Research Western

Western Applied Research and Commercialization (ARC) Competition

The Western Applied Research and Commercialization awards are made from funds provided by the Federal Development Agency for Southwestern Ontario, and administered by the Office of the Vice-President (Research). They are intended to support the cost of collaborative projects undertaken in partnership with a Small/Medium Enterprise (SME) that will help move innovative products based on existing/proposed collaboration partnerships.  The competition is for one-time projects based on existing/proposed collaboration partnerships. Applicants can only receive one grant per project. WORLDiscoveries® personnel are available for consultation on issues related to intellectual property and commercialization.

Projects are based on a technology, concept, process, or an artistic piece that has been disclosed to WORLDiscoveries® by way of a Report of Invention (ROI) and are expected to be of short duration (max. 12 months). Up to $100,000 in funding is available and must be matched by the SME (at a minimum of 1/2 of the total project costs).  Please note that extension requests on grant periods are not permitted for this program.


Overarching Internal Grant Program Guidelines

Program Specific Guidelines


Last competition: June 1, 2012 - Next competition to be determined


Report of Invention (ROI)

Full Application

ROLA Proposal

Indirect costs are not supported by this program.


Reports of Invention must be submitted to WORLDiscoveries® by the posted deadline.

Internal program applications are processed through Research Development & Services and must be accompanied by a completed ROLA Proposal.


Final Report - Principal Investigator to complete by May 31st and email to

SME partner to complete a separate final report by May 31st - contact WORLDiscoveries® at or call (519) 661-4183 for more information.

Western Contact(s)

Florence Lourdes, Internal Grants Coordinator
Tel: 519-661-2111 x84500