Research Western

Western Applied Research and Commercialization (ARC) Competition

Western Applied Research and Commercialization awards are made from funds provided by the Federal Development Agency for Southwestern Ontario, and administered by the 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 half the total project costs). Please note that extension requests on grant periods are not permitted for this program.




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.


Western Contact:

Fay Harrison, Senior Consultant, Research Development
t: 519-661-2111 x84306