Industry partnerships

Dr. Stephanie Willerth works in partnership with STEMCELL Technologies Inc. to develop technologies for reproducibly engineering neural tissue for treatment of diseases like Parkinson’s or repair of spinal cord injuries. Dr. Willerth is one of a number of UVic recipients of NSERC’s Engage Grants, a funding source used to develop new research opportunities through university and industry partnerships.

Collaboration with industry plays a key role in advancing new technologies and accelerating the advancement of academic research. Industry engagement results in strong mutual benefits: Industry partners can help guide early-stage research into commercially viable ventures, and UVic researchers can provide the essential expertise in technology research and development.


Our services include:

  • evaluation and commercial pathway assessment of UVic inventions
  • help with Intellectual Property protection (e.g. patent, trademark, etc.)
  • marketing innovations and expertise to potential industry partners
  • support for prototype development and field-demonstration funding opportunities
  • access to Entrepreneurship@ program sponsored by the British Columbia Innovation Council
  • access to Investment Capital through our Greater Victoria Angel Network

How can I find a research partner?

We support the brokering and facilitation of industry research partnerships through such services as coordinating visits with individual companies, as well as organizing large scale networking events. 

Interested in exploring a research idea or question? Whether you’re a industry organization, or a UVic student or faculty member looking to collaborate, tell us about your research idea and we will try to help connect you to the right people to move your project forward.

For more information on our services, contact one of our Industry Liaison Officers.

Research funding

Funding programs are an essential element in fueling the growth of academic research. Our unit supports UVic researchers in both accessing funding opportunities and reviewing grant proposals and applicable research agreements. Funding opportunities for industry related research include: