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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: research.artsci@utoronto.ca.

Deadline: Any time

Value: up to $7,500

PDF iconArts & Science International Research Events Application Form (PDF)

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: research.artsci@utoronto.ca.

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: May 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: May 1 (immediately following an unsuccessful application)

PDF iconArts & Science Tri-Council Bridge Funding Application Form (PDF)

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: March

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 aleatha.cox@utoronto.ca.

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 Vice-President Research and Innovation is pleased to invite applications for a pilot program to support Community Partnership Research, jointly funded by the University and the Connaught Fund. 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.

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

Deadline: October 31

Value: Up to $50,000 per year (1-3 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

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: research.artsci@utoronto.ca

Deadline: December 1 (11:59pm EST)

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

PDF iconArts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Application Overview​ (PDF)​
PDF iconArts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowship Applicant Form (PDF)
PDF iconArts & Science Postdoctoral Fellowship Supervisor Form (PDF)

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: research.artsci@utoronto.ca

Deadline: October 1 (Departments submit applications to Arts & Science) 
November 1 (Arts & Science submits ranked applications to SGS)

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

PDF iconArts and Science Internal Application Form (PDF)

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.

Submit applications to: research.artsci@utoronto.ca.

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

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

PDF iconBanting Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Tip Sheet (PDF)
PDF iconArts & Science Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Internal Nomination Form (PDF)

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: research.artsci@utoronto.ca.

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.

PDF iconArts & Science and Max Planck Institute for Religious & Ethnic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Overview (PDF)​
PDF iconArts & Science and Max Planck Institute for Religious & Ethnic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Form (PDF)
PDF icon​​Arts & Science and Max Planck Institute for Religious & Ethnic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship Supervisor Form​ (PDF)

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.

Submit applications to: research.artsci@utoronto.ca.

Deadline: March 15 (12PM - noon)

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.

PDF iconUniversity of Toronto Excellence Awards (UTEA) Guidelines (PDF)
PDF iconUniversity of Toronto Excellence Award (UTEA) Application Form (PDF)

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

Lean 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.