Post-Secondary Investments

Developing Alberta’s knowledge-based economy

We invest in Alberta’s post-secondary institutions to strategically develop capacity in people, key infrastructure, collaborations and projects necessary to create innovative solutions within emerging technology areas of Alberta’s knowledge-based economy.


Our programs, partnerships & initiatives


The NSERC Alliance – Alberta Innovates Advance Program provides grants of up to $150,000 per year for up to two years, to support eligible Alberta university researchers with promising discoveries in emerging technologies to begin advancing their research toward the marketplace.

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Campus Alberta Small Business Engagement (CASBE)

CASBE aims to get an Alberta SME as an industry partner who will adopt emerging technologies with the support of researchers from Alberta Post-Secondary Institutions who apply to the CASBE program. The applicants will use their technology platforms’ world-class knowledge, facilities and students within Campus Alberta to support the SME.

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Graduate Student Scholarships

This program funds scholarships for graduate students conducting full-time research in these key emerging technologies, ensuring that Albertan universities and companies are able to recruit top talent.

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Institutional Support of Entrepreneurship Education

This program offers financial support of up to $15,000 to Alberta’s publicly funded institutions, Alberta Innovates’ Regional Innovation Network (RIN) organizations, and Alberta non-profit organizations to provide programming for students to learn about entrepreneurship through skill development and hands-on learning experiences. Students and recent graduates are encouraged to initiate collaborations with institutions who will take on the responsibility of overseeing projects.

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The Nanofacilities program supports and oversees the progress of micro/nano facilities.

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Strategic Networking & Development Grants

We support Campus Alberta post-secondary institutions seeking to host or attend conferences, workshops and competitions in the areas of information and communications technology, nanotechnology and -omics.

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Strategic Research Projects

This program provides funding to support priority-driven research, innovation and training in emerging technologies at eligible Campus Alberta post-secondary institutions.

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Alberta Innovates funded researcher named to the Royal Society

We have long believed in the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning, and have backed this up with nearly two decades of support to Rich Sutton and to the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute.

Building an artificial intelligence centre second to none

One of our major strategies has been to advance the development and use of artificial intelligence as an enabling tool to create prosperity and make Albertans’ lives better. A recent announcement illustrated a sign that our long-term investments in artificial intelligence are beginning to pay off for the province.

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G2V Optics: creating data science solutions

May 4 update: Edmonton-based G2V Optics, a leader in smart lighting, monitoring, and data science solutions for advanced cultivation and solar research applications, raises $2.6 million CAD.


Jun 28, 2021

Building equitable entrepreneurship ecosystems in rural Alberta

Join us for this dynamic and interactive session to offer rural ecosystem stakeholders insight to grow rural entrepreneurship and innovation!...