Financing for innovation
Are you looking to finance your innovation activities? Whether you're working on products or services at the research and development phase, or looking to market your innovation at the commercialization stage, there are a number of government programs available to help you. Find out if you qualify.
- BDC Small Business Loan — for existing business
Get a loan of up to $50,000 within 2 to 5 business days. There are no fees or hassles and the entire process is online.
- AVAC Ltd.
If you operate a new Alberta agricultural business, you can apply for money for R&D and to help you market your product or service.
- Aboriginal Business Development Program
Apply for financing to start or grow your Aboriginal business.
- AgriInnovation Program
If you have an agri-business, you can apply for an R&D contribution to get your new agricultural product or technology ready for the market.
- Agriculture Financial Services Corporation Lending
Access loans and services to start or grow farm, agribusiness or other small business.
- Alberta BoostR
This crowdfunding platform can help your Alberta businesses raise money through a community of supporters, in exchange for a reward.
- Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grants
Learn about grants and resources for artists in Alberta.
- Alberta Indian Investment Corporation
If you are an Aboriginal entrepreneur seeking financing and business support, learn about loans, equity investments and services available to you.
- Alberta Innovates
You could get support for the research and innovation-based activities of your business from the Alberta Government.
- Alberta Innovates r&D Associates
You could get financial help with hiring a Master's or PhD graduate to conduct research and related activities for your business.
- Alberta Media Fund
If you publish books or magazines, or produce films or sound recordings, you could get a grant to fund new projects and cover eligible expenses.
- Alberta Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Credit Program
Your corporation may be able to receive a tax credit for scientific research and experimental development expenditures incurred in Alberta.
- Apeetogosan (Métis) Development Inc.
Are you an established or budding entrepreneur seeking financing and business support services? If so, learn about direct business financing, equity investments, and business services.
- Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Development Program
By collaborating with government researchers, you could increase your business' scientific capacity for projects relating to fish health and environmental performance.
- Automotive Innovation Fund
If you have an incorporated automotive business, you could get funding to build greener, more fuel-efficient vehicles through innovation and R&D.
- Automotive Partnership Canada
If you are working on next-generation automotive technologies, you could receive financial assistance to support collaborative R&D activities.
- BDC Capital
Access a wide range of specialized financing to match the various stages of your business' growth.
- BDC financing
You could get money to help you start or grow your business.
- BDC growth capital for aboriginal business
Find out how you could get money to help start or grow your Aboriginal business.
- Business Opportunity Grant
If you are an agriculture producer, producer group or a new entrant to the industry you may be eligible for funding for your projects.
- Canada Feature Film Fund
If you are an incorporated Canadian film producer, you could receive money to develop, produce and market your movies in English or French.
- Canada Media Fund
If you are involved in the Canadian television or digital media industries, you may be eligible for funding.
- Collaborative Health Research Projects
If you are in natural sciences or engineering and have a partner from the health science community, you could get funding for your collaborative research project.
- Collaborative Research and Development Grants
You could get a university to help you with your research project in natural sciences or engineering if you contribute half the costs of the project.
- Community Futures Alberta — Small Business Loans
You could get a loan to start or grow a business if you live in rural Alberta.
- Community Futures Treaty Seven – Business development
Are you an Aboriginal entrepreneur wishing to start or grow your business? You may be eligible for a business loan.
- Connect Canada internships
You could receive funding of $5,000 to help pay the salary of a graduate student or a post-doctoral fellow for 4 to 6 months to help with your advanced R&D project.
- Engage Grants
You could access a grant for your science and engineering business to help solve a company-specific problem by collaborating with researchers from a Canadian university.
- Farm Credit Canada – Loans and Lending Options
You could access capital for your farming or agri-business operation.
- Industrial Research Assistance Program
Your small or medium-sized business may qualify for financial assistance to develop, adopt, adapt and/or commercialize new or improved technologies.
- Industry Partnership Programs
Get help with your Canadian R&D projects in natural sciences or engineering from colleges and universities in Canada.
- Industry-Partnered Collaborative Research Program
If you are an academic researcher, you can apply for a grant for a collaborative research project you undertake with a Canadian industry partner who shares an interest in health R&D.
- Innovation Vouchers Program
Apply for financial assistance to bring new technologies or knowledge-based products and services to market.
- Interaction Grants
Your R&D company could get a grant of up to $5,000 to meet with established academic researchers to identify potential research projects.
- International Science and Technology Partnerships Program
If you own a small or medium-sized business with R&D projects in science and technology, you could get money to partner with foreign researchers.
- Investments in Forest Industry Transformation
You could get funding to commercialize new technologies for forest product production.
You may be eligible for financing if you are a French-language songwriter, composer, artist, or recording business owner.
- Matching Investment Fund
If you produce milk products or manufacture processed goods made with milk, you could get funding to create new or improved products.
- Mitacs Accelerate
Learn how you can expand your R&D potential by recruiting a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow to research your technology project.
- Mitacs Elevate
You could receive funding toward a fellowship program with a recent PhD graduate to work on a research project for two years.
- Networks of Centres of Excellence
Find out about various funds available for your R&D activities that respond to current research and innovation needs.
- NextGen Biofuels Fund
Find out if you are eligible for funding to develop a biofuel production facility in Canada.
- Partnership Workshops Program
If you are an academic wanting to work on collaborative research activities with end-users from the business community, you can apply for a grant to develop a workshop.
- Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program
You can get a tax credit, if you spend money on industrial R&D in Canada.
- Space Technology Development Program
Your organization (Industry or Academia) could receive financial and technical support to perform R&D on space technologies.
- Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative
If your aerospace and defence company is incorporated in Canada, you could receive money for R&D projects in Canada.
- Sustainable Development Technology Fund
Do you need money to develop and test a new energy technology? You could qualify for funding to create clean technology products that fight climate change.
- TECTERRA Geomatics Technology Programs
If you are an entrepreneur in the geomatics industry, you could access funding and resources that can help you develop and commercialize your business.
- Technology Demonstration Program
You could receive up to 50% of the costs of a next-generation manufacturing project for the aerospace, defence, space and security industries.
- Western Diversification Program
If your not-for-profit organization is looking to strengthen the economy of Western Canada, you can apply for funding for various initiatives.
- Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative
Your Western business could get financial assistance to bring innovative products, processes and services to market.
- Youth Employment Program
You could obtain financial assistance to hire a skilled post-secondary graduate to work on your innovative project.
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