Funding Opportunities

What University of Toronto (U of T) resources are available to find funding opportunities?

The Division of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation (VPRI) maintains databases, websites, and notification systems to support the U of T community in finding and accessing current internal and external research funding opportunities. Please see the List of Topics section below.

How can I receive direct notification about funding opportunities?

Sign up for Research Alerts to get e-mail notifications about research funding opportunities, and other relevant information, customized to your preferences.

What do I need before I can begin?

  • Please read Who Can Be a Principal Investigator (PI) at U of T. In most cases, only PIs can hold a research grant or contract
  • Valid UTORid credentials
  • Students must work under the supervision of a faculty member in order to explore research funding possibilities that are normally led by PIs

Frequent Funding Sources


The Tri-Agencies are composed of the three major Canadian granting agencies as follows.

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is Canada’s primary federal agency for health research. More information about their full range of programs can be found on the CIHR websiteImportant: All new applicants must register to ResearchNet and obtain a CIHR PIN before applying
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is Canada’s primary federal agency for social science and humanities research. More information about their full range of programs can be found on the SSHRC website
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) is Canada’s primary federal agency for research in science and engineering. More information about their full range of programs can be found on the NSERC website

For more detail about the Tri-Agencies, please see Tri-Agency Policies & Guidelines.


Through unique research and training programs, Mitacs builds partnerships between academia and industry. U of T is a Mitacs Full Academic Partner. For more information about Mitacs, please contact the Innovations & Partnerships Office.

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the United States’ medical research agency –supporting scientific studies that turn discovery into health. As US regulations and processes must be followed when applying to NIH, please refer to the U of T Research Funding Opportunities database for full details and guides.


  • Curate database of funding opportunities most commonly accessed by our research community
  • Publish information about funding opportunities through the Research Alerts e-mail service
  • Provide guidance and support to those applying for research funding including institutional endorsement of applications or agreements for funding

VPRI Contact

Find the appropriate VPRI staff member to assist you by checking our staff directory. You may search by discipline area (e.g. Social Sciences, Health & Life Sciences, Natural Sciences or Engineering, etc.) or funding agency name.