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Artificial Intelligence Industry Partnership Fund

Innovation York and NRC-IRAP are delighted to announce the 2nd call of a terrific funding program to support Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Machine Learning collaborative research projects for industry and York University researchers.  This funding program is open to all Canadian SMEs that have been in business for at least a year, with up to 500 employees, who are capable of exploiting the results of the research.  It is an excellent opportunity for companies to explore the feasibility of employing AI/ML in their business – don’t be shy!  Researchers – if you have used up your NSERC Engage, this is a terrific way to initiate a new partnership, or continue the support you are giving to your industry partners.


Here are the details:

Artificial Intelligence Industry Partnership Fund – funded by NRC-IRAP, offered in collaboration with York University.


Applicants: Canadian SMEs, who are, or will be, partnered with YorkU faculty members

For those requiring assistance finding a partner, please contact Cheryl Giblon, Industry Engagement Manager,

Application Deadline: September 27, 2018, 4:00 pm Eastern Time

Funding Amount: Up to $10,000 in cash per selected research project (no funding to industry partners).

Project Length: 2 to 4 months

Use of Funds: To execute industry-driven research projects in Artificial Intelligence / Deep Learning / Machine Learning in support of industry-academia partnerships. The funds can be used toward student stipend and project materials.  Travel, living expenses and seminar costs are ineligible.


  • The industry partner must be a Canadian SME with up to 500 employees, capable of exploiting the results of the research.
  • The industry partner must be in business for a minimum of one year.
  • The research project must be jointly supervised by the faculty member and the industry partner, with the work being performed by Masters, PhD or PostDoc.


Intellectual Property

  • All prior intellectual property belongs to the inventor/owner.  As required by IRAP, all intellectual property developed under the project belongs to the industry partner.



For these programs, we anticipate the impact for the company will be a combination of the following, depending on the individual project:

  • Proof of Concept or working prototype
  • Recommended Machine Learning models and algorithms
  • Assessment of company’s existing dataset and recommended data strategy

The goal is to have projects funded under this program evolve into larger long-term initiatives.


Proposals: The proposal includes the following sections:

  • Company and Researcher Contact Information
  • Title of the proposal
  • Project description (250 words)
  • Milestones (100 words)
  • Budget (all expenditures must be in support of the research project, with no overhead component)
  • Future plans for commercialization (250 words)


Process: Completed application word document proposals must be submitted by email to by September 27, 2018 by 4pm. Once the proposal is submitted, a review panel comprised of three representatives, one from Innovation York, one from IRAP, and an independent reviewer will review it for eligibility and quality. The Proposal will be ranked based on (a) research description, (b) project plan and (c) company plans for commercialization. The funding will be awarded to the top proposals.


For those requiring assistance finding a partner, please contact Cheryl Giblon, Industry Engagement Manager,

Project Execution: Once funding has been awarded to an SME/Researcher project, project execution will begin.  Projects must be completed by March 1, 2018.  Work performed by York University resources on the projects will be claimed on a monthly basis for IRAP reimbursement.  The final financial claim must be submitted by the York University researcher by March 8, 2018.


Reporting: A final report will be due sixty days following the completion of the project (see project length above) that will include the following sections:

  • Overall outcome of the project (100 words)
  • Milestones achieved
  • Milestones not achieved and the reasons
  • Use of funds
  • Next steps (50 words)


To apply for this competitive grant (sorry – not all can be funded), please go to:

Best of luck!


Yours very truly,


Cheryl Giblon, P.Eng., M.B.A., Ph.D.Industry Engagement Manager
Office of Research Services / Innovation York

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