Research and transfer aid program – Programme d’aide à la recherche et au transfert (PART)

The PART program of Quebec Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Science (MESRS) aims to highlight the potential of human and technological resources of institutions and college centers for technology transfer (CCTT) to meet the needs of technology innovation in Québec businesses.

It allows both to enrich the work of teachers and to strengthen links between businesses and colleges.

It supports applied research projects whose results often materialize in an actual transfer to the Quebec business, especially SMEs, and in innovation.

It also supports research activities of technical and technological nature as well as activities of development, implementation and optimization of the technology in the short term, and, to the extent that these activities are in the field of applied research, experimental development or technological advancement.

The Ministry provides to transfer centers, such as Innofibre, financial resources that enable them to participate to the technological development and to the transfer of knowledge to partner companies.

The program objectives are the following:

  • to support applied research conducted by an institution or by a CCTT to promote technological innovation in Quebec businesses;
  • to favour teachers participation in applied research activities in order to ensure an impact on education and training, particularly the technical training.

College and Community Innovation Program – Applied Research and Development Grants (ARD)

ARD Grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) support well-defined applied research and development projects undertaken by college researchers with their private-sector partners. Direct project costs are shared by the company partner(s) and NSERC. Projects may range from six months to three years in duration.

ARD projects can be at any point in the research and development (R&D) spectrum that is consistent with the college’s applied research, training and technology transfer mandate. All proposals require evidence of strong partnerships with firms, detailed planning and sound budget justification, and must clearly spell out the underlying assumptions, intended approaches, milestones and deliverables.

The objectives of the ARD Grants are:

  • to provide companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities available at Canadian colleges;
  • to train students in essential technical skills required by companies.

The mutually beneficial collaborations are expected to result in economic benefits to the company and/or Canada.

Business Innovation Access Program (BIAP)

The Business Innovation Access Program (BIAP) is a Government of Canada pilot program, announced in the 2013 Budget that provides $20 million in funding to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help them access business services or technical assistance at Canada’s learning institutions and publicly-funded research organizations to bring bigger and better innovations to market faster.

Applications must be submitted to NRC-IRAP by SMEs.  Subcontracting costs are reimbursed at 75% to SMEs up to $ 50,000 by NRC-IRAP.

Eligible projects for BIAP include short-term projects for which a business service or technical assistance would clearly demonstrate the potential to contribute to quicker commercialization of products or academic research. Projects have to contribute to the development of a viable working linkage between the firm and the service provider. There are other considerations, including service provider capacity and available program funding.

Some examples of eligible technical services are :

  • Product optimization
  • Process development, analysis or optimization
  • Specialized testing

Some examples of eligible business services are :

  • Market research
  • Marketing strategy development
  • Competitive analysis
  • Business strategy development

To know more about the financial support available, contact Mario Parenteau at 819-376-5011 extension 4514.