Government of Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) – Strategic Innovation Fund Stream 4: Collaborative Technology Development and Demonstration (2021)


The objective of this initiative is to advance industrial research, development and technology demonstration through collaboration between the private sector, researchers and non-profit organizations.

Comments on Funding:

Funding will take the form of non-repayable contributions and the program contribution to any Recipient will not exceed 50% of its total eligible costs, except for Recipients that are academic institutions and Networks, where the contribution provided may cover 100% of their eligible costs. If the Recipient is a Network, it may receive 100% of its eligible costs.


The applicant must be:

  • a consortium that may include Canadian universities, colleges, research institutes, for-profit corporations (including SMEs) and/or not-for-profit entities;
  • a network.

The projects need to have a Lead Applicant which must:

  •  be incorporated pursuant to the laws of Canada, 
  • carry on business in Canada and
  • propose to conduct industrial research and technology demonstration activities. 

Networks can also apply under Stream 4. In this case, the Lead Applicant must be a not-for-profit organization incorporated in Canada. Its role will consist of distributing funds to research partnerships consisting of industry, academic institutions and research institutions for the purpose of co-funding collaborative research and technology development projects.

Applications Steps:

Project proposals require a lead applicant, which will be responsible for submitting a Statement of Interest and a full application if advised to advance to Step 2 of the process, as well as managing the project for the duration of the SIF agreement.

Other Things to Note:

Stream 4 offers periodic competitive calls for proposals based on government priorities. All competitions are currently closed.

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