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. Additional information regarding the application process and required documentation is available here. Those interested in applying are also encouraged to consult our list of past winners.  A call for proposals will occur in January each year with a February deadline. The next submission deadline will be March 9, 2020.

If you are not currently a member of CUE and would like to be affiliated with the centre, please contact the Director at



Past Winners

Project title: Monitoring Long-Term Forest Change in Suburbanizing Landscape

Project description: The primary study area for this research is the Credit Valley Watershed and Region of Peel, which has undergone rapid suburbanization since the mid-1900s. The project aimed to leverage the unique spatial coverage and temporal depth offered by Landsat data, supported by aerial photography and field data, to model spatial-temporal periods of forest growth and decline in a suburbanizing landscape. It also seeks to explore relationships between observed forest changes and both natural and anthropogenic drivers using historical environmental records, population and infrastructure expansion statistics and policy information.

Student(s): Mitchell Bonney

Supervisor: Prof. Yuhong He


Project title: Performance Evaluation of Low-Cost Sensors for Urban Air Pollution Modelling

Project description: This research aimed to examine the validity of non-regulatory instruments used in citizen science for air quality projects. Ambient air conditions in Mississauga and Hamilton were sampled using EPA certified instruments. For this project,  a direct  comparison between an EPA grade monitor(Ecotech Serinus 40)and low-cost sensor(Aeroqual Nitrogen Dioxide Sensor) was conducted to assess the validity and reliability of data produced by the lower-cost sensor. This project may help reduce confusion in the market place and in research of commercial air sensors performance compared to reference instruments by assuring these monitors produce data of sufficient quality.

Student(s): Anna Shadrova

Supervisor: Prof. Matthew Adams


Project title: The Effect of Salt Pollution on Dragonfly Survival and Success in Urban Environments

Project description: The salinization of freshwater habitats is causing decreases in aquatic biodiversity on a global scale. This project sought to quantify both direct and indirect effects of salinity exposure on dragonfly persistence.  Aquatic larval dragonflies were directly exposed to environmentally realistic concentrations of salt and measured for growth rate and survival; while terrestrial adult dragonflies were tested for indirect effects of salinity exposure during their earlier life stages by quantifying individual size and population sex ratio.  

Student(s): Rosalind Murray

Supervisor: Prof. Shannon McCauley