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Identify Sources of Funding

We are pleased to assist the research community in identifying potential sources of funding through the provision of information posted here:

  • All Applicants submitting through the University of Toronto MUST have submitted their application information online via the My Research Applications (MRA) portal. This is an online submission process to obtain institutional approval on research applications. Please note that you will be required to upload a copy of the application to this online submission. Please complete this step as early as possible and at least several days ahead of the deadline to insure all approvals are obtained on time. Please visit the OVPRI's MRA webpage for complete information on this process.
  • Research Partnership Security Checklist for International Partnerships.Faculty engaged in international research partnerships will be asked to fill out a Research Partnership Security Checklist. The checklist is meant as a tool to assist PIs and approvers assess the suitability and potential risks of engaging with an international partner, before proceeding with a specific project.
  • Also, our office offers a grant editing service for researchers submitting proposals to tri-council or any other funding agency. For more information, please contact

Comprehensive funding opportunities may be searched through these links:

New CRIS Spotlight: Resources for Conducting COVID-19 Research. 

The Centre for Research & Innovation Support (CRIS) has published the next issue of Spotlight: Resources for Conducting COVID-19 Research.

This issue includes an up-to-date list of current COVID-19 funding opportunities; a listing of robust sources of published, pre-print, and synthesized research; data sets and visualizations; and more. Visit the CRIS Spotlight page to access these resources.

If you have additional resources to share with the research & innovation community, please notify us at

To sign up to receive future email communications from CRIS, including new Spotlight resources, please click here

The following mechanisms for identifying funding sources are suggested:

University of Toronto Research Services Office (RSO)

Research Funding information may be easily found through the RSO webpage Funding Sources. This webpage provides access to 2 databases and reports funding and other relevant news;

  • Research Alerts allows you to stay current with all research activities at the University of Toronto. You will receive emails about the latest funding opportunities and awards, partnership opportunities, commercialization activity, new technologies and startups, and much more. Sign up to receive customized notifications.
  • The Research Funding Opportunities database highlights major and minor funding sources with deadlines in the upcoming months.
  • A searchable database of funding sources is provided by Pivot, formerly known as Community of Science. Pivot includes funding sources for all research disciplines, not only health or life sciences; it provides international information as well as local funding sources.

Temerty Faculty of Medicine Research Office

In addition, the Temerty Faculty of Medicine Research Office provides information on opportunities not found elsewhere, via email and the Research FUNDamentals newsletter. These may have either a short turn-around time, are funded by internal UofT sources or are highly specialized for members of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine. This information is supplemental to the RSO Research Funding Opportunities database (described above).

By clicking on “Sign up for Research FUNDamentals” you will receive updates every two weeks about research funding opportunities and research focused events.

In addition to the Research FUNDamentals newsletter, the Internal Funding Opportunities page provides an overview of new and internal funding opportunities.

Selecting the appropriate Federal Funding Agency

CIHR funds basic, applied, clinical or health research; health research includes health services, population health, determinants of health, health economics, environmental health, psychosocial and behavioural research, health policy, health promotion, and health ethics;

SSHRC funds psychology and educational psychology research, including experimental social psychology, interpersonal communication, social processes, social issues, personality, developmental psychology; computer and applied sciences, nursing (sociological, psychological or management) research; archaeology, arts, geography;

NSERC funds life sciences research including molecular and developmental genetics, cell biology, psychology (perception, cognition, learning, motivation; underlying neural mechanisms), evolution and ecology, plant biology, animal biology, and physiology; physical sciences, computational sciences, engineering.

(NSERC and SSHRC require research funding to be administered by the University.)

Questions to Consider

Does your research fit the mandate of the agency to which you are applying?

Who will review your application (peer review or lay audience)?

Have you shown that ...

  • It's a good idea? (the aims should be focused and clear; the scope of the proposed work should be achievable in the proposed time;)
  • It's good science? (it should proceed in a step-by-step, logically organized way; there should be enough detail to convince reviewers that the research will achieve valid results; there should be a critical assessment of the proposed work; identify possible problems and planned solutions; the precision and accuracy of the proposed methods must be defined clearly and accurately;)
  • It's a good application? (read and follow all instructions; the budget should be appropriate for achieving the goals of the research (JUSTIFY!); ethical consideration and any special requirements should be addressed; a clear message of confidence must be delivered to the reviewers.)

Consult your University Department Chair regarding requirements for an internal peer review. Experience has demonstrated that internally peer reviewed applications have a better chance of being funded.