Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

OCE works directly with academia and industry, bringing partners together to solve industry’s innovation challenges.

OCE Funding Programs

OCE has a number of funding programs which are available to University of Guelph researchers.  Please check the OCE website for a complete listing.  Within their Industry-Academic R&D Collaboration Program stream there is one main funding programs: Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP) (formerly VIP I and VIP II). 

Interested in leveraging your industry funds with OCE?

If you are interested in applying to an OCE program your first step is to connect with OCE Business Development and Commercialization Manager John Chiappetta and/or Gregor Lawson, Industrial Liaison Manager at the University’s Research Innovation Office, to discuss your research project and possible funding opportunities.  Julie Lukkarila holds weekly office hours at the University’s Research Innovation Office, and you are encouraged to set up a meeting to discuss your project.

Application Development

An OCE Business Development Officer aligned with your program of research will be assigned to your file, and will work closely with you and the Research Innovation Office to strengthen your application prior to submission.

Intellectual Property (IP)

Terms governing intellectual property must be agreed to by both the University and the Industry Partner and should be discussed prior to the submission of the application to OCE. If your application is successful, these intellectual property terms will be formalized in a research contract with the partner. 

If you would like the Office of Research to negotiate non-standard Intellectual Property terms with your industry partner, please contact Gregor Lawson at the Research Innovation Office early in the application process. 


Consistent with Minimum Processing Timelines, OCE proposals must be submitted to the Office of Research at least two (2) weeks in advance of the proposed submission date to OCE.

Application Submission to Office of Research Services

A complete submission package, which includes an OR-5 and full OCE application must be submitted to research.services@uoguelph.ca. See Research Alerts for more detailed information and timelines. 


For More Information

Please contact:

John Chiappetta, Business Development and Commercialization Manager
Ontario Centres of Excellence 
Phone: 519.670.9081
E-mail: John.Chiappetta@oce-ontario.org


Gregor Lawson, Industry Liaison Manager
Research Innovation Office, University of Guelph
Phone: 519-821-4120 ext. 53351
E-mail: lawsong@uoguelph.ca

For questions related to the University’s administrative process

Please contact:

Kristin Gibson, Awards and Agreements Officer 
Office of Research, Research Support Services
Phone: 519-824-4120 ext. 56257
E-mail: kristin5@uoguelph.ca