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The AICE Concepts program is designed to accelerate the conversion of research into innovation by applying digital and data-enabled solutions.
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The AICE-Concepts Program serves to accelerate early-stage health research and innovation that demonstrates high commercial potential in priority areas of precision health.
AICE-Concepts enables innovators to advance their client journey (infographic below) across four commercialization domains for health innovation:
Funding Available: Up to $200,000 for Alberta-based SMEs and up to $600,000 for researchers at post-secondary institutes in Alberta.
Term: Up to 24 months for Alberta-based SMEs and up to 36 months for researchers at post-secondary institutes in Alberta.
The success of this program will be measured in aggregate across the portfolio of projects. While individual project outcomes are expected, all projects should align with the Program Objectives and contribute to the Indicators of Success as outlined below.
AICE-Concepts 2023 Program Guide
Consult the program guide for full details.
We use a digital application portal to manage all incoming funding requests. There are two important steps to complete: If you’re new to SmartSimple, our application portal, you must first create a user account (i.e., account registration). Then, follow up by registering your application.
All applications are reviewed and evaluated to determine fit with the AICE-Concepts Program objectives and intended outcomes. Alberta Innovates employees and external expert reviewers evaluate applications.
We evaluate submitted applications based on the strength of the innovation opportunity, market opportunity, commercialization pathway, project plan, team, and potential economic as well as health impacts.
Alberta Innovates retains the sole right to determine the evaluation process and assessment criteria and does not disclose the names of reviewers to ensure their objectivity and impartiality. Internal and external parties involved in the evaluation are subject to confidentiality and conflict-of-interest policies set by Alberta Innovates. All investment decisions are at the sole discretion of Alberta Innovates.
Director, Research - Health Innovation
Senior Business Partner, Research - Health Innovation
Registration closed: July 14, 2023
This program opens annually for a set number of weeks. For more info, contact the program manager at any time.
Registration closed: January 31, 2023
Concepts 3.0 closed in January 2023, investing in five Alberta-based researchers and one Alberta-based small-medium enterprise. Total value for the six projects is $4.5 million, with $3 million contributed by Alberta Innovates. Projects will run from February 2023 to January 2026.
Registration closed: January 28, 2022
Concepts 2.0 closed in January 2022, investing in eight leading Alberta-based researchers and their projects. Total value for all eight projects is nearly $7.5 million with $4.5 million contributed by Alberta Innovates. Projects will run from February 2022 to January 2025.
Registration closed: February 25, 2021
The Real-World Evaluation of Cannabis-based medicines intake was designed to address urgent clinical or policy knowledge gaps related to the efficacy and safety of cannabis in real-world settings. Funding was awarded to three leading Alberta-based researchers and their projects. Total value for the three projects is $930,000 with $900,000 contributed from Alberta Innovates. A first of its kind, applicants were provided a unique opportunity to engage with a panel of 12 partners representing industry, academia, clinicians, research facilitators and other health care agents to strengthen full proposals and identify collaborative opportunities. Six new collaborations resulted from 5 strengthening partners. Projects ran from March 2021 to March 2023. MCannabis.Realworld funded projects.
Registration closed: January 29, 2021
Concepts 1.0 closed in early 2021, awarding $5.7 million in funding to eleven leading Alberta-based researchers and their projects. Projects run from March 2021 to June 2024.
Registration closed: February 27, 2020
The exploring Cannabis-Based Medicines and Tools intake was designed to address urgent knowledge gaps related to the efficacy and safety of Cannabis for medical purpose. Five leading Alberta-based researchers and their projects were awarded funding with a total value of $1.7 million, with $1.5 million contributed by Alberta Innovates. Projects ran from March 2020 to March 2022.
February 2022 to January 2025
February 2023 to January 2026
March 2021 to June 2024
June 9, 2021
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