*** Please note: The deadline for this call has now passed. Thank you to all the applicants and for your interest. The below information is being left up for reference.***
Value & Duration
Up to CDN $10,000, up to 8 months
This competition is currently not accepting new proposals
The Data Sciences Institute (DSI) will provide grants of up to $10,000 to cover costs associated with accessing and working with large data sources that are necessary to carry out data-intensive research projects. Projects should bring together researchers from different disciplines to work on projects through a shared trainee or trainees at a Master’s, Doctoral, or Postdoctoral level.
The purpose of these grants is to improve data accessibility for DSI researchers and to foster research by mitigating the high cost of access to data sets. The DSI believes that equitable access to resources is crucial for creating a diverse and inclusive environment, and equity will be considered when reviewing all applications.
DSI Data Access Grants are intended to cover the costs of accessing data. Typically, the main cost to be covered is a data access fee, but applications can also include costs such as data transfer. This grant cannot fund project personnel costs. In cases where personnel costs are included within the standard services of a data provider, these costs must be carefully and fully justified. Questions on eligible expenses should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Finally, please note that submitted projects should be prepared to spend the funds within the 8-month timeframe.
Successful applicants will be required to:
In addition, awardees may be called upon to act as reviewers for future DSI award competitions.
The DSI is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
The applicant and co-applicant(s) must have a budgetary appointment* either at the University of Toronto OR an external funding partner institution and:
*Faculty budgetary appointments for the University of Toronto are continuing, full-time academic appointments with salary commitments from a University of Toronto academic unit.
The award is open to applicants who meet the following criteria:
Applications are submitted via the DSI Good Grants application portal.
Register an account and select “Start Application” for “Data Access Grant.”
The application is divided into tabs; each tab includes a set of instructions and fields to fill out. These instructions are also highlighted below.
Applicants will need to complete the following fields.
Tab 1: Start Here
The DSI will form a Review Committee to lead the review of all eligible proposals received by the submission deadline. Reviewers are asked to consider the project rationale and budget justification and the extent to they align with the Data Access Grants program.
All application materials can be submitted directly onto the form. Certain fields on the form ask for uploads and require the following templates:
Please contact email@example.com
Applications are made via the online form linked on this page and must include the following:
The Research Proposal Description and Budget Outline should detail requested project costs and what data will be paid for by the DSI Data Access Grant. This should include a description of the costs necessary for data access—that is, the costs reimbursed that will make the difference between being able to gain access to the data for an existing research project or not.
If relevant, please mention how gaining data access for your Project will address equity, diversity, and inclusion in your Research Proposal Description.