Accelerating Innovations into CarE (AICE) – Validate Program

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What is it?

Accelerating Innovations into CarE (AICE) – Validate is an opportunity for Alberta’s health-tech innovators to accelerate commercialization of digital and data-enabled health technologies through the early validation phase.

Alberta Innovates Client Journey

Highlights

AICE-Validate supports innovators in rapidly progressing towards market entry across the key domains of: 

  • Product Development,  
  • Business Readiness, 
  • Product-Market Fit, and  
  • Regulatory Compliance. 

Ideal Applicants have:

  • Strong proof-of-concept data involving their technology;
  • A technology that outperforms its direct and indirect competitors;
  • Ownership or exclusive rights to the technology;
  • An experienced and well-rounded management team; and
  • Preferably completed an accelerator or business coaching program.

    Funding

    Alberta Innovates will contribute up to $300,000 CAD to support approved projects over a maximum term of 24 months. 

    A minimum of 25% of total eligible Project Costs must be provided by the Applicant as cash or in-kind contributions.

    Application process  

    1. Intake form  

    • Start by reading the Program Guide to confirm fit to detailed eligibility requirements and program objectives.
    • Complete the “AICE Market Access/Validate Intake Form” via our online application portal. Intake forms can be submitted at any time and should be submitted well in advance of the Full Application deadline (and no later than 2 weeks before any deadline).

    (Please note: You will need to create an account to access our online application portal. If you have any questions about the application process or concerns about your project’s eligibility, feel free to contact Alberta Innovates at any time. )

    2. Pre-application meeting  
    We will meet with you to ensure program fit and provide support. Applicants who demonstrate appropriate readiness and meet basic eligibility requirements will be invited to apply. 

    3. Full Application  
    Complete the Full Application via our online application portal. Full Applications are competitively reviewed in batches throughout the year. Upcoming application dates are noted below.

    Invited Full Application Cut-off Dates

    • May 27, 2022 (Intake Form: May 13, 2022)
    •  August 19, 2022 (Intake Form: August 5, 2022)
    •  November 10, 2022 (Intake Form: October 28, 2022) 
    •  February 10, 2023 (Intake Form: January 27, 2023)

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    • Regional Innovation Networks – entrepreneur-centric, community-based networks with the goal of providing programs and services to accelerate growth of technology and knowledge-based businesses in Alberta jurisdictions. 
    • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) – provides evidence standards that enable innovators to determine what level of evidence may be required to facilitate adoption of digital health technologies. 
    • Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit (AbSPORU) – provides support for stakeholders in conducting patient-oriented research. AbSPORU bridges gaps between data, research evidence and healthcare practice.
    • E-Learning Tool – Health Canada – resource intended to educate stakeholders on premarket regulatory requirements for medical devices in Canada. 
    • Alberta Clinical Research Roadmap – an interactive online navigator outlining the steps to setting up and conducting a clinical health research study within Alberta. 
    • ARECCI – helps practitioners, agencies and organizations identify and mitigate ethical risks in program evaluations, quality improvement projects, needs assessments, health innovations and knowledge translation.