Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN) – TalentEdge Fellowship Program (TIP) Stream – Ontario Centers of Innovation (2022)


The TalentEdge Fellowship Program (TFP) stream of Ontario’s Vehicle Innovation (OVIN) program provides support for PhD graduates and post-doctoral fellows, to work on industry-driven research and development projects related to automotive and smart mobility technology such as Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (C/AV) technologies, Electric Vehicles (EV), battery technologies the metallurgical (metal & mining) sector and other related areas

Comments on Funding:

Each twelve-month fellowship is valued at $85,000. Funding is $35,000 from OCE and $50,000 from the company ($25,000 cash plus $25,000 in-kind);

OCE funding is $35,000 per 12-month unit for eligible project costs, up to maximum of $70,000 (2 units). 

Company-based fellows must receive a minimum cash compensation of $60,000 per year of the $85,000.

Institution-based fellows must receive a minimum cash compensation of $52,500 per year of the $85,000.

The remainder may be used for direct project costs.


Applicants must be:

  • a principal investigator from the post-secondary institution (institution-based fellowships) and must have an eligible company as the contributing Industry Partner. Fellows must spend a significant portion of their time on-site or in the field with the company. OR
  • a for-profit company (company-based fellowships), incorporated in Ontario or Canada that:
  • has a valid CRA business number ;
  • is using or developing technology-based innovation or innovative processes for competitive advantage in provincial, national and/or global markets;
  • have operations and/or R&D in Ontario related to the project;
  • has the intent and potential to apply, exploit and/or commercialize the results of the project for the economic benefit of Ontario;
  • has the necessary expertise and resources to put the project into effect within an appropriate time frame.
  • Company subsidiaries (organizations with headquarters outside of Ontario) are eligible, provided that the Ontario operations meet all of the above criteria.
  • For institution-based fellowships, the applicant and industry partner MUST have an arms-length relationship. 
  • All applicants and partners MUST be in good financial and reporting standing with OCE.

The fellow must:

  • have recently graduated (within five years of graduation) with a doctoral degree (PhD) from an accredited, publicly-funded Ontario university or research hospital during the fellowship period. (Current PhD students may apply to the OVIN – TalentEdge Internship Program);
  • be eligible to work in Ontario and has employee status at the company (company-based fellowships), or has post-doctoral fellow status at the institution (institution-based fellowships), for duration of the fellowship;
  • have had maximum of two TalentEdge Fellowships (consecutive, over lifetime);
  • not be enrolled in a co-op program or other equivalent job placement/employment program;
  • have no conflict of interest with the company, including, but not limited to, companies where fellows or their relatives have control as a major creditor, shareholder or governing board member;
  • not be a current or past employee of the company (including consulting, contract or part-time positions, etc.).

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 academic supervisor’s CV or NSERC Form 100/103CV (institution-based internships only),
  • the fellow’s CV and official transcript,
  • a reference letter from fellow’s PhD supervisor, including: time period that the fellow was under supervision, academic qualifications and expertise of the fellow, track record of the fellow (e.g. supervision of other students, publications, patents, key achievements, etc.), potential of the fellow.

Other Things to Note:

Ontario Centers of Excellence (OCE) changed name to Ontario Centers of Innovation (OCI).

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