Starting this month, the SOWC will highlight timely external funding programs that may be of interest to our subscribers.

Great Lakes Protection Fund

Pre-Proposal deadline: February 3, 2014
The Great Lakes Protection Fund seeks to support a suite of projects that will design, develop, test and evaluate innovations to advance the next generation of actions to protect and restore the ecological health of the Great Lakes.

Areas of interest include:

  • Tools for the Next Generation of Water Utilities
  • Strategies for Smarter Lakes
  • Putting Financial Capital to Work for the Great Lakes

Further information:

NSERC: Strategic Project Grants

Application deadline: April 1, 2014
This program aims to increase research & training in targeted areas that will strongly influence Canada’s economy, society and/or environment within next 10 years.

Target areas:

  • Environmental science and technologies
  • Information and communications technologies
  • Manufacturing
  • Natural resources and energy

Further information:

FedDev Ontario

The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev) recently announced new funding through its Southern Ontario Prosperity Initiatives. These programs are aimed at retaining, attracting and growing businesses in southern Ontario to increase the region’s global competitiveness.

The four programs include:

  • Investing in Business Growth and Productivity
  • Investing in Business Innovation
  • Investing in Commercialization Partnerships
  • Investing in Regional Diversification

For more information, please visit:

In addition to the above funding programs, the following is an ongoing opportunity:

MITACS Accelerate Internships – Standard

Mitacs-Accelerate is Canada’s premiere research internship program. It connects companies with over 50 research-based universities through graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, who apply their specialized expertise to business research challenges. Interns transfer their skills from theory to real-world application, while the companies gain a competitive advantage by accessing high-quality research expertise.

MITACS Accelerate Clusters

Mitacs-Accelerate clusters are an alternative for larger research projects involving multiple Graduate students and/or Post-doctoral Fellows. Applicants may apply once for an Accelerate Cluster involving a minimum of three interns, at least six 4-month internship segments, and a minimum of one industrial partner.

For more information, please contact Anna Ziolecki or visit the MITACS website