Strategic Innovation Fund Stream 5: National Innovation Ecosystems

By mmuise

The Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) is a program that provides repayable and non-repayable contributions. Its National Innovation Ecosystems stream will support large-scale national ecosystems through high impact collaborations between small, medium and large corporations, academic and research institutions, and not-for-profit organization to support Canadian innovation ecosystems.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to 50% of total eligible costs, except for Recipients that are academic institutions for which the contribution is up to 100% of eligible costs.
Funding will take the form of non-repayable contributions.
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 which the maximum combined level of assistance would be 100%.

Deadline: Continuous Intake

Eligible applicants include Networks and Consortia (e.g. Canadian Universities and/or Colleges, research institutes, for-profit corporations, and/or not-for-profit entities) consisting of multiple members located throughout Canada.

Project proposals require a lead applicant, which must:

  • be either a not-for-profit organization incorporated in Canada or a for-profit corporation incorporated in Canada,
  • carry on business in Canada,
  • be in collaboration with Canadian universities, colleges, research institutes, for-profit corporations (including SMEs) and/or not-for-profit entities,
  • propose to conduct industrial research and technology demonstration activities.

    Project activities in this Stream:
  • will be mainly within TRLs 3 to 7, but could cover the whole range of TRLs 1 to
  • should support technology development to accelerate pathways to commercialization in areas of proven Canadian advantage.
  • should involve a high degree of collaboration to enhance supply chains and linkages between businesses and academia/research bodies.
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. are encouraged to review the program guide. It provides details on the Strategic Innovation Fund, including: program objectives, assessment factors based on expected project benefits for Canada, and program process.

3. must request a pre-submission consultation before applying to discuss the proposal and help determine if it is a good fit for SIF. Following the pre-submission consultation, applicants will be informed on whether they will be invited to the next step.

4. 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.

5. will sign a Contribution Agreement with ISED laying out the legally binding responsibilities and obligations of both parties, if their project is approved,

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 a full application

Documentation Needed:

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

Other Things to Note:

Applications for this initiative are accepted on a continuing basis. There are no submission deadlines.

Date modified: 2023-08-04

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