Funding for Applied Research Projects

Funding Your Innovation

The CIM-TAC is your portal to the greater Alberta innovation community. We’re connected to businesses, innovation experts, and funders around the province and beyond. We can help open doors and refer you to people and organizations that can help you succeed.

We’ve helped clients just like you to access thousands in funding. If you’re an entrepreneur or a small-to-medium-sized enterprise (SME), we can help you to access the funding you need to turn your big ideas into reality.

Depending on your company and venture, you may be eligible for the following programs and funding for innovative products. Please use the contact information provided to determine eligibility and obtain further details. 

Potential Funding Opportunities

Alberta Innovates Voucher Program 

The Alberta Innovates (AI) Micro-Voucher, Voucher and Product Demonstration Programs help small technology and knowledge-driven businesses take their ideas and products to market faster. These programs target companies seeking to commercialize new technology or innovation.

As an approved service provider for the Alberta Innovates Voucher Program, we can assist with both the development of voucher applications and the implementation and project management of vouchers for successful recipients.

For further information on eligibility and application process, please contact: 

Matthew Cornall, Technology Development Advisor
Alberta Innovates, Central Alberta Regional Innovation Network
Office: 403.342.3475
Cell: 587.876.3490

National Research Council Canada - Industrial Research Assistance Program

The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) is a federal initiative which assists small- and medium-sized technology companies with new product development. They provide advisory services and financial contributions for qualified SMEs in Canada to help them grow their businesses and innovative capacity. 

For program details, including eligibility criteria, please visit NRC-IRAP or view the factsheet on TAC interactive visits

If you would like more information and guidance on proposal submission please contact:

Rebecca Bjustrom, Industrial Technology Advisor
National Research Council, Red Deer Office
Office: 403.342.3457


Connectica is Alberta's new self-service tool for SMEs and service providers - connecting innovators to funding, programs, services, and more. You simply enter your search criteria and then view the list of resources available to you through innovation networks in Alberta.

Central Alberta Regional Innovation Network (CARIN)

CARIN is a partnership of industry, academia, government, and local economic development agencies with the purpose of promoting the creation and growth of technology and innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in central Alberta. CARIN’s program components:

  • Prototype and process development and problem solving
  • Innovation, technology, and business training
  • Industry networking and advanced technology applications

CARIN’s more than 400 members are actively involved in CIM-TAC projects. Email them to be added to their contact list.


Concierge helps Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises identify and access federal and provincial government programs that support innovation. In addition to providing information, Concierge will connect you with a network of public sector partners, programs and resources to help you grow through technological innovation. 

Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada

NSERC aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. NSERC researchers are on the vanguard of science, building on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence. NSERC offers an Applied Research and Development Grant (ARD) to college researchers teamed with industry partners.  

Central Alberta: Access Prosperity

Access Prosperity is an economic development organization focused on promoting economic growth in the central Alberta region. It represents over 40 regional municipalities.  Access Prosperity is a comprehensive network and information resource about business in central Alberta.  It works with key industry leaders, business experts and government bodies to facilitate growth, global business expansion and diversification of the region.


Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR)

RDAR is committed to directing strategic investments in agricultural research and innovation that can maximize benefits and increase profitability. By collaborating with producers and researchers, they tap into existing talent and fund ideas generated by innovators to push the boundaries of Alberta's agriculture potential. RDAR's activities are funded through the Canadian Agriculture Partnership.