BCIP is a permanent, competitive first purchase program offered by the Canadian government to allow small businesses in Canada to test and pre-sell technologies to the Government of Canada before commercializing them. Canadian companies can submit a proposal for their technologies that potentially improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the government.


Funding Type:

The program has 2 streams:

  • Up to $500,000 contract value for Standard Components
  • Up to $1,000,000 contract value for Military Components

This is awarded through a government contract specifically for the company’s technology. Technology developers retain the IP during the process.


Eligible Activities:

The BCIP is looking for technology, equipment, software or services that:

  • can compete in the priority industry (see below)
  • demonstrate substantial benefits over existing goods and services in the industry
  • can be used within federal operations

Standard Components:

  • Product/Service must have at least of 80% Canadian content
  • Be pre-commercial and in the late stages of development
  • Must fit within one of the four categories: Environment, Health, Safety & Security, & Enabling Technologies
  • Proposals are evaluated on technical merit

Military Components:

  • Innovation that fits within the categories: Command & Support, Cyber-Security, Protecting the Soldier, Arctic and Maritime Security, In-Service Support, and Training Systems.

The technology must have a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 7-9, which represent projects that are in late-stage development or early-stage commercialization.


Who can apply?

  • A Canadian business, non-profit organization, or university
  • A partnership, post-secondary collaboration, or economic cluster
  • An international entity with an eligible Canadian Bidder
  • Own IP rights to the technology
  • Ensure the product is made with at least 80% Canadian resources
  • Not be earning revenue from the product


What are the Priority Industries?

Standard Components:

  • Biotech
  • ICT
  • Agrifood
  • Clean Tech/Green
  • Health Sciences
  • Safety/Defense

Military Components:

  • Aerospace
  • Cybersecurity
  • ICT
  • Health Sciences


There is a continuous in-take of applications for BCIP.


For assistance in preparing your submission and to position your application for approval contact EVAMAX Group to help you with the process. You may also email us at info@evamax.com or call 1-877-711-7733



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Program Overview

The Product Demonstration Program (PDP) looks to provide Alberta-based companies with the opportunity to develop novel and innovative technologies. The government of Alberta and the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade are providing incentives for your business to reduce time to market and commercialize your product.

In 2015, Alberta Innovates (AI) surveyed and identified key performance indicators identified by businesses that led to the success of technology development and implementation. One key factor pointed out by several companies was establishing a partner who could help transition from prototyping to sales. As a result, Alberta Innovates created the Product Demonstration Program to help companies with novel technologies find a strategic partner who could aid in the sales department.

Eligible Companies

To qualify as an Applicant, an Alberta SME is required to satisfy the following criteria:
• be a for-profit SME;
• demonstrate that the SME has engaged with a strategic partner(s), and that the relationship does
not create a conflict of interest;
• have a physical presence in Alberta;
• meet the following definition of an SME: a company with fewer than 500 Full-Time employees, and
less than $50,000,000 annual gross revenue;
• be a legal entity:
1. incorporated in Alberta; or
2. incorporated federally or in another jurisdiction and extra-provincially registered in Alberta; or
3.  a General Partnership, Limited Partnership or Limited Liability Partnership and registered in
• have no outstanding balance or otherwise owe money to Alberta Innovates or its subsidiaries.

Eligible Projects

To qualify for funding all projects must:
• have the participation of an Alberta-based SME as the Applicant, and at least one Strategic Partner;
• start after the execution of the Agreement between Alberta Innovates and the Applicant and must
have clear, critical “go/no go” milestones;
• be completed within two (2) years unless an extension is specifically approved in writing by Alberta Innovates;
• submit to other criteria that Alberta Innovates may develop from time to time.

Project activities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Technology optimization critical for market acceptance
  • Manufacturing of a prototype for a demonstration project
  • Applications for regulatory approval and certifications critical for market acceptance
  • Testing of a prototype in an operational environment
  • Results assessment or verification of technical data.

Eligible Expenditures

  1. Salary and benefits (one-time)
  2. Materials
  3. Capital assets & Software
  4. Sub-contractors


This program offers up to $300,000 in funding over a maximum 2-year project. The funding amount will be determined on a per-company basis depending on the needs of your business. The amount funded by Alberta Innovates must be matched by the applicant.

Application Deadline

This program has a continuous intake period.


For assistance in preparing your submission and to position your application for approval contact EVAMAX Group to help you with the process.



Program Overview

The Alberta Bio Future (ABF) program encourages strategic alliances between businesses and academic, research and government institutions. These alliances must focus on novel or enhanced bio-industrial products and technologies. The main purpose of this program is to utilize Alberta’s biomass and create a market that is competitive, profitable and efficient. Undoubtedly, the bio-industrial sector remains untapped, this program allows businesses the ability to enter the industry with more wealth of knowledge, by partnering with other institutions you will be better prepared to mitigate challenges.

In particular, the ABF Opportunities program is relevant for companies who would not be able to conduct their projects in a timely manner without funding. This is especially important for companies who are transitioning from research to commercialization but don’t have the financial means to do so efficiently, while also being in a time-sensitive position.

Eligible Companies

Applications must be submitted by:

  • Researchers based in Alberta, and researchers elsewhere conducting projects with
    a benefit to Alberta, or
  • Operating companies or industry groups based in Alberta.

Eligible Projects

Projects must:
• Be completed by December 31, 2020

  • Have the project work carried out primarily in Alberta.
    • Have a direct application to the bio-industrial sector. (Note: Bioindustrial products exclude food, feed or pharma products in this sub-program.)
    • Develop bio-industrial products and bio-industrial technologies that use renewable,
    sustainable biomass, with a focus on agriculture and forestry biomass, produced or available in Alberta.
    • Focus on developments leading to a competitive advantage for Alberta companies or other direct benefits to Alberta.
    • Engage a project team with demonstrated competence, experience, and the organizational capacity to successfully complete the project.

Eligible Expenditures

  1. Salary (one-time)
  2. External Consultants
  3. Travel
  4. Equipment
  5. Materials/Supplies


Funding for approved full proposals will be established on a per-company basis based on your needs.

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2019.


For assistance in preparing your submission and to position your application for approval contact EVAMAX Group to help you with the process.




Program Overview:

The Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) is a program that was launched in 2017. It provides repayable and non-repayable contributions to support four distinct Streams of activities:

Stream 1: Encourage research and development (R&D) that will accelerate technology transfer and commercialization of innovative products, processes, and services;

Stream 2: Facilitate the growth and expansion of firms in Canada;

Stream 3: Attract and retain large-scale investments in Canada; and

Stream 4: Advance industrial research, development, and technology demonstration through collaboration between academia, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.

Who Qualifies:

The Strategic Innovation Fund focuses its support on larger projects that are over $10 million in requested contribution.

Streams 1, 2 and 3:

The Applicant must be a for-profit corporation—small, medium or large-sized—proposing to carry on business in Canada in the industrial and/or technology sectors. You can receive up to 50% of total eligible costs or a requested contribution starting at $10 million in funding.

Stream 4:

Applicants are a consortium that may include Canadian universities, colleges, research institutes, for-profit corporations (including SMEs) and/or not-for-profit entities operating in the industrial and/or technology sectors. You can receive up to 50% of total eligible costs.

Networks in the industrial and/or technology sectors are also eligible for this stream and can receive up to 100% of eligible costs. Stream 4 contributions are all non-repayable and you can receive a contribution starting at $10 million in funding.

Eligible Projects:

Each Stream has its own criteria as to what is an eligible project.

Stream 1—R&D and Commercialization

The project must involve activities related to the research, development, and commercialization of innovative products, processes and/or services. For example, projects could focus on:

  • R&D to test the commercial potential of an early TRL concept or finding;
  • Development of current products through the implementation of new technology that will enhance the Recipient’s competitive capability

Stream 2—Firm Expansion and Growth

The project must support the expansion or material improvement of existing industrial or technological facilities, or projects. For example, projects could focus on:

  • Increasing manufacturing capacity to meet demonstrated market demand;
  • Improving production efficiency through improvements to plant and equipment; or
  • Improving processes to increase efficiency

Stream 3—Investment Attraction and Reinvestment

The project must support new investment in industrial or technological facilities in Canada. For example, projects could focus on:

  • A Canadian company establishing a new production facility which did not previously exist in Canada;
  • Obtaining a production mandate for a product which was previously produced outside Canada or is being produced for the first time

Stream 4—Collaborative Technology Development and Demonstration

The project must support industrial research, including activities related to the discovery of new knowledge that aims to support the development of new technology-driven products, processes or services at early-stage technology readiness levels;

  • Development by a lead Tier 1 original equipment manufacturer company of a potential new product utilizing academic research findingsconjunction with SME suppliers and research councils

Further stream specific information can be obtained through EVAMAX GROUP, get a FREE consultation.

Eligible Costs:

Eligible costs are limited to non-recurring costs that are specifically related to the project, this includes:

  • direct labour
  • overhead (program limits apply)
  • subcontracts and consultants
  • direct materials and equipment
  • other direct costs
  • land and buildings


For assistance in preparing your submission and to position your application for approval contact EVAMAX Group to help you with the process. You may also email us at info@evamax.com or call 1-877-711-7733.



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