Internal Funding Programs

The Office of the Vice-Principal, Research currently offers the following internal programs for UTSC faculty:

  1. Tri-Agency Bridge Funding Program (UTSC VPR - Tri-Agency) *NEW
  2. Research Competitiveness Fund (UTSC VPR - RCF)
  3. Working Groups (UTSC VPR - Working Group)
  4. Research Impact Fund (UTSC VPR – RIF)
  5. International Research Collaboration Fund (UTSC - IRCF) *NEW*
  6. Research Grant Enhancement Fund (UTSC VPR – RGEF)
  7. Sponsorship Requests for Research Conferences/Symposia/Workshops

UTSC Tri-Agency Bridge Funding Program

The purpose of the Bridge Funding Program is to provide financial support for UTSC researchers to help offset the challenges of securing or renewing funding with the Tri-Agencies in the CIHR Project Scheme, NSERC Discovery, and SSHRC Insight Grants competitions.

Guidelines & Application Process

Please email Monica Caverson indicating UTSC Bridge Funding Program in the subject line, if you have questions about this program.

Please submit proposals (single PDF) to researchoffice@utsc.utoronto.ca. Your application will be confirmed by the Office of the Vice Principal Research.
 

UTSC VPR – Research Competitiveness Fund (UTSC VPR – RCF)

The purpose of the UTSC VPR RCF is to enhance the competitiveness of external grant applications submitted by UTSC faculty members, with an emphasis on Tri-Council grant applications.

Deadlines: November 1 each year at 5:00 p.m.
Guidelines
UTSC VPR-RCF Cover Sheet

View Past Recipients here.

View RCF Applications and Success Rate by Discipline (link to PDF).

Please email Michael Manley, indicating Research Competitiveness Fund in the subject line, if you have questions about this program. 

Please submit your RCF application to researchoffice@utsc.utoronto.ca. Your application will be confirmed by the Office of the Vice Principal Research.
 

UTSC VPR - Working Groups (UTSC VPR -WG)

The purpose of the UTSC Working Groups is to provide funding to a group working towards common scholarly and research goals identified and intended to tackle specific topics of interest.

Deadlines: December 1st each year at 5:00 p.m.
Guidelines

For any further questions or concerns, please email Michael Manley

Please submit proposals (single PDF) to researchoffice@utsc.utoronto.ca

 

UTSC VPR – Research Impact Fund (UTSC VPR – RIF)

The purpose of the UTSC VPR-RIF is to provide financial assistance to UTSC research faculty members to support the presentation or publication of research results in high quality venues  and to enhance the profile of UTSC in the scholarly community.

Deadlines: January 15th and July 1st each year at 5:00 p.m.
Guidelines
UTSC VPR-RIF Application Form

View Past Recipients here.

Please email Michael Manley indicating Research Impact Fund in the subject line, if you have questions about this program.

For questions regarding open access options and policies, contact your UTSC Liaison Librarian or the University of Toronto Library's Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office.  For a quick reference guide on the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy click here.

Please submit your RIF application to researchoffice@utsc.utoronto.ca. Your application will be confirmed by the Office of the Vice Principal Research.
 

UTSC VPR - International Research Collaboration Fund (UTSC VPR - IRCF)

The purpose of the UTSC International Research Collaboration Fund is to provide financial support to UTSC tenure stream research faculty to establish collaborative relationships with international partners

Deadlines: April 1st each year at 5:00 p.m.
Guidelines

For any further questions or concerns, please email Michael Manley

Please submit proposals (single PDF) to researchoffice@utsc.utoronto.ca

 

UTSC VPR – Research Grant Enhancement Fund (UTSC VPR – RGEF)

The UTSC VPR-RGEF can be used for:

  1. Hiring an editor: to assist with the costs of proposal development and editing support for large grants/contracts (>$20,000). A UTSC faculty member must be the lead applicant. Support from the RGEF for this purpose will normally be limited to up to $500 for individual proposals and $600 for partnership proposals per UTSC principal investigator. A list of available editors is available from the VPRO. Please email Monica Caverson if you have questions about this program.
  2. Preparation support for Awards and Honours Nomination Packages: to assist in the costs for administrative and/or editing support for the preparation of research awards and honours nomination packages. Support will normally be limited to up to $500 per UTSC nomination package.
  3. Honorariums for proposal reviewers: up to $100 for external peer review of grant proposals with budgets > $20,000.
  4. Hiring assistant for CCV data entry: to provide assistance for the creation of the CCV for Tri-Council funding programs, normally limited to up to $200 per UTSC faculty member on a one-time-only basis.
  5. Large Research Project Planning Support: the VPRO will provide a 2:1 match up to a maximum VPRO commitment of $5,000 (department and/or PI must provide a match of $2,500 for a $5,000 VPRO match) for planning, development, and coordination of large proposals. Requests must be endorsed by academic Chairs/Directors. 

How to Apply

Requests should be made in advance of undertaking the proposed activity. Support for the cost of the activity will be provided on a reimbursement basis subject to prior approval by the Vice-Principal, Research.

Download the application form HERE.

For any further questions or concerns, please email Michael Manley

Please submit your RGEF application to researchoffice@utsc.utoronto.ca. Your application will be confirmed by the Office of the Vice Principal Research.
 

Sponsorship Requests for Research Conferences/Symposia/Workshops

The Offices of the Vice-Principal Research and the Dean and Vice-Principal (Academic) will jointly decide on the level of support to be provided.  The Office of the Vice-Principal Research is the first point of contact if the sponsorship request is related to an external research conference grant application (e.g. SSHRC Connections Grant). When considering these requests, the Office of the Vice-Principal Research will give preference to:

- conferences/symposia/workshops that take place at UTSC

- conferences/symposia/workshops that have a clear research benefit to the faculty and/or students at UTSC

- 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 Office of the Vice-Principal Research is unable to provide support for pedagogical conferences.

Requests from faculty members/student groups must have the endorsement of their department chair or centre director and include details on the support the department/centre will be providing towards the costs of the event.  For additional information regarding the process of sponsorship requests please refer to the Sponsorship Request memo.

For any further questions or concerns, please email Michael Manley.

Please submit your Sponsorship request to researchoffice@utsc.utoronto.ca. Your application will be confirmed by the Office of the Vice Principal Research.