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Funding Deadlines Extended!

February 2, 2021

Looking for some good news? Then look no further! We’ve extended the application deadlines for several key funding opportunities — including our innovative DataPilot and always helpful Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. Even if these opportunities won’t work for you this year, please pass this message along to your colleagues (and students!): these grants can truly change careers.

Read on for more information and links to our online Grant Portal. And remember — for ongoing funding streams like Transfer Pathways Funding, Seamless Transfer, and the Research Ideas Portal, please submit your application by February 16, 2021 for consideration this fiscal year.

1. DataPilot 2.0: Receive funding to assess transfer student outcomes through the Institutional Data reporting learning collaborative. For more information, please visit the DataPilot 2.0 webpage.

Funding: Funding to support in-house data clean-up, linkage, and analysis focused specifically on transfer students will range from $5,000 to $50,000, depending on the scope of work and level of reporting agreed upon by ONCAT and each participant.
*New* Deadline: February 26, 2021

2. Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Help ONCAT establish a research program focusing on transfer and articulation in Ontario. This is an excellent opportunity for an early career researcher looking to make an impact on both PSE research and policy and forge new networks in the PSE sector.

Funding: ONCAT Postdoctoral Fellowship awards are valued at $45,000 per year, for terms up to two years, and are tenable at Ontario postsecondary research institutions.
*New* Deadline: February 22, 2021

3. Data Linkages Expressions of Interest. Over the next three years, ONCAT is committed to working with our partners to improve transfer system data reporting across Ontario colleges, universities, and Indigenous Institutes. Institutions that participate in data linkage projects will receive funding to i) support the staff time required for in-house data clean-up, linkages, and analysis, and other project related activities (e.g., REB applications) and ii) the creation of data linkages by Statistics Canada. ONCAT also seeks K-12-PSE Administrative Data Linkages Expressions of Interest. We are open to applications on an ongoing basis.

Funding: Grants of up to $30,000 will be available to support staff time to perform data clean-up and other project activities, such as the writing of institutional research ethics board applications.
*New* Deadline: February 26, 2021

4. Research Ideas Portal. If you have a compelling research project in mind that will help build a body of knowledge on student mobility in Ontario, you can submit a preliminary proposal through our Research Ideas Portal.

Funding: Research grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000.
Ongoing Intake. Apply by February 16th for consideration this fiscal year.

5. Research Scans on Contemporary Issues in Transfer. Apply for funding to help inform ONCAT’s strategies and aid in the development of more seamless transfer practices in Ontario. Projects can include environmental scans, literature reviews, and/or exploratory research on contemporary issues in transfer.

Funding: Grants are between $12,000 and $15,000. Additional funding will be considered depending on the scope and type of project.
Ongoing Intake.

6. Transfer Pathways. ONCAT supports the development and implementation of in-demand pathways that respond to student interest, regional needs, institutional priorities, labour market opportunities, and/or the experiences of under-represented learners. Apply for a pathway viability grant, development grant, scaling grant, and/or remodeling grant.

Funding: Viability Grants receive up to $10,000; Pathway Development, Scaling, or Remodelling Grants receive between $10,000 and $40,000.
Ongoing Intake. Apply by February 16th for consideration this fiscal year.

7. Seamless Transfer. This stream supports experimentation and innovations in credit transfer processes, helps gauge the sector’s readiness for change, and identifies realistic models that can be scaled province-wide.

Funding: Grants are between $10,000 and $100,000. Additional funding will be considered depending on the scope and type of project.
Ongoing Intake. Apply by February 16th for consideration this fiscal year.

8. Transfer Student Action Fund. ONCAT is now offering funding to support projects developed by transfer students for transfer students through the Transfer Student Action Fund.

Funding: For smaller projects, funding ranges between $500 and $5,000; for larger projects, funding can range between $1,000 and $10,000.
Ongoing Intake.

For more information on ONCAT's funding opportunities, please contact Ana Skinner, Manager, Funding Programs, at