Funding opportunities Applied Research that is Accessible, Efficient and Value Added We are committed to supporting research initiatives across all disciplines as Durham College is eligible for a range of funding programs from provincial and federal agencies and other sources. Follow these links to agency sites listing funding opportunities. ORSIE can support the development of your proposal when a call for proposals is announced. Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Ontario Centres of Excellence SmartStart Seed Fund (OCE SmartStart) supports new ventures led by Ontario’s next generation of entrepreneurs. Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) provides technology assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), at all stages of the innovation process, to build their innovation capacity and successfully take their ideas to market. NRC-IRAP helps SMEs identify and understand technology issues and opportunities and provides linkages to the best business and R&D expertise in Canada. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program is intended to increase innovation at the community and/or regional level by enabling Canadian colleges to increase their capacity to work with local companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It supports applied research and collaborations that facilitate commercialization, as well as technology transfer, adaptation and adoption of new technologies. Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science The Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science fosters scientific discovery and commercialization of new technologies and products that can be marketed to the world. They support the entrepreneurial spirit and highly developed industry clusters to build an innovative culture in Ontario. Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) OCE supports the commercialization of innovation by co-investing in early-stage projects, where the probability of commercial success and potential total return on innovation are substantial. They also have a number of entrepreneurship fellowships and programs for students and youth across Ontario. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is the federal research funding agency that promotes and supports post secondary-based research in the social sciences and humanities to enhance the understanding of modern social, cultural, technological, environmental, economic and wellness issues. Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) funds state-of-the-art equipment, laboratories, databases, specimens, scientific collections, computer hardware and software, communications linkages and buildings necessary to conduct leading-edge research. Canadian Institutes of Health (CIHR) The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) respond to the evolving needs for health research and seeks to transform health research in Canada by funding research on targeted priority areas, building research capacity in under-developed areas and facilitate the application of the results of research into new policies, practices, procedures, products and services. They support excellence across all four pillars of health research: biomedical; clinical; health systems services; and population health. Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities support research and innovation projects that identify better ways to help people prepare for, return to or keep employment and become productive participants in the labour force. Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation Durham College joined the Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation (CONII) in 2009. Funded by the Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, CONII specializes in applied research and commercialization expertise of the Ontario college system. As a network of 24 colleges dedicated to connecting business to Ontario’s colleges, CONII members can provide financially supported, innovative, and practical solutions to your technical and business challenges and access to college laboratories and equipment.