Strong response from Alberta-Ontario partnership

November 27, 2014

An inter-provincial initiative created to bolster innovation and job creation in Alberta and Ontario is seeking a new round of applicants.

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is pleased to be launching Round 2 of the Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program in partnership with Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) and the Governments of Alberta and Ontario.

“We had a very strong response to our first round including from large companies and SMEs. There are now some solid projects, many of which are energy related, going forward to the next stage of the review process,” says OCE President Dr. Tom Corr. “We are extremely pleased with the outcomes of this unique cross-provincial partnership to date and hopeful that we will see more projects of this same high quality and ingenuity.”

This program supports inter-provincial industry-academic projects focused on solving challenges facing key industries in both provinces. Funded by AITF and OCE, the program leverages contributions from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and industry partners.

The program is valued at up to $12 million in total, and supports academic institutions and businesses in both provinces to collaborate in the development and commercialization of innovative products and services. It will support innovation in the priority areas of advanced materials and manufacturing, energy and environment (including water), nanotechnology, agriculture, forestry, advanced health technologies, life sciences, biotechnology, information, communications technology and digital media.

The projects and partnerships will support companies from all sectors through collaborations with publicly funded research centres and academic research institutions (i.e., universities, colleges and research hospitals) in both provinces.