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UCL-University of Toronto Strategic Partner Funds

UCL and the University of Toronto are inviting joint proposals for the development of collaborative activities that address COVID-19 challenges

Please note this funding call closed on 30 November 2020.

University College London (UCL) and the University of Toronto (U of T) are contributing matching funds to support collaborative education and research initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through a joint call for proposals for collaborative multidisciplinary activities. 


  1. A single proposal must be submitted by a multidisciplinary team of researchers. All projects must be led by two researchers from different disciplines from each institution. Project teams are encouraged to include a mix of senior and junior faculty and post-doctoral fellows.
  2. The proposal must address COVID-19-related challenges and/or impacts. This can be broadly interpreted to include the medical, social, technological, economic, or cultural aspects of the crisis, both in the current and future recovery context. Applications from the thematic areas of: cities, education, brain health & mental health, and child health will be prioritised.
  3. Up to six (6) joint projects will be selected for a funding period of one (1) year. Proposals with the potential for sustainability beyond the initial funding period are encouraged and successful projects may be invited to seek further joint funding from UCL/U of T for a second year to scale up the collaboration.
  4. Proposals may include, but are not limited to workshops, symposia, faculty exchanges, research seminars/presentations, and the formation of a collaborative network in virtual or physical formats. Proposals with the potential for building towards International Doctoral Cluster (IDC)/PhD mobility programme or developing a collaborative digital teaching model between the two universities are also encouraged.
  5. The proposals will be assessed and recommended for selection by a committee composed of academic members from both institutions appointed by the Vice-Presidents, International or their designate.
  6. The proposals must comply with the universities’ policies on health, safety and international travels. Due to the current restrictions on international travel, projects that include elements of virtual engagement are strongly encouraged. Special consideration will be given to remote activities that can be funded if they achieve the same research and intellectual objectives as travelling and/or physical meetings. For example, research assistant stipends, subscription services for online platforms, external workshop facilitators, etc.


  • Faculty members in continuing U of T and UCL appointments are eligible to submit proposals.
  • Faculty members in continuing U of T and UCL appointments, and students and fellows under their supervision at U of T and UCL, are eligible to participate in exchange activities.

Value and Duration

Up to six successful proposals will be selected and will receive up to the following funding:

  • UCL will provide each approved project up to £10,000 for one year to support UCL applicants.
  • U of T will provide each approved project up to $15,000 for one year to support U of T applicants.

How to apply

  1. Proposals are to be prepared and submitted jointly. The deadline for submissions is 30 November 2020, 11:59pm EST. 
  2. Applications must be submitted at the following link:

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