Call for applications: Innovation York and NRC-IRAP’s Artificial Intelligence Industry Partnership Fund

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Innovation York and the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) are offering a fifth round of the Artificial Intelligence Industry Partnership Fund program to support artificial intelligence (AI) collaborative research projects for industry and York University researchers.

This is a unique opportunity for faculty members and their students to work with innovative companies to execute industry-driven research projects in Artificial Intelligence. Students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and technologies to real-world situations and employ their research to further extend the knowledge base within AI. 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.

Faculty members are encouraged to use the funding to initiate a new partnership or continue the support provided to their industry partners. For small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that have not pre-identified a research partner, Innovation York will work to find an appropriate faculty member partner.

Applicants: Canadian SMEs that are (or will be) partnered with York faculty members. The industry partner must be in business for a minimum of one year and have assigned NRC IRAP industrial technology advisor (ITA).

Application Deadline:  June 15 by 4 p.m. EST.

Funding Amount: Up to $12,000 per selected research project (no funding to industry partners; no funding required of industry partners).

Project Length: Two to four months.

Use of Funds: To execute industry-driven research projects in AI. The funds can only be used towards student stipends. Travel, living expenses and seminar costs are ineligible.

For those requiring assistance finding a partner, contact Rachel Sung, Mitacs specialist, at, as soon as possible.

For more information and to apply for this grant, visit