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The consumer's appetite for new and improved offerings is constant. Innovation can help you meet those needs and gain an edge over your competitor's products, services, and procedures. Investing in research and development can be risky, because there is no guaranteed outcome; however, your business could achieve greater profits down the road if you are able to increase efficiencies or commercialize your innovations.
R&D for business involves finding out what the market wants, then designing, prototyping, testing, and producing the final product or service.
Whether you are on your own or have a dedicated
R&D team, there are a number of things to consider if you undertake this kind of project:
Will you conduct your own research or get outside assistance? What additional expenses will this incur?
You may need to adhere to performance or safety standards and regulations for controlled or restricted products.
Consider developing an IP strategy to protect your ideas, or perhaps sell or lease your IP down the road.
Take advantage of resources that can help you.
Western Research Parks Get help developing and commercializing your innovative product or service by partnering with the University of Western Ontario's Research Parks. Alberta Product Commercialization Centres
Only Applies to : If you are developing a new product, get the equipment, test facilities, lab and other services to bring your idea to market faster.
Only Applies to : Use this self-service tool to find funding, programs, services and more to help with your business innovation.
Alberta 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. Mitacs Accelerate Learn how you can expand your R&D potential by recruiting a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow to research your technology project. Atlantic Innovation Fund
Only Applies to : If your business is in the Atlantic provinces, you could get funding to develop new technology.
New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia Prince Edward Island Alberta Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Credit Program
Only Applies to : Your corporation may be able to receive a tax credit for scientific research and experimental development expenditures incurred in Alberta.
Alberta Ontario business research institute tax credit
Only Applies to : You could be eligible for a refundable tax credit for scientific research and experimental development in Ontario.
Ontario Partnerships Options for Companies Get help with your Canadian R&D projects in natural sciences or engineering from colleges and universities in Canada. Tax holiday for foreign researchers
Only Applies to : If your business does scientific research and experimental development, you could obtain financial assistance to recruit foreign researchers.
Quebec Tax holiday for foreign experts
Only Applies to : If you recruit foreign experts for your Quebec innovation project, you could obtain a tax holiday.
Quebec Tax credit for technological adaptation services
Only Applies to : You could receive a tax credit representing a portion of expenses related to technological adaptation services.
Quebec Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program You can get a tax credit if you spend money on industrial R&D in Canada. 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. Alberta Innovates
Only Applies to : You could get support for the research and innovation-based activities of your business from the Government of Alberta.
Alberta Industry-Academic Collaboration Programs
Only Applies to : Learn about financing and support that may help you develop and commercialize innovative techniques, products and services in Ontario.
Ontario Mitacs Elevate You could obtain research assistance from a PhD fellow at a reduced cost to your business for projects lasting up to two years. Digital Accelerator for Innovation and Research If you are a high-tech entrepreneur, this accelerator can help you use cloud-based compute-and-storage resources to help commercialize your products. Collaboration Voucher Program
Only Applies to : You may be able to cut the cost of innovation technical expertise needed to keep your Ontario business competitive.
Ontario NRC research facilities Test and improve your innovative products and technologies by reserving time in these research facilities and with industry experts. Concierge service Find information and guidance to access programs and other resources to help with your business innovation. SR&ED Self-Assessment and Learning Tool Thinking of applying for the SR&ED program? Find out if you are eligible to receive tax incentives and how you can submit your request. R&D Vouchers
Only Applies to : Access funding for technical expertise and facilities that will support your research and development activities within your innovative business.
Newfoundland and Labrador R&D Proof of Concept
Only Applies to : Apply for a grant to reduce the technical and financial risk of your innovative, pre-commercial research and development project.
Newfoundland and Labrador Research and Development Tax Credit
Only Applies to : Obtain a fully refundable tax credit for research and development activities carried out by your business.
New Brunswick EUREKA This R&D network can help you access technology, expertise, and markets in Europe and beyond. PerforME
Only Applies to : Accelerate your export or innovation projects with the help of strategic consulting support and streamlined access to the capital you need.
Quebec Conducting market research Learn more about market research, how it can improve your business decisions, and how to conduct a market research campaign. Apparel Innovation Centre If you want to create innovative apparel, you can access product development services, advanced R&D equipment, and technologies at this centre. Programme BioMed Propulsion
Only Applies to : Your Quebec business with high growth potential in the life sciences sector could get financial assistance to commercialize its research results.