The Alberta-Ontario Program supports cross-provincial collaborations between industry and academia to solve key industry challenges in both provinces. The program is managed by Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures (AITF) and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). Industry-academic projects can also leverage existing NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council) programs that fall within NSERC’s mandate.
The Alberta-Ontario Program focuses on industry needs that can be tackled through research and development activities and have economic benefits for both provinces (e.g. jobs creation or retention, increased productivity, increased ROI, innovation, etc.). In general, companies may exploit research results for their own advantage or that of their supply chains.
AITF and OCE can connect companies within each province. Industry can be connected to the best researchers who can provide innovative solutions to real-world challenges. OCE and AITF will use talent matching capabilities if needed by the companies.
This program will support projects that develop innovative products and/or services addressing industrial challenges in priority areas for Alberta and Ontario. Alberta’s and Ontario’s future prosperity and global competitiveness will be strengthened from advancing the following industry sectors:
- Advanced materials and manufacturing
- Energy and environment (including water)
- Agriculture, forestry
- Advanced health technologies
- Life sciences, biotechnology
- Information, communications technologies, digital media
The Alberta-Ontario Program is a two-step, competitive process involving the submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI). Selected EOIs will be invited to submit a full NSERC application. NSERC will leverage industry contributions from both Ontario and Alberta when the researcher is from an academic institution.
– See more at: http://www.oce-ontario.org/programs/collaborative-commercialization/albertaontario#sthash.O1bBZL2z.dpuf