What is iDeaWORKS?

iDeaWORKS is Mohawk College’s research and innovation department. We help Canadian and international businesses, non-profits, governments and other organizations grow and innovate through applied research and innovation projects.

An acronym for innovation, design thinking, entrepreneurship, and applied research, iDeaWORKS collaborates closely with industry to commercialize ideas and improve business productivity by providing access to knowledge, staff, state-of-the-art labs and research capacity.

Mohawk College is recognized as one of Canada's top 50 Research Colleges (opens PDF, 1.4mb).

iDeaWORKS activities and services include:

  • Research, design, develop, prototype, test and commercialize new products, processes and technologies
  • Training and mentorship opportunities
  • Teaming services
  • Access to Mohawk’s facilities and equipment
  • Access to funding programs
  • Events and networking opportunities

How does iDeaWORKS work?

Mohawk faculty, staff and students collaborate with industry partners to complete real-world projects, which are often funded by provincial and federal agencies. These projects aim to address specific industry needs and to provide small businesses and other organizations with access to the resources they require to become more productive, innovative and competitive.

Areas of Specialization

At iDeaWORKS, we have three main areas of focus: eHealth/mHealth, Energy and Additive Manufacturing. iDeaWORKS can also partner on projects that don't fit within the expertise available in our research centres but are linked to Mohawk's other areas of knowledge. Our research centres are supported by specialized facilities that provide our partners with access to leading-edge equipment, technical know-how and training opportunities.

mHealth & eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC)

A modern collaboration space and state-of-the-art cloud computing equipment helps researchers, businesses and healthcare organizations to design, develop, test and evaluate mobile health applications and electronic health record systems.

Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre (AMRC)

This metal and plastic 3D printing facility can collaborate with start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and larger organizations from almost any sector to create prototypes, test materials, and evaluate production and parts design.

Mohawk Energy Resource Centre (MERC)

Mohawk staff and students work with industry on research projects related to smart grids, industrial networking, power quality and energy storage systems.

Funding Partners

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)


The objective of the College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program is to increase innovation at the community and/or regional level by enabling Canadian colleges to increase their capacity to work with local companies, particularly SMEs. It supports applied research and collaborations that facilitate commercialization, as well as technology transfer, adaptation and adoption of new technologies.

For more information, visit the NSERC (opens new window) website.

Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev)

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FedDev Ontario's Applied Research and Commercialization Initiative is a pilot initiative aimed at addressing the gap between research and commercialization in southern Ontario by encouraging collaboration between SMEs and post-secondary institutions.

For more information, visit the FedDev (opens new window) website.

Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

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The College-Industry Innovation Fund seeks to enhance the capacity of colleges to support business innovation in Canada by providing them with state-of-the-art, industry-relevant research infrastructure to foster partnerships with the private sector in a specific area of strategic priority to the institution.

For more information, visit the CFI (opens new window) website.

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

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OCE works directly with academics and researchers in Ontario’s colleges, universities and research hospitals to identify innovations with commercial potential and help establish academic-industry collaborations that drive commercialization and sales.

For more information, visit the OCE (opens new window) website.