Ontario-Jiangsu Industrial Research and Development Program

Program Overview

Successful Ontario applicants will be eligible to receive a maximum of $150,000 per project from OJIRDP to fund the Ontario portion of the project.


To be considered for funding, projects must present a clearly-identified R&D focus on products or processes which may lead to commercialization in global markets.  Networking and exploratory activities will not be supported under this program. Each project must identify a key added value that each partner will contribute to the project.

Priority Fields

The current call for proposals will accept project applications focusing on all technology sectors, including clean tech, communications, internet, IT and enterprise software, life sciences, semiconductors, new materials, intelligent manufacturing and miscellaneous technologies.

Grant Amount

Successful Ontario applicants will be eligible to receive a maximum of $150,000 per project from OJIRDP to fund the Ontario portion of the project. Additional project funding will be provided to the corresponding Jiangsu applicant on each project by JSTD to fund the Jiangsu portion of the project. (e.g., the maximum grant amount to be received by a project is $150,000 in Ontario and $150,000 in Jiangsu, to a total of $300,000).

  • For a project to be considered for funding under OJIRDP, each project’s lead Jiangsu partner must apply directly to JSTD.
  • OJIRDP funding is conditional on the corresponding Jiangsu applicant receiving funding approval from JSTD.
  • Funds will be disbursed annually – based on successful reporting – at forty per cent, twenty-five per cent, twenty-five per cent and ten percent of the total of grant amount.
  • OCE anticipates that four projects will be funded through a 2016 Call for Proposals.
  • OCE’s financial assistance must not exceed 50 percent of the Ontario portion of eligible project expenditures.
  • Ontario applicants will have to identify sources of matching cash and/or in-kind contributions for the remaining 50 per cent of project costs.
  • Matching cash/or in-kind contribution may come from any non-government on Ontario source.
  • Letters of support from each funding partner must be included along with the application confirming both the amount of matching funding and the intended use of the contribution.


Eligible Applicants

Funding is open, on a competitive basis, to:

In Ontario: R&D performing companies, universities, colleges or research institutions operating in Ontario.

In Jiangsu: Eligible applicants are R&D performing Jiangsu registered companies operating in Jiangsu.


  • At least one science and technology (S&T) company from Jiangsu and one S&T organization from Ontario should express a desire to cooperate in the research and development of a new product or a new process.
  • The project may involve more than one company/organization from each side. In Jiangsu, academic/research entities are eligible to join as sub-contractors only.
  • The proposed product/process should be highly innovative with significant commercial potential. The joint industrial R&D project should aim at the development of products/processes leading to commercialization in global markets.
  • The project applicants should agree in advance on the IP rights and on the commercialization strategy of the product or process through signing a Letter of Intent (LOI) for cooperation. For the submission phase, only an LOI for cooperation in a preliminary agreement or a draft memorandum of understanding format is required. However, the final signed cooperation agreement has to be presented to the funding authorities at the contracting stage.
  • The project should demonstrate the contribution of the participants from both jurisdictions.
  • The project must provide mutual benefit for applicants from both jurisdictions.
  • Applicants must undertake the responsibility to ensure any experimentation will be acceptable on ethical and safety grounds and maintain the highest standards of research integrity.

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