Important dates

Stream 1:

  • April 30, 2021: Notice of Intent deadline
  • June 4, 2021: Application deadline
  • Spring 2022: Decisions

Stream 2:

  • TBD: Notice of Intent deadline
  • TBD: Application deadline
  • TBD: Decisions

Due to potential disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, deadlines are subject to change in connection with changes made by the Canada Foundation for Innovation.


The College-Industry Innovation (CII) streams support significant research infrastructure that adds to the existing applied research and technology development capacity of a college or technical institute.

The CII streams will enhance the capacity of colleges and technical institutes to provide state-of-the-art, industry-relevant research infrastructure to support business innovation in Alberta and foster partnerships with the private sector, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises.

Applicants are encouraged to align their submissions with areas of strategic priority to the institution and the province's priorities in context of the Alberta Research Innovation Framework (ARIF).

Institutions must demonstrate how the research will contribute to program delivery and student engagement.

Grant streams

There are 2 streams under the CII:

  • Stream 1: Infrastructure requests to enhance existing applied research and technology development capacity in colleges.
    • Colleges and technical institutes with an established capacity are encouraged to apply to this stream, particularly those who have received:
      • a Five-Year College and Community Innovation Program (CCI) – Innovation Enhancement (IE) grant
      • research and development funding from provincial, industrial, or other sources
  • Stream 2: Joint initiative for applications requesting research infrastructure to support an application to the Five-Year College and Community Innovation Program Innovation Enhancement grant. These are joint applications to the CFI/NSERC.


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

Eligible applicants

Applicants eligible for the CFI are eligible for the CII grant.

Applications must follow CFI guidelines on eligibility, in-kind contributions, eligible expenditures, and funding partners.

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

RCP’s Multidisciplinary Review Panel will review your application. The review process occurs in 3 stages:

  1. Expert review (where applicable, RCP 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 agreement outlines the schedule and reporting requirements. 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 (XLS, 39KB)
  2. RCP Outcomes Report Template (DOCX, 85 MB)


If you have questions about the application submission process, or to submit application documents, contact:

Neil Sulakhe
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 780-427-6022

Mailing address:
Research Capacity Program
c/o Innovation Support Unit
Jobs, Economy and Innovation
13th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4G8

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