Current Opportunities

Niagara College’s Research & Innovation provides real-world solutions for business, industry and the community through innovation activities. We are currently seeking industry partnerships in the following areas:

Voucher program for technology adoption

Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division is currently offering small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) a way to advance their product development, improve their performance or take an innovative leap forward, through the province’s College Voucher for Technology Adoption (CVTA) program.

Thanks to a $210,000 grant from the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), the College will provide vouchers to 25 companies to help solve their innovation challenges related to technology adoption, in the sectors of:

    • advanced manufacturing
    • food and beverage
    • agriculture environmental technologies
    • business & commercialization

The Niagara College team of expert faculty, students and researchers from our Innovation Centres will work businesses to access resources to address technology and innovation challenges. As a result of this partnership opportunity, industry partners will:

    • develop new prototypes, products, processes
    • explore shelf-life extension
    • enhance greenhouse operations
    • test results that validate their products and services
    • advance horticultural practices
    • improve manufacturing production process
    • bring their products closer to market
    • gain market research, marketing plans and/or social media plans

Companies accessing these resources at Niagara College will be required to match OCE funds, at least 1:1, with a combination of cash and in-kind.

In all cases, the intellectual property developed during the project belongs to the industry partner.

To learn more about the process, and whether you qualify, contact Elizabeth Best, Business Development Coordinator, at 905-641-2252, ext. 4287, or email

SONAMI – Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation

 – Seven post-secondary institutions in Southern Ontario, including Niagara College’s Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre. Learn about all the institutions and their capabilities here.

What – Thanks for funding from FedDev, Niagara College leads the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (SONAMI). From prototype development and productivity assessments, to production planning and production automation, SONAMI partners have capabilities in:

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Flexible Manufacturing
  • High Productivity Manufacturing
  • Industrial Internet

Eligible projects should be focused on new product development with an eye to commercialization. The product may be at any stage of development when the project begins. The length of the project will vary dependent upon the level and type of assistance requested.

When – Projects intake is now open.

How the funding works – FedDev will support up to 50% of the eligible project costs. The industry partner must support at least 50% of the eligible research costs, i.e. must provide at least 1:1.2 matching on the institutional contribution. The matching contribution may consist of cash and in-kind support, however a minimum of 20% must be in cash.

For more information on the types of projects already completed across Southern Ontario, as well as how SONAMI can help you advance your R&D needs, visit, email or call 905-735-2211, ext. 7066.

For more information about any of our funding programs, including details for companies interested in partnering with the Research & Innovation team, contact Elizabeth Best at or 905-641-2252, ext. 4287.

Funding available for Business Solutions Projects

Niagara College’s Research & Innovation division is currently seeking Industry Partners who require assistance with business challenges such as market research; marketing & advertising plans; and sales strategies & prospect lists.

Support from Niagara Region and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) means funding is available for firms in the Manufacturing and Food & Beverage sectors to access these services through the College.


Current Opportunities was last modified: November 20th, 2019 by cms007ad

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Niagara College’s Research & Innovation provides real-world solutions for business, industry and the community through innovation activities.
For more information on these opportunities, contact Research & Innovation.