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CivicLabTO Research Partnerships

Opportunity NameCivicLabTO Research Partnerships
AgencyCity of Toronto
Indirect CostsTBD
Application due to FSc RO at for full review05-18-2023
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review05-26-2023
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review05-30-2023, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 06-02-2023, by 2:00PM

CivicLabTO Research, formerly the Toronto Collaboration Platform (TOCP), is back for a third round of research partnerships between the City of Toronto and eight of the GTA’s higher education institutions (HEIs). Together, this group uses collective expertise to collaborate on research and development projects to support Toronto’s communities, economy, and post-COVID-19 recovery efforts. Through CivicLabTO Research, participating institutions are able to work with the City of Toronto on priority research projects that are jointly funded by the City of Toronto, eCampusOntario, and Mitacs. Further, this collaboration provides any research students assigned to these projects with access to experiential learning opportunities and micro-credentials to enhance their learning journeys.


From April 25 – May 26, 2023, staff from the City of Toronto will submit Innovation Challenges using eCampusOntario’s recently launched platform, OCIP. These Innovation Challenges will be project proposals based on the City’s highest priority research areas. Once submitted, researchers will be notified and will be able to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form for any Innovation Challenges of interest. The City of Toronto staff will select the institution that works best for their project and will work with the researcher to apply for funding, develop a project charter, and complete the project work.

How to Apply

To receive notifications of the Innovation Challenges, please send an email to and include the following information:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Institution
  • Faculty
  • Department
  • Research facility/lab name 

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact FSc Research Services at