Campus Alberta Small Business Engagement (CASBE) Program

We offer funding for Alberta-based companies to adopt emerging technologies with the support of researchers from Alberta Post-Secondary Institutions.

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Program at a Glance

Program Status: Active
Priority Area(s): Connect Albertan academics and small businesses to work together and take advantage of grants with expanded budgets and timelines.


Program Status: Active
Alberta-based: Yes
Organization Type: Academic Institutions & Researchers
Post-Secondary Students
Small to Medium Enterprise


The Campus Alberta Small Business Engagement (CASBE) Program is a leveraged funding partnership with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to support collaboration between eligible Alberta post-secondary institutions and small-to-medium sized Alberta companies with up to $150,000 per year for a maximum of two years. View the NSERC website here.

Key objectives:

  • Create job, attract and retain technical talent.
  • Grow technical knowledge, skills and experience.
  • Solve real-world challenges with leading technology.
  • Create a stronger ecosystem through researchers and businesses working together.
  • Broaden access to world class facilities and talent in Alberta post-secondary institutions.
  • Diversify the economy through technology-based solutions to tackle real-world challenges.

Open Intakes

CASBE - Intake

Due date: Continuous

More details


  • CASBE is open to academics from Campus Alberta, with at least one Alberta SME as an industry partner.
  • Projects must be focused on one of the emerging technologies outlined in Alberta’s research and commercialization priorities identified in the Alberta Technology and Innovation Strategy.

You’ll find the list of priority emerging technology areas listed under Intake Details below. Refer to the program guide below for a complete list of eligibility requirements.

How To Apply

  1. Review the CASBE program guide.
  2. Contact the senior business partner listed below with your project idea. They will determine if your project is aligned the program requirements.
  3. If aligned, we’ll ask you to visit SmartSimple, our application portal, and submit an intake form.
  4. Select CASBE on the Funding Opportunities tab and fill out the intake form labelled Post-Secondary Investments & Emerging Technologies (PSIET). We review the intake forms in the order received.
  5. If your intake form is approved, we’ll invite you to submit an AI CASBE NSERC full proposal.

The remaining steps are outlined in the CASBE Program Guide. Please use it to ensure your application is complete.

Evaluation Process

All applications are first reviewed and evaluated by Alberta Innovates to determine fit with the CASBE Program objectives and intended outcomes. We evaluate applications based on:

  • Eligibility criteria for the applicant, the industry partner, and the proposed project, as stated in the guideline,
  • Merit indicators followed by NSERC. The applicants are advised to check the criteria on the NSERC website for the specific program they are applying to for funding. For example, Alliance grants merit indicators are: i) Relevance and outcomes; ii) Partnership; iii) Quality of the proposal; and iv) Training.
  • All applicants are strongly recommended to demonstrate adequately the practice of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in their project plan.

Above is just an excerpt of the evaluation process. More details can be found in the Program Guide.

Shabbir Mustafiz, PhD, MBA

Senior Business Partner, Post Secondary Investments and Emerging Technologies

Open and Upcoming Intakes

CASBE - Intake

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