The OVPRI offers research funding opportunities for UTSC faculty across all disciplines
The OVPRI offers research funding opportunities for UTSC faculty across all disciplines
The purpose of the University of Toronto Scarborough Research Competitiveness Fund (RCF) is to enhance the competitiveness of new external operating grant applications submitted by University of Toronto Scarborough faculty members, with an emphasis on Tri-council grant applications. Applications will be adjudicated by members of the U of T Scarborough Research Advisory Board according to the Selection Criteria outlined in the Guidelines below. Preference will be given to those proposals that show scientific/scholarly merit, demonstrate need and have strong potential to generate external support. Normally, the funds awarded will be in the $5,000-$10,000 range for individual applicant proposals. This Fund is not intended to provide continuous support for on-going research, nor as support for infrastructure or equipment, nor as bridge funding for already submitted external applications for which the outcome is not yet known.
A complete RCF application package includes:
Please convert your complete application package to PDF format and forward it electronically in one attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions in regards to the RCF competition, please contact email@example.com.
Application deadline: November 1 (should that date fall on a weekend or public holiday, the submission deadline will be the next business day)
Value and Duration: $45,000 (plus benefits) per year for two years
Required Legal Status: Domestic or International
Guidelines and Forms
The University of Toronto Scarborough (U of T Scarborough) Postdoctoral Fellowships are designed to provide 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 U of T Scarborough (http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/home/academic-departments-and-programs). Applicants must secure sponsorship of a supervisor (or supervisors) from the professoriate at U of T Scarborough.
1. Applicants must have recently (normally within two years) been awarded a PhD or equivalent degree. Any special circumstances including sick or parental leaves will be taken into consideration.
2. Applicants cannot currently hold a tenure-track or continuing faculty position at a college or university.
3. Applicants can be citizens of any country, and from any university. Successful international candidates must meet all Canadian immigration requirements.
4. Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents must have completed all of the requirements for their doctoral degree no later than six months after their start-date of the Fellowship. International applicants must have completed all of the requirements for their doctoral degree before the start date of the Fellowship.
NB: Completion does not mean convocation, but rather the completion of all the requirements necessary to receive their doctorate.
5. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
Each award will provide $45,000 (plus benefits) per year for a maximum of two years and are tenable only at U of T Scarborough. Both fully funded and partially funded fellowships are available. Fully funded fellowships will provide $45,000 (plus benefits) per year. Partially funded fellowships require supervisors and/or units to contribute half the stipend ($22,500) plus benefits per year. Supervisor and/or unit contributions to a partially funded fellowship must be paid from an account held at UTSC, as the primary research site for the Postdoctoral Fellows is on the UTSC campus. Supervisors can supplement the fully funded and partially funded fellowship stipends with additional funding, so the total amount paid to the postdoctoral fellow may exceed $45,000 (plus benefits).
1. Fully funded fellowships or a combination of fully and partially funded fellows awarded will normally be dedicated to applicants from each of the disciplines including the physical and life sciences, social sciences and humanities disciplines.
2. Applicants can apply for a fully funded fellowship, a partially funded fellowship, or indicate a willingness to accept either.
3. Given the competitive nature of the program, faculty can only support ONE Postdoctoral Fellow application each year.
4. While U of T Scarborough Postdoctoral Fellows may not concurrently hold another postdoctoral fellowship, Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent resident applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the appropriate NSERC, SSHRC, or CIHR postdoctoral fellowship in addition to applying for a U of T Scarborough Postdoctoral Fellowship.
The application deadline is November 1 (should that date fall on a weekend or public holiday, the submission deadline will be the next business day), with start dates for the postdoctoral fellows no earlier than March 1, and no later than November 1, of the year following application. Incomplete applications or late submissions will not be considered.
Decisions will be made in February, and successful applicants will have two weeks from the time the decisions are announced to accept or decline the fellowship.
1. Applicants must submit their CV and a completed U of T Scarborough Postdoctoral Fellowship application form (http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/research/internal-funding-programs) in a single PDF document to the Office of the Vice-Principal Research (firstname.lastname@example.org). Any questions regarding the Postdoctoral Fellowship program should be directed to email@example.com
i. The form includes a one-page proposal in which the applicant should describe their proposed research project in clear, non-specialist language suitable for an interdisciplinary audience, highlighting the importance and impact of the research and how it fits into their academic/professional goals. Reference lists or bibliographies are not necessary for the proposal.
2. Applicants must arrange for their proposed supervisor(s) to send their completed U of T Scarborough Postdoctoral Supervisor form to the Office of the Vice-Principal Research (firstname.lastname@example.org).
i. Proposed supervisor(s) must have a tenure-track or tenured (primary) appointment at U of T Scarborough.
NB: Only applications that have the U of T Scarborough Postdoctoral Supervisor form submitted by the deadline will be considered.
1. Supervisor(s) must have a tenure-track or tenured (primary) appointment at U of T Scarborough.
2. The primary research site for the Postdoctoral Fellows is on the UTSC campus.
3. Supervisors must submit by November 1 (should that date fall on a weekend or public holiday, the submission deadline will be the next business day), a completed U of T Scarborough Postdoctoral Supervisor form (http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/research/internal-funding-programs) to the Office of the Vice-Principal Research (email@example.com). Please include name of Postdoctoral fellow on the subject line of the email. Any questions regarding the Postdoctoral Fellowship program should be directed to Michael Manley by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
i. Prior to its submission, the form must be signed by the Chair or Director of the supervisor’s unit. Co-supervision requires signatures of the Chairs and/or Directors from the units of all supervisors.
4. In the space provided on the form, the proposed supervisor(s) are expected to comment, in clear, non-specialist language suitable for an interdisciplinary audience, on the applicant’s research potential, the quality of the proposed research, the research environment and resources that will be available to the applicant, and how the fellowship will advance the applicant’s career development.
Applicants will be assessed based upon the following criteria:
1. Excellence of the applicant:
i. Experience of the applicant relative to career stage and discipline
ii. Quality, quantity and significance of past research activity and published output relative to career stage
iii. The ability of the fellowship to advance the applicant’s career development
2. Quality of the proposed research project:
i. Significance and expected contributions to research
ii. Appropriateness and feasibility of the approach
3. Environment for the Research
i. Suitability/sufficiency of the research environment and available resources at UTSC
Departmental Chairs and Directors will be asked to rank applications from their department based on the selection criteria above. The recommended candidates will be provided to the UTSC Research Advisory Board (RAB) for consideration. Sub-committees of RAB will be organized by discipline to assess applications. The full RAB will meet to evaluate and recommend top candidates.
1. Please consult the information regarding postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Toronto on the website of the School of Graduate Studies (https://postdoc.sgs.utoronto.ca).
2. Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is governed by the terms of the CUPE Unit 5 Collective Agreement (http://agreements.hrandequity.utoronto.ca/#CUPE3902_Unit5). As such, the U of T Scarborough Postdoctoral Fellowships are posted in accordance with the CUPE Unit 5 Collective Agreement.
Results of the competition will be made available in February 2020 and will be e-mailed to the Supervisors by the Office of the Vice-Principal Research (OVPR). Successful applicants will have two weeks from the time the decisions are announced to accept or decline the fellowship. Individual scores/rankings cannot be provided, but if reviewers provide comments in their adjudication documents, that feedback can be shared with applicants upon request.
Funding: The Postdoctoral Fellowship award will be transferred to the UTSC Supervisor’s commitment fund centre (CFC).
Final Report: UTSC Postdoctoral Fellowship recipients must submit a 1-2 page final report, describing what was accomplished and impact of the research to the Office of the Vice-Principal Research after the two-year fellowship has been expended.
Acknowledgment: The UTSC affiliation of researchers and support from the OVPR should be acknowledged in any research outputs arising from this award.
For information regarding the selection process, please contact email@example.com
The purpose of the University of Toronto Scarborough Research Impact Fund (RIF) is to provide financial assistance to University of Toronto Scarborough research faculty members 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.
Applications will be reviewed by the Office of the Vice-Principal Research according to the Selection Criteria outlined in the Guidelines below.
This Fund is intended to reimburse the costs associated with faculty 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 literature. In situations in which applicants are ranked equally, preference will be given to junior faculty.
The RIF will reimburse up to a maximum of $500/calendar year for each successful applicant.
Complete the one page RIF application form addressing the following points:
A complete RIF package includes:
Please convert your application package to PDF format and forward it electronically in one attachment to the attention of Kristine Peruzzi to firstname.lastname@example.org. A scanned copy of the signed application form is permitted. Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.
The Office of the Vice-Principal Research (OVPR) consulted with UTSC Chairs and Directors (CAD) and the UTSC Research Advisory Board (RAB) during the spring of 2018 to identify new funding initiatives that aim to stimulate and support research activities across the diverse academic disciplines at UTSC. Based on feedback provided, the OVPR proposed a new UTSC Departmental Research Fund.
The Fund provides Chairs and Directors an opportunity to request funding within one of the following funding envelopes available: (1) $100,000 or (2) $30,000. Up to a maximum of three $100,000 requests and a maximum of three $30,000 requests will be awarded. Requests can be made to support one or more of the following initiatives based on departmental research priorities. There was general consensus from the CAD and RAB meetings that the below funding initiatives would benefit diverse research ambitions across departments.
1. Research to Knowledge Mobilization and Commercialization (R2K)
Funding to support proposals that move research to community impact or product development. These funds can include partnering meetings, community events, hiring staff to commercialize products, and so on. Researchers should be encouraged to identify if there is an opportunity to leverage these funds for partnership granting programs.
2. Interdisciplinary Challenge Fund (ICF)
Funding to support interdisciplinary proposals. The research must explicitly use expertise from distinct disciplines to create new understanding or solutions to address societal, technological, or environmental problems. Proposals can be within the same department or across two or more UTSC departments. Proposals should identify potential funding programs to help grow the interdisciplinary project.
3. Research Infrastructure and Equipment Fund (RIEF)
A pool of funds for faculty to purchase new or replace faulty or obsolete equipment (for faculty that were unsuccessful applying for an NSERC Research Tools and Instruments Grant the year prior), or to service or repair existing equipment.
4. Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity (USRO)
Funding to support undergraduate summer research experience by providing funding to outstanding undergraduate students to work on faculty research projects. The University of Toronto Research Excellence Awards program guidelines should be used to administer this opportunity.
2. The submission deadline is February 15 (should that date fall on a weekend or public holiday, the submission deadline will be 5pm the next business day). Funding requests should be sent to (email@example.com). Any questions regarding the Departmental Research Fund should be directed by email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
A brief final report (maximum of two pages) describing what was accomplished with the Departmental Funds including the outcomes and impact of the funding on faculty research in the department/centre. The final report is due February 15 of the year following the competition. Should February 15 fall on a weekend or public holiday, the submission deadline will be 5pm the next business day). The report should be sent by email to email@example.com
The 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.
The University of Toronto Scarborough, Ontario Tech University, Centennial College and Trent University are contributing matching funds to support collaborative research initiatives through a joint call for proposals. The overall aim of the fund is to provide initial seed support for the development of high-quality collaborative research projects in areas of mutual strength and shared interest that advance the EaRTH Initiative.
The theme for the 2021 year is Integrated Sustainable Energy Technologies.
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.
Interested faculty with questions about this opportunity should contact their institutional representative, identified below.
UTSC: Suhail Asrar, Research Partnership and Business Development Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org / 416-208-8172)
Ontario Tech University: Jennifer Freeman, Executive Director, Office of Research Services (email@example.com / 905-925-9966)
Centennial College: Jonathan Hack, Executive Director, Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (firstname.lastname@example.org / 416-289-5000: Ext. 8152)
Trent University: Christopher Rooney, Director, Office of Research and Innovation (email@example.com / 1-855-698-7368: Ext. 7209)
The purpose of the University of Toronto Scarborough International Research Collaboration Fund is to provide financial support to U of T Scarborough tenure stream research faculty to establish collaborative relationships with international partners.
Up to $5,000 will be awarded per successful applicant. Up to 6 awards will be given out each academic year with the aim to disperse the awards equitably across the humanities, sciences and social sciences departments at U of T Scarborough. The U of T Scarborough Research Advisory Board comprising of faculty from the humanities, sciences and social sciences departments will adjudicate the applications. Applicants are strongly encouraged to write their applications in clear non-specialist language.
1. Funding will be available to support tenure stream research faculty and/or their graduate student(s) for travel and/or related expenses in the partner country that aim to stimulate research collaboration or the development of joint research projects and/or proposals.
2. Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to, costs incurred to attend conferences, workshops or research institutes, and including registration fees.
3. There is one submission deadline per academic year:
4. Faculty applicants or their graduate student(s) must be traveling between June 1 of the year the application is submitted and returning by May 30 of the following year.
5. Complete application package includes:
a) Research Proposal: 500 words maximum, using the following headings in clear non-specialist language:
b) Itemized Budget: Provide an itemized budget and written justification including other confirmed funding sources if applicable (1-page maximum)
6. Please convert your complete application package to PDF format and forward it electronically in one attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.
7. Selection Criteria:
8. Post-Travel Report: Recipients must submit a brief report (maximum of 500 words) describing activities undertaken during the travel and continued plans for developing and sustaining the international collaboration. The post-travel report should be submitted along with original receipts to email@example.com
9. Eligible expenses include transportation, accommodation and other research related expenses. Per diem meal allowances are not eligible. All expenses must be supported with original receipts. Expense eligibility will be in accordance with University of Toronto financial guidelines. Following the travel and the provision of original receipts for expenses, reimbursement will be made by electronic deposit.
10. Successful recipients will be advised of fund transfer arrangements in the award letter.
11. Acknowledgement: Support from the U of T Scarborough International Research Collaboration Fund is to be acknowledged in any research output arising from this funding.
Each Working Group will be led by at least one University of Toronto Scarborough research stream faculty member. Senior U of T Scarborough undergraduates, faculty from other University of Toronto divisions or other universities along with postdoctoral fellows and graduate students may be involved.
The Group will work towards common scholarly and research goals identified and 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, or grant applications; or hosting distinguished visitors. Interdisciplinary or discipline specific proposals are welcome. The U of T Scarborough campus will be the host site of activity for the Working Group, but some events may be held at other locations if appropriate.
Working Groups are funded for one (1) year, with the possibility of renewal. Working Groups may be linked to other conferences or seminars. Up to three (3) Working Groups may be sponsored each academic year, each receiving $3,000. Applications will be reviewed by members of the U of T Scarborough Research Advisory Board.
A complete application package includes the following material:
Applications are due by April 1. The submission deadline will be the next business day if the deadline falls on a weekend or public holiday.
Please submit proposals in one pdf to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The purpose of the Clusters of Scholarly Prominence Program (CSPP) is to promote self-sustaining, interdisciplinary, inter-departmental, collaborative clusters of scholarship in areas of established and emerging strength at UTSC and which have a demonstrable capacity to augment UofT’s global standing through prominence in research, creative activity and exceptional learning.
CSPP-supported clusters are expected to generate impactful, transformative research that transcends traditional departmental and institutional boundaries and thereby enables UTSC to create and disseminate new knowledge and innovations that will benefit the citizens of Canada and beyond. The clusters are expected to foster strategic global research alliances such as the VPRI/VPI initiative of Global Research Alliances (see: https://global.utoronto.ca/overview/).
Proposals can request funding ranging from $100,000 to $200,000 per year. The budget (and funding) does not have to be equal each year of the proposed project as long as expected spending each year is based on the research goals and methodology proposed and justified in the application. Successful applications will be funded for three years, with the option of applying for an additional two years of funding for those who are assessed to have demonstrated satisfactory progress toward realizing their stated goals. Successful proposals can be awarded full or partial funding.
There will be triannual meetings with the Associate Vice-Principal Research–Strategic Initiatives (UTSC) to discuss progress towards cluster milestones. Following the last of these meeting, a determination will be made as to whether sufficient progress has been made in achieving identified yearly goals to warrant the release of the subsequent year’s funding.
· A mandatory Notice of Intent (NOI) must be submitted by May 4th.
· The deadline for the submission of full proposals is June 15th.
If either of the above deadlines falls on a weekend or public holiday, the deadline is the next business day.
If you have any questions about this fund, please contact Dr. Suhail Asrar, Research Partnership & Business Development Officer at email@example.com
The purpose of the UTSC Plots for Research initiative is to provide UTSC tenure stream research faculty and their students an opportunity to carry out research studies on the north side of campus. The research plots are 5m x 5m square plots.
2. Project Details
3. Space and Resource Requirements
Submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
a) The project must:
b) Each submission will be evaluated for:
Please visit the website of the Office of the Vice-Principal Academic & Dean to download the grant guidelines and application cover sheet.
The fund will assist with the costs of:
The University of Toronto Scarborough Research Grant Enhancement Fund (RGEF) can be used for:
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 Office of the Vice-Principal Research.
To complete your application, Please login to the RGEF Application Portal using your UTORid and Password.
Request the Sponsorship Request memo in Word by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Offices of the Vice-Principal Research and the Dean & 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:
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.
The Offices of the Vice-Principal Research and the Dean & Vice-Principal Academic regularly receives requests for sponsorship and support for 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/ workshops organized by U of T Scarborough faculty/ students that take place on the U of T Scarborough campus.
For any further questions or concerns, please email email@example.com
Please submit your Sponsorship request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your application will be confirmed by the Office of the Vice-Principal Research.
If you have any questions about this fund, please contact email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
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.
The Joint EMHSeed and XSeed 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:
Applications including all supporting documents are due by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12:00pm on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Please include the term Joint Seed in the subject line. A list of past EMHSeed and XSeed projects is also available on FASE intra-net that is accessible with your UTORid and password: https://hub.engineering.utoronto.ca/research-services/fase-call-for-proposals/
Submissions should include the following: 1) completed application form (attached), 2) letters of support confirming cash contributions from each of the collaborating departments/institutes, 3) CVs of co-PIs. Please limit your CV to 3 pages.
An adjudication committee composed of representatives from Partner Divisions will review proposals received by the submission deadline against program criteria. Decisions will be reported by the end of April 2021.
A final report must be completed and will be due upon the completion of the project.