Canadian Food Innovation Network (CFIN) – Innovation Booster

Description:

The Innovation Booster is designed to provide flexible and rapid support to Small or Medium Enterprises (SMEs), a business with 499 or fewer employees and less than $50 million in gross revenues, as they address food innovation challenges or technical hurdles that have created a barrier for achieving their commercialization goals.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to 50% of total eligible project costs. The total eligible project costs should be between $20,000 and $200,000.

Stacking is possible with other government funding up to 75% of the total eligible project costs. However, CFIN funds cannot be used to reimburse expenses already funded from other government.

Eligibility:

Applicants must:

  • be businesses or a researchers in the Canadian food ecosystem;
  • be CFIN members.

All projects must:

  • be led by a business that is incorporated in Canada;
  • be undertaken by a CFIN member;
  • address an area of the post- farmgate food production supply chain;
  • identify a specific technical hurdle with a clear methodology;
  • identify a defined goal or outcome that has commercial application;
  • conduct research and development at Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 1 to
  • Projects including TRL 8 and 9 components will only be considered if they are part of a project that also includes a TRL 1 to 7 (see 4.3 Technology Readiness Level Eligibility Requirements for further information); and,
  • projects should be no more than one year (12 months) in length.

Other Things to Note:

  1. The Canadian Food Innovation Network (CFIN) is an industry-led, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to becoming the world-leading innovation network for food and beverage.
  2. CFIN co-funding webinars and application packages are available through www.cfin-rcia.ca.
  3. Applications will be accepted on a rolling 60 day intake. The next intake deadlines are posted on the CFIN website.

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