Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.05
Liaison Beverley Ayeni
Submission Date Dec. 11, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Toronto Mississauga
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Anita Srinivasan
Director, Academic Planning, Policy & Research
Office of the Dean
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:
Yes

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:

UTM Undergraduate Research Grants are intended to assist eligible undergraduate students to develop and improve research skills. All UTM undergraduates in good academic standing are eligible to apply for these grants. Students may apply either as individuals or as groups, limited to three members. In the case of group applications, one of the students should be designated as the contact applicant.

A special additional pool of research grants is given if the topic is focused on the topic of Sustainability. The UTM Dean’s Office provides up to $500 per student to support undergraduate research initiatives.


Does the institution have a program to encourage academic staff from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:
Yes

A brief description of the faculty sustainability research program:

Centre for Urban Environments Research Fund:

To help facilitate high-level research at the University of Toronto, the Centre for Urban Environments (CUE) is pleased to provide funding on a competitive basis to graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty affiliated with CUE.

Applications can be submitted by any CUE member based at the University of Toronto Mississauga, regardless of discipline, so long as the proposed research advances CUE’s mission of being a leader in urban environmental research and sustainability. Research that bridges across traditional disciplines is particularly encouraged, with the awarding of proposals spread equally across the social and natural sciences.

The maximum amount of funding available per project is $1,500.

Institute for Management & Innovation:

A central mission of the Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI) is to promote rigorous academic research that can ultimately be translated into policy and practice. The objective of this grant opportunity is to encourage interdisciplinary, intersectoral, and international research collaboration and exchanges, with the ultimate goal of working to foster a collaborative IMI research culture.

We welcome proposals from teams of faculty and graduate students (Masters, PhD, Postdocs) within the IMI and UTM community working in the broadly-defined areas of management and innovation. We are particularly eager to receive proposals that relate to burgeoning IMI research clusters in sustainability; health & biotechnology; emerging economies; big data; and social innovation.

The funds may be used as “seed” money for a project, or research-related outreach activities that include, but are not limited to organizing workshops, working groups, colloquiums, summer institutes, or conferences, or the development of policy briefs, innovative pedagogical approaches or aids, or technologies.

The value of the grant is a maximum of $5,000.


Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
No

A copy of the promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:
The promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

The most recent Institutional Strategic Research Plan 2018-2023 highlights the environment and approach that allows UTM's researchers to continue to do their outstanding work by providing a climate that will enable them to thrive.


Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research:

All departments have a liaison librarian assigned to them; therefore, work being done in sustainability in areas such as geography and environmental studies, and other areas of studies at UTM is supported by the Library. There is a liaison librarian that works with the Master of Science in Sustainability Management program and with the faculty and students in the program to support research, teaching and learning, to build library collections, both print and digital, to develop and provide information literacy instruction in sustainability and many other library services. This is the case for all departments at UTM. Liaison librarians also develop library guides to support students within programs/courses and there is one for sustainability management. The guide can be viewed at: https://guides.library.utoronto.ca/mscsm.


Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainability research is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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