The Idea to Innovation (I2I) program supports university-originated technologies that have high transfer potential to a Canadian company.
This opportunity provides funding through 4 well-defined phases to support research and development in the early stages of technology validation and market connection. The 4 phases are defined by the technology’s maturity and partner (investor or industry) involvement.
|Market Assessment||NSERC shares the cost of an independent and professional market study with the university.||$15K||1yr|
|Phase I||NSERC fully covers the direct cost of research, to advance the technology sufficiently to attract early/stage investment and/or build valuable intellectual property.||$125K||1yr|
|NSERC shares the direct costs of research with an early-stage investment entity (Phase IIa) or an industry partner (Phase IIb), to establish the technical feasibility and market definition of the technology.||$125K/yr||6-18m|
Phase I + Phase 2 = limited to 3 years maximum funding.
Deadlines for 2019: January 7, April 1, June 25, September 23.