Type of Program:



In partnership, NSERC Alliance grants and OCI’s Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP) will support post-secondary R&D collaborations with the highest potential for regional economic development and commercialization in Ontario.

Alliance grants support research projects led by strong, complementary, collaborative teams that will generate new knowledge and accelerate the application of research results to create benefits for Canada.

The Voucher for Innovation and Productivity program (VIP) supports the collaboration between Academia and Industry to solve an industry‐based problem and drive the commercialization of Intellectual Property (IP). 

Comments on Funding:

Individual proposals can request at least $20,000 up to $30,000 from NSERC (Alliance or Engage grant) and at least $20,000 up to $30,000 from OCE VIP, with a corresponding $30,000 from the industry partner (at least 50% must be spent at the academic institution).

When It Ends:



Not specified


Applicant must:

  • be a NSERC Alliance applicant eligible to hold Tri‐Council funds and meet NSERC’s eligibility criteria when they apply and when funding is released;
  • be a faculty from an eligible Ontario-based university with an active OCE or NSERC peer-reviewed grant;
  • have a for-profit SME industry partner that has:
  • Canadian R&D and/or manufacturing operations related directly to the project, and the capability to exploit the research results;
  • under 500 full-time employees globally;
  • been in operations for a minimum of two years.

Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with experts in fields other than the natural sciences and engineering, where appropriate, since implementing policy or applying the research results can depend on socioeconomic considerations as well as scientific understanding.

Academic researchers outside the natural sciences and engineering may participate in proposals as co-applicants if they meet NSERC’s eligibility requirements for the type, duration and nature of the appointment. Research costs for these collaborations may account for up to 30 percent of the project costs and must be identified in the project budget.

Applications Steps:


The industry partner must connect with their business development and commercialization manager to start the application process. The opportunity will undergo an initial vetting and due diligence assessment by OCE to ensure that opportunities fulfill all eligibility criteria and are suitable. If the opportunity is selected as eligible and suitable, applicants will be sent the required Proposal template for VIP Alliance.


Applicants must:

  •  fill out the VIP Alliance proposal template provided by OCE using a maximum of 6 pages and following the instructions for completing an Alliance grant application;
  • submit their completed application and supporting documents, including the Personal data form with Common CV attachment for the applicant and all co-applicants, through NSERC’s online system.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. 1
    the VIP Alliance proposal template provided by OCE;
  2. 2
    Form 100A – Personal data form;
  3. 3
    Form 101 – Application for a grant.

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    Differences of the matching amounts from the industry partner between NSERC website ($20,000 to $30,000) and OCI guidelines ($30,000). Being more restrictive and updated in the same period, I inserted the information in the OCI guidelines. Check with NSERC which one is the correct version.
  2. 2
    Ontario Centers of Excellence (OCI) changed name to Ontario Centers of Innovation (OCI).

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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