Funders and Funding Opportunities

There are many funding opportunities available for individuals, businesses or industries who are interested in working with the CAWT. In addition, you may qualify for tax credits through the federal government Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Incentive Program if you’re working with Fleming College on a research project.



Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Funding program: College and Community Innovation (CCI) Fund – Innovation Enhancement

The CCI program supports applied research and collaborations that facilitate commercialization, as well as technology transfer, adaptation and adoption of new technologies. Research areas include (but are not limited to) environmental science and technologies, natural resources and energy, health and related life sciences and technologies, and information and communications technologies.

Funding program: Applied Research Tools & Instruments Grant

Funding program: Applied Research & Development Grant



Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation (CONII)

CONII can provide financial support for industry-driven applied research and commercialization projects in partnership with its member colleges. Through their expertise in a diverse range of sectors, CONII and its member colleges can help companies achieve their goals by providing a variety of technical and business services.


Federal Development Economic Agency of Southern Ontario

Funding Program: Applied Research and Commercialization (ARC) Initiative

The ARC Initiative is a pilot initiative aimed at addressing the gap between research and commercialization in southern Ontario by encouraging collaboration between small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and post-secondary institutions. Its goals are to accelerate innovation and improve productivity and competitiveness for businesses in southern Ontario.




Canada Foundation for Innovation

Funding Program: College-Industry Innovation Fund (CIIF)

The CIIF program aims to stimulate competitive college-industry R&D partnerships that lead to business innovation. The Fund seeks to enhance the capacity of colleges to support innovation by providing state-of-the-art, industry relevant research infrastructure to foster partnerships with the private sector in an area of strategic priority to the institution.


Government of Canada

Funding Program: Indirect Costs of Research Program (ICP)

By alleviating the financial burden of expenses, such as lighting and heating, NSERC’s ICP program ultimately helps researchers concentrate on cutting-edge discoveries and scholarship excellence. Indirect Costs funds may be used to cover new expenditures as well as to maintain current level of services to and support of an institution’s research environment, and to generate improvements, innovations and efficiencies in its management.

Funding Program:  Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program (DTAPP)

DTAPP is designed to speed up the rate at which SMEs in Canada adopt digital technology and build digital skills. Through new and existing networks and relationships with colleges and organizations across Canada, the DTAPP team provides SMEs access to expertise in the digital technology adoption field.  The DTAPP team also works with other government organizations to leverage the synergies of all available Digital Economy Strategy resources.


Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation (MEDI)

The goal of the MEDI is to help grow a strong, innovative economy that provides jobs and prosperity for all Ontarians. To accomplish that, MEDI offers the programs, services and tools businesses need to innovate and compete in today’s fast-changing global economy.





Ontario Centres of Excellence

OCE works directly with researchers in Ontario’s colleges, universities and research hospitals to identify innovations with commercial potential and pairs those researchers and ideas with partners in industry who can provide resources to drive commercialization and, ultimately, income-generating sales.




Ministry of the Environment

Funding Program: Showcasing Water Innovation

Showcasing Water Innovation is the province’s program to fund leading edge, innovative and cost-effective solutions for managing drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems in Ontario communities.



Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Funding Program: New Directions

The purpose of the New Directions Research Program is to stimulate the sustainable growth and competitiveness of Ontario’s agri-food sector through investment in innovative and high quality research in partnership with industry, rural communities/organizations, other levels of government and research institutions .