Funding Opportunities

2021-22 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

The Connaught Global Challenge Award aims to heighten U of T’s contribution to important issues facing society through the advancement of knowledge, and the transfer and application of solutions. $1 million annually will be awarded to support approximately 4 team initiatives of up to $250K each. Teams will represent new collaborations involving leading UofT researchers and students from multiple disciplines, along with innovators and thought leaders from other sectors.

Furthermore, the Connaught Global Research Impact Program (C-GRIP), provides additional funding for Global Challenge teams who wish to partner internationally to achieve the goals of the Connaught Global Challenge.  The additional funding will provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with unique global opportunities by supporting global mobility and exchange over an additional three years.

Global Challenge Award Recipients

Full Proposal: May 16, 2022

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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 2022-23 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 1, 2022

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Connaught Innovation Award

The total funding available for this year’s program is $1,000,000. Applicants can request up to $100,000 per project.

Innovation Award Recipients

Notice of Intent: September 15, 2022

Full Proposal: October 20 2022

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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.

McLean Award Recipients

Full Proposal: March 31, 2022

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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

Notice of Intent: March 15, 2022

Full Proposal: May 2, 2022

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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.

Connaught Indigenous Funding Stream Adjudication Final Report

Connaught Major Research Challenge for Black Researchers

The Connaught Major Research Challenge for Black Researchers program is to strengthen U of T’s Black Researchers’ contribution to addressing and proffering solutions to major research challenges through the advancement of knowledge and the transfer and application of solutions. Black-led major-research challenge teams will initiate collaborations involving U of T researchers and students from multiple disciplines, along with international collaborators, innovators and thought leaders from other sectors.

Notice of Intent: September 30, 2022

Full Proposal: October 15, 2022

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