Innovative Solutions Canada: 2019 R&D Challenges

Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) is an initiative that seeks technology-based solutions to federal government challenges. Through the program, companies can receive grant funding to research and develop solutions that overcome these challenges, therefore helping the Canadian government to function better. The Government of Canada may even purchase your innovation for further testing and deployment.

Innovative Solutions Canada has shifted the focus of their challenges to COVID-19-related research programs with up to $1M in funding for each challenge.

To participate in ISC, you must submit a proposal for one of the program’s current innovation challenges. To help you find the most applicable challenge for your business, this article summarizes current and upcoming areas where solutions are required. Explore each stream to evaluate whether your business can develop and commercialize in-demand next-generation technology.

Innovative Solutions Canada: COVID-19 Challenges

Innovative Solutions Canada is currently holding an application intake for the following COVID-19 innovation challenges:

COVID-19 Challenge: An Intelligent Digital Clearing House

  • Objective: The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in collaboration with Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is seeking a smart digital exchange platform solution that will connect researchers, health providers, and solution providers with the appropriate expertise, materials, devices, and information to respond to COVID-19.
  • Contract Value:
    • Phase 1: $300,000 for up to three months (two applicants awarded)
    • Phase 2: $1M for up to 12 months (one applicant awarded)
  • Timeline: Closing date June 2, 2020.

COVID-19 Challenge: Magnetic Reagents for Detection of COVID-19

  • Objective: The National Research Council Canada (NRC) is seeking a solution for reagents diagnostics of COVID-19 with capability to be deployed on the frontline for rapid testing.
  • Contract Value:
    • Phase 1: Up to $300,000 for a period of three months (two applicants awarded)
    • Phase 2: Up to $1M for a period of 12 months (one applicant awarded)
  • Timeline: Closing date June 16, 2020.

COVID-19 Challenge: Real-Time Insights for Pandemic Decision-Making

  • Objective: Looking for innovative epidemiological and healthcare solutions involving data gathering and data analytics technologies to support the early detection and community-based surveillance of outbreaks of contagious diseases.
  • Contract Value:
    • Phase 1: Up to $200,000 for a period of six months
    • Phase 2: Up to $1M for a period of 12 months
  • Timeline: Closing date June 23, 2020.

COVID-19 Challenge Scrubbing Your Scrubs: Finding Ways to Decontaminate and Reuse PPE

  • Objective 1: Finding a rapid and effective decontamination protocol or technology for PPE equipment.
  • Objective 2: Availability of material and design solutions for PPE and operational clothing and equipment that meet or exceed the current functional performance requirements.
  • Contract Value:
    • Phase 1: Up to $200,000 for a period of six months
    • Phase 2: Up to $1M for a period of 12 months
  • Timeline: Closing date June 23, 2020.

COVID-19 Challenge Super Sanitize: Cleaning Sensitive Equipment

  • Objective: Finding viable and effective processes for safely decontaminating enclosed work environments.
  • Contract Value:
    • Phase 1: Up to $200,000 for a period of six months
    • Phase 2: Up to $1M for a period of 12 months
  • Timeline: Closing date June 23, 2020.

Innovative Solutions Canada: Federal Innovation Challenges

Development of Quiet Depth Finder Technology

  • Solution Wanted: Alternative technology for vessel depth finders that do not use sound (i.e. alternatives to echosounders) in order to reduce underwater noise impacts on marine mammals.
  • Contract Value: $1,000,000
  • Timeline: Closing date June 10, 2020.

Protecting the Southern Resident Killer Whale: Reducing Underwater Noise from Escort Tugs

  • Solution Wanted: Reduce the underwater radiated noise (URN) generated by tugs that escort large commercial vessels through the critical habitat of the Southern Resident Killer Whale in the Salish Sea.
  • Contract Value: $1,000,000
  • Timeline: Closing date June 10, 2020.

Plastics Challenge – Filtration of Microplastics in Ship Greywater

  • Solution Wanted: Wastewater treatment system that can capture and extract microplastics in quantifiable amounts from ship’s greywater prior to discharge.
  • Contract Value: $1,000,000
  • Timeline: Closing date June 10, 2020.

About the Innovative Solutions Canada R&D Program

Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) is a competitive proposal-based funding program that provides government grants to Canadian innovators. Through the program, applicants can choose an open innovation challenge and offer a technological approach to help overcome the problem. Proposals submitted from qualified applicants are called forward to Phase 1 (Proof of Concept). Selected concepts are invited to participate in Phase 2 (Prototype Development) and upon completion of the program, the department that initiated the challenge may purchase your innovation for deployment.

Research grants are awarded depending on the challenge and project phase. Consult your specific challenge for greater insight on ISC’s financial incentives.

To participate in any of the challenges listed in this blog, innovators must be for-profit, incorporated in Canada, maintain less than 500 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, perform research and development in Canada, and maintain a workforce/management group that is primarily Canadian-based.

To discuss your eligibility for Innovative Solutions Canada and explore how your company can optimize the application process, please contact Mentor Works.

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Matthew has a background in digital marketing, working with small business owners on their branding, digital marketing strategy, and the execution of their campaigns. As a Marketing Coordinator at Mentor Works, Matthew continues to help business owners by creating educational content on what Government funding opportunities are available to Canadian businesses.

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