*Intake to the AICE – Validate Program is currently closed and will reopen in the Spring*
What is it?
The Accelerating Innovations into CarE (AICE) – Validate Program supports Alberta’s innovators along their journey developing digital and data-enabled health technology.
This program will help overcome the hurdles associated with digital health technology commercialization, across the key domains of:
- Product Development,
- Business Readiness,
- Product-Market Fit, and
- Regulatory Compliance.
Health Innovation Cycle1 and the Alberta Innovates Client Journey
AICE – Validate helps innovators and their health innovations along their commercialization journey. The program focuses on a specific milestones of the Health Innovation Cycle across four domains.
The AICE – Validate Program is an exciting opportunity for innovators in Alberta’s digital health ecosystem.
AICE – Validate complements our other health innovation program offerings by expanding to include earlier-stage development of digital and data-enabled health technologies.
Applicants who participate in the program can expect the following outcomes:
- Progression along the commercialization pathway in multiple areas including Product-Market Fit, Business Readiness, Regulatory Compliance, and Product Development.
- Improve Alberta competitiveness in the global digital health innovation sector.
Applicant Eligibility Criteria – To qualify as an Applicant, an entity must be:
- An Alberta-based post-secondary institution, government entity or health delivery agent; OR
- A for-profit Small-to-medium enterprise (SME) corporation, defined as having fewer than 500 full time employees, and less than $50,000,000 annual gross revenue, with up to date corporate filings* as a legal entity:
- Incorporated in Alberta, or
- Incorporated in another jurisdiction and extra-provincially registered in Alberta, or
- A General Partnership, Limited Partnership, or Limited Liability Partnership and registered in Alberta; AND
- Demonstrate completion or near-completion of all milestones associated with “Discovering”, “Ideating”, and “Conceptualizing” stages of the Alberta Innovates Client Journey (see the intake form on the program webpage for milestone details)
- Demonstrate the relationship between the Applicant and Co-Applicant (if applicable) does not create a conflict of interest;
- Be an Alberta-based entity with an Albertan footprint, which is determined by the following: significant physical and corporate operational presence in Alberta, appropriate Alberta ownership, and discernable intent that operational benefits will flow primarily within the province of Alberta;
- Be in good financial standing with Alberta Innovates and its subsidiaries InnoTech Alberta and C-FER Technologies.
*Please note, Alberta Innovates will perform a corporate search and may also seek bankruptcy and litigation searches.
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
Intake to the AICE – Validate Program is currently closed and will reopen on April 1, 2021.
- Program Guide
- Online Intake & Application Portal
- Application Form (for reference only – apply online)
- Application Aid
- Investment Agreement
- Alberta Innovates Work Plan and Budget Workbook
- Progress Report Form
Additional Supports & Resources
- Accelerating Innovations into CarE (AICE) – Market Access Program – program that provides supports small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and real-world testing sites in carrying out implementation projects or clinical trials of innovative health technologies.
- Alberta Innovates Technology Development Advisors – provide front-line business coaching and technology development advice to small & medium size enterprises in technology or knowledge-based industries.
- 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.
- Alberta Innovates, Entrepreneurial Investments – Alberta Innovates offers a variety of related high-demand, entrepreneurial investment programs that are of interest to SMEs.
 Adapted from the Consortia for Improving Medicine with Innovation & Technology’s Guidance and Impact Tracking System. https://www.gaits.org/ja/.