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The University of Toronto and IC-IMPACTS

  • The India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS) is dedicated to the development of research collaborations between Canada and India. Built on the vision of three of Canada’s leading research universities – the University of British Columbia, the University of Alberta, and the University of Toronto – IC-IMPACTS brings together researchers, industry innovators, community leaders, government agencies, and community organizations from across India and Canada to find solutions to challenges affecting the quality of life of communities in the 2 countries. Funded by Canada’s federal government, this $30 million Research Centre of Excellence seeks to develop community-based solutions to poor water quality, unsafe and unsustainable infrastructure, and poor health from water-borne and infectious diseases.

    Please note: The country and institutional pages provide but a sampling of the rich and deep relationships that the U of T community enjoys with many countries, institutions and communities around the world.

    • The 29 projects currently funded under the IC-IMPACTS umbrella engage over 140 partners and nearly 160 researchers under 3 impact-focused research themes – public health, safe and sustainable infrastructure, and integrated water management. The centre equips participants to tackle social needs-based problems and acquire the commercialization know-how to have their research outcomes deployed in community contexts. Ninety-four professionals from the two countries have been trained, 12 patents have been issued, and 141 publications have resulted from the various collaborations.
    • IC-IMPACTS’ inaugural week-long Summer Institute was hosted by the University of Toronto in 2015, with 47 graduate participants drawn from 29 Indian and Canadian academic institutions and 18 disciplines.
    • Current IC-IMPACTS projects are funded in Nagpur, Faridkot Region, and Thondebhavi. In addition, IC-IMPACTS and the National Mission for Clean Ganga are working to identify industrial polluters and innovative solutions to improve the overall health of the Ganga River, positively affecting over 450 million people living alongside it.
  • Please visit the IC-IMPACTS website.