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MTO Highway Infrastructure Innovation Funding Program

Opportunity NameHighway Infrastructure Innovation Funding Program
AgencyOntario Ministry of Transportation (MTO)
ValueSubject to budget approval
Indirect CostsEligible at 25%
Duration1 year
Application due to FSc RO at for full review01-17-2024
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review01-24-2024
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review01-29-2024, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 01-31-2024, by 5:00PM

To encourage Ontario’s academic community to research projects that contribute to generating solutions to current technical challenges encountered by MTO in the construction and maintenance of the provincial highway infrastructure network. 

A diverse range of specific research topics have been developed by MTO that outline: 1) the background of the research requirement, 2) the challenge or problem to be addressed, and 3) the anticipated outcome and/or research deliverables.

Applicants may choose from one of the following MTO provided specific research topics or submit their own research topic (i.e., an open research topic): 

  1. Investigating Impacts of the Existing Pavement Deterioration Models and Condition Rating Methods on Road Asset Management 
  2. Enhancing Aggregate Screening Tests for Alkali-aggregate Reactivity (ASR) to Identify Reactive Aggregates 
  3. Advancing the Application of Reclaimed Concrete Material (RCM) in Ontario Infrastructure 
  4. Effects of Slag Content on the Durability of Concrete Exposed to Freeze-Thaw and Salt Scaling 
  5. Effect of Concrete Drying Period Conditions and Moisture Content of Concrete Surface on the Effectiveness of Hot-Applied Rubberized Asphalt Waterproofing (HRA) 
  6. Enhancing the safety of workers and motoring public at construction zones in Northeast rural highways 
  7. Investigating the Reduction of the Movement of Salt into MTO Right-of-Way Soils through the Use of Biofilters, Tubes, Filter Socks, etc. using on site testing 
  8. Economic Evaluation of Phragmites Remediation Treatments 
  9. Practical Field Chloride Content Testing in Concrete Structures 
  10. Discrete Anode Performance Criteria in Concrete Patches 
  11. Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Wall Stability in Flood Plains 
  12. Determination of Jacking Forces for Tunnel Liners 
  13. Providing Analysis to Identify Wildlife-Vehicle Collision (WVC) Hotspots on Provincial Highways and Developing Criteria for When Mitigation Should be Considered and Implemented 
  14. Identifying the Opportunities and Risks of Connected Technologies to MTO Highway Operations 

Please see the attached HIIFP Program Guide for detailed information on each specific research topic. 


All of Ontario’s 23 public universities and 24 colleges are eligible for funding under the HIIFP. The Principal Researcher must be a member of the faculty (full or part-time) at the sponsoring institution.


How to Apply

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