Office of Partnerships and Innovation

Funding Programs

Contact Research Partnerships Unit to learn more about popular industry R&D funding programs listed below. The items below are a small handful of scores of agency-funded programs supporting industry-university collaborations.

  Required Industry Contribution University Role Funding Limits Review 
IRAP

Matching, 25% cash, balance in-kind

Subcontractor only

none

Regular

NSERC CRD

Matching, 25% cash, balance in-kind

Research partner

$150,000/yr, request 2-3 yrs

Arms length from Professor, Quarterly review

OCE Market Readiness
CUSTOMER CREATION PROGRAM (MRCC)

Matching, 50% total agency cash (non government sources, usually investors’ capital)

Program is for academic spin-off companies, or CLA or RIC-affiliated startups

$125,000 available only to companies with less than $500k capitalization

Every 6-8 weeks

CUSTOMER BUILDING PROGRAM (MRCB)

Matching, 50% total agency cash (must be investors’ capital)

Program for academic spin-off companies, or CLA or RIC-affiliated startups

 

$250,000 available only to companies with less than $1 million capitalization

Every 6-8

weeks

 
Industry-Academic R&D Collaboration Programs
VOUCHER FOR INNOVATION AND PRODUCTIVITY I

Matching 25% total provincial agency  cash (min), balance in-kind.

Grants used to fund University’s R&D costs

20,000 (OCE)

$25,000 (NSERC)

$20,000 (IRAP)

 

Monthly

VOUCHER FOR INNOVATION AND PRODUCTIVITY II

Matching 25% total provincial agency cash (min), balance in-kind.

Grants used to fund University’s R&D costs

$50,000 -150,000

Bi-Monthly