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Innovative Initiatives Fund

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Durham College (DC) partnered in 2016 to initiate the Innovative Initiatives Fund (IIF). The IIF is a $300,000 fund supported equally by both institutions to support collaborative projects proposed by faculty and staff.

The initial call for proposals resulted in six projects being funded. This initial round of funded projects will conclude March 2018. View the list of selected projects, including the members of each project team and an update on their work.

The university and college are pleased to announce that the IIF will continue for a second year. $300,000 in funding is once again available to support collaborative projects.

Potential project areas:

  • academic and student services initiatives
  • joint administrative innovations
  • joint partnerships involving the community
  • research and innovation
  • support for entrepreneurship

An IIF Committee has been established; it includes representatives from both institutions. 

Timeframe and application

Proposals will be submitted to by Monday, January 15, 2018. Successful proposals will be announcement on Friday, January 19 by 5 p.m.

The application form will contain a summary of your proposed project. Should the committee require additional information the project lead(s) will be contacted.

Should the application require review of the Research Ethics Board the project lead(s) will be contacted.

The application form can be found on the application page.

The committee will select successful projects using the following criteria: 

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Impact of the project on current and future collaboration between the two institutions


The project includes collaboration between the two institutions and will have very significant impact on both institutions.

The project will impact multiple areas of both institutions with the potential for continued impact/improvement.

The project will allow for opportunities for future collaboration within the institutions and potentially with the broader community.

Innovativeness of the project and potential impact


The project is transformative to both institutions.

The project seeks to address a need or solve a problem in a new way.

The project has the potential to inspire further innovation at the institutions and within the broader community.

Alignment of the project with the mission of each institution


The project aligns with the various aspects of the missions of both institution.

Likelihood of success in the proposed timelines


A project plan with milestones, dates, responsibilities and project oversight is provided and considered to be achievable and realistic.

The experience of the resources involved in the project is considered to be of appropriate capacity, depth, and range of experience.

Appropriateness of the budget and use of resources


The budget estimate provided is comprehensive and background information (quotes, recent pricing information, etc) provided as appropriate.

The required resources are available and include commitment of the resources as appropriate.

The budget and use of resources is deemed to be realistic and consider all aspects of the project.

Capital spending does not qualify for this fund. If capital is required for projects, that must be funded locally. Capital assets refer to identified assets that meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are held for use in the provision of services, for administrative and academic purposes, for the production of goods or for the maintenance, repair, development or construction of other capital assets.
  • Have been acquired, constructed or developed with the intention of being used on a continuing basis.
  • Are not intended for sale in the ordinary course of operations.
  • Their useful life extends beyond one year.
  • Have an acquisition value that is equal to or greater than $3,000 (DC) or $5,000 (UOIT) including installation costs, shipping/freight, insurance, applicable taxes, and any other  costs to get the asset ready for use.

The IIF Committee looks forward to the exciting, innovative, collaborative ideas that will come out of this initiative.

IIF Committee Members

  • Scott Blakey, Chief Administrative Officer, DC
  • Brad Easton, Associate Dean, Office of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Science, UOIT
  • Olivia Petrie, Assistant Vice-President, Student Life, UOIT
  • Elaine Popp, Vice-President, Academic, DC
  • Karen Young, Manager Campus Planning, Office of Campus Infrastructure and Sustainability, UOIT
  • Marianne Marando, Executive Dean, School of Business, IT & Management, DC