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2021 SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant and Partnership Development Grant — Information Webinar

The SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant (PEG) and Partnership Development Grant (PDG) information webinar is for researchers in the Faculty of Arts & Science who are interested in funding for a partnered research project. Funding Officer Suzanne Jaeger will provide an overview of the programs, Virginia Maclaren, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography & Planning, will share information from her experience as a PEG awardee and SSHRC PEG Merit Review Committee adjudicator, and Gláucia Lima, A&S Research Partnerships and Business Development Officer, will provide strategies and resources for early-stage partnership development.

  • Date: February 16, 2021, 10 am–12 pm
  • Registration required: Please email Suzanne Jaeger (Once you register, you will receive a Microsoft Teams link to the session.)

For more information on the 2021 SSHRC PEG and PDG competitions including U of T deadlines, please visit the U of T Research and Innovation website.

Teaching & Learning Community of Practice Session

Join us for “Onboarding Instructors to an Active Learning Class,” and hear Professor Jason Siefken discuss his onboarding program for MAT223H instructors. He will reflect on the successes and challenges of coordinating a teaching team in a large course, which has newly adopted an active learning approach.

Date: February 23, 2021, 1–2:15 pm

Visit the Teaching & Learning Community of Practice website to register and for information on other sessions in this series.

Final Student Advisory Committee and Clinical Advisory Committee Composition — Student & Youth Mental Health Research Initiative (PDAD&C #43)

The Student & Youth Mental Health Research Initiative, a new institutional strategic research initiative, is an important component of U of T’s new partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. The composition of the Student Advisory and Clinical Advisory Committees are now finalized and reflect the diverse needs and perspectives of the tri-campus U of T community. Both committees will inform the development of the initiative’s overall strategic research priorities and will meaningfully incorporate their perspectives throughout each stage.

CIHR Updates

Funding for SARS-CoV-2 Variant Research

A&S faculty are encouraged to see the CIHR pre-announcement information page about an upcoming launch of three separate but linked rapid research response funding initiatives to address SARS-CoV-2. Further details may be found on U of T Research Alert.

CIHR 2021 Spring Project Grant Competition

Faculty applying to the CIHR Spring Project Grants should read this important message from CIHR regarding changes to the competition. The registration deadline is March 4, 2021. For an A&S Research Services proposal review, contact Monica Caverson by March 11, 2021.

Final application deadline: April 1, 2021

2021 Graduate Supervision Awards

The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) is now accepting nominations for the 2021 School of Graduate Studies Supervision Awards, which recognize outstanding performance in the multiple roles associated with doctoral supervision.

The Faculty can submit one nomination from each of the four divisions (humanities, social sciences, physical sciences and life sciences). All A&S nomination packages must be submitted to graduate.artsci@utoronto.ca by March 10, 2021. Visit the SGS website for more information about the awards.

A&S Deadline — Provost's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The University of Toronto Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides funding to graduate faculties to increase opportunities for hiring postdoctoral fellows from underrepresented groups, specifically Indigenous and Black researchers. These fellowships will enable postdoctoral researchers to grow their scholarly profiles, undertake academic work at the University of Toronto, and strengthen the research environment at the University with diverse perspectives.

This funding is designed to help the University compete with peer institutions for top-tier candidates, and to support the University in meeting its institutional goal of fostering increased diversity and representation at all levels of teaching, learning and research. Nominees must be nominated by their prospective faculties/divisions.

Arts & Science deadline: March 15, 2021

SOSCIP-Mitacs Joint Call for Proposals in Cleantech

Mitacs and SOSCIP are partnering in this joint call for Cleantech research proposals from faculty. The cleantech themes and industry sectors are not limited to technology innovation. Projects could be about making use of data to help inform policy to address challenges in sustainability and climate change. SOSCIP will be waiving access fees to their computing platforms with funding support from Mitacs for projects.

Application deadline: March 31, 2021

For additional information please contact Laura Yu or Meredith McLaren at SOSCIP or see the A&S Research Office website.

A&S Graduate Writing Support

Daniel A. Newman, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream and Director of Graduate Writing Support in the Faculty of Arts & Science, is hosting several writing events for graduate students in the coming weeks. A full list is available on his website, but include the following:

Mitacs Accelerate Internship Opportunities

A new curated list of A&S research-focused Mitacs Accelerate opportunities is now available. Where relevant, the list indicates opportunities that are also eligible for SOSCIP support.

The Mitacs Accelerate Program promotes collaboration between industry and not-for-profit partners with universities and colleges. Under this program, industry and not-for-profit partners submit projects with requests for collaboration, including internship opportunities for undergraduate, graduate students and postdocs. For a complete list of Accelerate opportunities, visit the Mitacs website.

For more information, contact Rhianna Malcolm at Mitacs and Meredith McLaren at SOSCIP.

Call for Steering Committee Applications — Sustainable Development Goals at the University of Toronto

This steering committee will engage with key stakeholders through a series of focused advisory groups, working in partnership with a student advisory committee. The steering committee will facilitate an inclusive consultation process with various stakeholders including students, postdoctoral fellows, administrators and staff, and faculty at all career stages. This call for applications seeks six to eight faculty members, with representation from each of the three U of T campuses, who are experts in sustainable development to join this steering committee.

Third Round of Call for Proposals — Student Space Enhancement Fund (PDAD&C #42)

Announcing a third round of the Student Space Enhancement Fund (SSEF). Through the SSEF, funds are provided to increase and improve non-academic spaces for our students. This fund is designed to create or improve space that is available to all students, regardless of division or campus enrollment, thereby contributing to student health and well-being. Proposals are due March 31, 2021.

UTogether, COVID-19 Updates & FAQs

Visit U of T’s COVID-19 UTogether website for regular updates as new guidance, strategies and materials become available. Sign up for the Provost's Digest to stay informed. And refer to the following resources, which are updated frequently:

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