partnerships, Office of the VPI (