Launch, Grow or Sustain an Initiative

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The Institutional Strategic Initiatives portfolio coordinates university-wide resources to increase the University’s capacity to initiate, grow, and sustain strategic research initiatives.

New Initiatives

Investigator-initiated proposals for new initiatives must be championed by multiple divisions before being considered for Institutional Strategic Initiatives funding. Faculty interested in launching an initiative or supporting an existing initiative should connect with the academic leadership team in their division’s research office, such as the Vice Principal or Vice/Associate Dean Research.

Proposed initiatives must meet the following key criteria.

1. Addresses a significant challenge that requires an interdisciplinary approach

2. Matching funds secured from three or more Academic Divisions

3. Path to sustainability demonstrated by the clear opportunity for external funding

Application documents for initiatives are available here (UTORauth required).

Other funding sources for interdisciplinary research initiatives:

**DO NOT USE THIS ONE**

Connaught Global Challenge Award

Participating Divisions

All Univeristy of Toronto divisions

Summary

The program aims to heighten UofT’s contribution to important issues facing society through the advancement of knowledge, and the transfer and application of solutions. Global Challenge teams represent new collaborations involving leading UofT researchers and students from multiple disciplines, along with innovators and thought leaders from other sectors. The program objective is to enhance UofT’s capacity to achieve meaningful outcomes and impact, including but not limited to: major new external funding to further develop solutions to the global challenge, important new partnerships, and/or new research oriented academic programs.

More information about the Connaught Global Challenge Award

EMHSeed - FASE + FoM, UofT Affiliated Hospitals

Participating Divisions

Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering + Faculty of Medicine (FoM), UofT Affiliated Hospitals, Medicine by Design, Translational Biology and Engineering Program

Summary

EMHSeed is an interdivisional research funding program designed to promote multi-disciplinary research and catalyze new innovative partnerships between a coPI from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering and a coPI from partner divisions. This seed program is meant to enable the leveraging UofT’s combination of world-class engineering and worldclass medical and clinical research. Funding supports new cross-divisional collaborations with early career researchers that have the potential to leverage external grants. Additional EMHSeed projects can be funded if they align directly with the research goals of Translational Biology and Engineering Programor Medicine by Design.

EMHSeed is an annual, competitive process with matching from each division.

More information on EMHSeed

Clusters of Scholarly Prominence Program - UTSC

Participating Divisions

University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)

Summary

The purpose of the Clusters of Scholarly Prominence Program is to promote self-sustaining, interdisciplinary, inter-departmental, collaborative clusters of scholarship in areas of established and emerging strength at UTSC and which have a demonstrable capacity to augment UofT’s global standing through prominence in research, creative activity and exceptional learning.

Annual, competitive process.

More information on the Clusters of Scholarly Prominence Program – UTSC (PDF document)

DLSPH Open: Interdisciplinary Research Teams

Participating Divisions

All University of Toronto

Summary

DLSPH Open aims to create and nurture clusters of experts that will tackle critical challenges in public health and health systems in partnership with colleagues across the School, University and health systems, locally and globally.

More information on DLSPH Open

UTM Internal Funding Competitions

Participating Divisions

University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)

Summary

The University of Toronto Mississauga’s Office of the Vice-Principal, Research has several internal funding competitions

More information on UTM Internal Funding Competitions

XSeed - FASE + FAS, UTM, UTSC, DLSPH

Participating Divisions

Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering + Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto Mississauga, University of Scarborough, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Summary

The XSeed is an interdivisional research funding program designed to promote multi-disciplinary research and catalyze new innovative partnerships between a coPI from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering and a coPI from partner divisions. XSeed funding supports new cross-divisional collaborations with early career researchers that have the potential to leverage external grants. Funding is available across all disciplines, and includes graduate student funding.

XSeed is an annual, competitive process with matching from each division.

More Information:  FASE, FAS, UTM, UTSC (PDF document)