Northern Innovation Program - Applied Research & Technology Development Projects

The Northern Innovation Program supports the vision of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario by supporting the development and commercialization of new technologies that will contribute to future prosperity in Northern Ontario, and by fostering collaboration and partnerships among the private sector, academic institutions and research institutes.

Eligible projects must involve research and development or commercialization activities for new technologies in the targeted sectors identified and further described in the Growth Plan. Preference is given to projects falling under the following sectors:

  • natural resources
  • advanced manufacturing
  • clean technology
  • health sciences
  • the bioeconomy
  • the digital economy

The purpose of this program stream is to assist Northern Ontario businesses to undertake applied research or pre-commercialization activities required to further develop their new technologies and move them to market.

Who is Eligible?

Private companies alone or in partnership with an Ontario academic or research institution are eligible to apply. For public-private partnership projects, the private company is the lead applicant and the funding recipient.

For public-private partnership projects, the partnering academic or research institution must have the relevant expertise and resources required by the private partner to complete the proposed project.

Preference is given to public-private partnership projects involving Northern Ontario academic or research institutions

What is Eligible?

Eligible costs are those that are incurred by the applicant after the effective date of the complete application that, in the opinion of the NOHFC, are necessary and directly relate to the project.

Eligible costs include:

  • direct internal technical labour costs for up to one year of the project’s duration
  • prototyping costs (engineering and design services and component purchase, fabrication and installation costs)
  • product testing
  • intellectual property protection costs

What is Not Eligible?

Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to:

  • land
  • working capital
  • administrative or other indirect operating costs
  • business case or business plan development
  • travel, accommodation and meeting costs
  • office equipment and furnishings
  • vehicles


Financial assistance is limited to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $250,000 as a conditional contribution.

Not all projects meeting the program criteria outlined above will receive funding. Applications will be accepted under this program until March 31, 2019. This is subject to change without any prior notice.

How to Apply

Send completed application forms to:

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation
70 Foster Drive, Suite 200
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
P6A 6V8
fax: 1-705-945-6701

For more information call our toll free line 1-800-461-8329.