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OCE/NSERC Partnership - Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP) Program

September 1 @ 12:00 pm

To York researchers who engage in research related to the development of new products and/or processes or facilitating productivity improvements. 

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) recently announced a new partnership stream with the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) relating to theVoucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP) Program.  This opportunity allows researchers to access NSERC (Alliance or Engage), Mitacs (Accelerate) and OCE (VIP) through a single application process. A summary is provided below. 


  • To help companies develop, implement and commercialize technical innovations by supporting partnerships between Ontario’s industry and publicly funded post-secondary institutions   
  • To generate economic benefit for companies in Ontario (including job creation/retention, new revenue generation, investment attraction, cost savings, value chain development, in the short-to-medium term (e.g., within three years of project completion) 

OCE-NSERC Co-Funding 

OCE-NSERC Co-Funding 

  • Supports R&D collaborations between companies and publicly funded universities 
  • Supports projects with budgets under $100K 

Benefits to the project partners include: 


  • Gain access to cutting-edge knowledge, new talent, unique facilities and equipment to extend company R&D capabilities 
  • Create solutions to urgent industry challenges, leading to revenue and job creation, follow-on investment, increased productivity and/or cost savings 
  • Access several provincial and federal funding sources through one application 
  • Establish relationships within the research community and OCE’s networks 

Post-Secondary Institutions (Researchers and Students) 

  • Use knowledge and innovative ideas, to help solve real-world R&D challenges 
  • Establish relationships with industry and within OCE’s networks 
  • Provide students with valuable experiential learning opportunities 


 Academic Researchers 

  • Eligible to hold Tri-Council funds 
  • Faculty from eligible Ontario universities 
  • Researchers with active OCE or NSERC peer-reviewed grants 

Industry Partner 

  • For profit SME organization, with Ontario R&D and/or manufacturing operations related directly to the project, and the capability to exploit the results 
  • 5-499 global full-time employees and in operation for a minimum of two years 

Matching Requirement 

1:1 cash from the Industry Partner 

  • Minimum 50 per cent of the 1:1 match must be spent at the post-secondary institution; remainder may be spent at the company 
  • Cannot be leveraged with other federal or provincial grant programs unless otherwise stated in this program guideline 

Value and Duration 

  • NSERC and OCE can provide $20K - $30K each 
  • Industry Partner provides $20K - $30K each (at least half must be spent at the academic institution) 


See below 

Application Process 

  • Engagement with OCE Business Development Manager to scope out research project opportunity as first step prior to completing one-page project summary for evaluation 
  • Applications made through NSERC online system 


Application due at ORS for full review Ten (10) working days prior to submission to agency 
Final application and fully completed and signed ORS checklist due at ORS for required review Two (2) working days prior to submission to agency, by 9:00am 
Application due at agency Anytime 

Please contact your Faculty Research Officer for information on their internal deadlines. 

  • Supports R&D collaborations between companies and publicly funded universities 
  • Supports projects with budgets under $100K