Research and Development Funding for Bilateral Projects: ISTPP






  • tiny Nano-hard drive The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service’s International Science and Technology Partnerships Program (ISTPP) is a government funding for research and development initiative, established to encourage and support bilateral research projects with commercialization potential between Canada and its partner countries.  The ISTPP program has proven valuable in fostering science and technology networking and matchmaking activities to further new partnerships and accelerate research and development commercialization efforts. 

    Overview of ISTPP Government Funding for Business

    The ISTPP is a five-year, 20 million dollar program extending from 2010 to 2015.  ISTPP Canadian Small Business Funding Grants are characterized as “seed funds” meaning private sector firms that participate in this program are encouraged to bring science and technology expertise as well as funds of their own to this bilateral relationship.  *This program is not currently accepting applications but we expect a new round of funding in the near future.

    Eligibility for this Canadian Government Funding Opportunity

    In order to be eligible for this exciting Canadian government funding program firms must propose projects that contributes to the overall objectives of the ISTPP, these include:

    • Result in leverage of global networks critical to commercialization in international markets;
    • Provide the opportunity to access the world’s best facilities, equipment, talent & knowledge; and
    • Create wealth from the Canadian production of innovative products & services through international relationships

    Evaluation of Projects Eligible for Government Funding Canada

    The process of evaluation will utilize 3rd part expert evaluators with the final decision being made by the Board of Directors of the delivery organization.   During this process the delivery organization will consider the proposed project meets the following criteria:

    • The Canadian government stands to receive a net economic and technological benefit;
    • The project is technologically feasible;
    • Funding from ISTPP is necessary to ensure that the project proceeds with the desired scope;
    • In the event of commercial success funding will be repaid in whole or in part; and
    • The project contributes to the strategic objectives of the ISTPP Program

    Learn More about this Research and Development Funding Opportunity

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About The Author

Ryan Weaver

Ryan has a BA in economics, an MSc in management, and several published works including two books. As Marketing Analyst at Mentor Works, Ryan enjoys communicating with business owners & executives about government grants and funding available to help overcome obstacles to growth.