Knowledge Mobilization (NCE-KM) Initiative by Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE)


Letters of Interest accepted till
April 16, 2018

The NCE-KM initiative funds networks dedicated to transferring knowledge to those who can put it into practice. It supports collaborations between knowledge producers and knowledge users from various disciplines, sectors and institutions, including industry, government, not-for-profit organizations and various sources and types of knowledge for the social, economic, technological, and/or wellness benefit of Canada and the Canadian population. Networks focus on addressing key problems, challenges and opportunities of high strategic importance to Canada.

NCE-KM networks are expected to create social and/or economic benefits through the application of evidence-based knowledge generated from research in combination with other sources and types of knowledge. The program supports networks pursuing knowledge translation along the entire spectrum: from the range of activities encompassed in knowledge mobilization (creation of activities and tools designed to put knowledge into active service, often through the establishment of new or modification of existing policies, processes and standards) to those encompassed in commercialization (the transformation of knowledge or technology into marketable goods, processes or services).

Applicant Eligibility
Applications must be submitted by one or more researchers who are eligible to apply for funding under the policies and guidelines of at least one of the three federal granting councils. All applications must be co-led by a non-academic knowledge user as a co-applicant with an academic researcher.

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Low Carbon Economy Challenge
-Government of Canada 


Letters of Interest accepted till
May 14, 2018

The Government of Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Fund (LCEF) is an important part of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change (PCF). Over the next few years, the LCEF will support implementation of the PCF by leveraging investments in projects that will generate clean growth and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, helping Canada meet or exceed its commitments under the Paris Agreement. Consequently, the LCEF will help support innovation, reduce energy bills, and create jobs for Canadians for years to come.

Funding is allocated through two envelopes: the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund (“the Leadership Fund”) and the Low Carbon Economy Challenge (“the Challenge”). The Leadership Fund provides funding to provinces and territories that have adopted the PCF to help them deliver on their commitments to reduce GHG emissions. The Challenge will provide over $500 million to successful applicants to support projects that directly reduce GHG emissions while supporting clean growth. All projects considered under the Challenge will need to ensure that the targeted emission reductions meet the following key guiding principles:

  • materiality (i.e., tangible and measurable GHG emissions reductions);
  • incrementality (i.e., in addition to existing actions);
  • contribution towards Canada’s 2030 emission reduction target of 30% below 2005 levels; and
  • cost-effectiveness.

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Ignite Awards by BC Innovation Council


Letters of Interest accepted till
July 23, 2018

To accelerate the commercialization of new technologies and innovations in the natural resources and applied sciences in British Columbia, BCIC Ignite provides awards of up to $300,000 for industry-driven academic research projects that address a significant demonstrated problem faced by industry and provide significant benefits to British Columbia. The program aims to catalyze strategic academic-industry partnerships that have the capacity to commercialize the most promising innovations within a 3-year timeframe.

To be eligible, applicants must be a BC-based consortium comprised of two or more companies, organizations and academic researchers. At a minimum, the consortium must contain one academic member and one industry partner. A consortium must have the right academic, managerial, financial, and technological expertise to successfully bring their innovations from the research and development phase to market. A key criterion in the assessment of the project is that applicants have the right ‘Go-to-Market Consortium’. Ideally this includes representatives of the project’s full value chain from researchers, to suppliers, to end users.

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Innovative Solutions Canada by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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The Government of Canada is looking for innovators to solve challenges. As the single largest purchaser of Canadian goods and services, the Government of Canada has a unique opportunity to support the growth of Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs.

We need you, Canadian small businesses and innovators, to develop novel solutions to these challenges. Through the Innovative Solutions Canada program, we're partnering with eligible Canadian small businesses and facilitating the early development, testing and validation of prototypes, as well as preparing a pathway to commercialization.

  • If your idea is selected, you could receive up to $150,000 in support to develop a proof of concept.
  • If your proof of concept is approved, you could receive up to $1 million in support to develop a prototype.
  • If the developed innovation solves the Government of Canada's challenge, we could be your first buyer.

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Going Global Innovation Program by Global Affairs Canada

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The Going Global Innovation (GGI) program is specifically designed to promote and enhance Canada's international innovation efforts. The program supports researchers who aim to commercialize technology by pursuing collaborative international research and development (R&D) opportunities through partnerships with key players in foreign markets.

Who are the beneficiaries?
Eligible beneficiaries are Canadian innovators from small or medium size enterprises, universities and nongovernment research centres.

How does the funding work?
GGI provides assistance by contributing up to 75% of eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $75,000 for any approved project. Eligible expenses may include: international and local travel, accommodation, meals, meeting costs, legal fees to support formalized partnerships, and other costs related to international collaboration. Going Global Innovation supports project driven technology commercialization efforts and is not event driven. Only in very exceptional circumstances will GGI support conference fees. It must be clearly demonstrated to the Department that the meeting with a pre-confirmed foreign entity could not be held anywhere else in the world or at any other time.

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Full scholarship for joint Phd supervision by Southern University of Science and Technology, China


UBC Faculty of Applied Science and Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) partnered to facilitate students who are interested in pursuing a PhD program of study at UBC. Students in this program are co-supervised by UBC and SUSTech professors and spend around 2 years at each university. Completing this program will entitle the students with regular UBC PhD degree and a SUSTech completion certificate. A scholarship has been established to support successful candidates by providing $25,000 per year for 4 years of study.

Professors can nominate potential candidates to the coordinator of either university. The program can help to identify co-supervisor(s) and guide qualified candidates to apply.


Siduo Zhang, Coordinator, UBC

Bao Zhu, Coordinator, SUSTech 

Accelerate Program by Mitacs

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Funding to support graduate students or postdocs to research in a Canadian organization. Internships start at four months and can scale up. Projects receive $15,000 in funding for each four-month.


  • Students: Full-time grad students at all Canadian universities
  • Postdocs: Postdoctoral fellows at all Canadian universities (except those who have previously held a Mitacs Elevate award). PhDs must have been granted no more than five years prior to the project’s start date
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and international students
  • All academic disciplines
  • Faculty at all Canadian universities who are eligible to hold Tri-Council funds
  • Businesses and not-for-profit organizations

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Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources

University of Calgary

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