Call for Funding

Call for proposals: For 2021-22 the Collaborative Digital Research Space (CDRS) will support and collaborate on a range of faculty research activities (film series, talks, lectures, workshops) and is seeking expressions of interest. Please send a brief (~500 word) description of the intended event(s) including how the event(s) will contribute to the growing community of CDRS and a budgetary justification (~150 word). We are particularly interested in projects centering Black, Indigenous, and racialized research, and researchers, anti-racist work, and other work that addresses social inequalities. Include your department, business officer, and, if applying jointly with another UTM faculty member, their relevant information. The call is open to Humanities and Social Science faculty (including teaching stream, research stream, CLTAs) with priority given to the six departments with space in MN.

Possible events might include: a series of film screenings and discussions, roundtable discussions, reading group organized around a theme, lightning talks, or workshops on software/programming languages. Due to COVID19 precautions all events should be held remotely at this time.

Funding: CDRS will provide funding up to $5,000 per proposal for the 2021-22 academic year. Funding can be used to pay honoraria, hire RAs, and/or reimburse costs of catering (e.g. attendees order lunch to be delivered at home so the group can eat together, apart). Lastly, the event(s) can be tied to UG courses being taught (e.g., taking the form of a guest speaker or visiting artist), so long as the event is open to the larger UTM community.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Research has shown that the COVID19 pandemic had significant negative impacts on productivity of woman identified researchers across the globe.1Gender equity in academia was an issue before the pandemic, but the existing inequities were exacerbated by the limitations placed on the research community. In consideration of these challenges and barriers women in research have experienced, this grant will allow family care costs as an eligible expense to women identifying lead investigators and team members (including graduate student RAs and Postdocs) to support their research activities. We are also aware that there are faculty who may not be woman identified, but who also face increased family caregiving loads that have impacted their research agendas, therefore we welcome and are open to conversations as to how to best support. If you wonder if your circumstances fit the eligibility, please contact us. Possible eligible expenses include family care costs such as daycare and babysitting costs as well as caregiving costs for older persons.

Support: In addition to monetary support, CDRS will provide logistical support to publicize the event (website, email, newsletter), registrations, the online platform, and on-line chat moderation etc.

Timeline: Event(s) should begin in Fall 2021 and should end by May 31st, 2022.

Deadline: Please send proposals by September 27th, 2021, to Proposals will be evaluated by the CDRS Steering Committee with input from Steven Short, VP Research. Any questions or assistance with scoping possible event(s) or questions regarding eligible expenses are welcome and can be sent to

Acknowledgement and Reporting: The selected projects should acknowledge support from CDRS in programming arising out of this funding (including use of CDRS’ wordmark and verbally during the event(s)). A brief report of the event(s) undertaken will be submitted by July 1st, 2021.

To help with budgeting please consider these guidelines: Speaker for roundtable/discussion/lightning talk*:

•colleague from University of Toronto (if fully employed): $0
•colleague from University of Toronto (contract, sessional, precariously employed, etc.): $300

•local talent from GTA, $300

Speaker honorarium for lecture/public talk:

•colleague from University of Toronto (if fully employed): $0
•colleague from University of Toronto (if on contract, sessional, etc.): $500

•local talent from GTA, $500
•speaker from outside the GTA, $500 CAN

*If the guest is doing more than one event, consider increasing their honorarium (e.g. if they are having lunch with grad students before or after the event, meeting with advisees, discussing a topic informally before/after the CDRS event).

About CDRS: The Collaborative Digital Research Space (CDRS) is a research hub for interdisciplinary research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences designed primarily to support the work of faculty in the six departments located in Maanjiwe nendamowinan. CDRS also welcomes opportunities to collaborate with innovative and interdisciplinary projects across the campus. Located in MN3230, the space is outfitted with flexible and configurable furniture, this shared (bookable) space provides places for keynote talks, panel discussions, video conferences, media interviews, reoccurring lab meetings. Additionally, weekly writing groups and data clinics are designed to foster research communities and skill development. We are especially open to initiatives that center collaboration, anti-racist work, support early career researchers (ECRs), and respond to calls to action from the TRC report.

1 Pinho-Gomes A, Peters S, Thompson K, et al Where are the women? Gender inequalities in COVID-19 research authorship BMJ Global Health 2020; 5:e002922. Laura DeThorne, PhD, CCC-SLP, Megan-Brette Hamilton, PhD, CCC-SLP, and Siva priya Santhanam, PhD, CCC-SLP, May 2021; disparities-in-academia-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-systemic-problems-require-systemic-solutions/