Important dates

June 15, 2022: Notice of Intent deadline

July 22, 2022: Application deadline

Spring 2023: Decisions

Overview

The Bio Innovation Grant (BIG) coordinates with Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI’s) Biosciences Research Infrastructure Fund (BRIF) competition to help Alberta institutions maintain cutting-edge facilities, and strengthen their capacity to advance promising industry-relevant discoveries, promote training, and develop talent in the field of biosciences.

As a pilot program, the BIG will support acquisition of leading-edge research infrastructure in the field of biosciences that will enable talented faculty to undertake innovative research programs and further advance their capacity to work with industry partners to seize opportunities in this important sector. Applications are encouraged to align with provincial priorities in the context of the Alberta Technology and Innovation Strategy (ATIS) and address strategic infrastructure needs that will enhance the competitiveness of the province.

Funding

RCP will fund up to 40% of the total eligible project costs for successful applications.

Eligible applicants

Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research institutions recognized by CFI as eligible.

As per the CFI, an eligible project is one that involves acquiring or developing research infrastructure to increase research capacity in existing CL3 or CL4 facilities and only those CL2 facilities that are essential to the operations of the CL3 or CL4 facilities.

Submissions are restricted to applications that have submitted to the CFI Biosciences Research Infrastructure Fund (BRIF) competition. However, if an application is declined at the CFI, it will be removed from the BIG competition. Please note that eligible costs are those costs identified according to the CFI requirements.

See the CFI’s Policy and Program Guide for more details.

How to apply

The RCP is institutional in nature; applications must be completed by researchers and submitted by the institution.

Any interested researcher should consult their institution’s Research Services Office for intake processes. See the RCP Program Guidelines for more details.

After you apply

Your application will be reviewed by RCP’s Multidisciplinary Review Panel. The review process occurs in 3 stages:

  1. Expert review (where applicable, CFI and grant-specific partnership agency expert reviews are used)
  2. Independent review by the Multidisciplinary Review Panel
  3. Decisions by the Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation

Reporting requirements

Awarded projects will be given a contractual grant agreement. This agreement will outline the terms and conditions of support and must be signed by both parties (institutional representative and Jobs, Economy and Innovation representative) prior to the release of payment.

As a part of this agreement, institutions must regularly report on the financial status of projects and on the outcomes achieved. The schedule and reporting requirements will be outlined in the agreement. Both parties must agree to any significant variations in project scope or other requirements of the contract.

Reporting requirements for awarded projects consists of 2 components:

  1. RCP Financial Accountability Report Template (XLSX, 34 KB)
  2. RCP Outcomes Report Template (DOCX, 86 KB)

Contact

Submissions must be uploaded via secure portal. Institutions must contact the program area to receive further instructions. For questions about the application submission process, contact:

Neil Sulakhe, Director, Innovation Support Unit
Alberta Jobs, Economy and Innovation
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 780-427-6022

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