NSERC – Idea to Innovation Grants (I2I)




Idea to Innovation Grants

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Form 101 Instructions

Form 100 Instructions


The objective of the Idea to Innovation (I2I) Grants is to accelerate the pre-competitive development of promising technology originating from the university and college sector and promote its transfer to a new or established Canadian company. The I2I Grants provide funding to college and university faculty members to support research and development projects with recognized technology transfer potential. This is achieved through defined phases by provided crucial assistance in the early stages of technology validation and market connection.  Four distinct funding options are proposed which are characterized by the maturity of the technology or the involvement of an early-stage investment entity or an industrial partner.

Applications involve a technology transfer plan, and to complete this section, you must work with the Catalyst Centre and with the investment or industrial partner.  


Faculty who hold a full time, term, adjunct or emeritus appointment 

Funding Availability

Maximum request:  Market Assessment - $15,000; Phase I - $125,000; Phase Ib- $60,000; Phase IIa - $125,000 and Phase IIb - $350,000  

Project Duration

From 6 up to 24 months, but varies by phase.

Special Notes

NSERC staff is willing to review draft proposals submitted sufficiently in advance of the application deadline. 

Internal Deadlines

March 28, 2016, June 27, 2016, September 26, 2016 by 4:30 p.m.

Once Catalyst Centre has signed off on the technology transfer plan, the applicant submits a signed OR-5 and a copy of the application to: Research.Services@uoguelph.ca

External Deadlines

April 4, 2016, July 4, 2016, October 3, 2016 by 8:00 p.m.

Grants Officer submits application via the NSERC on-line system. 

For Questions, please contact

350 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON
K1H 1H5

Steve De Brabandere,
Catalyst Centre
519-824-4120 x54916

Office of Research

Annette Clarke, Grants Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56927

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