Funding: Connaught

These programs present a new and exciting opportunity to support research and innovation at the University of Toronto.  By bringing emerging and established research leaders of demonstrated excellence across disciplinary, career stage, geographic and sectoral boundaries, the Connaught Fund will support, as per its terms of reference, “the application of the professional expertise and resources of the University to matters of public interest in all research fields.” 

  • Connaught Cross-Divisional/Cross-Cultural Seminars - deadline: October 1, 2013
    One award up to $150,000 in 2013-14. The purpose of this program is to interconnect fields of research in comparative historical and cultural sources in order to explore diverse societies. The seminars will draw on the wide-ranging expertise of the University of Toronto’s faculty and the rick cosmopolitan nature of the city of Toronto. Deadline: early October.
  • Connaught Summer Institute – deadline: October 1, 2013
    Up to $150,000 annually is allocated to support a Connaught Summer Institute, which is expected to bring together international graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and other scholars in order to foster rich interdivisional collaboration and creative new methods for research and innovation.
  • Connaught Innovation Award – deadline: (NOI) September 16, 2013; (Full Proposal, by invitation only) October 15, 2013
    Total funding allocation to the program is up to $500,000 annually. Amounts requested/awarded vary significantly across disciplines; however the maximum award amount is $100,000 per project. The program is designed to help accelerate the development of promising technology and promote commercialization and/or knowledge transfer.
  • Connaught Global Challenge Award – deadline: (LOI) October 15, 2013; (Full proposal, by invitation only) April 1, 2014
    One award, approximately $1 million annually. The award includes an international symposium, a distinguished visiting scholar and a research cluster. The successful applicant will be able to bring together the university’s leading researchers from multiple disciplines, as well as innovators and thought leaders from other sectors to heighten the university’s contribution to important issues facing society.
  • Connaught New Researcher Award – deadline: December 2, 2013
    Numerous awards, approximately $1 million annually to support all recipients. Awards mostly in the $10,000 category with a selected few in the $50,000 level will be available to help new faculty members in tenure stream establish competitive research programs. No matching required.
  • Connaught International Doctoral Scholarship
    Up to 10 awards, approximately $1 million annually to support all recipients. The award are administered through the School of Graduate Studies.
  • Faculty Recruitment Support
    Administered through the provost’s office, this award assists in the recruitment of new faculty, particularly in the humanities and interpretive social sciences, by providing research start-up cost support.

Program details and guidelines are available on the Research Services' website.

  • Fellowships at the Jackman Humanities Institute: Provide either (a) six months of release-time from teaching and administrative duties and a $5,000 research grant or stipend, or (b) a $35,000 research grant without release time.
  • McLean Award: One award, $100,000 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. The deadline is January 15, 2014.