Strategic Networking and Development Grants

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Enabling emerging technologies research through key events

Please note: due to restrictions on in-person gathering in response to COVID-19,  The Strategic Networking and Development Program is not accepting applications at this time.

Emerging technologies offer the promise of new industries and transformative solutions to challenges across Alberta’s key sectors. Bringing together groups of Alberta researchers, graduate students, industry and others is an important part of building on ideas and moving key research forward.

The Strategic Networking and Development Program makes funding available to researchers at Alberta post-secondary institutions to support activities such as workshops, conferences and competitions which advance Alberta’s research and innovation in the emerging technology priority areas of information and communications technology (ICT), nanotechnology and ‘omics technologies.

Eligible applications

The event or activity proposed must advance Alberta’s research and innovation focus in ICT, nanotechnology and/or ‘omics.

Applications must come from Alberta post-secondary institutions.

Intended outcomes of activity or event

  • Research collaboration
  • Academic-industry/end-user collaboration
  • Recruitment of highly qualified and skilled people (HQP) to Alberta
  • Employment of HQP by industry in Alberta, and/or
  • Profiling of Alberta’s research and innovation strengths

Opportunity areas

Information and communication technologies (ICT)

This includes:

  • Data-enabled innovation: artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data and data analytics, quantum technologies, communication technologies, cloud computing, augmented reality/virtual reality
  • Digital technology for business transformation: visualization, cryptocurrency, cybersecurity, geomatics, geospacial technologies, internet of things (IoT)
  • Innovative production and distribution: robotics, autonomous transportation, advanced manufacturing technologies including 3D printing and fabrication
  • Virtual service delivery
  • Smart grid and smart communities


This includes:

  • Innovative production and distribution: advanced nano-engineered materials, devises and systems
  • Atomic and molecular systems, quantum technologies, sensors and MEMS

‘Omics technologies

This includes:

  • Genomics, proteomics, metagenomics, glycomics, etc.
  • Bioinformatics

How the program works

Due to restrictions on in-person gathering in response to COVID-19,  The Strategic Networking and Development Program is not accepting applications at this time.


We accept applications for support of up to $10,000 for activities and events that enable research collaboration, academic-industry/end-user collaboration, recruitment/employment of highly qualified personnel in Alberta, and/or profiling of Alberta’s research and innovation strengths. 

How to apply

Applications are accepted at any time and are reviewed regularly. Applications should be submitted a minimum of eight weeks before the activity start date.

  • Familiarize yourself with the program resources below.
  • Complete and send your application through our online applicant portal.

Program resources

Outcomes and impact

The participation of Alberta’s post-secondary institutions in workshops, conferences, competitions and recruitment/industry events is expected to have significant benefits for the province. Enabling researchers to organize and attend these events enables both academic and industry-academic collaboration, allows post-secondary institutes to recruit highly-qualified staff to key research projects, provides professional development opportunities, builds Alberta’s reputation as a hub of innovation, and increases the province’s research outputs.