Vision Science Research Program
Vision Science Research Program
Can we reverse age-related vision loss?
Vision Science Research Program
Studying the science of sight



Our mission is to support research and training excellence in the area of vision and eye disease.  Innovative projects that may have high risk but with a chance of high reward will be prioritized for funding.


Review Criteria

A. 50% - project

30% Innovation

20% Scientific merit and disease relevance

B. 25% Student - Academics and activity (transcript, abstracts, publications, awards)

C. 25% Supervisor/environment.


Funding Guidelines to Supervisors

  • In any competition, each supervisor can have a maximum of two students submit new applications.  This does not include renewals.
  • Each supervisor can have a maximum of three VSRP-funded students at any time.
  • Strict term limits: 2 years for MSc, 4 years for PhD.  There will be no extension beyond the term limits.   If only one year of MSc funding is used, the lost year of funding will not carry over to the PhD program, eg still only 4 years of funding for PhD.
  • Supervisor’s CV will include funding information.


Funding Guidelines to Students

The Vision Science Research Program provides support for MSc and PhD trainees from across the University of Toronto studying novel questions in vision science. Trainees interested in applying for VSRP funds must complete and submit the required forms by the deadline listed on the forms, which are posted every April for the coming academic year.

VSRP awards are OSOTF awards (Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund).  To be eligible for any OSOTF award the recipient must comply with OSOTF guidelines and demonstrate financial need.

To apply for a VSRP award you must:

  1. Undertake a graduate project that is related to Vision Science/Health Research
  2. Demonstrate financial need by completing the OSOTF Financial Needs Assessment Form 202309.pdf (this form must be attached to your VSRP Award application).
  3. Be registered in the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto 
  4. Be a resident of Ontario (either a Canadian citizen or a (landed immigrant) permanent resident of Canada having an Ontario mailing address)
  5. Demonstrate academic excellence by completing the VSRP 202309 Application Scroll Form.pdf and assembling required attachments. Necessary attachments include copies (official or notarized) of your transcripts, two academic reference letters and a curriculum vitae listing your education, awards, achievements, publications. All of these elements make up your application package.  By completing the application, you consent to the collection of your submitted data for the purpose of reviewing and assessing your application.  Your data will be securely stored on UHN servers and retained for 7 years in compliance with regulatory requirements. The data will be used by limited number of people working on this program and will not be used for any other purposes.
  6. Identify a supervisor who is a member of the VSRP, and who has adequate funding support to ensure your project can be completed. (Membership criteria for supervisors)
  7. NEW Incentive to Students:  There will be a $500 award for any first or co-first author publication.

Annual renewal of VSRP award funding is contingent upon evidence of satisfactory annual progress, as defined by the Award Committee’s review of your annual progress report. Funding trainees are also required to make at least two applications for external graduate funding awards.   Supervisor of renewal student is required to fill out an Annual Report form which is included in the student's renewal application package.  A Word file can also be downloaded Annual supervisor report 202309.docx here.

    Supervisor’s support letter includes a description of the availability of funding in support of the applicant’s research plan.