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Innovative Solutions Canada: New Funding Challenges Announced

Innovative Solutions Canada: 2019 R&D Challenges

The challenges listed in this blog post were active at the time this blog was published. For an updated list of active challenges, please view them on our Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) Page.

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 announced new initiatives to their 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: Recycling technologies for disposable (single-use) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) used in healthcare sector

  • Objective: The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in collaboration with Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and Health Canada (HC) seeks to reduce the environmental footprint of PPE in Canada by developing efficient and cost-effective recycling technologies which will enable the conversion of waste PPE into valuable products and divert them from landfills.
  • Contract Value:
    • Phase 1: $300,000 for up to three months (two applicants awarded)
    • Phase 2: $1M for up to six months (one applicant awarded)
  • Timeline: Closing date is November 6, 2020.

COVID-19 Challenge: Compostable disposable surgical masks and compostable disposable respirators used in the Canadian healthcare system

  • Objective: The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in collaboration with Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC), Health Canada (HC), and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is seeking solutions for the manufacture of compostable disposable surgical masks and compostable disposable respirators to be used by healthcare workers.
  • Contract Value:
    • Phase 1: Up to $300,000 for a period of four months (two applicants awarded)
    • Phase 2: Up to $1M for a period of eight months (one applicant awarded)
  • Timeline: Closing date is November 17, 2020.

Innovative Solutions Canada: Federal Innovation Challenges

Digital navigation matching tool for federal programs and services

  • Objective: Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is seeking a web-based navigation tool that enables users to navigate Indigenous federal programs, initiatives, and strategies, and that can match incoming requests from Indigenous businesses, organizations, and government officials to a federal program/service.
  • Contract Value:
    • Phase 1: Up to $150,000 for a period of six months (two applicants awarded)
    • Phase 2: Up to $520,000 for a period of 12 months (one applicant awarded)
  • Timeline: Closing date is November 24, 2020.

Quantum Computing-as-a-Service

  • Objective: Shared Services Canada (SSC) is seeking a user-friendly solution for using Quantum Computing-as-a-Service (QCaaS) to optimize complex problem solving, yielding possible solutions for use in evidence-based decision-making.
  • Contract Value:
    • Phase 1: Up to $150,000 for a period of six months (four applicants awarded)
    • Phase 2: Up to $1M for a period of 18 months (two applicants awarded)
  • Timeline: Closing date is December 15, 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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2 Comments

  1. Perhaps you should update your programs: both of the programs listed have closing dates a month or more in the past.

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