Innovation York and NRC-IRAP have announced the 2nd call of a funding program to support Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Machine Learning collaborative research projects for industry and York University researchers. 

The Artificial Intelligence Industry Partnership Fund program is open to all Canadian SMEs that have been in business for at least a year, with up to 500 employees, who are capable of exploiting the results of the research. 

It is an excellent opportunity for companies to explore the feasibility of employing AI/ML in their business.  Researchers who have used up their NSERC Engage, may find this a good way to initiate a new partnership, or continue the support they are giving to industry partners.

The Artificial Intelligence Industry Partnership Fund is funded by NRC-IRAP, offered in collaboration with York University.

The Fund is open to Canadian SMEs, who are, or will be, partnered with YorkU faculty members. Those requiring assistance finding a partner can contact Cheryl Giblon, Industry Engagement Manager at York.

The application deadline is September 27, 2018, 4:00 pm Eastern Time.

Those accepted for funding could receive up to $10,000 in cash per selected research project (no funding to industry partners).

The funding is being offered to those who will use the funds to execute industry-driven research projects in Artificial Intelligence / Deep Learning / Machine Learning in support of industry-academia partnerships. The funds can be used toward student stipend and project materials.  Travel, living expenses and seminar costs are ineligible.


  • The industry partner must be a Canadian SME with up to 500 employees, capable of exploiting the results of the research.
  • The industry partner must be in business for a minimum of one year.
  • The research project must be jointly supervised by the faculty member and the industry partner, with the work being performed by Masters, PhD or PostDoc.

Intellectual Property

  • All prior intellectual property belongs to the inventor/owner.  As required by IRAP, all intellectual property developed under the project belongs to the industry partner.

The goal is to have projects funded under this program evolve into larger long-term initiatives.

Once funding has been awarded to an SME/Researcher project, project execution will begin.  A final report will be due sixty days following the completion of the project.

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