NEIA’s Innovation Supports
- NEIA’s Innovation & Commercialization Initiative
NEIA works in close partnership with a variety of entities to help firms one-on-one to protect their intellectual property, commercialize new technologies, build academic partnerships, and access supports to de-risk innovation.
- Intellectual Property Resources
NEIA, in partnership with Canada Business Newfoundland and Labrador and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), provides firms with a number of online resources and regularly host sessions with IP experts to inform its members of the importance of intellectual property.
- Matching Research with Business Interests
For many researchers, the commercialization of their work yields many benefits. However, the bridging of the gap that exists between business interests and academic interests is not a natural phenomenon. NEIA endeavours to connect the work being done in colleges and universities in Newfoundland and Labrador with businesses in the province’s green economy.
Concierge Service – Your Guide to Innovation
- The Government of Canada’s Concierge Service provides a single access point where small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can find high-quality, timely advice to help them innovate and accelerate their growth. Developed, implemented and operated by the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC–IRAP), the Service improves innovation and economic opportunities for SMEs by helping them navigate the available innovation resources and support programs in their region.
If you are seeking information about programs and other resources to help you pursue innovation, and/or you need help accessing these services — then the Concierge Service can help! Concierge Advisors, of which one is located in St. John’s, NL, can provide one-on-one assistance and will use their wealth of industry experience and depth of knowledge to help guide clients to the most appropriate innovation programs and services available.
Click here to contact the concierge service.
Innovation Funding Programs
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
- Atlantic Innovation Fund
The AIF helps Atlantic Canadians develop and bring to market new products and services that lead to market success, help grow strategic sectors, or lead to the creation of research and commercialization partnerships.
- Business Development Program
The Business Development Program (BDP) can help you start up, expand or modernize your business. Focusing on small and medium-sized enterprises, the BDP provides access to capital in the form of interest-free, unsecured, repayable contributions. Most business sectors are eligible except retail/wholesale, real estate, government services, and services of a personal or social nature.
- Innovative Communities Fund
The Innovative Communities Fund (ICF) invests in strategic projects that build the economies of Atlantic Canada’s communities. ICF focuses on investments that lead to long-term employment and economic capacity building in rural communities. Urban initiatives that stimulate the competitiveness and vitality of rural communities may be considered on a selective basis.
Department of Business, Tourism, Culture, and Rural Development
- Business Investment Fund
The Business Investment Fund provides a source of funding to business and economic sectors that responds to the changing needs of enterprises. The Business Investment Fund is comprised of two components: the Business Investment Program and the Business Development Support Program.
- Regional Development Fund
The Regional Development Program provides support by way of non-repayable contributions to organizations for the development and implementation of economic initiatives with respect to regional and sectoral development, diversification, innovation, and key emerging sectors. Projects submitted for consideration must clearly link non-commercial activities to economic diversification and/or business development.
Research and Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC)
- R&D Vouchers
The R&D Vouchers program provides businesses with improved access to technical expertise and facilities required to support their research and development (R&D) activities.
- R&D Proof of Concept
R&D Proof of Concept helps reduce the technical and financial risk of pre-commercial research and development (R&D) projects for businesses where R&D is required to realize the commercial potential of innovative products, processes or services.
- PetroleumR&D Accelerator
PetroleumR&D Accelerator focuses on leveraging R&D investments with significant potential to impact petroleum exploration, development and operations.
RDC’s EmployR&D program is designed to enable businesses to hire recent doctoral graduates to support their R&D activities. By reducing the cost for companies to hire the technical expertise they need, this program promotes the development of industrial R&D capacity in the province.
ArcticTECH (2015-19) targets R&D projects in support of Arctic technology development. ArcticTECH is a three-year directed research program with target areas including Arctic Technology Development, which supports R&D projects undertaken by business involving concept engineering, model testing and prototype development through to demonstration or field trials.
SensorTECH a program in support of sensor-related research, development and demonstration in Newfoundland and Labrador. Sensor-related technologies include radar, acoustics, optics, sonar, and related signal processing technologies. RDC will invest up to $5 million in eligible R&D projects over three years.
- GeoEXPLORE (2014-16)
GeoEXPLORE (2014-16) is an RDC-directed research program to accelerate R&D in geoscience specific to mineral and petroleum exploration and development.
- Academic-led Programs
RDC also provides a series of programs and funding where post-secondary institutions and other not-for-profit research facilities apply. Click the link above and scroll down to check these programs out.
National Resource Council Canada (NRC)
- NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)
NRC-IRAP provides innovation and funding services customized to your specific needs. The program helps firms to develop technologies and successfully commercialize them in a global marketplace through advisory services, funding, networking and linkages, and a youth employment program.
- Programs and collaboration opportunities
Access to NRC expertise and equipment provides our collaborators with the opportunity to accelerate their commercial development timelines, while a focus on industrial applications provides NRC with insights into commercial direction for research and technology development activities.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
- Engage Grants
An Engage Grant (EG) is intended to give a company base access to the knowledge and expertise available at Canadian universities. The grant supports short term R&D projects to solve a problem specific to the company.
- Applied Research and Development Grants
ARD grants are intended to provide companies base access to the unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities available at Canadian colleges, and to train students in essential technical skills required by companies. ARD grants support well-defined applied research and development projects undertaken by college researchers with their private-sector partners.
- Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards
The Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards (IUSRA) help organizations hire an undergraduate-level researcher for 12-16 weeks to undertake a project of importance to the firm.
- Collaborative Research and Development Grants
CRD projects can be at any point in the R&D spectrum. Eligible collaborations include focused projects with short- to medium-term objectives, as well as discrete phases in a program of longer-range research.
- Innovation Mobilization Program
This program, available to Springboard members, provides support in industry engagement, patent and legal, proof of concept, and marketing phases of development. The goal is to advance as many technologies as possible and to mobilize the knowledge/skill-‐based expertise resident in Member institutions into industry, in order to help industry engage with researchers and commercialize institutional opportunities.
Solve your business challenges with research expertise, matching funds, and one-to-one support from Mitacs. Internships start at four months and scale as large as you need.
Find high-quality PhDs who can dedicate their talent to your long-term research challenge. Mitacs will help find expertise and funding for your project.
Genome Atlantic is actively engaged in efforts to help Atlantic Canadian companies and organizations implement genomics-based technologies to improve sustainability and competitiveness. It does this through a variety of funding programs, including those below. For more information on these programs, contact Genome Atlantic directly
- Genomics Opportunity Review
The Genome Atlantic Program provides up to $15,000 to support applicants in the identification, development and/or adoption of genomics tools that lead to increased productivity, profitability and sustainability.
- Genomic Applications Partnership Program
The Genome Canada Program is designed to fund projects that address real world challenges and opportunities in the field of genomics. Funds from Genome Canada range from $100K to $2M to be matched on a 1:2 ratio by other partners.
- Large Scale Applied Genomics Research Project Competitions
These Genome Canada competitions were developed to support world-class ‘omics R&D projects. The sector focus and partners change per competition, but the objective is always to drive cutting edge R&D that can benefit industry.
- Other Industrial Funding Opportunities
Genome Atlantic regularly works with companies to help them pursue genomics R&D through funding from organizations such as ACOA-AIF, NSERC, NRC-IRAP, Mitacs and others.
Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB)
The MMSB is a Crown agency of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, established in 1996 to develop, implement and manage waste diversion and recycling programs on a province-wide basis for specific waste streams designated by the government. Since 1996, MMSB has worked with various stakeholders throughout Newfoundland and Labrador to develop and implement recycling and waste diversion programs to ensure a clean and healthy environment throughout the province.
- Solid Waste Management Innovation Fund
The Solid Waste Management Innovation Fund provides financial support to innovators who are finding creative ways to turn trash to treasure – and business opportunities – in Newfoundland and Labrador. Funding is available for the development of new or improved technologies, products, services, or processes that support the management of solid waste in Newfoundland and Labrador at any stage of the waste management hierarchy (reduce, reuse, recycle or recover).
Additional Innovation Resources
Advancing Innovation in Newfoundland & Labrador Group
The Advancing Innovation in Newfoundland & Labrador Group is a place for those who have an interest in innovation to: discuss topics of common interest or concern; share new ideas, resources, and best practices; access appropriate innovation supports; identify suitable project/research opportunities; and identify suitable project/research partners.
Yaffle is an online matchmaking tool that that connects citizens, communities, organizations, and businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador with the knowledge and connections within Memorial University. Businesses can use Yaffle to tap into the resources provided by Memorial faculty, students or staff, and ultimately find the ideal faculty member or researcher for your project.
ACENET is a consortium of post-secondary institutions in Atlantic Canada that provides advanced research computing resources, expertise and training to researchers and industry in the region. Resources include high performance, big data and GPU computing. If your computing, data or storage needs are beyond the capabilities of your desktop, contact ACENET to find out if it can help.
Innovation Lives Here
A provincial government website highlighting innovative business, research and development, and education in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Igniting Innovation: Innovation Week in Newfoundland & Labrador
Innovation Week gives innovators in Newfoundland and Labrador a stage on which to stand and from which to speak. It brings together private and public stakeholders, grassroots organizations.
The Gardiner Centre is a professional development and training link between the Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University, and the business community in Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond. The Gardiner Centre regularly offers professional development courses in understanding and creating cultures of innovation.
Investing in NL
The Research and Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) website highlighting innovative projects they have helped fund.
Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies for Advancing Innovation in Newfoundland & Labrador
The overall goal of this project was to generate dialogue and ideas for future policy and research directions and to respond to the overarching question of – what can firms, community organizations, all levels of government, Memorial University, and the College of the North Atlantic do to advance innovation in NL? This report highlights key findings and key recommendations for policy and practice.