Research Western

Western Innovation Fund (WIF) Competition

The Western Innovation Fund awards are supported by the Office of the Vice-President (Research) are intended to fund  projects that will advance innovative research results towards application and commercialization. This competition is for one-time projects based on existing research initiatives. Applicants can only receive one grant per type of project or technology. WORLDiscoveries® personnel are available for consultation on issues related to intellectual property and commercialization.

Projects are expected to be of short duration (6-12 months). Up to $100,000 in funding is available and is repayable only if there is a positive commercial outcome. The submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI) is required before a full application can be submitted  to Research Development & Services (RD&S). A new LOI is not required if WORLDiscoveries® has requested a resubmission to a new competition; however, a new ROLA Proposal must accompany the resubmitted application.


Overarching Internal Grant Program Guidelines

Program Specific Guidelines 


Open competition effective September 1, 2012 - researchers may apply at any time.


Report of Invention (ROI)

Letter of Intent (LOI) 

Full Application - accepted only upon invitation

ROLA Proposal - submitted at time of application

Indirect costs are not supported by this program.


Reports of Invention and/or Reports of Software are to be submitted to WORLDiscoveries® and copied to Research Development & Services

Letters of Intent are to be submitted to Research Development & Services

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


Interim - due within 9 months of grant start up

Final - due within 3 months of grant termination

Western Contact(s)

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