As administered by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), the Innovative Solutions Canada program supports startups and small businesses researching and developing novel products and services. Through the program, companies propose ways they could solve federal government departmental challenges by developing innovative technologies.
  • Amount: Phase 1: Grants up to $150k; Phase 2: Grants up to $1M; Phase 3: Government procurement contracts with no fixed maximum.
  • Timeline: Ongoing departmental innovation challenges each with a unique application deadline. Phase 1 projects may last up to 6 months while Phase 2 projects may span up to two years in length.
  • Eligibility: For-profit, privately held Canadian businesses with fewer than 499 FTE employees.
  • Project Types: Proof of concept and prototype development projects to solve federal government departmental innovation challenges. Specific projects depend on challenges currently open for application.
  • Current Challenges: Audio Quality Enhancements for Remote Interpretation Service; Detection System for Wireless Communication; Efficient Soil Sampling Techniques; Enhancing Pedestrian and Cyclist Road Safety; Life Sign Monitoring System (LSMS); Improving the Internet Connectivity of Users in Remote Locations; Kinetic Energy Harvesting on Marine Vessels; Preventing Contraband Delivery via Air and Ground; Scaling Down Precision Agriculture; Plastics Challenge (Multiple Streams). Explore all current challenges.

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Posted: December 19, 2017. Updated: October 29, 2018.