Sport Scientist Canada and Mitacs - Innovation 4 Gold (I4G) Research Program


Sport Scientist Canada and Mitacs.


Innovation 4 Gold (I4G) Research Program.

For More Information

For complete program details and how to apply, please visit the I4G Research Program web-page.


Innovations 4 Gold (I4G) is an applied sport research and innovation program under the leadership of Own the Podium in partnership with MITACS and Sport Scientist Canada.  The aim is to support scientific and technological initiatives for targeted performance themes benefiting the performance of athletes and supporting the role of the coach or IST member. The program is recognized by the Sport Scientist Canada Management Group consisting of representation from Sport Canada, Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Institute Network (COPSIN), Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) and Own the Podium (OTP).   

The focus of these applied I4G research and innovation projects is to help Canada enhance performances at the upcoming Summer and Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. OTP recognizes the critical importance of applied sport research and innovation in supporting the daily training environment and at major Games. The purpose of the I4G initiative is threefold: 

  1. Knowledge Ideation – I4G is predicated on generating innovative outputs that will impact podium success. 
  2. Knowledge Transfer - Sharing high performance sport research and innovation throughout the Canadian Sport Institute Network (COPSIN), National Sport Organizations (NSOs), Canadian Universities, and industry.
  3. Knowledge Mobilization - Work closely with targeted NSO’s to enhance performances through sport specific long- term research and innovation. 

There are two grants available:

  • Accelerate
  • Technovate


PhD or post-doctoral researchers are eligible to apply. For program specific eligibility criteria, please visit the I4G Research Program web-page.

Funding Availability

  • Funding starts at $15,000
  • PhD - up to $106,666 
  • Post-Doctoral - up to $60,000

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Up to 4 years.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Applicant to submit online form via the Sport Scientist Canada web-page.

Please note: successful applicants will be contacted by March 1st to complete a Mitacs application (see below).

Internal Deadline

Successful applicants will be invited to submit full applications to Mitacs. These applicants must submit a complete application package (including all participant signatures and intern CV) along with a signed OR-5 form to a minimum of ONE week prior to submission/deadline to Mitacs. 

External Deadline

Applicant submits application package to Mitacs.

How to Apply

For complete details on how to apply, please visit the I4G Research Program web-page.

For Questions, please contact

Emily Gordon
Mitacs Business Development Specialist
University of Guelph |

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Vanessa Knox, Awards and Agreements Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x53429

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