Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF)

A simpler, more flexible tool to grow Canada's economy

International
  • Program Type
    International
  • Industry Focus
    Industry

Making sure that Canada is a top destination for businesses to invest, grow and create jobs and prosperity for Canadians is one of the Government’s top priorities. The Strategic Innovation Fund’s (SIF) objective is to spur innovation for a better Canada by providing funding for large projects (over $10 million in requested contribution).

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About the program

Program objectives

The Strategic Innovation Fund covers all sectors of the economy and is available to for-profit and not-for profit organizations with the goal of supporting the Canadian innovation ecosystem.

The program has two broad components:
1. Business Innovation and Growth (Streams 1 to 3)
- Encourage research & development (R&D) that accelerate technology transfer and commercialization of innovative products, processes and services,
- Facilitate the growth and expansion of firms in Canada, and
- Attract and retain large-scale investments to Canada.

2. Collaborations and Networks (Streams 4 & 5)
- Advance industrial research, development and technology demonstration through collaboration between the private sector, researchers and non-profit organizations, and
- Support large-scale, national innovation ecosystems through high impact collaborations across Canada.

Eligibility requirements

Eligibility requirements differ between the two broad program components:
1. Business Innovation and Growth (Streams 1 to 3)
Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. To be considered, applicants must:
- Be a for-profit corporation – small, medium or large-sized – incorporated pursuant to the laws of Canada and proposing to carry on business in Canada,
- Request a minimum SIF contribution of $10 million for a proposal with total costs of at least $20 million,
- Undertake a project in Canada,
- Provide audited financial statements (or equivalent) for the past 3 years, and
- Be willing to make long-term commitments to Canada (e.g. job creation and maintenance, R&D investments, and other public benefits).

2. Collaborations and Networks (Streams 4 & 5)
Stream 4 offers periodic competitive calls for proposals based on government priorities. For information on current competitions, please visit the Collaborations and Networks page.

Applications for Stream 5 are accepted on a continuous basis. To be considered, lead applicants must:
- Be either a for-profit or not-for-profit incorporated in Canada,
- Have collaborations with Canadian universities and/or colleges, research institutes, for-profit corporations and/or not-for-profit entities,
- Support large-scale ecosystems that are national in scope,
- Undertake national collaborative projects,
- Request a minimum SIF contribution of $10 million for a proposal with total costs of at least $20 million,
- Provide audited financial statements (or equivalent) for the past 3 years, and
- Be willing to make long-term commitments to Canada (e.g. collaborations with public and private entities, R&D investments, co-op/work integrated learning opportunities)

The lead applicant will be responsible for submitting an application to SIF on behalf of the ecosystem, managing the ecosystem's projects, submitting claims, receiving the Government contribution, and reporting on results.

Process overview

The application process consists of two steps:
1. Statement of Interest (SOI): Applicants will be required to submit a high-level overview of their project as well as anticipated costs. Applicants must also submit audited financial statements (or equivalent) at this stage; this information will be used to formulate a preliminary assessment of your firm's readiness to undertake the proposed project.

Following the submission of the SOI form, applicants will be provided with feedback on whether their SOI indicates potential for funding and if advancing to Step 2 is advisable.

2. Full application: Applicants will be required to complete a full application, outlining in greater detailed the project proposal. Information provided on this form will be used to complete the project due diligence and benefits assessment.

Future Phases

Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.

Let’s Get Started.

To apply or join the program, please submit an application.