Type of Program:



Next Generation Network Program (NGNP) TalentEdge Internships provides support for current college and university students and recent undergraduate or Masters graduates, to work on industry-driven research and development projects related to Next Generation Network (NGN) technologies at Ontario-based SMEs using the Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN) platform.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is $10,000 per four-month unit for eligible project costs, up to maximum of $60,000 (six units).

Minimum industry partner contribution is $10,000 ($5,000 cash plus $5,000 in-kind) per four-month unit.

Of the total $20,000 per unit, the intern MUST receive a minimum cash compensation of $15,000. The remainder may be used for direct project costs.

When It Ends:

Accepting applications


Rolling deadline


Applicants must be:

  • be for-profit, incorporated in Ontario or Canada, and must have a valid CRA business number;
  • be SMEs with fewer than 500 total employees,
  • be developing NGN technology-based innovation or innovative processes for competitive advantage in provincial, national and/or global markets, preferably using the CENGN platform;
  • have operations and/or R&D in Ontario related to the project;
  • have the intent and potential to apply, exploit and/or commercialize the results of the project for the economic benefit of Ontario;
  • have the necessary expertise and resources to put the project into effect within an appropriate time frame;
  • be in good financial and reporting standing with OCI.

Interns must be:

  • undergraduate students in their final year of study or recent graduates from an undergraduate program (within three years of graduation) from an accredited college or university in Ontario,
  • current Master's and PhD students registered at an accredited Ontario university or college, and recent Master's graduates within three years of graduation,
  • eligible to work in Ontario and have employee status at the company for the duration of the internship.

Applications Steps:


Applicants must complete the Eligibility Questionnaire when ready to apply for funding.


If the applicant/partner, intern and project meet the program eligibility criteria, they will be sent a link to OCI’s online application system, AccessOCI.


Applicants must complete the online application form and upload the required supporting documents

Companies that do not have a research partner or intern, or wish to find out more about NGNP or other OCI programs, should submit a generic Client Intake Form.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  • the Eligibility Questionnaire when ready to apply for funding,
  • the application form,
  • the Company Profile, including valid nine-digit CRA business number, incorporation date and number of employees (globally and in Ontario),
  • the intern’s CV and official transcript.

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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