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Collaboration Café

Explore our Collaboration Café

Our Collaboration Café, designed to connect organizations with academics, is an opportunity to discuss the most pressing challenges facing industry and society. The goal of these conversations is to build networks of partners and identify opportunities to co-create solutions.

Why Participate?

Expand your networks and relationships.
Indentify potential collaborators.
Access the latest research in your field.
Identify and solve real-world challenges.

Organizations: Submit Your Research Question

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Faculty: Sign up for a Session

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How it Works

Stage 1: Organizations submit their research question(s)
Organizations share their needs or challenges in the form of a research question.  

Stage 2: Question preparation
Once the question is submitted a UofT partnership officer will work with the organization to refine the question if necessary and help select a timeslot for the discussion. Additionally, the partnership officer will work with the organization to help them prepare for the conversation.

Stage 3: Researchers register for discussions
Once the question and timeline are finalized a Partnership Officer will add the question to the discussion series and promote it to UofT academics. Researchers are able to self select into discussions they would like to participate in.

Stage 4: Prepare for discussions
If necessary, due to capacity limits and scheduling conflicts, administrators will identify the academics that best align to the needs of the host organization to fill the available seats. Following the registration of all participants a short package outlining the format, proposed discussion, and registered participants will be shared with the group

Stage 5: Discussion group
Following the 1-hour discussion academics who wish to explore collaboration further can submit a simple (2page max) Expression of Interest (EOI) to the host organization. The organization will then be able to decide if they would like to explore collaboration in detail based on these EOI.    

Stage 6: Follow-up and collaboration
A Partnerships Officer will support academics to organize next steps based on the specifics of the discussion and EOI. The target is to confirm interest in further discussion from the organization within 2 weeks of the initial discussion. If available, faculty can apply for a pre-partnership grant at this stage to accelerate the collaboration process.