The Canadian government has invested billions of dollars into applied research and the “innovation economy”. As a result, our nation has spurred great researchers and entrepreneurship
programs from coast to coast. Despite this, the playbook for research commercialization is still sparse. The Lab2Market (L2M) program aims to change that by charting the path for research commercialization in Canada.

The goal of Lab2Market (L2M) Program is to address this gap and improve Canada’s research commercialization performance. This program does that by supporting researchers in the early stages of development, providing the resources, training, and guidance needed to take their innovations to market.

Additional information can be found in the Information Package.


The program is funded through NSERC’s I2I Market Assessment program and requires the support of the applicant’s respective Industry Liaison Office (ILO) or equivalent.

Applicants must apply in teams consisting of a(n):

  • Entrepreneurial Lead (EL) – A full time graduate (Masters or PhD) student, postdoctoral
    fellow within five years of having finished their graduate degree, or research assistant.
    The EL is expected to work on the project full-time (20-40 hours/week) over the duration
    of the program, representing the team in all training sessions and leading all activities.
  • Technical Lead (TL) – The principal investigator of the research project. The TL is
    expected to participate in select training sessions and assist the EL throughout the
    program. The TL must be NSERC eligible.

Funding Available

The Lab2Market (L2M) Program provides $15,000 over 4 months to support investigators who participate in this program.

Internal Contacts

Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss this funding opportunity by emailing the following contact(s) as soon as possible: Theresa White and their Research Facilitator.


Faculty Deadline Consult your Faculty Research Facilitator.
OVPRI Deadline (Disclosure Form) June 20, 2022
Submission to Sponsor June 27, 2022  (Full Application)

Submitting Your Application

  • Step 1) Submit a Disclosure Form
    Submit a Disclosure Form from Industry and Partnership Services (IPS)
  • Step 2) Submit an external application to the granting agency
    Submit an external application to the corresponding grant or award agency. For further details about funding categories, eligibility criteria and deadlines for this opportunity, click here.