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Lab2Market NSERC I2I Market Assessment Grant

Opportunity NameIdea to Innovation (I2I) Grants Program
AgencyLab2Market and NSERC
Indirect CostsIneligible
Duration4 months
Application due to FSc RO at for full review06-13-2022
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review06-20-2022
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review06-23-2022 by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 06-27-2022

To help researchers validate their ideas with the purpose of finding business/commercial value. 

L2M NSERC offers researchers access to: 

  • funding 
  • training and innovation 
  • advisors, industry, and funders 
  • a vast entrepreneurial network 
  • the opportunity for future funding through the NSERC I2I Phase 1 grant. 

Applicants must apply in teams consisting of a(n): 

  • Entrepreneurial Lead (EL) – A full time graduate student (Masters or PhD) student, postdoctoral fellow within five years of having finished their graduate degree, or research assistant. The EL is expected to work on the project full-time (20-40 hour/week) over the duration of the program, representing the team in all training sessions and leading all activities. 
  • Technical Lead (TL) – The principal investigator of the research project. The TL must be NSERC eligible. 

The program is funded through NSERC’s I2I Market Assessment program and requires the support of the applicant’s respective Industry Liaison Office (ILO) or equivalent. 

  • You must hold or have a firm offer of an academic appointment at an eligible post-secondary institution.
  • Your position at the eligible post-secondary institution must (for university faculty):
    • require you to engage in natural sciences and engineering research that is not under the direction of another individual.
    • permit you to supervise or co-supervise the research of postdoctoral fellows or students registered in an undergraduate or graduate degree program.
  • Your faculty appointment must not be conditional on obtaining NSERC grants or other non-NSERC sources of support, including salary support.
  • Your salary must not be paid by NSERC, SSHRC, or CIHR grant funds. Exceptions include: scientific directors of Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) and those under the agencies’ salary support programs.

How to Apply

Proposals under this program must receive written confirmation of support from York Innovation before an application can be started. Please contact Yaser Kerachian, Commercialization Manager for VISTA at or ext. 33843, for VISTA related proposals. For everyone else, please contact Anna Han, Commercialization Manager at  or ext. 44315, prior to preparing your application.

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.

For specific questions, please contact your FSc Research Officer

Stefanie Bernaudo
Research Officer
(Biology, Physics & Astronomy, Science, Technology & Society)

Phoebe Tsz-Wai Chan
Research Officer
(Chemistry, Mathematics & Statistics)