Important dates

Application deadline: November 1, 2018
Decisions: February 2019


The Major Innovation Fund (MIF) supports research and innovation investments of strategic and commercial interest as part of the Alberta Research and Innovation Framework (ARIF) to attract and retain top talent and support industries and local businesses. These projects will secure and strengthen Alberta's competitive position in research and technology development, attract talent and additional investment by highlighting unique-to-Alberta initiatives.

Post-secondary institutions will have the opportunity to submit proposals and assemble teams to build research excellence and innovative capacity in the following areas:

  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Autonomous systems
  • Building and construction innovations
  • Food from Smart Agriculture
  • Indigenous, rural and remote water management
  • Quantum computing

For more information, read the MIF Call for Proposals (PDF, 688 KB).


The available funding for successful institutions is up to $20 million over three years.

The MIF program will provide up to 50% of the total project cost, up to a maximum of $10 million over three years.


Eligible institutions

The MIF defines an eligible lead institution as any of the Comprehensive Academic and Research Institutions as per Alberta’s Roles and Mandates Policy Framework. Please note that only eligible institutions, not individual researchers, may submit a proposal to the MIF. Please contact the institution's research office to learn about institutional processes.

For the 2018-19 competition, each lead institution may submit up to two proposals. Each Proposal may request up to $10 million from the MIF.

Partnership requirements

Institutions must partner with the other eligible universities and at least two colleges or technical institutes, located in Alberta, that have demonstrated capacity to conduct research and contribute to the business environment.

Collaboration is further encouraged to extend to research institutes and centres, such as the Alberta Centre for Advanced MNT Products and TECTERRA, as well as national and international entities, to identify and promote integrated projects with the potential for greater impact.

How to apply

Step 1. Fill out the form

MIF Application form (Word, 307 KB)

Step 2. Submit the form

Send the form and documents by mail or email by 4:30 pm on the deadline date to:

Neil Sulakhe



Strategic Research Initiatives c/o Research Capacity Planning
Economic Development and Trade
4th Floor, Phipps-Mckinnon Building
10020 101A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 3G2

After you apply

Review process

After you apply, your application will undergo a multi-stage review process, which consists of expert reviewers to assess institutional excellence and capacity as per the MIF guidelines.

The reviews are then provided to the MIF's Multidisciplinary Review Panel, consisting of academic and industry experts from across Canada to determine final recommendations.

Panel recommendations are sent to the Minister of Economic Development and Trade to inform final decisions.

Reporting requirements

Awarded projects will be required to regularly report on the financial status of the project and outcomes achieved.

The schedule and reporting requirements will be outlined in a contractual agreement that must be signed by both parties prior to receiving payment. Any significant variations in project scope or other requirements of the contract must be agreed upon by both parties.

Documents and templates


If you have questions about application submission process, please contact:

Neil Sulakhe

Phone: 780-427-6022


Strategic Research Initiatives c/o Research Capacity Planning
Economic Development and Trade
4th Floor, Phipps-Mckinnon Building
10020 101A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 3G2