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IDEAWORKS fills the space between research and solutions by delivering customized support to organizations.

As an active hub of applied research and innovation, we provide our industry and community partners access to faculty and staff expertise, an inspired student workforce, exceptional facilities and top technology. And, for Mohawk students, IDEAWORKS offers an environment that combines hands-on learning and advanced skills development.

Mohawk College is recognized as one of Canada's top 50 Research Colleges (Opens in new window).

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

Have a project idea? Contact IDEAWORKS

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

IDEAWORKS is home to innovation centres in 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, such as VR/AR, social innovation, digital media and more. Our research centres are supported by specialized facilities that provide our partners with access to leading-edge equipment, technical know-how and training opportunities.

Funding Partners


Government of Canada Research Support Fund (RSF)

The Research Support Fund assists Canadian postsecondary institutions and their affiliated research hospitals and institutes with the expenses associated with managing the research funded by the three federal research granting agencies. The Research Support Fund is a tri-agency initiative of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. It is administered by the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat, which is housed within SSHRC. You can learn more about the Research Support Fund (RSF) at their website.  Mohawk College uses grant funds to directly support industry innovation by providing technical expertise, access to equipment and supplies. Some indirect costs, such as administrative staff that work in finance, accounting, communications and grant writing, or the acquisition of library holdings, or insurance on research equipment and vehicles are not covered by grants. Mohawk College uses the funds from the RSF to fund research resources such as improved research tools and insurance on research equipment and vehicles. 

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.