Alberta-Nord-Pas-de-Calais Collaboration Fund for Product Development and Commercialization

Background

The Alberta-Nord-Pas-de-Calais 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 the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Regional Council, and delivered by the German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research. In late 2015 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 Nord-Pas-de-Calais that leverage key research & technology capabilities, address common priorities, and accelerate the commercialization of technology; and
  • Launching revolutionary product development and commercialization projects that aim to bring new products and services to market, and deliver economic benefits to citizens 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-Nord-Pas-de-Calais 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 partner BPI-Nord-Pas-de-Calais. All proposals to the program must involve an industry partner from each jurisdiction with an interest in commercialization.

Project Selection Criteria

Previous calls have required projects to focus on one of the following areas of technology: Clean Energy and Environmental Technology; Advanced Materials (including Micro/Nanotechnology); Industrial Bio-Technology; Health; Information and Communication Technology. 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

Product Requirements and Scoring Considerations

  • Indicate clearly identified commercialization goals consistent with project objectives (how does the project address and provide economic benefits - qualitative and quantitative - for both Alberta and Nord-Pas-de-Calais)
  • Demonstrate expertise (management, technical, and operational) in the field of the project and purpose a strong joint team
  • Indicate the respective human expertise contribution(s) to the project
  • Leverage proven methodologies
  • Include a risk assessment complete with mitigation strategies
  • Provide realistic economic indicators (NPV, IRR suggested)
  • Demonstrate financial capacity and commitment to contributing the company’s portion of the project funding
  • Clearly demonstrate development of long-term innovation capacity
  • Delineate the potential return on investment for all participants in the proposal
  • Identify how intellectual property will be managed

Project Evaluation

All applications to the Alberta-Nord-Pas-de-Calais Collaboration Fund for Product Development and Commercialization will be peer-reviewed by industry experts from different sectors. This leads to a ranking of the applications. The final decision making authority is a Steering Committee consisting of one industry member, one member of the Alberta Government, and one GCCIR Board Member.

Funding

At present the maximum project contribution by GCCIR is 250,000 CAD, which would be granted to the Albertan applicant. The funding can be split between different projects, if approved. The Alberta company is expected to match GCCIR funding through cash and in-kind contributions to the project. Funding for the French partner will come from BPI-Nord-Pas-de-Calais, following their parallel application process. Should the French company be too large to apply to BPI-Nord-Pas-de-Calais, then the requirement for their participation in the project will be to match the funding contributed by GCCIR. All funding sources must be disclosed.

Looking for French partners?

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