Institutional Strategic Initiatives

What are strategic initiatives?

Institutional Strategic Initiatives (ISI) at the University of Toronto (U of T) are cross-divisional, interdisciplinary research networks that address grand challenges, and associated research questions, that lead to transformational societal impact.

What does the Institutional Strategic Initiatives portfolio do?

The mandate of the Institutional Strategic Initiatives portfolio is to launch, grow, and sustain large-scale interdisciplinary strategic research and training networks.

What do I need before I can begin?

You do not need to complete any prerequisites to use the information on this page.


The mandate of the Institutional Strategic Initiatives (ISI) portfolio is to enhance and streamline the process of building, growing, and maintaining strategic initiatives. The portfolio supports the leaders of these strategic initiatives by coordinating key university-wide and divisional resources to expand initiatives by attracting external funding from corporate, philanthropic, and government sources

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Institutional Strategic Initiatives

ISI Website
Acceleration Consortium
Black Research Network (BRN)
Climate Positive Energy Initiative
Centre for Research and Applications in Fluidic Technologies (CRAFT)
Critical Digital Humanities Initiative
Data Science Institute
Emerging and Pandemic Infections Consortium (EPIC)
Indigenous Research Network
Inlight - Student & Youth Mental Health Research Initiative
Institute for Pandemics
Medicine by Design
Mitochondrial Innovation Initiative (MITO2i)
Mobility Network
Robotics Institute
School of Cities
Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society
SDGs@UofT (Sustainable Development Goals)
Tanenbaum Institute for Science in Sport (TISS)
Toronto Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research Consortium (TC3)


Seed and build potential initiatives by supporting the activities listed below.

  • Identifying grand challenges, institutional research strengths, and potential paths to sustainability
  • Building alignment with divisional strategic priorities
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Developing funding proposals

Support new and existing initiatives in the areas listed below.

  • Capacity building for staff and academic leads
  • Branding and communications
  • Oversight, reporting and evaluation
  • Human resources
  • Sustainability and fund-raising

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