Institutional Strategic Initiatives

What are strategic initiatives?

Strategic initiatives at the University of Toronto (U of T) are cross-divisional research and collaboration are essential to address the grand challenges and associated research questions that lead to transformational societal impact.

Who is this for?

This information is intended for anyone involved in research and innovation activities across the University of Toronto.

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

  • Identifying grand challenges, institutional research strengths, and potential path to sustainability
  • Confirming alignment with divisional strategic priorities
  • Developing funding proposals

Support new and existing initiatives in the areas listed below.

  • Mentorship of staff and academic leads
  • Branding and communications
  • Robust governance models
  • Trainee networks
  • Human resources
  • Sustainability planning
  • Funding

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