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The Office of the Vice-President Research, Innovation and International offers centralized services to support faculty research goals at UOIT.

The Office of Research Services (ORS) is the central co-ordination point for the university's research grant and contract services. Our mission is to provide the university's research community, partners and sponsors with professional, client-focused research administration through central services while meeting the requirements of research sponsors and supporting the university's strategic research plan. Services include:

We also help connect innovative research projects conducted at the university with business and industry. Our mission is to contribute to the university's goals of fostering economic development through the development of intellectual property and knowledge mobilization. Knowledge mobilization consists of a broad spectrum of activities, all directed at disseminating the knowledge created in an academic environment to the broader community, where it can have an impact on society.

There are four major components:

  • education about intellectual property
  • negotiating agreements and facilitating relationships with partners
  • commercialization
  • policy development and interpretation

Within the broader area of knowledge mobilization, technology transfer and commercialization are key activities that drive traditional forms of economic development. The technology transfer activities we support include:

  • collaborative research
  • licensing
  • spinoff company creation

The ORS helps faculty and students maximize the impact of their creative ideas and discoveries by helping move the results of the university's research into the marketplace. We bring many years of experience in technology licensing, industry partnerships and startup creation, as well as diverse academic backgrounds in science and technology, to assist with turning your creativity into real commercial success. Substantial funding opportunities for technology development can also be accessed through our office.

We maintain an active network of professional contacts in areas of business development, technology commercialization and knowledge mobilization. The links below lead to organizations that play various roles in these areas. 

Technology transfer:

Thematic technology transfer:

Agencies that support industry/academic collaboration and the transfer of knowledge from the academic setting to the community:

Incubator facilities:

Resources to support entrepreneurs:

We are a service-oriented office dedicated to providing you with the best information and expertise you need to bring your invention from lab to market. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at

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