Ontario Centre of Innovation

Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP)

This program supports the collaboration between Academia and Industry to solve an industry-based problem and drive the commercialization of Intellectual Property [IP]. The institution will leverage the unique skills and specialized infrastructure that is instrumental to streamline internal innovations and commercialization needs. Resulting in targeted training of individuals and direct engagement with Industry to work on commercially viable solutions.

Best suited for:

Research Partner: 

  • Principal investigator at Ontario publicly funded university/research hospital, or applied research officer at Ontario publicly funded college 

Industry Partner: 

  • For-profit company  
  • Incorporated in Ontario for a minimum of two years, and five full-time equivalent (FTE) employees in Ontario 
  • Operations and/or R&D in Ontario with capacity to commercialize results of the project 

Project: 

  • Utilizes unique skills/resources of post-secondary institution to meet industry innovation and commercialization needs 

Reference documents:

Interest Form

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Program Guidelines

View the Program Guidelines for full program details and eligibility requirements.

Contact a Program Lead

Feiran Zhou
Business Development & Commercialization Manager  
(343) 999-6972  
FZhou@oc-innovation.ca 

Nicole Delong (on leave)
Industry Academic Collaboration Lead  
NDeLong@oc-innovation.ca 

Suzy Lim 
Program Manager 
sulim@oc-innovation.ca

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