There are a variety of ways that industry can engage our researchers including:
- collaborative research projects or contracts
- development of customized research project
- consolation for expert opinions and current experience
- access to specialized equipment and skills on a project basis
The Dean’s Office in the Faculty of Science helps researchers and industry access government funding programs to build relationships and support collaborative research projects.
A summary of industry partnered funding programs is available
Support for Meetings and Workshops
NSERC Connect Grants provide up to $25,000 for travel and meeting costs.
Funding for Academic & Industry Collaborative Research Projects
Natural Science and Engineering Research (NSERC)
- NSERC Industrial Partnership Programs
- Strategic Partnership Programs
- Industry Driven Collaborative Research and Development Program
- Commercialization Programs
- Training in Industrial Programs
Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (Mitacs)
- Mitacs – Industry Partnered Internships for Students and Postdoctoral Fellows
- Mitacs Accelerate
- Mitacs Elevate
- Mitacs Globalink
- Mitacs Enterprise
- Mitacs Step
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Ontario Centres of Excellence
OCE works directly with researchers in Ontario universities, colleges and research hospitals to identify innovations with commercial potential and pairs those researchers and ideas with partners in industry who provide resources to drive commercialization and, ultimately, income-generating sales.
To find Ontario Centres of Excellence programs supporting academics, researchers and students to partner with industry, visit the OCE website
The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) was launched in 2009 as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan to work with the region’s communities, businesses and not-for-profit organizations to actively promote the region and build a strong foundation of partnerships and relationships to secure Canada’s long-term prosperity. Through Economic Action Plan 2013, the Agency was renewed with an additional five-year mandate, beginning in April 2014, to help create and grow businesses, cultivate partnerships and build strong communities across southern Ontario.
For a list of funding initiatives intended for not-for-profit organizations including industry associations, and research and publicly-funded post-secondary institutions, visit the FedDev website.
The York Innovation team can connect industry with an academic partner in the Faculty of Science.
Visit the Innovation York website to learn more about the industry liaison services and how to find an industry or academic research partner.
The Innovation York website offers information on certain themes such as research agreements, overhead, commercialization and entrepreneurship and obtaining start-up accelerator space.