Post-Secondary Investments

Strategic Networking and Development


Conferences, workshops and competitions help advance research and development goals and are an important part of building upon ideas. Alberta Innovates values and supports such events as a means of building awareness of our programs and for attracting and recruiting graduate students and researchers. The Strategic Networking and Development Award makes funding available to Alberta-based universities and research institutions for these purposes.


Alberta Innovates welcomes proposals for hosting, conference attendance, workshops and recruitment activities. Typical proposal amounts are up to $10,000 and fall within these guidelines:

  • The event or activity must advance Alberta’s research focus in the areas of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Nanotechnology and Omics in and of themselves, or which additionally support the innovation priority areas of Environment & Climate, Energy, Food & Agriculture, Fibre/Bioindustrial and Health.
  • The event or activity is held in Alberta or in novel circumstances, involves travel to workshops or international competitions.
  • The support is not intended to replace research result dissemination.
  • The primary motive for supporting the workshop or conference must be one of:
    • Recruitment of Chairs or other researchers and students.
    • Raising the profile of Alberta and the Alberta Innovates system.
    • Research collaboration.

The event may be:

  • A recognized high quality conference or workshop.
  • A smaller intensive gathering of focused participants.
  • A recruitment event for high quality students.
  • The cost of travel for the recruitment of potential AI Chairs.
  • Hosting a competitive event or travel to a competition.

Application Procedure

Proposals are accepted at any time and are reviewed regularly. Accepted proposals are fowarded for internal review in a process that may take up to two months.

Proposals should describe in five pages or less:

  • The proposed planning, strategizing or recruiting activity.
  • Area of research.
  • Approach, objectives, plan and schedule.
  • Connection to current Alberta research or researchers.
  • Proposed participant or participants.
  • Evaluation process and next steps.
  • Funding request.
  • Overall budget, and indication of proportion being requested.

To submit a proposal, please request an application form from the program contact listed below.

Progress Reporting

Program Contact Information

Name: Adam Brown
Title: Business Partner, Strategic Research & Networking
Phone: 780-450-5560