Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program


Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and Alberta Innovates- Technology Futures (AITF)


Alberta – Ontario Program (AOP)


The Alberta – Ontario Program supports cross-provincial collaborations between industry and academia to solve key industry challenges in both provinces.  Jointly managed by AITF and OCE, the Alberta – Ontario Program focuses on solving industry challenges that can be addressed with research and development activities and have economic benefits for both provinces.


Research teams must be composed of at least one (1) industry partner with operations in both provinces, one (1) full time faculty member from an Ontario academic institution, and one (1) research partner from an Alberta- accredited public academic institution.

Funding Availability

The Alberta-Ontario Program will fund approved projects as follows:

  • AITF can contribute a minimum of $100,000 and a maximum of $250,000 CAD over two years 
  • OCE can contribute a minimum of $100,000 and a maximum of $250,000 CAD over two years

Industry partners match:

  • Industry partner(s) are required to match 1:1 the AITF and OCE contributions with a combination of cash (minimum 50%) and in-kind (minimum 50%) contributions..

NSERC match:

  • For industry-university projects, NSERC CRD grant will match the cash contribution from industry

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

maximum 24 months

Special Notes

Please note that the Alberta-Ontario Program consists of two stages, involving the submission of: 

  1. Expression of Interest ("EOI") - OPEN CALL FORMAT:  The EOI application form can be obtained from the Application Support Team (email address).
  2. Full application - INVITATION ONLY.

The AOP prioritizes projects that creatively address industrial challenges in the following industry sectors, identified as high-potential areas for Alberta and Ontario:

  1. Advanced materials and manufacturing
  2. Energy and environment (including water)
  3. Nanotechnology
  4. Agriculture, forestry
  5. Advanced health technologies
  6. Life sciences, biotechnology
  7. Information, communications technologies, digital media
  8. Aerospace and Defense

Internal Deadline

Please submit your EOI and OR-5 to the Office of Research  at 5 days before submission to the sponsor.  

If your project is invited to submit a full application, please immediately notify the Office of Research.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

EOIs will be accepted on a rolling intake basis until all program funds are committed

How to Apply

If you are a University of Guelph researcher interested in applying to the AOP, please contact Gregor Lawson in the Catalyst (email address)

For Questions, please contact

Carole Champion
Director, Industrial Engagement
Ontario Centres of Excellence
(416) 861-1092 x4262 (email address)

Holly Gardner
Program Manager
Ontario Centres of Excellence
(416) 861-1092 x1086 (email address)

Application Support Team
Ontario Centres of Excellence
(416) 861-1092 x2400

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