New funding program for joint product development and commercialization between SMEs in Alberta and research partners in Germany


The German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research (GCCIR) is pleased to announce a new funding program aimed at supporting joint product development and commercialization activities between SME's in Alberta and a partner in Germany. The program will enable Alberta companies to access high-tech resources and European markets and strengthen existing scientific ties with the economic powerhouse Germany. The program serves as incitement for the development of new models of collaboration between Alberta and Germany that leverage key research & technology capabilities, address common priorities, and accelerate the commercialization of technology. Developing technology and research based alliances shall increase international trade and economic growth.

After the kick-off symposium organized in Germany in October 2012, GCCIR is pleased to launch the call for proposals for the Alberta-Germany Fund for Product Development and Commercialization. Albertan small and medium-sized enterprises (1 to 499 employees and less than $50 million in gross revenues, Source: Industry Canada, Statistics Canada) are welcome to apply to the Alberta-Germany Collaboration Fund for Product Development and Commercialization.

The partner from Germany can be a small and medium-sized enterprise, as well as a big company or an independent research institution. All proposals to the program must involve an industry partner from each jurisdiction with an interest in commercialization and must be situated in one of the areas of technology:

  • clean energy and environmental technology,
  • advanced materials (including micro/nanotechnology),
  • industrial bio-technology,
  • health,
  • information and communication technology.

Projects can include applied R&D, proof of concept, prototype development or technology demonstration.

Find out about the criteria in detail.

Funding applications can be submitted until January 2013. The final decision will be made through Steering Committee in March 2013 in order to start the approved projects in the beginning of April 2013.

Source: www.gccir.ca