Dalhousie’s Office of Commercialization and Industry Engagement (OCIE) has four key functions:
The objective of OCIE is to mobilize available knowledge into active service to benefit society and maximize academic, economic, and financial impacts, and to share information, skills or discoveries so as broad a group of stakeholders as possible benefit from that earned knowledge and technology. OCIE proactively works to support the university community to inform and advise researchers, support receptor capacity in the community at large, and lead the foster the growth of startup companies.
OCIE will help you manage outgoing relationships with industry partners and generate new ones. The office also helps to navigate commercialization funding resources, such as:
Springboard Atlantic: Springboard Atlantic is a network of 19 Atlantic Canadian post-secondary institutions, focused on collaboration between academia and industry across the region; helping organizations and businesses compete through the application and commercialization of world-class research and expertise.
One of the key Springboard programs that helps member institutions commercialize promising ideas with market potential is the Innovation Mobilization (IM) Program – a cost-shared fund open to our institutions and its researchers. IM funding is used to connect industry with researchers and mobilize the knowledge/skill-based expertise from the member institutions into industry and advance the commercialization of ideas.
Note: to be eligible for IM Program funding, a technology/innovation must be well past the ideation stage (at a Technology Readiness Level of 4 or higher) and developed sufficiently to indicate a benefit or efficacy, and the IP must be assigned to the institution. A spin-out looking to apply for IM funding must be at the pre-incorporation stage.
There are four funding categories within the IM Program:
Early Stage Commercialization Fund: Innovacorp’s Early Stage Commercialization Fund (ESCF) helps move Nova Scotia’s university and community college research to market. Funds can be used to assess market potential, develop go-to-market strategies, perform strategic planning, create/update business plans, assist with intellectual property protection strategies, finish proof-of-concept development, build prototypes and leverage of other funds. Up to $50,000 in funding is available per project.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Grants: NSERC has a number of programs to generate and nurture industry engagement with academic research.
NSERC Connect helps to build a new relationship with an academic researcher.
Idea to Innovation (I2I) accelerates the pre-competitive development of promising technology originating from the university and promote its transfer to a new or established Canadian company.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Engage Grants. NSERC Engage Grants are designed to give companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge and expertise available at Canadian universities. Engage Grants support well-defined projects undertaken by eligible university researchers and their private-sector partners. A maximum grant of $25,000 over a period not exceeding six months will be awarded to the academic researcher to cover the direct project costs associated with the research activities needed to address the identified problem.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) grants. The Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Grants are intended to give companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge, expertise, and educational resources available at Canadian post-secondary institutions and to train students in essential technical skills required by industry. CRD Grants support well-defined projects undertaken by university researchers and their private-sector partners. Direct project costs are shared by the industrial partner(s) and NSERC. Projects may range from one year to five years in duration, but most awards are for two or three years.
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency – Atlantic Innovation Fund (ACOA AIF): Further develops an innovative product, develops or applies improved technology for your business, or brings a research idea from the lab to the marketplace.
Science and Technology Assistance Program: Dalhousie has developed an initiative, with support from the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), to help Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – commercial enterprises with less than 500 employees. This initiative will help firms strengthen their competitiveness and enhance their growth through innovation by providing SMEs easy access to three to five days of scientific and technical expertise. Access FAQs about the Program [PDF – 210KB]. Download application form [PDF – 287KB].
Nova Scotia Productivity and Innovation Voucher Program: The Province of Nova Scotia’s Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism administers this program which enables Nova Scotian companies to undertake research projects at Dalhousie University. Awards of up to either $15,000 or $25,000 are available. Access FAQs about the Program. Down application form.
Mitacs: Mitacs builds partnerships between academia, industry, and the world – to create a more innovative Canada