Alberta-France Collaboration Fund for Product Development and Commercialization

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Background

The Alberta-France Collaboration Fund for Product Development and Commercialization is a joint program established by Alberta Government`s Ministry of Innovation and Advanced Education in collaboration with Bpifrance and the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Regional Council, and delivered by the German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research. In late 2016 the GCCIR will be opening the first call for proposals for the fund.

Goal

The overarching goal of this program is to help participants become more globally competitive by developing innovative technologies and research based alliances with the potential to foster international trade and economic growth. Further goals include:

  • Connecting industry players and researchers across multiple jurisdictions
  • Development of new models of collaboration between Alberta and France that leverage key research & technology capabilities
  • Addressing common priorities, and accelerate the commercialization of technology
  • Launching revolutionary product development and commercialization projects that aim to bring new products and services to market
  • Delivering economic benefits to citizens and business people in both jurisdictions

Who can apply?

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-France Collaboration Fund for Product Development and Commercialization. French partners can be small or medium-sized enterprises, as well as larger companies or independent research institutions. However, please note that only a French SME is eligible to apply to our French funding partners Bpifrance and Bpi-Nord-Pas-de-Calais. French companies located in the region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais apply at Bpi-Nord-Pas-de-Calais and companies located out of this region at Bpifrance. All proposals to the program must involve an industry partner from each jurisdiction with an interest in commercialization.

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Project Selection Criteria

Future calls will be open to initiatives or projects focusing on developing innovative products, technology-based services, or methods in all technological and application areas, which have strong market potential. Eligible projects can be in any of the following stages:

  • Applied research and development
  • Product development
  • Proof of concept
  • Prototype development
  • Technology demonstration

 Looking for French partners?

We organize a matchmaking trip to France for Albertan companies every year (usually in late fall). Please contact us for more information on our next matchmaking trip.