EaRTH District Collaborative Research Grant

EaRTH District Collaborative Research Grant (EDCRG) – An EaRTH Initiative

This EaRTH Initiative aims to develop collaborative projects with industry and government partners in the eastern GTA including Scarborough, Durham Region, and Peterborough. It will explore synergies that can strengthen and enhance the Canadian clean technology sector, and provide increased opportunities for economic development that will foster the creation of highly skilled jobs and support the transfer of knowledge to society. The Initiative includes shared research facilities, joint research projects, and collaborations on teaching and learning.


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2022 Competition

The University of Toronto Scarborough, Centennial College, Ontario Tech University and Trent University are pleased to announce the 2022 call for research projects in the EaRTH District Collaborative Research Grant (EDCRG) competition, an exciting research opportunity that was launched in February 2021.

The overall aim of this opportunity is to provide initial seed funding for the development of high-quality collaborative research projects in areas of mutual strength and shared interest that advance the Environmental and Related Technologies Hub (EaRTH) Initiative. This seed funding is available for faculty/staff at the participating institutions to undertake short-term visits to initiate, deepen and extend collaborative research links with the goal of enabling principal investigators to make joint proposals to external funding sources for the next phase of their research.

The theme for the 2022 call is Water.  

The call will focus on water-related collaborative research in the pursuit of both social and technological innovations including but not limited to:

  • Watershed sciences
  • Aquatic ecosystems
  • Aquatic toxicology
  • Access to clean water
  • Water quality and water purification
  • Wastewater testing and public health
  • Wastewater treatment, uses and renewal
  • Water sustainability and Indigenous knowledges
  • Community science and water monitoring
  • Water policy and governance
  • Great Lakes Basin research

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A proposal must involve a team of participants that includes at least one representative from each of the four collaborating institutions. The funding envelope comprises CAD$50,000 per project, with up to three (3) projects selected for a funding period of 16 months. 



  Call for proposals (LOIs) opens 

  December 1, 2021

  Deadline for submission of LOI

  February 1, 2022

  Deadline for submission of proposal 

  March 7, 2022 

  Communication of results to applicants 

  Spring 2022

  Project start and end dates 

  May 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023

2021 Competition

The inaugural 2020-21 competition focused on the theme of Integrated Sustainable Energy Technologies and awarded $50,000 to each of the following projects:

Project Title: Electro_EaRTH

Team: Dr. Sanela Martic, Project Lead, Trent University; Dr. Brad Easton, Ontario Tech University; Dr. Ruby Sullan, UTSC and Dr. Padmaja Shastri, Centennial College

Description: Electro_EaRTH will lead to discovery of new materials, processes and system design that will be beneficial to industrial partners to enhance the yield, titer or productivity of target fuels and chemicals in novel, green and sustainable ways.


Project Title: Growing Change Through Energy, Education and Equity

Team: Chef Sam Glass, Project Lead, Centennial College; Sowmya Kishore, Centennial College; Dr. Daniel Bender, UTSC; Dr. Michael Classens, Trent University and Dr. Daniel Hoornweg, Ontario Tech University

Description: Off-Grid Food Production On-Campus addresses the intertwined challenges of (a) energy efficient and localized food production, (b) equitable campus food systems and student food security, and (c) critical sustainability education.


Project Title: Development of Improved Regenerative Braking Systems and New Batteries for Hybrid Hydraulic and Electric Heavy Vehicles

Team: Dr. Yuping He, Project Lead, Ontario Tech University; Dr. Oleksandr Voznyy, UTSC; Alan McClelland, Centennial College and Dr. Kenzu Abdella, Trent University

Description: This project aims at exploring a hydraulic-based regenerative braking system for hybrid hydraulic heavy vehicles and lithium-ion batteries for hybrid electric heavy vehicles.


Institutional Contacts

Interested faculty with questions about this opportunity should contact their institutional representative, identified below.

UTSC: Suhail Asrar, Research Partnership and Business Development Officer ( / 416-208-8172)

Ontario Tech University: Jennifer Freeman, Executive Director, Office of Research Services ( / 905-925-9966)

Centennial College: Jonathan Hack, Executive Director, Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services ( / 416-289-5000: Ext. 8152)

Trent University: Christopher Rooney, Director, Office of Research and Innovation ( / 1-855-698-7368: Ext. 7209)