The information listed below applies to a round that is now closed. This competition will have a new round in 2023.
November 10, 2023, 23:59 ET.
Value and Duration
CDN $10,000 for up to 12 months
The Data Sciences Institute (DSI) is a central hub and incubator for data science research, training, and partnerships at the University of Toronto. Its goal is to accelerate the impact of data sciences across disciplines to address pressing societal questions and promote positive social change.
The DSI at the University of Toronto Scarborough, DSI@UTSC, is a tri-campus initiative to encourage research activity in Computational and Quantitative Social Science (CQSS) that includes grant support for research funding, training, and community-building.
The social sciences are undergoing a data sciences revolution spurred on by new statistical and algorithmic techniques, rapid advances in high-performance computing, and the proliferation of large, complex, and heterogeneous data structures (e.g., spatial, relational, temporal, and textual). These developments present exciting opportunities as well as new challenges for social scientists.
The purpose of the DSI Computational and Quantitative Social Science grant is to capitalize on these changes by providing seed funding to cutting-edge, high-impact research in the area of computational and/or quantitative social science.
Single applicants proposing projects in the domain of computational and/or quantitative social science can apply for this grant. Funds of up to $10,000 can be used over 12 months by successful applicants. The DSI will fund at least five projects each year and will hold rolling calls until our annual funding is used.
Ideal candidates are developing or applying statistical, mathematical, or computational methods to uncover new findings relevant to social scientists. Successful applicants should state clearly the novelty of the method and/or application as well as the expected substantive payoff of their project in a given social science field or subfield. Applicants may be from any field of study but the relevance of their project for social science research must be clearly stated. Applications will be evaluated on the novelty of their proposed method and its application to social science research.
Eligible expenses are to be consistent with the appropriate tri-agency guidelines for NSERC Discovery grants, CIHR Project Grants or SSHRC Insight grants, with the exception of laptops which should only be included in application budgets when required for project-specific purposes (as opposed to general research). Proposals should clearly describe what role all research personnel will play in the research project. Questions on eligible expenses should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 “Computational & Qualitative Social Sciences.”
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 following categories: