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

Opportunity NameVoucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP) Program
AgencyOntario Centre of Innovation and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Value$60,000 – $90,000 ($20,000 – $30,000 each from OCE, NSERC, and industry partner)
Indirect Costs40% of industry cash coming to York
DurationUp to 12 months
Application due to FSc RO at for full review10 business days prior to submission to agency 
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review5 business days prior to submission to agency 
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review2 business days prior to submission to agency, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency Anytime
  • 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

  • Supports R&D collaborations between companies and publicly funded universities. 
  • Supports projects with budgets under $100,000.

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.

How to Apply

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)