Applied Research Funding Programs

The following list represents some commonly used applied research funding programs that have helped our clients. Please talk to us about how we can help you access these programs.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Engage Grants

These grants are intended to foster the development of new research partnerships by supporting short-term research and development projects aimed at addressing a company-specific problem. They provide a maximum of $25,000 for activities lasting up to six months. In some cases, additional funds of up to $12,500 through Engage Plus may be obtained to further Engage Grant activities. Visit their site to learn more.


MITACS has a number of programs designed to build partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada. Their Accelerate program provides funding for four-month internships within an industry environment. The Elevate program provides industry research internships for up to two years.

National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)

IRAP provides financial support to qualified small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada to help them undertake technologyinnovation. Visit their site to learn more.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) - Atlantic Innovation Fund

The AIF Program encourages partnerships among private sector firms, universities, colleges and other research institutions to develop and commercialize new or improved products and services.

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) - Business Development Program

The Business Development Program can help you set up, expand or modernize your business. It can also provide financing to develop your innovative ideas and improve your competitiveness. Focusing on small- and medium-sized enterprises, this program offers repayable assistance. Non-profit organizations providing support to the business community may also qualify.

Innovation PEI

Innovation PEI offers a variety of programs and services to facilitate economic development through innovation.

SpringBoard Atlantic

Springboard has a broad range of services to help transfer university-developed technology and knowledge.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Idea to Innovation

This program is designed 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. Visit the website to learn more.