Industry-Academic Collaboration and Commercialization Programs

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) offers a range of programs that help take research from labs to the marketplace.

  1. Market Readiness helps commercialize promising intellectual property (technical, business or social) developed at Ontario publicly funded academic research institutions. The mechanism for IP/technology transfer is via a newly created Ontario-based company, or by licensing to an existing company, resulting in substantial and sustainable economic benefit to Ontario (e.g. jobs, revenue).
  2. High Performance Computing provides access to high performance computing for SMEs in Ontario through a partnership with IBM and a consortium of seven Ontario universities known as the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP).
  3. Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation (CONII) connects business to the applied research and commercialization expertise of Ontario’s colleges to provide practical solutions to technical and business challenges.
  4. Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program supports cross-provincial collaborations between industry and academia to solve key industry challenges in both provinces. 
  5. TalentEdge Program provides Ontario students and recent graduates with real-world experience, enabling interns and postdoctoral fellows to apply their expertise and the latest tools to industry problems. The program has two components:
    • TalentEdge Internship Program provides support for college and university students (undergraduate, graduate and PhD) and recent graduates (up to three years) to work on collaborative industry-driven projects across all disciplines and areas of specialization.
    • TalentEdge Fellowship Program provides support for Ontario-based Postdoctoral Fellows (PDFs) to work on industry-driven research and development projects. This program is open to PDFs across all disciplines and areas of specialization.