Strategic Innovation Fund Stream 4: Collaborative Technology Development and Demonstration

By mmuise

The Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) is a program that provides repayable and non-repayable contributions. The objective of the Collaborative Technology Development and Demonstration stream is to advance industrial research, development and technology demonstration through collaboration between the private sector, researchers and non-profit organizations.

Comments on Funding:

Funding will take the form of non-repayable contributions and the program contribution to any recipient will not exceed 50% of its total eligible costs, except for Recipients that are academic institutions and Networks, where the contribution provided may cover 100% of their eligible costs.
If the recipient is a Network, it may receive 100% of its eligible costs.

The combined level of assistance from all governments (federal, provincial, territorial and municipal) to any one Recipient shall not normally exceed 75% of eligible costs, except for recipients that are academic institutions for whom the maximum assistance would be 100%.
The combined level of assistance provided to Networks from all government sources will not exceed 100% of the total eligible costs of the Network.

Deadline: Rolling deadline

The applicant must be:

  • a consortium that may include Canadian universities, colleges, research institutes, for-profit corporations (including SMEs) and/or not-for-profit entities;
  • a network.
    The projects need to have a Lead Applicant which must:
  • be incorporated pursuant to the laws of Canada,
  • carry on business in Canada and
  • propose to conduct industrial research and technology demonstration activities. Networks can also apply under Stream
  • In this case, the Lead Applicant must be a not-for-profit organization incorporated in Canada. Its role will consist of distributing funds to research partnerships consisting of industry, academic institutions and research institutions for the purpose of co-funding collaborative research and technology development projects.
Application Steps:


1. must check their eligibility by completing the SIF self-screening questionnaire. If their project meets the SIF eligibility requirements, they will be given the opportunity to consult with ISED.

2 must submit:

a) a Statement of Interest (SOI) with a high-level overview of the proposed project. Based on the SOI, applicants will be provided with feedback on whether they will be invited to Step 2 – Full application.

b) a full application, outlining in greater detail the project proposal. Information provided on this form will be used to complete the project due diligence and benefits assessment.

3. will sign a Contribution Agreement with ISED laying out the legally binding responsibilities and obligations of both parties, if their project is approved. For funding provided under Stream 4, all Recipients (not only the Lead Recipient) may be required to sign the Contribution Agreement.

Project proposals require a lead applicant, which will be responsible for submitting a Statement of Interest and a full application if advised to advance to Step 2 of the process, as well as managing the project for the duration of the SIF agreement.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:
1. a Statement of Interest (SOI);
2. a full application, if invited

Other Things to Note:

Stream 4 offers periodic competitive calls for proposals based on government priorities. All competitions are currently closed.

Date modified: 2023-08-04

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