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Notification of changes to the r&D Associate program

Based on an external and internal program review, we’ve adjusted the r&D Associate program with the goal of improving outcomes and simplifying the applicant experience. 

In keeping with our mandate to accelerate the company commercialization, our new program will be for a one-year term, focusing on achieving revenue and sales. The salary stipend options will remain unchanged, and there will be no expense allowance. 

Grants to build technology readiness

Alberta’s high potential, high growth, technology and knowledge-based small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) may be eligible for up to $67,500 per year for one year to enable them to employ in-house professional research and development capability, to advance the Technology Readiness Level and accelerate new product commercialization.

The r&D Associate has the advanced technical skills required by the SME to make that last leap from research to a marketable product.

This one-year program is designed to fund SMEs to employ an r&D professional through one of the following options:

  • Level 1 – full-time, up to $52,500 per year
  • Level 2 – full-time, up to $67,500 per year

Please refer to the program guide below for an explanation of the various levels.

How the program works

This program is an open-call format. Apply now.

Are you interested in submitting a new application?  

  1. We’ve launched a new grant management system, please read the announcement to see how this impacts new and existing applications and applicants. Contact your Program Associate if you have questions.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the program documents below.
  3. Connect with a Technology Development Advisor.
  4. Access applicant portal to submit your application online.
  5. Any questions? Contact us at intake@albertainnovates.ca or 403-210-5229.

Please note: the applicant may submit an application with or without the selection of a specific r&D Associate. If the application is submitted without the selection of a specific associate, it will be evaluated on the “Applicant” and “Opportunity” sections of the application. If approved, the applicant will have up a maximum of six months to submit the “Associate” and “Project” sections of the application for evaluation.

Are you currently working on an existing application?

Applications started in our existing grants management systems prior to April 14, 2020 will continue to be managed through the system in which the application was received, meaning the benefits listed above do not apply.  

We’re here to help with any questions you might have. Please reach out to your Technology Development Advisor or Project Advisor, or email a Program Associate at inbox_grants@albertainnovates.ca.


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Program documents

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