Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP): COVID-19 Applications

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What it Supports

R&D collaborations between companies and publicly funded university/research hospitals

Project Sector


Basic Eligibility Criteria

(A full list of eligibility requirements is available.)

Research Partner:

  • Principal investigator at Ontario publicly funded university/research hospital, or applied research officer at Ontario publicly funded college

Industry Partner:

  • For-profit company
  • Incorporated in Ontario for a minimum of two years, and five full-time equivalent (FTE) employees in Ontario
  • Operations and/or R&D in Ontario with capacity to commercialize results of the project


  • Utilizes unique skills/resources of post-secondary institution to meet industry innovation and commercialization needs

OCE Funding

Between $20,000 and $150,000 to the post-secondary institution (minimum $20,000 per year)

Project Duration

Six months to 24 months

Matching Requirement

1:1 cash from the Industry Partner

  • Minimum 50 per cent of the 1:1 match must be spent at the post-secondary institution; remainder may be spent at the company
  • Cannot be leveraged with other federal or provincial grant programs unless otherwise stated in this program guideline
  • For the COVID-19 Call for Submissions, OCE will consider alternate matching requirements, for OCE funding between $20,000 and $100,000 up to Thursday, May 28, 2020.
External Deadline: 
Thursday, May 28, 2020
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