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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Strategic Networking & Development Grants

We support creative collisions and other high impact activities to advance emerging technologies, discovery, development and use, with grants of up to $25,000.

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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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