2019-20 Call for New Connaught Review Panel Members

The Connaught Committee is currently seeking faculty member volunteers and/or nominations for appointment to disciplinary panels, which are responsible for assessing and making recommendations to the Connaught Committee on applications for funding to the:

  • Connaught New Researcher Award
  • McLean Award (Physical Sciences and Engineering Review Panel only)

Currently we are seeking volunteers for vacancies in the following disciplinary panels:

  • Humanities (3)
  • Life Sciences – Social, Cultural, Environmental & Population Health Research (1)
  • Life Sciences – Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Biology (1)
  • Physical Sciences & Engineering (3)
  • Social Sciences (3)

The University recognizes that diversity is essential to the creation of a vibrant intellectual community and is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive academic environment that fosters research excellence across disciplines and career stages. The Connaught Committee therefore seeks to establish review panels that are committed to diversity in their membership and especially welcomes volunteers/nominations from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ persons, and others.

A commitment to the principles of equity and inclusion will be the responsibility of all panel members. All members will have training in unconscious bias and will be provided with resources on equity, diversity, and inclusion best practices in adjudication and peer review.

Connaught Review College members are appointed for three-year terms and are not eligible to receive funding from the Connaught Programs during the tenure of their membership.  Previous members report that the work is extremely enjoyable and provide an opportunity to participate in the allocation of significant resources to U of T research initiatives of the highest caliber.

Nominations are requested by August 30, 2019.  For further information, please contact Michael Hussey, Secretary to the Connaught Committee at connaught.secretariat@utoronto.ca

The University’s Connaught Fund is a unique resource, resulting from the sale of the University’s Connaught Laboratories in 1972.  Valued today at over $136M, the Fund generates approximately $4M annually “to support outstanding research by individuals or groups of scholars in the University. Grants are intended to encourage research of exceptional caliber or the development of new areas of research by scholars of outstanding achievement. Awards will be made in accordance with the most exacting standards of peer review.”  The Fund is overseen by the Connaught Committee, supported by a Connaught Review College.