Funding Opportunities

2020-21 Connaught Application Materials Now Available

The Connaught programs are open to emerging and established scholars across disciplinary, career stage, geographic and sectoral boundaries.

Connaught Global Challenge Award

$1 million annually will be awarded to support approximately 4 team initiatives of up-to $250K each. The program aims to heighten UofT’s contribution to important issues facing society through the advancement of knowledge, and the transfer and application of solutions. Global Challenge teams will represent new collaborations involving leading UofT researchers and students from multiple disciplines, along with innovators and thought leaders from other sectors.

Global Challenges Award Recipients

Full Proposal: Feb 3, 2020

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Connaught New Researcher Award

The purpose of this program is to help new tenure stream faculty members establish competitive research programs. Up to $1M will be awarded in 2019-20 competition.  Support for approximately 50 awards of up to $20,000 will be provided to the highest ranked proposals (No matching required). These awards are intended to establish a strong research program, thereby increasing the faculty member’s competitiveness for external funding.

New Researcher Award Recipients

Full Proposal: December 3, 2020

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Connaught Innovation Award

Approximately, 10-12 awards of up to $50,000 will be allocated in the 2019-20 competition to accelerate the development of promising technology and promote commercialization and/or knowledge transfer.  This year, Connaught applications will be at or above Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4 as defined by Science and Economic Development Canada (SEDC) to support evolving the innovation to the next level with potential commercial partners.  Information regarding SEDC TRL Scale can be found here.

Innovation Award Recipients

Notice of Intent: September 10, 2020

Full Proposal: October 15, 2020

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Connaught Summer Institute

This program is under review by the Connaught Committee.

Summer Institute Recipients

Full Proposal: N/A

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McLean Award

One award, $125,000 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.

*Please be aware the submission process has changed beginning this competition, please find full program details here*

McLean Award Recipients

Full Proposal: January 15, 2021

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Connaught International Doctoral Scholarship

Approximately $1 million annually to support all recipients. The award are administered through the School of Graduate Studies.


Connaught Community Partnership Research Program

This initiative is intended to help create new collaborative research partnerships, or nurture early stage partnerships, between the University and community partners, fostering access to each other’s unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities on issues of shared interest that, over time, may evolve into more established relationships that will attract external funding through, for example, the SSHRC Partnerships Grant program.  Partnership Projects can request up to $50,000 per year for one to two years.

Community Partnership Research Programs Recipients

Full Proposal: May 4, 2020

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Connaught Community Partnerships Research Program – Indigenous Stream

The University’s Connaught Committee has allocated funds to support an internal research funding stream based on Indigenous worldviews, principles and community needs. This work will help ensure Indigenous research being conducted at the University of Toronto is community driven and has a positive impact on Indigenous Peoples and Communities in Canada.