Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
09/13/19 8:00 PM ET Receipt
Grants to Canada IHE faculty members to partner with companies, researcher-owned companies, and early-stage investment groups to support the transfer of technology originating from IHEs. This program seeks to support research and development projects demonstrating technology transfer potential.
The objective of the Idea to Innovation (I2I) Grants is to accelerate the pre-competitive development of promising technology originating from the university and college sector and promote its transfer to a new or established Canadian company. The I2I Grants provide funding to college and university faculty members to support research and development projects with recognized technology transfer potential. This is achieved through defined phases by providing crucial assistance in the early stages of technology validation and market connection.
Four distinct funding options are proposed, which are characterized by the maturity of the technology or the involvement of an early-stage investment entity or an industrial partner. For partner eligibility definitions see: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Professors-Professeurs/RPP-PP/I2I-INNOV_eng.asp#partelig.
In the Market Assessment, NSERC will share costs of an independent and professional market study with the institutions (including the industry liaison office [ILO] or its equivalent). In Phase I, the direct costs of research will be entirely supported by NSERC; in Phase II, they will be shared with a private partner. The technology development may begin with a Phase I project (Reduction-to-Practice Stage), followed by a Phase II project (Technology Enhancement) or, if the development is at a later stage, it can start directly with a Phase II project.
Eligible research and development activities include (but are not limited to):
- Refining and implementing designs
- Verifying application
- Conducting field studies
- Preparing demonstrations
- Building prototypes
- Performing beta trials
Eligible technology transfer activities include (but are not limited to):
- Consulting fees to develop the strategy to protect the technology’s commercial value
- Market investigations
- Consulting fees for a business plan, market survey, etc.
- Business mentoring by experienced entrepreneurs
- Sharing of patenting expenses
- Expenses associated with creating a partnership (such as travel, etc.)
GrantWatch ID#: 160240
- Maximum Amount Requested: $15,000
- NSERC will co-support up to three-quarters of the costs of the project contracted out to a consultant, with the institution providing the balance in cash (a person employed part-time or full-time at an ILO or its equivalent cannot act as an external consultant on an I2I Market Assessment project).
- Maximum Amount Requested: $125,000
- NSERC will assume 100 percent of the direct costs of research for Phase I projects.
- Maximum Amount Requested: $60,000
- Maximum Amount Requested: $125,000
- NSERC can support up to two-thirds of the costs of the project with the early-stage investment entity providing the balance in cash.
- Maximum Amount Requested: $350,000
- NSERC may fund up to half the cost of the project, with the company providing the other half through a combination of cash and in-kind contributions.
- Certain expenditures related to project management are now eligible as a direct cost of research in Phase IIb projects, up to a maximum of 10 percent of the total direct costs.
The combination of Phase I and Phase II will be limited to a maximum of three years' funding for any given project.
- Market Assessment: Up to 12 months
- Phase I: Up to 12 months
- Phase Ib: Up to 6 months
- Phase IIa: 6 to 18 months
- Phase IIb: Up to 24 months
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://ebiz.nserc.ca/nserc_web/nserc_login_e.htm
Idea to Innovation Grants (I2I)
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