Commercialization Fellowship

Commercialization Fellowships, funded by Innovation York in the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation, are intended to support the research commercialization process by providing strategic, short-term funding to assist in the development of commercially viable projects. The aim is to prepare projects for commercial engagement with industry and/or community partners, with a view to licensing and/or co-development of the project intellectual property.

The fellowships are offered on a short-term, part-time basis and are intended to run alongside existing research work without detracting from it. It is envisaged that fellowships should not account for more than 8-10 hours per week for up to 4 months.


The Innovation York Commercialization Fellowships aim to support projects with commercial potential from across the University and are open to postgraduate students and post-doctoral fellows, with approval from their academic supervisor. Intellectual property must be disclosed to Innovation York and a commercialization agency agreement must be in place between the inventors and Innovation York prior to the start of the fellowship.


Recipients will be given $7,500 per fellowship. While matching funds are not mandatory, applications that include matching funds will be looked upon favourably.


As part of the Commercialization Fellowship, the fellows will receive education on intellectual property and commercialization, exposure to industry/community partners relevant to their field of study, and an experiential learning opportunity. Fellows will be supported by a series of educational activities, including workshops and seminars, and expected to complete tasks to enhance their commercial awareness including:

  • Prior art / patent searching
  • Commercial due diligence
  • Industry outreach/pitching

Use of Funds

Commercialization Fellowships may be used to support the following research activities:

  • Proof of concept
  • Prototype testing
  • Validation studies

and may be used to fund:

  • Stipend for the fellow in consideration of the work undertaken.
  • Payments for materials/apparatus required for the project, up to 25% of the total fellowship.

Communication & Reporting

Each fellow will be assigned an Innovation York Commercialization Manager to work with and ensure that the project plan described in the application is carried out. Fellows will meet monthly with their allocated Commercialization Manager to monitor progress.

Fellows will be required to generate two reports and one presentation as part of the Commercialization Fellowship: 1) A write-up of the project on the industry engagement platform IN-PART (with support from the Commercialization Manager) and 2) A full write up of the project detailing methods, results, intellectual property and market overview and next steps. Fellows will also be asked to give a final presentation.

Important Dates

  • October 01, 2021 - Applications Open
  • October 29, 2021 - Applications Close
  • November 26, 2021 - Awards Confirmed & Funds Allocated
  • April 30, 2022 - Projects Completed
  • April, 2022 - Final Report and Presentation

*Dates are tentative and subject to change

How to Apply

  1. Download the application form by clicking APPLY NOW button below.
  2. Fill out the application form.
  3. Submit the completed application form to: by October 29, 2021 11:59pmET.
Application is now closed.

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