University of Toronto Internal Funding Programs

The University of Toronto offers several internal programs open to emerging and established scholars on all three campuses. These are:

  1. Connaught: Summer Institute
  2. Connaught: Innovation Award
  3. Connaught: Global Challenge Award
  4. Connaught: New Researcher Award
  5. Connaught: The McLean Award
  6. Connaught: International Doctoral Scholarship
  7. Connaught: Faculty Recruitment Support
  8. Connaught: Cross-Divisional/Cross-Cultural Seminars
  9. Major Research Project Management Fund
  10. Research Completion Award

The Connaught Fund Programs:

Full program details and application materials can be found on the Connaught website. Questions may be addressed to or 416-978-3211.

The Connaught Summer Institute

Deadline: This program is under review by the Connaught Committee

The Connaught Innovation Award

Sponsor Deadline: September 12, 2016

Approximately $750,000 allocated annually for awards of up to $100,000 to accelerate the development of promising technology and promote commercialization and/or knowledge transfer. General information about the Connaught programs is also available here.

The Connaught Global Challenge Award

UofT Internal Deadline: October 3, 2016
Results announced January 2017

Approximately $1M annually to support one award that encompasses an International Symposium, a Distinguished Visiting Scholar and a Research Cluster. The successful proposal will bring together the University’s leading researchers from multiple disciplines with innovators and thought leaders from other sectors to heighten the University’s contribution to important issues facing society. General information about the Connaught programs is also available here.

The Connaught New Researcher Award

UTSC Deadline: Monday, November 21, 2016 5PM

Sponsor Deadline: December 1, 2016 (requires UofT MRA pre-approval)


Approximately $1M annual allocation for a majority of awards at the $10,000 level and a limited number of awards at the $35,000 level to help new tenure stream faculty members establish competitive research programs. No matching required. General information about the Connaught programs is also available here.

The McLean Award

Sponsor Deadline: January 15, 2017

One $100,000 award annually to support an emerging research leader conducting basic research in physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, engineering sciences, and the theory and methods of statistics. General information about the Connaught programs is also available here.

The Connaught International Doctoral Scholarship


Up to 10 awards, approximately $1 million annually to support all recipients. The award will be administered through the School of Graduate Studies. General information about the Connaught programs is also available here.

Faculty Recruitment Support


Administered through the provost’s office, this award assists in the recruitment of new faculty, particularly in the humanities and interpretive social sciences, by providing research start-up cost support.

General information about the Connaught programs is also available here.


Major Research Project Management Fund

The purpose of this fund is to reduce the administrative burden on Principal Investigators of managing large and complex research projects. The Major Research Project Management Fund is an initiative of the Provost, Vice-President University Operations, and Vice-President Research and Innovation. All requests to the Fund must be matched by a cash contribution from an academic department(s) and/or division(s).

To be eligible, the prime research initiative must be:

  1. A large, complex project with a budget of several hundred thousand dollars.
  2. Led by a full-time tenured/tenure-stream faculty of the University of Toronto.
  3. Funded via a Tri-Council, CRC-eligible program, particularly those that emphasize partnership with private and/or public sector organizations (e.g. multi-PI, multi-departmental, and/or multi-institutional proposals to NSERC, SSHRC or CIHR, or the Networks of Centres of Excellence program).

Additional information and Application Form


Research Completion Award (UT-RCA)

Open to researchers holding certain NSERC or SSHRC grants in which unspent balances are retained by the university after the automatic extension period. Under exceptional circumstances and subject to review conducted under the auspices of the Vice-President Research & Innovation, access to a portion of a grantee’s remaining balance may be approved through the UT-RCA program.

Deadline: Mid-April


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