Innovate Manitoba’s popular Industry’Connects program is a collision of researchers, industry, and federal funding agencies. It’s designed to create collaborative and innovative research partnerships supported with federal research funds, which include some or all of the programs listed below.
Commercialization Support for Business Program
This program brought to you by the Government of Manitoba is designed to help entrepreneurs every step of the way at every stage of the business cycle. It offers three streams: Product Development, Commercialization, and Market Development.
National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC – IRAP)
NRC-IRAP is Canada’s premier innovation assistance program for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). They offer a variety of services, including financial assistance that can be accessed by startups and SMEs.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
NSERC supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects.
Up to $25,000 to support six months of research costs of academic researcher-Canadian company projects. No cash contribution required from the company, but the company must collaborate on the project and be able to exploit the research results. This grant applies to new business/research relationships only. More info can be found here.
Applied Research and Development Grants
Three different levels of grants, from up to $25,000 for up to six months, and between $25,000 and $75,000 or between $75,000 and $150,000 per year for up to three years. These are designed to support applied research and development projects undertaken by college research with private-sector partners. Industry partner in-kind/cash contribution varies depending on grant level. More information can be found here.
Idea to Innovation Grants
These grants support college-university collaborations working with a company partner(s) to accelerate the development and commercialization of promising technologies. The college and university can share up to $250,000 per year based on company contribution of $125,000 (NSERC will match company contributions 1:1, so if the company contribution is $50,000, both the college and university can receive up to $50,000 each). More information can be found here.
Collaborative Research & Development Grants
These grants support one to five year projects undertaken by university researchers and their private-sector partners. The industrial partner must contribute to the direct project costs in an amount equal to, or greater than, the amount requested from NSERC. More info can be found here.
Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards
Allows students to gain research work experience in an industrial setting that complements their studies. Maximum value of $4,500 for a full 16-week period and organizations are required to supplement the award for at least 25 percent of it value. More info can be found here.
Industrial Postgraduate Scholarships Program
Provide financial support for highly qualified science and engineering graduates, allowing them to gain research experience in industry while undertaking advanced studies in Canada. $15,000 per year is available for up to three years plus a minimum contribution from the sponsoring organization of $6,000 per year. More info can be found here.
Industrial R&D Fellowships
Provide financial support to enable the most promising recent doctoral graduates to engage in research and development in the private sector. $30,000 per year is available for two years plus a minimum contribution of $10,000 per year from the host organization. More info can be found here.
Mitacs supports national innovation by coordinating collaborative industry-university research projects with human capital development at their core.
Mitacs programs offer many benefits to faculty members, including new ways to connect with Canadian companies through collaborative research projects and a new way to recruit top, international undergraduate students.
Mitacs offers a suite of research and training programs that enable companies to connect with top Canadian and international researchers.
Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program (SR&ED)
SR&ED is a federal tax incentive program, administered by the Canada Revenue Agency that encourages Canadian businesses of all sizes, and in all sectors to conduct R&D in Canada. It is the largest single source of federal government support for industrial R&D. The SR&ED Program gives claimants cash refunds and/or tax credits for their expenditures on eligible R&D work done in Canada.
Research Manitoba provides funds for research in the health sciences through a number of grants and awards programs from moneys received from the Province.