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Call for Proposals — XSeed

XSeed is an interdivisional research funding program designed to promote multi-disciplinary research and catalyze new innovative partnerships between a co-Principal Investigator (co-PI) from the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and a co-PI from the Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto Mississauga, University of Toronto Scarborough or Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

The program has funding for up to four Arts & Science led projects, at least two of which are earmarked for a co-PI from a social sciences or humanities discipline. An information session will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2021 via Microsoft Teams from 2:30–3:30 pm.

Total budget: $60,000/year (up to two years)
Deadline: Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 12 pm
Arts & Science contact: Glaucia Lima

Chair Search for the Department of Anthropology — Committee Membership Nominations

The Faculty of Arts & Science is now accepting nominations for individuals to serve on the search committee for the new Chair of the Department of Anthropology. Nominations for the committee should be sent by February 26, 2021 via ANT — Committee Membership Nominations. Questions regarding the Chair search should be directed to Daniela Trapani.

Director Search for the Human Biology Program — Committee Membership and Call for Nominations

An Advisory Search Committee has been appointed to recommend a Director of the Human Biology Program. The input of faculty, staff and students is critical for the success of the selection process. Nominations for the Director should be sent by February 26, 2021 via HMB Director Search Nominations. Questions regarding the Director search should be directed to Svetlana Braienko.

Appointment of Professor Dwayne Benjamin as Vice-Provost, Strategic Enrolment Management (PDAD&C #47)

The Executive Committee of Governing Council has approved the appointment of Professor Dwayne Benjamin as the Vice-Provost, Strategic Enrolment Management, for a term of five years. In this newly-created role, Professor Benjamin will work closely with academic divisions, and will be responsible for tri-campus recruitment, admissions, registrarial and enrolment services. He will also oversee academic scheduling, classroom technology support, and accommodated test and exam services on the St. George campus.

Nominations for Vice-Dean, Graduate Education

The Faculty is now accepting nominations for the role of Vice-Dean, Graduate Education, as Professor Dwayne Benjamin has been appointed Vice-Provost, Strategic Enrolment Management effective July 1, 2021. Please send nominations — including one or two sentences of background information about each nominee — to Mikael Swayze, Director, Academic Human Resource Services by February 26, 2021.

Announcement of the A&S Digital Learning Strategy Steering Committee

The Faculty of Arts & Science has struck its Digital Learning Strategy Steering Committee. Chaired by Don Boyes, Director of the Online Learning Academy and Professor, Teaching Stream in the Department of Geography & Planning, the committee will make recommendations on how the Faculty can build the resources and supports instructors need to develop digital course offerings — with insights from our community.

NSERC Collaborative Research & Training Experience (CREATE) program

The CREATE program awards grants of up to $1.65M over six years for the development of innovative collaborative training programs for research trainees.

Faculty interested in applying should notify central RSO and A&S Research Services by March 1, 2021.

This is a quota program. Six Letters of Intent (LOIs) may be submitted to this competition. If more than six LOIs are received, RSO will undertake an internal review process to select LOIs to advance in this competition.

  • March 4, 2021: Deadline for optional review of draft LOIs by Arts & Science faculty. Please submit to A&S Research Services.
  • March 11, 2021 10 am: RSO Deadline for LOIs (with approval on MRA). Successful teams in LOI phase will be notified in early April. See the RSO website and Research Alert for details.
  • May 3, 2021: Sponsor deadline for full applications (by invitation).

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

A&S Graduate Writing Support

Daniel A. Newman, 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:

U of T Access Connections Day — March 24, 2021

The second annual Access Connections Day – Creating Connections, Improving Access virtual forum will bring together U of T staff and faculty, school boards and staff, and community partners. Participants will engage in conversations centred around today’s social justice priorities that have been heightened around anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism; equity issues and COVID-19 and what that means in terms of education and access to education; our communities and the University's responsibility to ensure access to post-secondary education; and to provide space for and hear the voices of Access. The goal of the forum is to build and strengthen connections across the access community and build on what is learned to improve access.

SSHRC Connection Grants — OVPI matching funds opportunity for U of T applicants

The University of Toronto Office of the Vice-President, International (OVPI) has announced that it will contribute $5,000 in matching funds to U of T applicants applying for the May 1, 2021 SSHRC Connection Grant (CG). Deadline to apply for these OVPI matching funds is April 13, 2021. For more information visit the U of T SSHRC CG website. Arts & Science faculty intending to apply for the May 1, 2021 CG competition are encouraged to contact Suzanne Jaeger in the Arts & Science Research Services Office to obtain editorial review and feedback.

Call for Proposals — Access Programs University Fund (PDAD&C #46)

The Access Programs University Fund is calling for proposals for the 2021–22 academic year. The Access Program University Fund (APUF) provides resources to help campuses, divisions and departments develop and enhance programs dedicated to providing opportunities and supports for students who would otherwise not have access to, or succeed in, post-secondary education. It supports two levels of grant activities: Seed ($5,000-$25,000) and Expand/Sustain/Build ($15,000-$100,000). Seed applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Expand/Sustain/Build applications are due April 30, 2021.

New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization Survey

The New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) is seeking input from all researchers, regardless of their present engagement level in research involving digital infrastructure, to provide equitable and inclusive access to digital tools, services and infrastructure to all researchers in Canada. From funding allocation to service provision, this is your opportunity to shape the future of digital research infrastructure in Canada.

The NDRIO survey is open to all Canadian researchers, regardless of their current use of digital infrastructure, and will be available until February 22, 2021.

Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada (ISED) has earmarked $572.5M over five years towards a national Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) strategy. From data collection to knowledge mobilization, the survey results will allow NDRIO to develop a strategic plan that will meet the specific needs of all researchers accessing digital infrastructure in the future.

Mitacs Accelerate Internship Opportunities

An updated 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. If you are a faculty member who wants support identifying prospective Mitacs project partners, contact Glaucia Lima.

Modification to Tenure Committee Meeting Protocols for the Remainder of the 2020–21 Academic Year (PDAD&C #45)

In light of the continued public health concerns associated with the pandemic, the University and the University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA) have agreed to a change in the tenure process to affect all Tenure Committees meeting between this point and the end of the academic year (June 30, 2021). In the circumstances, and based on current public health advice, all Tenure Committees should convene virtually for the remainder of the academic year.

System Status Website for U of T Technical Outages

Unfortunately, technical outages happen and affect the ability to use technology and systems. Sometimes these outages have a wider impact, affecting more than one person, including issues with Quercus, UTORid logins, VPN and BB Collaborate etc. To determine whether there is a wider impact technical outage, please visit the ITS System Status Page. If an outage is impactful enough, it should show up on this page. Continue to connect with your local IT team and/or the A&S IIT Team for additional guidance, as they are typically aware of major outages and remediation progress.

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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