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Alberta’s post-secondary institutions are supported by a variety of programs delivered by the Government of Alberta, Alberta Innovates and other partners. These programs are informed by the Alberta Research and Innovation Framework and help:

  • attract talent and expertise to drive knowledge and diversify the economy
  • train the next generation of innovators
  • attract innovation investments

Provincial programs

Campus Alberta Innovation Program

The Campus Alberta Innovation Program was launched in 2011 as a one-time investment to attract and recruit leading faculty and related research personnel (graduate students, post-doctoral fellows) in priority areas of existing or emerging research and innovation.

Major Innovation Fund

The Major Innovation Fund supports research and innovation investments of strategic and commercial interest to attract and retain top talent that will support industries and local businesses.

Research Capacity Program

The Research Capacity Program is a competitive funding program that supports the acquisition of small equipment and large research infrastructure so that Alberta’s post-secondary institutions can attract, retain and develop researchers involved in transformative research and applied research programs.


GreenSTEM is a pan-Alberta pilot for cleantech company creation and high-tech entrepreneurial development. Delivered in partnership with the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and University of Lethbridge, the pilot supports recent Masters and Ph.D. graduates pursuing high-tech entrepreneurship through funding, expertise and infrastructure.

Alberta Innovates supports

Alberta Innovates invests in post-secondary research and innovation in a number of key areas:

Delivery partners


Cybera is a non-profit organization that oversees CyberNet, an integrated system of networks and computers created by and for university research. This key piece of digital infrastructure has a significant influence on Alberta’s digital landscape.

Governments, educational institutions, not-for-profits, businesses and entrepreneurs can access Cybera’s resources and tools, which connect local researchers to more than 100 research networks around the world in an efficient and low-cost way.

Campus Alberta Neuroscience

Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN) is a provincewide network connecting the Universities of Alberta, Calgary and Lethbridge to increase the impact of neuroscience and mental health research, education and translation. Through partnerships with researchers, government and health system stakeholders, industry and community organizations, CAN aims to improve brain health in Alberta and beyond.

Genome Alberta

Genome Alberta is a publicly funded non-profit corporation that initiates, funds and manages genomics research and partnerships. They strive to be the leading source of information and administration related to genomics, metabolomics, bioinformatics and biotech research in Alberta.

Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute

The Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute performs advanced research in the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning, and helps businesses change the way they think about data and decision making to drive growth.