Amount:

$10,000

Type of Program:

Grant


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.


When It Ends:

Ongoing

Deadline:

Rolling deadline

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.).

Applications Steps:

1

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

2

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.

3

Applicants must complete the online application form, in collaboration with the industry partner if applicable, and upload the required supporting documents.

Eligible and complete applications will be sent for review by external, subject matter experts. A funding decision will be provided within four to six weeks.

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 intern’s CV and official transcript.

Other Things to Note:

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

About the author 

Maurice

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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