Research Support & Services
The University of Toronto provides Researchers and Administrators with information and tools to help in supporting research activities. This includes information about: (i) research funding, awards and honours; (ii) research management and accountability; (iii) ethics; and (iv) commercialization and innovation.
In addition, researchers are encouraged to contact the OISE Research Office in order to access a range of programs and support services intended to facilitate research-related activities.
The Research Digest listserv is a significant source of information for the OISE research community. Each week, researchers receive current funding opportunities and announcements that are relevant to educational researchers. If you are an OISE faculty member you may request access to the digest by filling out this form. For all other members of the OISE community please complete the following form.
Grants Facilitation Support Services
• Consultation provided for grant proposal development
• Institutional grant and contract proposal writing and editing services
• Coordinate internal and external reviews (blind review, etc.)
• Research information sessions (seminars, workshops, etc.)
• Archive/repository of sample proposals to assist in research proposal development
• Coordinate and support professional development of research administrative staff (Business Officers/ Research Admin Staff) to assist in various research facilitation and support activities (i.e. budget development, etc.)
• Highlight and capitalize on the various resources and tools distributed throughout the institution that support research-related activities (i.e. Research Consulting Services – Quantitative and Qualitative analysis assistance, EC and library resources, etc.)
• Assistance in navigating web and on-line systems
• Craft institutional commitment letters (addressing cash and in-kind contributions)
• Research Consulting from the Education Commons
• Matching funds may be available through the OISE Research Support Fund
• Infrastructure costing for research grants
• OISE Proposal Development Fund
Other Services and Programs that Support Research Facilitation
• Research support funding (for major grant proposal development)
• Small seed funding for conferences
• Research and Development Graduate Assistantships
• Research centre funding (5-year cycle of review and funding commitments)
• Graduate student travel grant and fieldwork funding (to support collection and dissemination activities)
• Strategic CFI, CRC, and large-scale grant planning to achieve competitive results
• Coordination of strategic research communications
• Research awards and honours nomination activities
Ethics in Research
University of Toronto Ethics - All faculty and student research activities at OISE that involve the use of human subjects must comply with the Tri-Council Policy Statement for Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS), and must be reviewed by either the Ethics Review Office (ERO) if conducted by faculty and/or graduate students, or the local Delegated Ethics Review Committee (DERC) if conducted by undergraduate students as a part of course-based activities.
- Faculty and Graduate Research
- Undergraduate Research
- Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research
- Tri-Council Statement Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans
- University of Toronto's Policy on Ethical Conduct in Research
- University of Toronto's Framework to Address Allegations of Research Misconduct
- University of Toronto's Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters
- Guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC)
The institution also maintained a suite of research infrastructure developments supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, including the Mobilizing Educational Knowledge and Knowledge Innovation and Technology labs. Also, here is a showcase of ongoing and newly funded research projects and spaces, enabled by the Education Commons' support.
Graduate Student Support Programs
Funding is available for graduate students who travel to disseminate their research at conferences through the OISE Graduate Student's Conference Travel Program. Additional funding is available through the SGS Travel Grant (under Internal Awards) for those doctoral students who are required to travel to complete their research.
Every year, the OISE Research Office awards one doctoral student with the Leithwood Award: The OISE Outstanding Thesis of the Year. This award is to recognize exceptional, stimulating, and cutting-edge research produced by doctoral students in the last phase of their graduate work. This award gives OISE an opportunity to celebrate the splendid quality and diversity of scholarly interests among our doctoral students. For more information on the award as well as the application form, please click here to download the following document.
Research Awards and Honours
The OISE Research Office provides support for nominations and applications for research awards, honours, and prizes in recognition of a faculty members's work and significant contributions. We help ensure that the most outstanding package and nomination is being put forward for each prize and also provide strategies in helping OISE department Chairs and the community chart potential future nomination opportunities.
In particular, the OISE Research Office coordinates the nomination process for several key faculty research awards, honours, and prizes. At the same time, we understand that nominations can and should be initiated and supported solely by colleagues within the community and that such activities ought to be encouraged, even though they may not necessarily be coordinated through the OISE Research Office. The following is a list of the top research awards, honours, and prizes that we would like to ensure receive support in the development of strong nomination packages.
► The Leithwood Award: the OISE OUTSTANDING THESIS OF THE YEAR is to recognize exceptional, stimulating, and cutting-edge research produced by doctoral students in the last phase of their graduate work. This award gives OISE an opportunity to celebrate the splendid quality and diversity of scholarly interests among our doctoral students. It is open for doctoral theses in education completed at OISE between January 1 and December 31. If you are interested in making a contribution to the The Leithwood Award, please fill out this application.