Internal Deadline: SSHRC Research/ Creation Grants First Draft

Friday, May 23, 2008 - 12:00pm to Friday, July 25, 2008 - 9:00pm

First draft of application submitted to Research Office.


Internal Deadline: SSHRC Research/ Creation Grants in Fine Art Statement of Intention

Friday, May 23, 2008 - 12:00pm to Friday, June 13, 2008 - 9:00pm

Submission of faculty’s statement of intention to apply for SSHRC funding to the Research Office at rm 1512, 5th Floor, 113 McCaul Street. Include a 2 page project overview/outline with budget and a note indicating that the Dean is aware of the application and agrees to faculty submitting research proposal.
Please submit hard copy with researcher’s signature and electronic copy by email to


Internal Deadline: SSHRC Research/ Creation Grants Revised Draft

Friday, May 23, 2008 - 12:00pm to Friday, August 22, 2008 - 9:00pm

Revised drafts submitted to Research Office.


Internal Deadline: SSHRC Standard Research Grant Draft Notice of Intent

Friday, May 23, 2008 - 12:00pm to Friday, July 11, 2008 - 9:00pm

Draft Notice of Intent for Standard Research Grant submitted to Research Office.


Internal Deadline: SSHRC Standard Research Grant Final Notice of Intent

Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 12:00pm to Friday, July 25, 2008 - 9:00pm

Final Notice of Intent for Standard Research Grant submitted to Research Office
Final signature: VP, Research &Graduate Studies


CFI Open Discussion

Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 1:30pm

President Sara Diamond and VP Research & Graduate Studies Michael Owen invite you to brainstorm on CFI possibilities and funding opportunities.
An open discussion shall be held on March 20,
from 9:30-10:30am
at the Beal Institute, Rm 600, Level 6, 100 McCaul.
If you would like to attend, RSVP by email to

Venue & Address: 
Beal Institute, Rm. 600, Level 6 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

External Funding Workshop for Graduate Students

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Are you interested in applying for a CGS-M (SSHRC, NSERC) and/or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)? This session will provide current OCAD University Graduate students with further information about competitions, timelines and best practices. These are prestigious awards, and all full-time graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Please RSVP here.

Presented by: The Office of Graduate Studies

*Accessibility is important to us. If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate fully in this event, please email so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Venue & Address: 
Room 514 205 Richmond Street West
416.977.6000 x4367

Imagination Catalyst entrepreneur receives financing from Spin Master Innovation Fund

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Friday, November 27, 2015 - 5:00am

Jenise Lee has been awarded a $50,000 loan from the Spin Master Innovation Fund for her company CertClean, which she developed in OCAD University’s Imagination Catalyst business incubator. CertClean is Canada’s first and only certification for safer beauty and personal care products.

Futurpreneur Canada, in partnership with leading Canadian toy company Spin Master Corp. and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) award up to $50,000 annually to entrepreneurs chosen through a highly competitive process. “With over 400 applicants, it’s an honour to be selected as one of the top businesses to receive support this year,” says Lee.

Currently, there is no governance of the use of the terms “organic” or “natural” in Canada’s beauty sector, leaving some consumers in doubt about the ingredients in products they use. CertClean allows consumers to instantly recognize products that are as free from harmful ingredients as possible.

For Lee, a chemical engineer with an MBA, this award comes at an important stage in the development of her company. “This financing has accelerated the growth of my business, enabling me to automate and scale my operations, as well as giving me the time to build my campaign to launch CertClean early in the new year.” In addition to financing, this Spin Master Innovation Fund award includes a two-day workshop with networking opportunities and one-on-one coaching from Spin Master’s senior executives.


OCAD University announces Ignite Imagination campaign

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 5:00am

OCAD University has launched Ignite Imagination – an ambitious six-year, $30 million private fundraising campaign, with an additional $30 million goal for government and public support.

To date, some $15.6 million in private funding has been received, thanks to the generosity of donors such as Rosalie and Isadore Sharp, the Delaney Family Foundation, Ada Slaight and many others. Nearly $5.5 million has been dedicated towards enhancing the student experience. In addition, the university has raised almost 25 per cent of its public funding goal.

“By 2018, OCAD University will be transformed through campus expansion in the heart of Toronto’s creative district and through enhanced student experience,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, OCAD University President and Vice-Chancellor. “With the growth of the creative economy, the explosion of digital media and the challenges and opportunities facing society, imagination is recognized globally as not just a want, but a need. Our mandate is not simply to imagine the future but to help create it.”

Leslie Gales, President and Chief Investment Officer of the Midland Group of Companies, is Campaign Chair. Gales is a committed community volunteer and currently holds positions with the AGO Foundation, the Jewish Federation of North America and the National Arts Centre Foundation. “I am deeply impressed by the commitment and passion faculty and staff bring to helping every student achieve their full potential,” said Gales. “My goal is to open doors to other individuals and organizations that might share our vision and help us to meet the university’s needs.”

The Ignite Imagination campaign has four pillars:

• To enhance the student experience through increased scholarships, exchange opportunities and workplace experience

• To foster faculty innovation by funding research that brings new knowledge and approaches into the classroom or studio and draws world-class faculty

• To enrich academic programming with more experiential learning programs to give students a real-world complement to the critical and historical knowledge they acquire

• To build and renew infrastructure by upgrading existing studios and labs and expanding the campus while defining the university’s civic identity and international image

OCAD University’s constant evolution is based in the belief that creativity serves a vital function in society – that imaginations have the unique power to develop real-world solutions to improve and transform lives. Ignite Imagination will support this evolution and shape the future of Canada’s largest and most comprehensive art, design and digital media institution.

Artists and Advocates to Join in Challenging Attitudes on Sexual Violence and Harassment

Sara Diamond with OCAD Students and Government Leaders
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 4:00am

Ontario Launches $2.25 Million Creative Engagement Fund

Ontario has launched a $2.25 million Creative Engagement Fund, which will partner Ontario artists and advocates to help prevent sexual violence. They will challenge norms and change attitudes about sexual violence and harassment through artistic projects.
The Creative Engagement Fund will support artists in provoking dialogue and action on issues such as sexual consent, rape culture and misogyny. Artists should apply now through the Ontario Arts Council, who will administer the fund. The artistic projects may include any type of creative expression - performance, writing, music, photography, theatre, videos, online engagement, installation, painting, graffiti arts, murals and traditional Aboriginal arts. 

Artists and art organizations will partner with sexual violence and harassment prevention organizations or experts to ensure projects are informed by the experience of survivors of sexual violence and those who work closely with them. Successful applicants will be announced in March 2016. 

The Creative Engagement Fund is part of It's Never Okay  - Ontario's Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment. The plan will help change attitudes, improve supports for survivors and make workplaces and campuses safer and more responsive to complaints about sexual violence and harassment. It will help ensure that everyone in the province can live in safety and is free from the threat, fear or experience of sexual violence and harassment.


Fifteen per cent of the Creative Engagement Fund is dedicated to supporting Aboriginal projects.
To date, Ontario’s #WhoWillYouHelp public awareness campaign has reached over 83.5 million people around the world.
Ontario is also supporting public education campaigns across Ontario’s education sectors, including Draw-the-Line/Traçons-les-limites and It Starts with You. It Stays With Him/ Ça commence avec toi. Ça reste avec lui campaigns.

Application and guidelines for the Creative Engagement Fund

Read: It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment

Join the conversation on Twitter: #ItsNeverOkay

"Art doesn’t just entertain — it reflects who we are as a society. The Creative Engagement Fund will support artists as they create projects that confront deeply entrenched beliefs and stereotypes and shed new light on issues of sexual violence and harassment in communities across Ontario. To successfully challenge rape culture, we all have a role to play. We must use every tool at our disposal in putting an end to sexual violence and harassment in our province."
 — Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
"Artists have challenged deep-rooted beliefs for centuries, often making us confront hard truths about our society. Through the Creative Engagement Fund, we want artists to use their creativity and skill to approach challenging topics like sexual assault, harassment, consent and rape culture."
 — Tracy MacCharles, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues
"Art can fuel ideas on important issues and be a powerful tool to achieve positive social change. I’m proud that our government is supporting Ontario’s artists through the Creative Engagement Fund and I look forward to these creative projects that will add to the conversation on preventing sexual violence."
 — Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
"The arts can inform, provoke and hold a mirror to society. The collaborative projects that will be supported by the Creative Engagement Fund will bring together artists, communities and the people who work to prevent sexual violence and harassment to help transform attitudes and behaviours."
 — Rita Davies, Chair, Ontario Arts Council

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