The Industry r&D Associates Program has been designed to support innovation and creative problem solving in Alberta Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).  The purpose of the Program is to stimulate the development and commercialization of novel technological and/or business solutions, while generating material risk-weighted returns on investment to the Province of Alberta based on economic, social and/or environmental metrics. The Program is funded by the Government of Alberta, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, and is administered by Alberta Innovates.

The Program operates on an open call basis, meaning applications are accepted and reviewed on a continuum, and may be submitted in one or two stages. The Applicant may submit an Application with or without the selection of a specific r&D Associate.  If the Application is submitted without the selection of a specific r&D Associate it will be evaluated for the Applicant and Opportunity sections of the Application. If approved, the Applicant will have up a maximum of nine (9) months to submit the Associate and Project sections of the Application for evaluation. This allows for a faster turnaround once a potential r&D Associate has been found by the Applicant. 

The Program is designed to fund an Applicant to employ a Level 1 or Level 2 r&D Associate, on a Full Time basis for the Project Term for up to a maximum of two years.

To complete the online application for this program, please visit our Applicant Portal. It is important that the Applicant representative and the potential Associate familiarize themselves with the Program Guide for the Industry Associates Programs prior to application. For more detail on the application guidelines and to download PDF versions of the application forms (called Application Aids), please visit Industry Funding Forms & Guidelines.

Are you an entrepreneur looking to find additional resources within Alberta? Contact one of our Technology Development Advisors or visit Connectica.

For general inquiries, please contact:

Dayna Misener
Program Associate