Partnership Grant

Funded By: IRAP

Applicants: Canadian SMEs, who are, or will be, partnered with YorkU faculty members

Application Deadline: June 14, 2018

Funding Amount: Up to $10,000 in cash per research project (no funding to industry partners).

Project Length: 2 to 4 months to be extended to maximum of 5 months

Use of 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.

Impact: For these programs, we anticipate the impact for the company will be a combination of the following, depending on the individual project:

  • Proof of Concept or working prototype
  • Recommended Machine Learning models and algorithms
  • Assessment of company’s existing dataset and recommended data strategy

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

For those requiring assistance finding a partner, please contact Cheryl Giblon, Industry Engagement Manager,

Submission:  Please email your completed application word document to