Work with U of T Researchers

Who is this for?

External partners looking to engage in research activities with the University of Toronto (U of T).

What do I need before I can begin?

No information is required to begin. Please reach out to the VPRI contact listed below if you have questions regarding partnering with a University of Toronto (U of T) researcher.

Why Work with U of T Researchers

The University of Toronto (U of T) has an excellent track record of building successful partnerships with local, national and global organizations. Working with over 300 companies ranging from small and medium sized enterprises to multinational corporations along with numerous government and non-governmental organizations and community groups, the University seeks connections with local and global partners.

U of T has a strong culture of excellence supported by a history of innovation and discovery and a broad range of research strengths. Industry and other partners can benefit by accessing some of the world’s top researchers, cutting-edge equipment and infrastructure, and connecting to trainees and students. Canadian partners can also access the federal Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax program and various identify funding programs that can augment research partnerships and their impacts.

Researchers at the university can benefit in these partnerships by accessing data, materials and other resources which enrich the research and training programs, while also helping to support knowledge mobilization with a range of socioeconomic benefits.

How to Partner with U of T Researchers

There are many ways you can connect to U of T.

  • Blue Door: Complete a Blue Door contact form indicating your areas of interest and a Blue Door partnerships expert will work with you to match your unique need to potential partnership opportunities
  • The university hosts numerous conferences, symposia and networking opportunities throughout the year
  • You can also reach out directly to departments and researchers in your area

Partnership Possibilities with U of T

The University is open to many forms of research partnerships and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Some partnerships may be with a single company or partner, and others may involve a consortium with numerous participants. Projects may be at formative or fundamental stages, and others may be applied or proof-of-concept research.

Supporting Programs

There are a number of federal and provincial programs that can provide funding to augment the research undertaken with partners. These programs can help support the research costs at the university, though the partner is expected to also contribute to the projects with cash and/or in-kind resources.


  • Identify partners and programs to support research projects
  • Assist with structuring partnerships for success
  • Develop partnership contracts and agreements

VPRI Contact



Colin Swift

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


Akshita Vincent

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

Other Resources