External Funding Sources - Find Research Funding

Federal Granting Agencies

The main source of research support in Canada is Tri-Council funding. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) support and promote high-quality research in a wide variety of disciplines and areas.

Complete guidelines on selecting the appropriate federal granting agency are available on the science.gc.ca website. They include general guidelines for the eligibility of subject matter at SSHRC, NSERC, and CIHR and specific guidelines for applications related to health and in the field of psychology.

CIHR Information:

CIHR is moving forward with significant changes to the Open Operating Grant program.  When fully implemented, the new grant programs provide applicants with a choice to apply for a Project Scheme Grant or a Foundation Scheme Grant.  The peer review process is also changing.  To help you better understand the changes, understand your eligibility, and determine the choice that is most advantageous to you and your research, the following resources are provided for your information.

The New CIHR Programs: check this link for information about the new CIHR programs.


Research Alerts

Research Alerts: Sign up to get announcements about funding opportunities, technology transfer initiatives, workshops & events, financial management of funded research projects, honours & awards, and research-related policies & guidelines.

Accounts are created by the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation. Individuals may customize their account settings through simple selection of topics and categories that are of interest. When an Alert is published that matches the selected categories, it is e-mailed directly to the individual. A UTORid and password are required to establish a customized account.


Research Funding Databases

Research Funding Opportunities

A searchable and sortable database of available awards, grants, funds and other opportunities for U of T researchers. These entries provide sponsor program details and links to invaluable U of T-specific resources such as tips, checklists, and presentation slides, etc.).

Please direct specific inquiries on the funding opportunity to the contact person listed on the right side of the funding opportunity.

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Pivot Funding Opportunities Database

A tool for discovering funding opportunities and supporting collaboration in the research development field.This international funding opportunities database covers the humanities and the physical, social, and life sciences.

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