The Ontario Community Environment Fund (OCEF) uses penalties collected from environmental violations to fund community projects that restore and protect the environment.
Projects focus on:
- community-based environmental remediation and restoration
- research, education and outreach activities related to spill prevention and environmental remediation and restoration
- measures to build capacity to prevent or manage spills
Priority for funding will be given to projects that clean up or restore the environment.
All applications will be evaluated for environmental and community benefit and technical merit.
This year, $325,000 will be shared among 19 watersheds across the province. A list of the watersheds can be found here.
Funding is available for three different kinds of land and water-based projects.
- Community-based projects
- Research, education or outreach projects
- Capacity-building projects
How to Apply:
Attn.: Ontario Community Environment Fund, Operational Services Office
Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
135 St. Clair Avenue West, 8th Floor Toronto, Ontario M4V 1P5
Phone: 1-416-314-0067 Fax: 1-416-314-3986 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline to submit an application is March 31, 2016.
For more information about an OCEF grant in your community, please email email@example.com or call the Public Information Centre: 1-416-325-4000
University of Toronto – Invention of the Year Award 2016
The Innovations & Partnerships Office on behalf of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, is pleased to invite nominations for the Invention of the Year Award – 2016.
The University of Toronto encourages creativity and innovation within the university community and also the translation of knowledge for the greatest possible public benefit, including through development of products, processes or services from inventions created at the university. The Invention of the Year Award recognizes and celebrates UofT inventors and discoveries which have made, or have the potential for significant socioeconomic benefits to Canada and beyond.
The evaluation criteria include: inventiveness, knowledge translation and/or commercialization, socioeconomic impact. Successful nominations should have made some demonstrable progress in the translation of the invention into the marketplace or society.
Deadline to Apply: Please submit nomination forms by March 24, 2016
For more information and Nomination forms, please visit: http://www.research.utoronto.ca/research-funding-opportunities/university-of-toronto-invention-of-the-year-award-2016/
Ontario Ministry of Transportation – 2016 Highway Infrastructure Innovation Funding Program (HIIFP)
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has announced the 2016 competition for the Highway Infrastructure Innovation Funding Program (HIIFP) which encourages basic and applied research in transportation infrastructure in Ontario.
This program solicits innovations from institutions to assist the Ontario Government in meeting selected challenges in developing the future of Ontario’s transportation infrastructure. The Highway Infrastructure Innovation Funding Program strongly encourages the involvement of undergraduate and graduate research in transportation and infrastructure engineering.
The competition provides a total of $1,000,000 for direct and indirect (up to 25%) costs in this year’s competition. The ultimate goal of the program is to challenge Ontario’s academic community to contribute to transportation infrastructure solutions in a number of areas including traffic operations, intelligent transportation systems, engineering materials, highway design, environmental, geomatics, bridges, construction and maintenance.
April 8, 2016: Internal Deadline for completed applications and My Research Application
April 15, 2016 (2:30pm): Sponsor Deadline
Additional Information on the HIIFP program can be found on our website
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs – Funding Opportunities
US Department of Defense (DOD) Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) has released funding opportunities for the following:
Bone Marrow Failure Research Program
Idea Development Award
A Description of this funding opportunity including: eligibility, key mechanism elements, and funding can be found in the respective Program at http://cdmrp.army.mil/funding/default.shtml
UofT applicants should indicate the appropriate Research Services Office contact (see below) as the Business Official in their pre-application.
Krista Montgomery: for UofT Faculty appointed within Dalla Lana, Applied Sci & Eng, Dentistry, Forestry, Kinesiology & PE, Nursing, Pharmacy, UTM, and Medicine (last names A-M only).
Jason Darby: for UofT Faculty appointed Architecture, Arts & Science, Law, Rotman, Information, Social Work, OISE, UTSC, Music, and Medicine (last names N-Z only)
2017 NCE International Knowledge Translation Platforms – Call for LOIs
The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) Secretariat has launched the International Knowledge Translation Platforms initiative, and is now accepting Letters of Intent (LOIs) for proposals focused on enhancing and supporting international collaborations between networks, centres, consortia and their partners.
Specific objectives of this new initiative include:
– expanding strategic international partnerships through multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral networks
– accelerating the international exchange of research results
– reducing barriers to international research activities
– fostering knowledge mobilization internationally
– identifying knowledge gaps
– providing training opportunities
Successful applicants will be awarded up to $400,000 per year, for 4 years.
Internal: Apr 22, 2016
Sponsor: May 01, 2016
For more detailed information, please visit: http://www.research.utoronto.ca/research-funding-opportunities/networks-of-centres-of-excellence-2017-nce-international-knowledge-translation-platforms-call-for-letters-of-intent-loi/
Ontario-Quebec Cybersecurity R&D Challenge Partnering Forum – April 6, 2016
The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and Prompt Ltd. are launching a $3-million program that aims to develop innovative new technologies, products and services in cybersecurity. These projects are intended to support and provide solutions to advance Canada’s cybersecurity strategy, which seeks to secure government systems and protect citizens, companies and key infrastructure underlying our economy.
On Wednesday April 6th, a Partnering Forum will be held at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre. This will provide the opportunity to learn more about the program, hear from keynote speakers, participate in B2B networking sessions as well as network with potential industry or academic partners from both Quebec and Ontario.
Please register now if you are interested in attending.
If you are unable to attend the event but would like to share your cybersecurity R&D challenge partnering needs with the event attendees, please click here.
In addition, those interested in discussing this opportunity are welcome to contact:
Vice President Partnerships Development
Philippa King, Ph.D
Business Development Manager, Eastern and Northern Ontario Region
Ontario Centres of Excellence
613.726.3430 x 4225
OCE is an Ontario not-for-profit organization created to drive the development of Ontario’s economy by helping to create new jobs, products, services, technologies and businesses through partnerships between industry and academia.
PROMPT is a non-profit corporation that stimulates R&D partnerships between industry and public research institutions to increase the competitiveness of Québec in the global ICT market.
Climate Change and Emissions Management & Sustainable Development Technology Canada – Joint Call for Applications
The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) are offering up to $40 million to Canadian innovators producing energy efficiency and conservation; carbon dioxide utilization, methane reduction, or cleaner energy production and usage projects. CCEMC and SDTC have had great success together funding these types of projects in the past and this is the first time the two organizations are offering an opportunity to access funding from both through a single application process.
Our joint process offers applicants a streamlined, harmonized model with one window for access to two pools of money. Collectively, there is $40 million available, with a maximum of $10 million per project. The matching funds available here (up to 66.7%) are more than applicants could get through either the SDTC or CCEMC processes individually.
– Advancing pre-commercial technology for GHG reduction with a current Technology Readiness Level from 4-7, and includes prototype development, field pilots, and commercial demonstration projects
– Led by applicants incorporated and operating in Canada with fewer than 500 employees, and less than $50 million in annual gross revenue
– Have a maximum project length of four years.
– Can demonstrate anywhere in Canada but technology must be applicable and well-suited for deployment in Alberta
– Meet a consortium requirement of applicant, and at least one contractual non-related partner in the project. A consortium partner must provide cash and/or in-kind contributions.
Internal Deadline: Apr 06, 2016
Sponsor Deadline: Apr 13, 2016
For detailed application information, please visit: http://www.research.utoronto.ca/research-funding-opportunities/the-climate-change-and-emissions-management-corporation-and-sustainable-development-technology-canada-joint-call-for-applications/
Alberta Innovates and Sustainable Development Technology Canada – Joint EOI call for Water Technology Projects
Alberta Innovates Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES) and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) have launched a joint call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for Water Technology Projects.
Through this EOI, AI-EES and SDTC are offering applicants a streamlined, harmonized model to access two pools of money through one application. Collectively, there is $8 million available, with a maximum of $1,000,000 per project. The ratio for matching funds (67%) is more than an applicant could typically access through separate SDTC or AI-EES processes.
– Pre-commercial water related technologies that address: municipal water treatment; advanced steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) water treatment; oil sands mine water treatment; flow-back and produced water from hydraulic fracturing; agriculture and irrigation; water distribution rehabilitation and repair.
– Must be at the Technology Readiness Level range of 4 to 7, which includes prototype development, field pilots, and commercial scale demonstration projects. Are led by applicants both incorporated and operating in Canada with less than 500 employees and less than $50 million in annual gross revenue.
– A consortium is required, which means the applicant must have at least one contractual non-related partner involved with the project.
– Have a maximum project length of two years.
– Project can demonstrate anywhere in Canada, yet technology must be applicable and well-suited for deployment in Alberta.
Internal: Apr 08, 2016
Sponsor: Apr 15, 2016
For detailed application information, please visit: http://www.research.utoronto.ca/research-funding-opportunities/alberta-innovates-energy-and-environment-solutions-and-sustainable-development-technology-canada-joint-call-for-expressions-of-interest-eoi-for-water-technology-projects/
U of T Research Completion Award Application
Under certain SSHRC and NSERC programs, grantees receive an automatic one-year no-cost extension following the original funding expiry date to complete their research using unspent funds. After the automatic extension year, SSHRC and NSERC authorize unspent funds from awards in selected programs to be transferred to a NSERC or SSHRC General Research Fund (GRF). Once transferred to the GRF, these funds become an institutional resource to be used for the broad purpose of enhancing the quality of research in the natural sciences and engineering, or in the social sciences and humanities respectively.
Under the jurisdiction of the the Vice-President Research and Innovation, the General Research Fund supports a number of research initiatives through an annual allocation. One of these initiatives is the University of Toronto Research Completion Award (RCA) program which provides funding to researchers whose SSHRC or NSERC grant has recently expired with an unspent balance that will be transferred to the GRF and who:
- have been unable to complete the research project due to extenuating circumstances
- require funds to advance their originally approved research project in order to position themselves for re-application to NSERC or SSHRC
The RCA program is a competitive, peer reviewed program and applications are adjudicated under the auspices of the Vice-President Research and Innovation. It is important to note that due to limited funds available, successful RCA applications usually receive partial funding only.
The University expects that RCA awardees seek new tri-council funding at the earliest opportunity. Continued University of Toronto participation and success in NSERC and SSHRC programs is essential to the University’s allocations in other federal funding programs including Canada Research Chairs and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
Applications are to be submitted electronically via MRA (My Research Applications) by April 15, 2016. Applicants are encouraged to login well in advance of the April 15th submission deadline to ensure that there are no problems with login credentials and to leave appropriate time for the routing and approval process.
Full program details and the RCA application form can be found at:http://www.research.utoronto.ca/research-funding-opportunities/university-of-toronto-research-completion-award/
Questions about the RCA program may be directed to Jessica Keating, Research Funding Manager, Internal Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-978-1614.
Did you know? Not-for-profit Partners are eligible for Mitacs Research Internship grants
The Mitacs Accelerate and Elevate research internship programs are now open to both for-profit companies and not-for-profit (NFP) organizations. Examples of eligible NFP organizations include industry associations, community organizations, charitable organizations, economic development organizations and others.
Intern candidates for Mitacs research projects can be from any discipline, and all projects must demonstrate an economic or productivity impact such as creating new jobs, reducing the costs of goods and/or services, increasing productivity or employment.
Some examples of economic considerations for projects with a NFP partner could include:
– Researching more effective ways to address homelessness or mental health challenges, thereby also reducing the cost burden on society as a result
– Examining employment accessibility barriers and solutions
– Understanding the socioeconomic impacts of community and cultural festivals
– Research on employment rehabilitation programs suitable for under-serviced healthcare regions
All Mitacs Accelerate and Elevate eligible partners must be Canadian or maintain a Canadian location, and the partner must have an office or site where the intern(s) undertake at least 50% of the internship project.
Questions about eligibility? Please contact a Mitacs representative, or
For Accelerate, submit a pre-assessment form to email@example.com