What types of partnerships does the VPRI support?

The University of Toronto (U of T) is a highly research-intensive university with researchers dedicated to addressing pressing issues relevant to society.  Part of the mandate of the Division of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (VPRI) is to help foster institutional partnerships with external organizations to advance research knowledge and to translate the results into socioeconomic benefits within Canada and around the world through partnerships with community groups, foundations, the private sector, governments, non-governmental organizations, policy-makers, and others.

Who is this for?

Information about U of T partnerships is relevant to those in the following roles.

  • Principals, Deans, Academic Directors, and Chairs
  • Professor, Faculty Member
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Visiting Professor
  • Research Team Member
  • External Partner

How can a partnership support my research?

Research partners of the University seek access to U of T’s research expertise, facilities and talent. In addition to their own expertise, partners usually provide a combination of cash and in-kind contributions to the project which expands the scope and impact of the project.

Please see below for definitions of 'cash contributions' and 'In-kind contributions'.

What do I need before I can begin?

If you are interested in engaging in a research partnership with an external stakeholder, you are encouraged to connect directly with the partner to initiate the relationship. Alternatively, your Division may have individuals that can assist in building connections with external stakeholders. The VPRI Partnerships and Business Development staff can also help facilitate connections with potential partners.


The VPRI supports research and innovation partnerships between U of T and external organizations from diverse sectors. Depending on the nature of the partnership and the anticipated outcome(s), VPRI staff can assist you in facilitating agreements, advising on University policy, funder requirements, and referring to other resources that may be available to you.

In most cases, the Innovations and Partnerships Office (IPO) supports partnership agreements with private sector organizations, and Research Services Office (RSO) supports partnership agreements with the non-profit sector or community-based organizations, and often under the context of the requirements of a funding program (e.g. SSHRC’s Partnership Grant Program). Please reach out to IPO or RSO if you are not sure which office can assist you.


  • 'Cash contributions' to a project are required to support the direct (salaries, consumables, travel, etc) and indirect costs of conducting the research. There are several federal, provincial and other funding programs which seek to encourage partnered research projects and should be considered
  • 'In-kind contributions' can include expertise from the partner in the form of dedicated time from key personnel, access to the partner’s facilities and equipment, materials, data and other important contributions

Forms & Downloads


  • Support the development and maintenance of research & innovation partnerships between U of T and external organizations

VPRI Contact



Akshita Vincent

Business Development Officer, Industry Partnerships
Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO)
(416) 978-3471



Colin Swift

Business Development Officer, Industry Partnerships
Innovations & Partnerships Office (IPO)
(416) 978-6653