Subvention d'engagement partenarial (SEP)

Partnership Engagement Grant (PEG)

This grant allows innovative companies based in Canada to access the expertise, knowledge and skills of college researchers. It is intended to encourage the development of new research partnerships by supporting short-term research and development projects designed to address company-specific problems.

 

This $25,000 grant is awarded for applied research conducted by college researchers. Within 6 months and in close collaboration with the partner company, they must develop new knowledge or apply an existing knowledge in an innovative way to solve a company-specific problem. Important: the partner company must never have partnered up with the college for an applied research project. In other words, there must be no previous involvement between the company and the college.

 

Recherche et développement appliquée (RDA)

Applied Research and Development (ARD2)

This grant is intended to provide Canadian-based companies with access to the expertise, knowledge and resources of Canadian colleges and to train students in the essential technical skills required by companies. The ARD grant supports well-defined applied research and development projects jointly conducted by college researchers and their partners in the private sector. These mutually beneficial collaborations are expected to yield economic benefits to the partner companies and to Canada. Projects can range in duration from one to three years.

 

For applications of up to $75,000 per year, eligible corporate partners must contribute at least 50% of the requested grant amount (cash and in-kind). In addition, the cash contribution must be at least 25% of the grant amount requested. E.g.: For a funding request to the ARD2 program of $75,000 per year, the company must contribute $37,500, of which $18,750 must be in cash.

Programme d'aide à la recherche industrielle (PARI)

Applied Research and Development (ARD3)

This grant is intended to provide Canadian-based companies with access to the expertise, knowledge and resources of Canadian colleges and to train students in the essential technical skills required by companies. The ARD grant supports well-defined applied research and development projects jointly conducted by college researchers and their partners in the private sector. These mutually beneficial collaborations are expected to yield economic benefits to the partner companies and to Canada. Projects can range in duration from one to three years.

For applications to the ARD3 program, the grant may be awarded for large-scale applied research projects. The terms and conditions of this program provide financial assistance ranging from $75,000 to $150,000 per year over a period of one to three years. Eligible partner companies will be required to contribute (cash and in-kind) up to the amount requested from the program and at least 40% of this contribution must be in cash. E.g.: For a funding request to the ARD3 program of $150,000 per year, the company must contribute $150,000, of which $60,000 must be in cash.

Soutien à l'innovation technologique dans les entreprises

Maillons innovation

Maillons innovation grants are designed to establish and strengthen research connections between colleges, universities and companies in order to speed up the development of promising technologies and promote their commercialization in Canada. This grant supports collaborations between colleges and universities that work with companies to ensure the success and commercialization of developed innovations. Projects can last up to three years.

 

The grant amount for each participant is set at a maximum of $125,000 per year for both college and university researchers. Contributions (cash and in-kind) from eligible corporate partners must be at least equivalent to the amount requested from NSERC. However, one-third of this contribution must be in cash. E.g.: For a funding application to the Maillons innovation program of $125,000 for the college research team and $125,000 for the university research team, which totals $250,000 per year, the company must contribute $250,000, of which $83,333 must be in cash.

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ECAT

ECAT grants help companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), become more productive and innovative by providing easier access to college expertise, technology and equipment. By leveraging colleges’ resources, participating SMEs are expected to increase their productivity, competitiveness, and innovative capacity. These grants are renewable for a period of five years.

ECAT grants of up to $100,000 per year in Quebec are allocated to the core activities of the candidate center. Eligible expenses include the hiring of the center’s manager and administrator and basic operating expenses.

Although the private sector contribution is not required to be indicated in the ECAT grant applications, the centers’ performance will be assessed on the basis of their impact on the companies’ innovation potential.

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ICC-RI

RI grants encourage applied research that brings together the expertise needed in different fields to address emerging business opportunities and challenges. These grants are awarded on a competitive basis to colleges in order to support the development of their research capacity that leads to collaborative applied research and technology transfer activities with and for the benefit of companies (primarily SMEs).

Funding for promising projects of 2 years (RI-Entrée), 3 years (RI-Continuité) and 5 years (IR-Croissance), with investments ranging from $100,000 per year (RI-Entrée), $300,000 per year (RI-Continuité) and $400,000 per year (RI-Croissance).

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ICC-Applied research in rapid response to VIDC-19

This program aims to speed up the transfer of applied research results on COVID-19 related matters and related expertise from the public, private and non-profit sectors to local community organizations and their application.

Partner organizations are not required to cover any part of the project costs, but they must all be genuinely involved in the project and must show their level of commitment. The grant can go up to $75,000 per project for up to one year.

If the grant application is approved, additional resources may be available through a partnership between NSERC and Mitacs to strengthen research collaborations. Eligible partner organizations may integrate Mitacs funded internships into a COVID-19 project supported by a college grant.

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Canada Industrial Research Chair (CIRC)

CIRC grants support leaders in applied research and the development of their business-oriented applied research programs in colleges. CIRC grants help colleges undertake new activities and develop applied research capacity in areas that address local or regional socio-economic needs or significantly expand their efforts in this regard. The chairholder must conduct an applied research program with partner companies.

CIRC grants, ranging from $100,000 to $200,000 per year, are valid for five years and are renewable.

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Partnership development

SSHRC funding is awarded through open competitions. Applications can address all areas, topics, approaches and disciplines eligible for SSHRC funding. Partnership Grants are intended for teams working in collaboration with post-secondary institutions or organizations of various types.

These grants provide funding ranging from $75,000 to $200,000 over one to three years to teams or partnerships led by a project director to: conduct research and related activities in the social sciences and humanities, including knowledge mobilization and the meaningful engagement of students and emerging researchers by promoting new partnerships with existing or potential partners; the development and testing of new partnership approaches to research or related activities that may result in best practices or models with the potential to be adapted by others or to be scaled up regionally, nationally or internationally.

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Partnership

Partnership Grants help fund new and existing partnerships designed for the advancement of research, research training or knowledge mobilization in social sciences and humanities through mutual collaboration and shared intellectual leadership as well as resources in the form of cash or in-kind contributions.

These grants provide funding of up to $20,000 for the first phase. It will help applicants prepare for the second phase of the application by further defining their research question, developing partnership agreements, governance structure, research methodology or approach, and consolidating their collaborative activities. Partnerships can take place over four to seven years.

Second phase grants, which are awarded through an invitational process, can go up to $2.5 million.

 
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Industrial Research Assistance Program-IRAP

The Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) provides financial support to qualifying small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada for the development of technologies through grants of up to $500,000 (PRA-$50,000). NRC-IRAP funds research and development (R&D) projects at various stages of the innovation cycle.

The program covers expenses on salaries (up to 80%) and sub-contractors (up to 50%) related to the technological development of an eligible project, as of the contract signature with the NRC, for a period of 1 to 3 years. It does not cover any expenses prior to the planning phase or before the contract is signed and after the project has been carried out in the commercialization phase.

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Interactive visits

The Interactive Visits are a low-cost scientific and technological support program for SMEs and start-ups. The duration of the interventions does not allow any prototyping or development of new concepts, but can be useful as an orientation phase towards the realization of an R&D project with a consultant who has the required expertise to assist you.

SMEs and start-ups can benefit from 20 hours of consultation with experts from ADRIQ’s TTCs and TICN (Technology and Innovation Consulting Network).

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REGI – Regional economic growth through innovation in regional innovation ecosystems.

Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) is a national financial support program. It is designed to promote economic growth of companies and regions through innovation. In Quebec, it is run by Canada Economic Development (CED), which takes into account the needs of each region.

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Research and Transfer Assistance Program - RTAP

The purpose of the Research and Transfer Assistance Program (RTAP) is to develop the human and technological resources of college educational institutions (CEIs) and college technology transfer centers (TTCs) in order to boost technological and social innovation in Quebec.

There are two components to this program, Technological Innovation (IT) and Social Innovation (SI), which allow institutions to pursue applied research activities related to technological barriers or society issues in order to address the specific needs of the target communities.

The funding is detailed as follows:

IT SECTION

  • Expertise development project (autonomous research) for a maximum amount of $65,000 over a 12-month period.
  • Partnership research for a maximum amount of $65,000 over a 12-month period.
  • Multicentre or multi-institution (including joint IT and IS projects) for a maximum amount of $120,000 over a 12-month period.

IS SECTION

  • Expertise development project (autonomous research) for a maximum amount of $85,000 over a 12-month period.
  • Partnership research for a maximum amount of $85,000 over a 12-24 month period.
  • Multicentre or multi-institution (including joint IT and SI projects) for a maximum amount of $138,000 over a 12-24 month period.
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Innovation Program

The purpose of this program is to support companies, primarily SMEs, in carrying out their innovation projects and marketing their innovations.

More specifically, this program is intended to support companies at the various stages of a product or process innovation project: planning, development, demonstration and marketing. It helps speed up product or process innovation projects and, ultimately, contributes to improving companies’ productivity and competitiveness, particularly among SMEs.

Government assistance varies according to the number of companies and centers (QuébecInnove member centers) involved and collaborating on the project. For a project involving a single company, the financial support can go up to 30% of eligible expenses for a maximum of $50,000 per project; if the company is part of a collaborative project involving at least one other company and/or one QuébecInnove member center, the financial support is then increased to 50% of eligible expenses for a maximum of $150,000 per company.

If the company’s project involves a real-life demonstration project or a technology showcase project, the financial support represents 50% of the eligible expenses and the amount will be increased to a maximum of $350,000 per project.

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Commitment

The QRFs are opening this program as a pilot project, with the purpose of promoting innovative research in Quebec through the emergence of new research practices. The QRFs also intend to contribute to scientific literacy in Quebec and to the interest in science within Quebec society.

This pilot program will allow for the emergence of a hybrid team of researchers and citizens, bringing together all the skills required to cover the project’s various responsibilities.

The funding is as follows: the college researcher, as a main participant, will be granted a release, equivalent to the time the person devotes to the project (limited to 33% of the annual salary up to a maximum of $25,000/year). Communication costs for mobilizing and involving citizens throughout the research project will be covered. In addition, the citizen, as the other main participant, will receive a compensation paid to his or her home organization, equivalent to the time that the individual devotes to the project (limited to 33% of the annual salary up to a maximum of $25,000/year).

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Partnership Oriented Research Project

The overall objective of the Partnership Oriented Research Project program is to promote interactions and partnerships between university and college researchers, economic and government partners, and potential end-users of research results in strategic sectors for Quebec. Through these partnerships, this program intends to expand the training of new skills and expertise, develop new research teams and strengthen existing bonds between Quebec, Canadian and international researchers.

The grant amount is generally set at a maximum of $100,000/year for a maximum duration of three years. The budget items generally eligible under the program are remuneration according to the standards applicable in the institution (including fringe benefits), grants and supplementary bursaries, salary support for researchers at colleges and technology transfer centers (TTC), maternity leave for students and miscellaneous expenses.