Funding: Joint EMHSeed and XSeed


2021-23 Joint EMHSeed And XSeed Call For Proposals

Expanding research impact through inter-disciplinary collaboration

The Joint EMHSeed and XSeed is an interdivisional research funding program designed to promote multi-disciplinary research and catalyze new innovative partnerships between a coPI from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (FASE) and a coPI from outside Engineering. Partner divisions for these programs are:

  1. For EMHSeed: Faculty of Medicine (FoM), UofT Affiliated Hospitals, Medicine by Design (MbD), Translational Biology and Engineering Program (TBEP)
  2. For XSeed: Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS), University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), as well as other UofT Divisions.

Funding is available for a maximum of fifteen (15) new collaborative projects beginning in early September 2021.


The budget for each Seed project will be $60,000 CAD/year for a maximum of two (2) years. In exceptional cases, a no-cost extension for an additional year will be considered. The $60,000 CAD/year amount for each project is the sum of total cash invested by each of the participating Faculties and departments/institutes,

PI Eligibility:

  1. Each coPI should be eligible to hold, as PI, tri-council agency grants (NSERC, CIHR, or SSHRC).
  2. One PI should have a primary appointment with an Engineering unit, and one PI should have his/her primary appointment outside Engineering.
  3. A PI can hold a maximum of one EMHSeed and one XSeed funded project at any point in time.
  4. EMHSeed funding is for faculty members that have an appointment status at FoM and UofT Affliated Hospitals; XSeed is for faculty members with appointment status at FAS, UTM, UTSC, DLSPH and other divisions.

Submission Process:

Applications including all supporting documents are due by email to 12p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Please include the term "Joint Seed" in the subject line.

Complete submissions should include: 1) completed Application Form (available here), 2) Letters of support confirming financial contributions from partner Departments/Institutes, and 3) CV of co-PIs (maximum 3 pages).

2021 Joint Seed Call for Proposals

2021-23 Joint EMHSeed and XSeed Application Form

For additional details, please refer to the Call for Proposals available here.

Information Session:

Date and Time: Thursday, February 25, 2:30p.m. – 3:30p.m.

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UTM XSeed Winning Recipients:

Competition Name Department Project
2018 Matthew Adams Geography Quantifying the effects of public transit interventions on urban environments and public health
2018 Tracey Galloway Anthropology Prioritizing airport infrastructure upgrades to improve social sustainability and well-being in remote Northern Ontario communities
2019 Jessica Burgner- Kahrs MCS Continuum Magnetic Robots for Minimally-Invasive Robotic Surgery and Industrial Inspection
2019 Josh Milstein CPS Exploiting Oxidative Stress to Enhance Antibacterial Treatment of Tuberculosis
2019 Jumi Shin CPS A New Strategy for Asthma Drug Discovery: Organ-on-a-Chip enabled Protein Engineering
2019 Florian Shkurti MCS Active and Sample-Efficient Robot Learning with Human Guidance: Algorithm Development and Robot Demonstrations
2020 Ulrich Fekl CPS Novel Synthetic Diamond-like Material: Computational Engineering and Chemical Synthesis Join Forces
2020 Animesh Garg MCS Neural Representation Learning on Continuous Manifolds for Robotics
2020 Alexandra Gillespie English & Drama Quantitative Book Science: Material and structural Analysis of Premodern Manuscripts Using μCT
2020 Loren Martin Psychology Designing a Sensing System for Managing Phantom Limb Pain 
2021 Lueder Kahrs MCS Multi-Sensor Fusion and Control of Robotic Needle Insertion for Remote Stroke Surgery
2021 Trevor Porter GGE Hydrogen Isotopes to Track Hydroclimatic Processes