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.



  • Open competition; researchers may apply at any time.


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

For more information please contact Alda O'Grady, Program Administrator (519-661-2111 ext. 84620)