Internal Funding Programs

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The OVPRI offers research funding opportunities for UTSC faculty across all disciplines

University of Toronto Scarborough Internal Programs

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INDIVIDUAL APPLICATION FORMS: 

1) NOTICE OF INTEREST (NOI) & SUGGESTED REVIEWERS    

2) PROPOSAL COVER PAGE      

3) PROPOSAL BUDGET TEMPLATE

 

Program Purpose

The purpose of the Clusters of Scholarly Prominence Program (CSPP) is to promote self-sustaining, interdisciplinary, interdepartmental and, if appropriate, interdivisional collaborative clusters of scholarship in areas of established and emerging strength at UTSC that have a demonstrable capacity to augment the University of Toronto’s (U of T) global standing through prominence in scholarship, creative activity, and exceptional learning. Funded clusters can contribute in new ways to the enterprises of the three institutes that represent UTSC’s established strengths or can contribute to emerging strengths.

 

AWARD DETAILS

Proposals can request funding ranging up to $200,000 per year. The budget does not have to be equal each year of the proposed project if the expected spending each year is based on the research goals, objectives, and methods proposed and justified in the application. Successful applications will be funded for 1, 2 or three years.

 

DEADLINE

·       A mandatory Notice of Intent (NOI) must be submitted by February 15th.

·       The deadline for the submission of full proposals is March 31st. 

If either of the above deadlines falls on a weekend or public holiday, the deadline is the next business day.

 

Contact

If you have any questions about this fund, please contact Brice Rousseau, Research Partnership & Business Development Officer (brice.rousseau@utoronto.ca

 

 

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INDIVIDUAL APPLICATION FORM: 

CPPF Application Form

 

Program Purpose

The purpose of the OVPRI Conference Participation and Publication Fund (CPPF) is to provide financial assistance to all research- and teaching-stream faculty, and all full-time Librarians, with a primary appointment at UTSC to support the presentation or publication of research results in high quality venues and to enhance the profile of U of T Scarborough in the scholarly community. This Fund is intended to reimburse the costs associated with presentation of U of T Scarborough research at research conferences or defray the cost of publication of U of T Scarborough research in peer-reviewed publications. Applicants are advised to consider sharing their research also through TSpace, an open access, free and secure research repository established by the University of Toronto Libraries.    

 

Applications will be reviewed by members of the U of T Scarborough Research Advisory Board according to the Selection Criteria stated in the guidelines.

 

Award Value

A maximum of $1,000 will be awarded to each successful applicant.

 

DEADLINE

January 15 & July 15

Should these dates fall on a weekend or public holiday, the submission deadline will be the next business day. CPPF Application Form must be sent as a single PDF document to researchoffice.utsc@utoronto.ca.

EaRTH District Collaborative Research Grant (EDCRG) – An EaRTH Initiative

This EaRTH Initiative aims to develop collaborative projects with industry and government partners in the eastern GTA including Scarborough, Durham Region, and Peterborough. It will explore synergies that can strengthen and enhance the Canadian clean technology sector, and provide increased opportunities for economic development that will foster the creation of highly skilled jobs and support the transfer of knowledge to society. The Initiative includes shared research facilities, joint research projects, and collaborations on teaching and learning.

 

2022-23 Competition

The University of Toronto Scarborough, Centennial College, Fleming College, Ontario Tech University and Trent University are pleased to announce the 2022-23 call for research projects in the EaRTH District Collaborative Research Grant (EDCRG) competition, an exciting research opportunity that was launched in February 2021.

The overall aim of this opportunity is to provide initial seed funding for the development of high-quality collaborative research projects in areas of mutual strength and shared interest that advance the Environmental and Related Technologies Hub (EaRTH) Initiative. This seed funding is available for faculty/staff at the participating institutions to undertake short-term visits to initiate, deepen and extend collaborative research links with the goal of enabling principal investigators to make joint proposals to external funding sources for the next phase of their research.

The theme for the 2022-23 call is Sustainable Transportation, Mobility, and Electric Vehicle Innovations. Please click here for further details and the complete guidelines

 

Institutional Contacts

Interested faculty with questions about this opportunity should contact their institutional representative, identified below.

 

Centennial College: Jonathan Hack, Executive Director, Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (jhack@centennialcollege.ca / 416-289-5000: Ext. 8152)

Fleming College: Brett Goodwin, Vice President, Applied Research and Innovation (Brett.Goodwin@flemingcollege.ca / 705-324-9144 x 3093)

Ontario Tech University: Jennifer Freeman, Executive Director, Office of Research Services (research@ontariotechu.ca / 905-925-9966)

Trent University: Inna Seviaryna, Research Facilitator, Office of Research and Innovation (innaseviaryna@trentu.ca/ 705-748-1011: Ext. 6186)

UTSC: Jason Darby, Research Partnership and Business Development Officer (j.darby@utoronto.ca

 

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INDIVIDUAL APPLICATION FORM: 

ESG Application Form

 

Program Purpose

The purpose of the OVPRI Engaged Scholarship Grant (ESG) is to provide financial support to all full-time research- or teaching-stream faculty members, and all full-time Librarians, with a primary appointment at UTSC, to establish collaborative relationships with community-based organizations, enhance community engagement in their projects, and address the research needs of community partners. Preference will be given to those proposals that detail specific partnerships within the community and outline clear community engagement and knowledge mobilization strategies.

 

Applications will be adjudicated by members of the U of T Scarborough Research Advisory Board according to the Selection Criteria stated in the guidelines.

 

Award Value

One grant will be given out each academic year, of a maximum of $10,000.

 

DEADLINE

January 15th

The submission deadline will be the next business day if January 15th falls on a weekend or public holiday. Complete ESG application packages, including ESG application form, CV and letters of support must be sent as a single PDF document to researchoffice.utsc@utoronto.ca.

 

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INDIVIDUAL APPLICATION FORM: 

International Research Fund Application Form

 

Program Purpose

The purpose of the University of Toronto Scarborough International Research Fund is to provide financial support to all full-time research- or teaching-stream faculty members, and all full-time Librarians, with a primary appointment at UTSC to establish collaborative relationships with international partners. Eligible partners are individuals or groups affiliated with institutions, organizations (public, private, not-for-profit), or industry based outside Canada. Eligible activities include international travel of the applicant and/or graduate student/s and accommodation to initiate or continue research collaboration and/or to develop joint research projects and/or proposals. Applications with graduate students from U of T Scarborough are encouraged.

 

Applications will be reviewed by members of the U of T Scarborough Research Advisory Board according to the Selection Criteria stated in the guidelines.

 

Award Value

Up to five (5) awards will be given out each academic year, each receiving between $5,000 and $10,000.

 

DEADLINE

January 15th

The submission deadline will be the next business day if January 15th falls on a weekend or holiday. Please convert your complete International Research Fund Application Form to PDF format and forward it electronically in one attachment to researchoffice.utsc@utoronto.ca.

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Program Purpose

The purpose of the University of Toronto Scarborough Academic and Research Event Fund program is to support academic and research events organized by U of T Scarborough faculty members or student groups that enhance the profile of U of T Scarborough in the wider scholarly community. When considering these requests, preference will be given to conferences, symposia or workshops organized by U of T Scarborough faculty or students that take place on the U of T Scarborough campus. Support will be provided from the Offices of the Vice-Principal Research & Innovation (OVPRI) and the Vice-Principal Academic & Dean (OVPD) depending on the nature of event.

 

For support from OVPRI, preference will be given to conferences, symposia or workshops that take place at U of T Scarborough and have a clear research benefit to the faculty and/or students at U of T Scarborough. Preference will be given to contributions toward the travel costs of a keynote speaker, poster sessions, student travel bursaries, best student poster/presentation awards, or other research-related activity. The OVPRI is unable to provide support for pedagogical conferences.

 

For support from OVPD, preference will be given to conferences, symposia or workshops that take place at U of T Scarborough and have a clear academic benefit to the faculty and/or students at U of T Scarborough. Pedagogical conferences are eligible for funding from the OVPD. Funds may also be requested for disability accommodation as needed for a particular event.

 

Faculty and students seeking support from either office must also seek support from other sources for which they may be eligible (e.g. for faculty-SSHRC Connections Grant; e.g. for students – Partnership Fund, SCSU, GSAS)

 

Award Value

To be jointly determined by the Offices of Vice-Principal Research & Innovation, and the Vice-Principal Academic & Dean.

 

Deadline

January 15th and July 15th

The submission deadline will be the next business day if January 15th or July 15th fall on a weekend or holiday. Complete application packages must be sent as a single PDF document to researchoffice.utsc@utoronto.ca.

 

Fund Summary

  • The fund provides financial aid to Principal Investigators who have submitted to one of four Tri-Agency grant programs: SSHRC Insight Grants, SSHRC Insight Development Grants, NSERC Discovery Grants or CIHR Project Grants.
  • Faculty must meet several eligibility conditions for the funding. Please contact your department Chair or unit Director for more information.

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Program Purpose

Changes at the Tri-Agencies have made the securing or renewal of funding a greater challenge. To help offset these challenges, UTSC has implemented a Bridge Funding Program to provide financial aid for UTSC researchers. Principal Investigators (PIs) eligible for Bridge Funding must have submitted to one of the following Tri-Agency grant programs:
 
I. SSHRC Insight Grants
II. SSHRC Insight Development Grants
III. NSERC Discovery Grants
IV. CIHR Project Grants
 
(Please note that the NSERC Research Tools and Instruments (RTI) grant is not eligible for Bridge Funding support.)

Conditions

  • Bridge funding is available only for PIs who have full-time research faculty appointments in UTSC departments. Faculty and researchers holding teaching or graduate-only appointments, other types of cross-appointments, or emeritus faculty, are not eligible.
  • Applicant must commit to responding to reviewer feedback.
  • Applicants must re-apply within the next two Tri-Agency program deadlines. An application to another Tri-Agency Research Council is permitted (e.g. CIHR to NSERC, or NSERC to SSHRC).
  • Applicant must commit to submitting their proposal for peer review and/or OVPR review.

Funding and Deadlines

  • Department Chairs or Directors are expected to coordinate Bridge Funding within their units and to communicate requests to the OVPR.
  • Bridge Funding levels will depend on the grant amount requested in the Tri-Agency proposal and the number of unsuccessful proposals meeting the Bridge Funding eligibility criteria in the given year.
  • Applicants can only be eligible for one Bridge Funding opportunity per year.
  • As long as the total of all requests for Bridge Funding in a given year does not exceed the total budget available, all eligible proposals will receive bridge funding.
  • Funding levels will be communicated to departments and PIs, and funds transferred to PI account.
  • Note that funds are limited and availability will be confirmed year-to-year.

Application Process

  • Upon receiving results from Tri-Council competitions, Department Chairs and the OVPR will communicate to identify eligible faculty members.
  • Department Chairs or Directors will confirm that eligible faculty members wish to be considered for funding.
  • Funding levels will be communicated to departments and PIs, and funds transferred to PI account.

Contact

If you have any questions about this fund, please contact researchoffice.utsc@utoronto.ca

 

 

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INDIVIDUAL APPLICATION FORM: 

Working Groups Fund Application Form

 

Program Purpose

The purpose of the Working Groups Funding Program is to foster collaborative work towards common scholarly and research goals intended to tackle specific topics of interest. Activities of the Working Group may include, but are not limited to, readings and discussion of papers, field trips to collections or archives, collaborative research, publication, grant applications, and hosting distinguished visitors. Interdisciplinary or discipline-specific proposals are welcome.

 

Applications will be reviewed by members of the U of T Scarborough Research Advisory Board according to the Selection Criteria stated in the Guidelines.

 

Award Value

Up to 6 (six) Working Groups may be sponsored annually, each receiving a maximum of $3,000.

 

DEADLINE

January 15th

The submission deadline will be the next business day if January 15th falls on a weekend or holiday. Complete Working Groups Fund Application Form must be sent as a single PDF document to researchoffice.utsc@utoronto.ca.

University of Toronto Internal Programs

The Connaught programs are open to emerging and established scholars across disciplinary, career stage, geographic, and sectoral boundaries. Full program details and application materials can be found on the Connaught website.

Questions may be addressed to connaught.secretariat@utoronto.ca or 416-978-3211.

The mandate of the UofT Institutional Strategic Initiatives (ISI) portfolio is to seed, launch and sustain large-scale interdisciplinary strategic research networks with scholars from multiple units and divisions; meaningful tri-campus representation; the potential for high impact scholarship and training; and the potential to secure external funding. The portfolio coordinates university-wide and divisional resources to support two main activities.

1.       Seeding and building potential initiatives

2.       Supporting large-scale research initiatives

General Inquiries, Institutional Strategic Initiatives Office: strat.initiatives@utoronto.ca

UTSC OVPRI Contact: Suhail Asrar

The Major Research Project Management (MRPM) Fund is an initiative designed 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.

More information

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, Medicine by Design (MbD), Translational Biology and Engineering Program (TBEP) Knowledge, Innovation, Talent, Everywhere (KITE)
  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), as well as other UofT Divisions.

 

Click here for the 2023 Call for Proposals (Deadline March 6 2023)

Click here for the 2023 Application Form (Deadline March 6 2023)