Ontario Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN) – TalentEdge Internship Program (TIP) Stream – Ontario Centres of Innovation (2022)

Description:

The TalentEdge Internship Program (TIP) stream of Ontario’s Vehicle Innovation Network (OVIN) – program 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 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. 

The applicant is the company for company-based Internships and a principal investigator at an accredited, publicly-funded college, university or research hospital for institution-based Internships.

Comments on Funding:

Each four-month internship unit is valued at $20,000. Funding is $10,000 from OCE and $10,000 from the company ($5,000 cash plus $5,000 in-kind). Funding is $10,000 per four-month unit for eligible project costs, up to maximum of $60,000 (six units).

Company-based interns must receive a minimum compensation of $15,000 per four-month internship unit of the $20,000. 

Institution-based interns must receive a minimum compensation of $10,000 per four-month internship unit of the $20,000.

The remainder may be used for direct project costs.

Eligibility:

Applicants must be:

  • a principal investigator from the post-secondary institution (institution-based internships) and must have an eligible company as the contributing Industry Partner. Interns MUST spend a significant portion of their time on-site or in the field with the company. OR
  • a for-profit company, incorporated in Ontario or Canada (company-based internships) that:
  • has a valid CRA business number company;
  • is using or developing technology-based innovation 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 or innovative processes for competitive advantage in provincial, national and/or global markets;
  • has 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 internships, 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.

Intern eligibility:

  • be registered at (in their final year of study) or recently graduated (within three years of graduation) from an accredited, publicly-funded Ontario college, university or research hospital during the internship period (undergraduate level);
  • be current Masters and PhD students at an accredited College/University in Ontario or recent Master graduates (within three years of graduation) from an accredited College/University (graduate level);
  • be eligible to work in Ontario and must have employee status at the company (company-based internships), or have student status at the institution (institution-based internships) for duration of the internship;
  • not be enrolled in a co-op program or other equivalent job placement/employment program;
  • hve no conflict of interest with the company, including but not limited to companies where interns 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:

  • 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 intern’s CV and official transcript.

Other Things to Note:

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

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