Research & Development Funding

Research & Development Grant, Loan, and Funding Programs Mentor Works Can Write for Your Business.

Research and development activities support innovation and enable Canadian companies to achieve competitive advantages over other domestic and international firms. These types of activities are not just for research-focused companies and large businesses with substantial R&D budgets, but also for smaller companies that seek an edge over products and services that currently dominate the market. Innovation is a mindset that businesses must adopt to remain a viable choice to customers; without research and development, there will eventually be solutions available to your client base that are more appealing than your offerings. Fortunately, Canadian government funding is available to offset R&D costs and help companies stretch their research budgets.

Mentor Works team of Canadian government grant & loan application writers have an average success rate of 86% across all government funding programs and provide our clients with an average of 95% time savings. Speak with a member of our team to find out what programs your business may be eligible for by calling us at 1-888-599-3111 or visiting our Get Funding Help page.

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Accelerating Innovations Into Care Alberta Research & Development
  • Supports the commercialization of health tech via collaborations of Alberta SMEs and public health providers
  • Up to 50% project expenses to a maximum $150,000 contribution
Yes
Accessible Technology Program (ATP) Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supports the development and testing of assistive technologies
  • Up to $4M per project/year in non-repayable grants
Yes software, non profit,
Agricultural Clean Technology Program (ACT) Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supports research, development and adoption of clean technologies through investments and promotion of agri-based bioproducts
  • Access up to 50-75% of costs to a maximum $5M project
Yes food, manufacturing, agri,
AgriInnovate Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supports businesses to commercialize and/or adopt innovative agri-based products, technologies, processes or services
  • Access up to 50% of project expenses to a maximum of $10 million per application
Yes food, agri,
Alberta Innovates: Voucher Program Alberta Research & Development
  • Supports Ontario businesses to develop new products & services, and to create online tools that support market expansion and exporting
  • Access up to 50-75% of costs to a maximum $100k per application
Yes
Alberta Media Fund Alberta Research & Development
  • Supports organizations and individuals developing screen-based media, scripts, books, magazines, and sound recordings
  • Up to 18%-50% of eligible costs covered to a maximum $20k-$200k, depending on funding stream
Yes software,
Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program Ontario Research & Development
  • Supports commercialization of technology and/or productivity improvements of businesses
  • Access up to 50% of costs to a maximum $500,000 per collaboration
Yes automotive,
Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN): Talent Development Program Ontario Research & Development
  • Combines Ontario companies with top young minds to stimulate industry-driven R&D projects for Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (C/AV) technologies.
  • Up to $35,000 in grant funding.
Yes automotive, cleantech,
Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) WinterTech Development Program Ontario Research & Development
  • Supports projects related to the development, validation, testing, demonstration, and prototyping of mobility technologies and services
  • Up to one-third of the eligible project costs up to a maximum of $500,000
Yes automotive, cleantech,
AV R&D Partnership Fund: Technology Demonstrations Ontario Research & Development
  • Supports the development and demonstration of pre-market technologies the automotive sector
  • Up to 33% of eligible costs to a maximum of $1,000,000 in grant funding
Yes automotive,
Business Scale-up and Productivity Program (BSP) Ontario Business Expansion Capital & Tech Adoption Research & Development
  • Helps to offset upfront project costs and helps southern Ontario businesses grow more quickly
  • Access repayable funding for up to 35% of project costs to a maximum $10M
Yes exporting, food, software, manufacturing, auto, cleantech,
Canada Media Fund: Experimental Stream Canada-wide Business Expansion Capital & Tech Adoption Research & Development
  • Supports developing, producing, and promoting innovative, interactive software development projects including apps and video games
  • Up to $15k-$1.5M per project phase in grants
Yes software, cleantech,
Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) Canada-wide Business Expansion Capital & Tech Adoption Research & Development
  • Supports Canadian agricultural business expansion and growth
  • Up to 50%-75% of expenses to a max $1M in grants
Yes food, agri, municipality, non profit, agri,
Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) Ontario Ontario Business Expansion Capital & Tech Adoption Research & Development
  • Supports Ontario agricultural business expansion and growth
  • Up to 25% to 50% of eligible expenses to a max $250,000 in grants
Yes food, northern ontario, agri, municipality, non profit,
Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP) Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supports municipalities demonstrating an innovative solution or approach to environmental issues
  • Up to $175,000 to cover up to 80% of eligible costs for all three study streams
Yes non profit,
CAP Alberta Alberta Business Expansion Capital & Tech Adoption Research & Development
  • Supports businesses and organizations completing projects that lead to the growth and competitiveness of Alberta agriculture
  • Up to 50% of eligible project costs
Yes food,
Customer Demonstration Program Ontario Research & Development
  • Supports technology demonstrations between two or more Ontario-based businesses
  • Up to 50% coverage of eligible expenses to a maximum $50k
Yes non profit,
ENCQOR 5G SME Technology Development Program (5G SDP) Ontario Research & Development
  • Supports collaborative 5G technology development projects to develop, integrate, test, or validate pre-commercial 5G technologies.
  • Access up to $50k to $500k in Government Funding per application
Yes software, cleantech,
Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) – National Research Council (NRC) Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Designed to accelerate the research and development projects of Canadian innovators
  • Access up to 60-80% of costs to a maximum $10M per application
Yes software,
Industry Commercialization Associates Program Alberta Hiring & Training Research & Development
  • Supports hiring an associate to perform technical commercialization activities
  • Level 1 – Up to $52,500 annual stipend. Level 2 – Up to $75,000 annual stipend. Level 3 – Up to $105,000 annual stipend. Additional Expense Allowance of $7,000 annually
Yes
Industry R&D Associates Program Alberta Hiring & Training Research & Development
  • Supports hiring an associate to perform technical research and development activities
  • Level 1 – Up to $52,500 annual stipend. Level 2 – Up to $67,500 annual stipend. Additional Expense Allowance of $7,000 annually
Yes
Innovation for Defence and Security Program (IDEaS) Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supports pre-commercial military and defence technologies that have the potential to address current challenges faced by Canada’s Armed Forces
  • Access up to $1.2M for initial R&D. Fully-developed solutions may access up to $20M through a procurement program
Yes
Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Helps startups and small businesses overcome technology development hurdles so that they can produce globally-demanded products and services
  • Up to $150k for proof of concept projects, and up to $1M for prototype development, and may also be awarded a government contract
Yes media, software, cleantech,
Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Fund Ontario Research & Development
  • Supports Canadian media projects during their concept and production development stages
  • Eligible applicants can receive up to 50% of eligible costs to a maxium of $50,000 for concept and $250,000 for production
Yes media, software,
Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) Program Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supporting clean technologies in the forest industry during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Applicants can receive 50% of eligible costs up to $20M for the general stream of the program, $1M for the small business stream, and $500K for the studies project stream
Yes covid, forest, cleantech,
Mitacs Accelerate Canada-wide Hiring & Training Research & Development
  • Pairs businesses with Masters, PhD and PDF interns to overcome innovation challenges
  • Matching funds from Mitacs up to $7,500 per 4-6 month internship unit
Yes cleantech,
MITACS Elevate Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supports industry and academic parterships to solve current issues through innovative means
  • Receive up to $25,000 from Mitacs
Yes university, college, collaboarative, cleantech, agri,
NGen Manufacturing Program Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supporting technology development that will help Canadian manufacturers compete globally
  • Grants up to 44.4% of eligible expenses with no limit on project size
Yes manufacturing, manufacturers, municipality, non profit,
NOHFC INVEST North Program Ontario Business Expansion Capital & Tech Adoption Research & Development
  • Supporting economic development initiavitves in Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance towards projects that diversify their region
  • Receive up to $5,000,000 per project as either a grant or partially foregivable loan
Yes research, university, manufacturing, media, agri, collaborative, northern ontario, cleantech,
NSERC Alliance Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supporting collaborative R&D projects between Canadian businesses and universities
  • Up to $1,000,000 in grant funding per year
Yes university, college, collaboarative,
Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund (OHCRIF) Ontario Research & Development
  • Funding research towards ideas and approaches on developing Canada's workforce
  • Covers 100% of eligible expenses to a max of $250,000
Yes
Product Demonstration Program Alberta Research & Development
  • Supporting commercialisation-ready tech in the industries of energy, nanotechnology, health, and more
  • Grants covering up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $300,000
Yes forest, manufacturing, energy, tech, software
Protein Industries Canada Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supporting collaborative product or process research, technology development, and export market development projects related to expanding Canada’s plant-based protein sector
  • Offsets up to 50% of eligible project expenses with no defined maximum contribution. Remaining project funds must be supported by at least two project partners.
Yes university, college, collaboarative, health, research, food, agri,
Rural Economic Development Fund (RED) Ontario Business Expansion Capital & Tech Adoption Research & Development
  • Supports regional economic development activities in rural southern Ontario communities
  • Up to 30-50% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $150,000-$250,000
Yes northern ontario, cleantech, agri, municipality, non profit,
SD Tech Fund Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Supports cleantech projects that aim to improve water, soil and air quality to reduce the effects of climate change
  • Access up to 40% of project costs for an average funding contribution of $3,000,000
Yes agi, software, cleantech,
SONAMI Ontario Research & Development
  • Helps manufacturers and innovation-based businesses overcome innovation challenges
  • Access up to 50% of project costs
Yes manufacturing, auto,
Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) Canada-wide Capital & Tech Adoption Research & Development
  • Supports projects that drive sustained productivity and economic benefits
  • Submit a project budget of at least $20M and access up to 50% of eligible costs
Yes software, cleantech, municipality, non profit,
Supply Chains and Logistics Excellence AI (SCALE.AI) Canada-wide Research & Development
  • Enhances Canada’s existing supply chain practices by boosting economic development through faster adoption and integration of artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Access up to 40% of eligible project costs, with no minimum or maximum investment allocated per project
Yes software, municipality, non profit,
Western Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) Program Western Canada Business Expansion Capital & Tech Adoption Research & Development
  • Helps businesses with high growth potential adopt/adapt innovative technologies that support productivity and export expansion
  • Access up to 50% of costs to a maximum $5M per application and $10M per applicant
Yes forest, manufacturing, energy, tech, software, covid,
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Research and Development Resources for Canadian Businesses

Because research and development is so critical to the growth of Canadian companies, it’s worthwhile to understand how your organization can support a culture of innovation. Often, its helpful to observe what other companies are doing to create new products and services, then think about how you could undertake similar projects directed towards your clients or offerings. Forward-looking, proactive companies can continuously improve and offer better products/services to customers, which makes planning and execution of projects so important.

What innovative projects will your company complete? Find resources to support your upcoming research and development projects by choosing one of the following options:

Research Resources

Early-stage research projects form the basis of successful innovations. Research, often viewed through the lens of technology readiness levels (TRL) include concept evaluation, technology evaluation, and proof-of-concept research. At this phase of innovation, companies work with scientific research or other indicators that there is an opportunity to be exploited. Firms apply these concepts to plan how technology or another form of innovation can provide value to customers. Basic research begins as the solution becomes more defined and the company has a vision for an end-product. Explore the resources below to understand where research fits in your growth plans and develop a strategy for success:

Development Resources

Early-stage research projects form the basis of successful innovations. Research, often viewed through the lens of technology readiness levels (TRL) include concept evaluation, technology evaluation, and proof-of-concept research. At this phase of innovation, companies work with scientific research or other indicators that there is an opportunity to be exploited. Firms apply these concepts to plan how technology or another form of innovation can provide value to customers. Basic research begins as the solution becomes more defined and the company has a vision for an end-product. Explore the resources below to understand where research fits in your growth plans and develop a strategy for success:

Commercialization Resources

When it’s time to bring a product or service to market, commercialization activities begin and technology developers start actively seeking a purchaser. Project activities that typically fall within this area (as defined by technology readiness levels) include operational environment demonstrations, final testing and evaluation, and finally, successful deployment. Commercialization is all about finding someone to buy your innovation; operational environment demonstrations typically require a host organization (often a potential customer) to install the technology and complete tasks with it. This testing provides critical feedback that can be used to make final improvements on the innovation; after one or several rounds of feedback and modifications, the technology becomes ready for deployment. Explore the resources below to understand where technology commercialization fits in your growth plans and develop a strategy for success:

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