Popular Partner Programs

Provincial Programs


From Invention through Innovation to International Invoice, HTX supports emerging and established Ontario-based companies to develop, produce and commercialize innovative market-leading advanced health technologies. Learn More >

Ontario Genomics Institute - Pre-commercialization Business Development Fund

OGI's Pre-commercialization Business Development Fund (PBDF) is a unique and useful investment fund that is helping to enable the economic impact outcomes of genomics and proteomics research projects and technology development. Specifically, it aims to provide early-stage funding as researchers move towards commercial applications and to speed up transfer of products from lab to marketplace. The fund invests up to $100K per project. Learn More >

Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE)

The Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) is a collaborative network of organizations across Ontario, designed to help you commercialize your ideas. Whether you are an innovator, a technology-based business, entrepreneur, or researcher, ONE will connect you with services and programs to help you innovate and gain a competitive advantage. Learn More >

Federal Programs

Canada Foundation for Innovation

CFI’s investment in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment helps universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions attract and retain the world’s top talent, training the next generation of researchers, supporting private-sector innovation and creating high-quality jobs that strengthen Canada’s position in today’s knowledge economy. Learn More >

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's agency responsible for funding health research in Canada. The agency provides leadership and support to more than 14,100 health researchers and trainees across Canada. Learn More >

 Canadian Intellectual Property Office

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), a Special Operating Agency (SOA) associated with Industry Canada, is responsible for the administration and processing of the greater part of intellectual property in Canada. CIPO's areas of activity include patents, trademarks, copyrights, industrial designs and integrated circuit topographies. Learn More >

Connect Canada

Connect Canada is a national internship program that links Canadian companies with graduate students and post-doctoral fellows for research placements. Regardless of the sector or the location, Connect Canada interns will apply the latest in research methods and know-how to the most pressing industrial R&D issues. Companies receive a cost-effective way to conduct R&D, while interns gain relevant industry experience that enhances their graduate studies. Learn More >

FedDev Ontario

Graduate Enterprise Internship

The Graduate Enterprise Internship is designed to help develop the business and management skills of graduate students and recent graduates of programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by providing funding for internships with small and medium-sized companies in southern Ontario. Learn More >

Prosperity Initiative

The Prosperity Initiative encourages businesses, not-for-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions in southern Ontario to undertake projects that will result in a more productive, diversified and competitive economy in the region. Learn More >

Scientists and Engineers in Business

Scientists and Engineers in Business is designed to help improve the business and management skills of entrepreneurs in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields by providing access to financing and/or business support services to successfully launch and manage start-up businesses in southern Ontario. Learn More >

Technology Development Program

The Technology Development Program helps research and innovation organizations, the private sector, post-secondary institutions and not-for-profit organizations work together to accelerate the development of technologies that will result in new market opportunities for southern Ontario businesses. Learn More >

GreenCentre Canada

GreenCentre Canada brings together academic researchers and industry partners with a common goal of developing clean, less energy-intensive alternatives to traditional chemical products and manufacturing processes. We provide a full suite of commercialization services that develop early-stage technologies to meet specific industrial needs and achieve the required magnitude of scale. Learn More >

Industrial Research and Development Internship Program Overview

The Industrial R&D Internship (IRDI) program aims at creating opportunities for skilled graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to solve private-sector challenges and gain valuable industry experience by linking them with businesses that foster and use their talents. As a result, the program increases the S&T orientation of businesses and creates new opportunities for highly qualified personnel. Learn More >



Mitacs-Accelerate is Canada’s premier research internship program. It connects companies with over 50 research-based universities through graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, who apply their specialized expertise to business research challenges. Interns transfer their skills from theory to real-world application, while the companies gain a competitive advantage by accessing high-quality research expertise. Learn More >


Mitacs Step is a comprehensive program providing business-ready skills to up and coming researchers. Step trains graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in essential interpersonal, project management and entrepreneurial skills required for them to succeed in their future career. Learn More >

National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

The IRAP Program helps firms to develop technologies and successfully commercialize them in the global marketplace. Learn More >

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

NSERC supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. Learn More >

Networks of Centres of Excellence - Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research Program

This innovative model creates centres to advance research and facilitate commercialization of technologies, products and services within the four priority areas identified in the federal Science and Technology (S&T) Strategy. The four areas are: Environment; Natural Resources and Energy; Health and Life Sciences; and Information and Communications Technologies. Learn More >

NSERC Industrial Research & Development Fellowships (IRDF)

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) IRDF Program provides financial contributions that support the most promising recent doctoral graduates gain first-time employment in research and development in the Canadian private sector and with not-for-profit organizations. The IRDF also offers an OCE SupplementLearn More > 

Other Programs

International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada (ISTP Canada) – Collaborative R&D

ISTPCanada fosters and supports the development of research partnerships for Canadian companies and research organizations with international counterparts, with an emphasis on research and development projects with commercial relevance and potential involving SMEs.