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Collaborative Research Funding

Federal and provincial funding programs

Organizations and individuals interested in partnering with the university on research projects have access to a range of federal and provincial programs designed for the university system. In some cases, federal and provincial programs can be accessed for a single project, which means leveraging moderate industry funding to support a much larger research project. 

Matching programs

Agencies such as the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) match cash and in-kind contributions to university-industry collaborative projects, with in-kind contributions including the provision of materials, staff time, facility use, etc. As a result, projects involving only $20,000 to $30,000 from industry can be turned into projects with budgets worth more than $60,000.

Industry research and development programs

Credits from the Scientific Research and Experimental Development program, a federal tax incentive program, encourages Canadian businesses of all sizes and all sectors to:

  • Conduct research and development in Canada.
  • Apply to research contracted to a university partner.
  • Allow for a substantial refund based on cash and in-kind contributions to a research project.

In addition, the NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program, an innovative assistance program for small- and- medium-sized enterprises, can be used to support the internal and external costs of research.

For more information on how to maximize the impact of your investment in research and development, contact Learn about additional funding opportunities on our Funding page.