Strategic Networking and Development (SND) Grants

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Enabling emerging technologies research through key events

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 technologies (ICT), and advanced materials and Manufacturing (AMM).

This program is currently open and accepting applications.

Eligible applications

The event or activity proposed must advance Alberta’s research and innovation focus in ICT or AMM.

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:

  • Communications Networks and Services
  • Internet of Things (IoT)/ Machine-to-machine systems
  • Advanced Data Management and Analytics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Human Interaction with Digital Media
  • Quantum Computing

Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (AMM)

This includes:

  • Automation (including Robotics)
  • Lightweight Materials and Technologies
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Nanotechnology
  • Quantum Materials

How the program works


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.
  • To start the application process, contact the AI Advance program manager with a project description to ensure alignment to the program requirements, before submitting an Intake Form using the Post Secondary Investments & Emerging Technologies (PSIET) Intake Form within the Funding Opportunities tab on the SmartSimple Application Portal dashboard.

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.