Industry can get $50,000 of research done at a cost of $5,000 with the new VIP program

University of Ottawa researchers showed up in force this week to learn about the new VIP program that provides up to $50,000 in funding to work on a specific problem defined by industry partners. This new grant program was highlighted in a workshop organized by the Technology Transfer and Business Enterprise office (TTBE) at the university. VIP brings together funding opportunities from NSERC, OCE and Connect Canada. It builds from the popularity of the NSERC Engage program that has been enthusiastically received by the academic research community at the University of Ottawa, a testament to the research community’s interest in building new relationships with industry.

With a single application form, a project can receive $25,000 from NSERC and $20,000 from OCE for a 12 month research program, and an additional $5,000 from Canada Connect for a student intern who will spend time both at the company and at the university over a 4-6 month period. Since each academic researcher must meet NSERC’s strict guidelines for research excellence, industry partners are assured that they are working with strong research partners.

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NSERC’s John Jackson explains VIP program to UOttawa researchers.

Industry partners who want to learn more about working with University of Ottawa research teams under this VIP program can contact the Technology Transfer and Business Enterprise (TTBE) office at the University of Ottawa. TTBE staff would be happy to help industry connect with researchers, as well as identify the appropriate funding opportunities for the project of interest.

To contact TTBE, email Stéphanie Richer at ttbe@uOttawa, or phone 613-562-5399.