Funding Opportunities

*Below is a list of the most recently closed call for applications. None of these are accepting applications.

2020 Catalyst Grant Competition

The Edwin S.H. Leong Centre for Healthy Children is committed to supporting multi-disciplinary teams of investigators to seize upon their most innovative, disruptive ideas and new avenues of inquiry that will have a major impact on child health equity. The COVID-19 pandemic, with its associated impact on broad array of critical sectors including healthcare, social services, childcare, schools and the larger impact on employment and family economic outcomes, poses a monumental threat to the well-being of children and youth, especially related to socio-economic status. Catalyst Grants will be awarded to develop unique concepts, approaches or methodologies that have the potential to meaningfully improve outcomes and address inequities for children and their families in the context of Covid-19. Awards will be granted following rigorous peer review by a Selection Committee drawn from across the University of Toronto and SickKids. In advance of reviewing full applications, there will be a Letter of Intent (LOI) stage to both vet potential applications for relevance and help foster potential collaboration of groups working on similar proposals.

Funding Request Guidelines

  • The proposed project must be related to equity in the health and well-being of children and their families in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. Well-being can be broadly defined.
  • Applicants must indicate a collaborative approach to the research, with multi-disciplinary investigators engaged in the work.
  • Applicants can request funding of up to $75,000 total for up to 2 years, with priority given to projects that can be completed in 1 year. Grants needing smaller amounts are very welcome and the committee will try to fund as many high-quality projects as possible. In exceptional circumstances, the maximum budget requested can be up to $125,000 for larger scope projects.

Eligibility & Allowable Expenses 

  • Principal Investigators must hold a faculty level appointment at the University of Toronto and be eligible to hold grants. Students, trainees and fellows without staff appointments may be listed as co-applicants or team members but cannot apply as principal applicants.
  • Principal Investigators and all team members must first register as Leong Centre members in order to qualify for funding.
  • More than one application can be submitted by the same applicant; however, priority will be given to funding as many distinct research groups as possible. A condition of the grant is that investigators commit to present findings at Leong Centre rounds and include acknowledgement of the Leong Centre in all associated presentations and publications.
  • Applicants successful at the LOI stage must submit a completed application by the deadline, using the template provided.
  • Applications must include the project outline, detailed budget and alignment with Leong Centre vision and mission. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.
  • Awards will be provided at the discretion of the Selection Committee and based on the grant criteria and the innovative nature of the project submissions.
  • Allowable expenses include trainee salaries, conferences and knowledge translation activities, equipment and open access journal fees, in adherence with the Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC) Financial Administration Guide.

Funding Request Process 

Letter of Intent – Due Friday October 16, 2020 - 12 (noon) EDT  - CLOSED

Full Application – Due Tuesday December 15, 2020  - 12 (noon) EST - CLOSED

For applicants successful at the Letter of Intent stage, the deadline for complete final applications is Tuesday December 15, 2020. Notice of awards will be delivered in March 2021.

Adjudication Process 

  • Applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee; ad hoc reviewers may be included in the review process as subject matter experts.
  • Result of funding decision will be provided by the Leong Centre Administrative Coordinator.
  • If a Selection Committee member wishes to apply, they will be excused from the adjudication process for that application and a replacement Committee member will be appointed.
  • Multi-disciplinary research is strongly encouraged including involvement of team members outside of the department or faculty of the Principal Investigator. Applications for projects that build on existing research infrastructure are welcome.