Industry Academic Programs

This suite of programs supports collaboration between Industry and academia, providing both with an opportunity to enhance and leverage their relationship. These programs are offered by many different funders and are a small sample of available support options for entrepreneurs. IION is pleased to assist our clients in navigating the large variety of options. You’ve got opportunities, we’ll find possibilities! 

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NSERC: College & Community Innovation Program: This program supports collaborative projects between industry and universities/colleges. It builds on the unique technical capabilities of Ontario post-secondary institutions and their connections with local business.


NSERC: Collaborative Research and Development Grant: Designed for projects with special technical research challenges, demonstrated market pull, and high potential for commercialization, this program leverages the recognized capabilities of Ontario academic research teams.


OCE Connext: This service partners students in science, engineering, and other technical programs with technology-based companies. In helping students garner relevant experience working on industry-designed projects, businesses advance commercial outcomes and later gain experienced new employees—a win-win situation.


Connect Canada: Connect Canada supported interns will apply the latest in research methods and know-how to the most pressing industrial R&D issues across various sectors. Companies receive a cost-effective way to conduct R&D, while interns gain relevant industry experience that enhances their studies.


Institutional Proof-of-Principle (IPoP): Enables public research institutions to advance research discoveries to market-ready inventions through early-stage proof-of-principle funds, with a view to attract new investment, create new science-based businesses, organizations and initiatives, and ultimately improve health outcomes for Canadians.


Market Readiness: This service aids with the initial steps of moving a promising technology from the laboratory to a new spin-off company or licensing opportunity.