Apply to the Strategic Innovation Fund

This tool will help you determine your eligibility for the Strategic Innovation Fund.

1. What type of establishment are you applying on behalf of?



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2. How many full-time equivalent (FTE) employees does your business have?


3. Will you be requesting at least $10 million from the Strategic Innovation Fund for a project with costs of at least $20 million?



The total project costs should only include costs that are:

  • reasonable
  • not in-kind (will have to be incurred and paid by the recipient)
  • directly related to the project

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4. Are you able to provide financial statements for the past 3 years? If your company has not been in operation for 3 years, are you able to provide financial statements for all the years it has been in operation?



Financial statements must be any of the following:

  • audited (preferred)
  • review engagement
  • notice to reader
  • CFO-attested (or CEO-attested if a company does not have a CFO)

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5. Do you currently, or will you plan to hold all of the necessary Intellectual Property (IP) rights for the successful execution of your project?




For the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF), the recipient must:

  • have secured the rights to the IP required for the project (if applicable)
  • have the potential to develop an IP on new technology
  • have the ability to commercialize their formally-protected IP portfolio in Canada with strong public benefits

Learn more about the basics of intellectual property, and the SIF intellectual property consideration (opens in a new tab).

6. Is your company willing to enter a long-term Contribution Agreement with the Government of Canada for the benefit of Canadians?



A long-term Contribution Agreement is a contract between the recipient of funding and the Government of Canada. For a company incorporated in Canada or a partnership carrying on business in Canada, a contribution agreement may span 20 years or more.

This agreement outlines the:

  • reporting requirements
  • schedule of any repayments
  • consequences should the agreement not be met
  • obligations of both the recipient and the Government of Canada
  • terms and conditions that come with the funding, including the benefits that the project will generate for Canadians such as:
    • job creation in Canada
    • research and development (R&D)
    • capital investments
    • reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
    • gender and diversity equity
    • maintaining IP ownership in Canada

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7. Have you secured, or do you intend to secure within the next 6 months, a significant portion of the funds required to support the launch of your project?



8. Is your project related to Biomanufacturing and Life Sciences?


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9. Will you be requesting a total contribution amount of $100 million or more from the Strategic Innovation Fund?


Contribution amount means the financial total (in Canadian dollars) that you're asking the Strategic Innovation Fund to invest in your project.

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2. What type of institution is the lead applicant?




3. Will you be requesting at least $10 million from the Strategic Innovation Fund for a project with costs of at least $20 million?



The total project costs should only include costs that are:

  • reasonable
  • not in-kind (will have to be incurred and paid by the recipient)
  • directly related to the project

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4. What kind of capital expenditures (CapEX) will your network have?




A capital expenditure is money spent to buy, build or upgrade assets (such as buildings, structures, machinery, equipment, and intellectual property) that will benefit a company or network over an extended period of time.

5. Will your network involve a significant distribution of funds for partners to conduct collaborative research and development (R&D) projects with the goal of commercialization?



Networks should support the development of new technology-driven products, processes or services at early-stage technology readiness levels and large-scale technology demonstration. This includes the advancement and development of new technologies into product-specific applications at mid-to-late stage technology readiness levels.

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6. Will the work phase of the network be at least 5 years in length?



7. How many confirmed partners does your network have?



8. Do the partnerships of your project span multiple organization types? (This includes large businesses, SMEs, start-ups, not-for-profit organizations, academic institutions, etc.)



Large businesses are those with 500 or more full-time, paid employees.

Small and medium sized businesses are those with up to 499 full-time, paid employees.

9. How many provinces or territories are represented among your network's partners and members?




10. Will the lead applicant commit to benefitting Canadians by entering a long-term Contribution Agreement with the Government of Canada?



This agreement outlines:

  • reporting requirements
  • schedule of any repayments
  • consequences should the agreement not be met
  • obligations of both the recipient and the Government of Canada
  • terms and conditions that come with the funding, including the benefits that the project will generate for Canadians such as:
    • job creation in Canada
    • research and development (R&D)
    • capital investments
    • reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
    • gender and diversity equity
    • maintaining IP ownership in Canada

Learn more about benefits assessment (opens in a new tab).

Your project appears to meet the eligibility requirements for the Strategic Innovation Fund.

Before you apply, you may request a consultation with us to determine if your project is a good fit for SIF at this time.

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How to apply

  1. Read the program guide

    The program guide has been developed to provide details on the Strategic Innovation Fund, including program objectives, assessment factors based on expected project benefits for Canada for each of the four streams as well as the process.

  2. Read the Statement of Interest guide

    The Statement of Interest guide has been developed to assist in the completion of a Statement of Interest Form to the Strategic Innovation Fund. Applicants are encouraged to review the Statement of Interest Guide in conjunction with the Program Guide.

  3. Request a SIF Statement of Interest (SOI) application package

    Send us an email and you will automatically be sent an SOI package via email: sifadmission-fsiadmission@ised-isde.gc.ca

Learn more:

  • Completing the SIF Statement of Interest application
  • Submitting the Statement of Interest

Your project appears to meet the eligibility requirements for the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) and requires a mandatory pre-application consultation with SIF officials.

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Your project appears to meet the eligibility requirements for the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) and requires a mandatory pre-application consultation with SIF officials.

Request a consultation

Learn more about the program.

Your project is not eligible for the Strategic Innovation Fund.

Your project may not be ready for funding from the Strategic Innovation fund.