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Alberta Innovates Technology Futures

Alberta Innovates Technology Futures

In January 2010 iCORE was amalgamated with a handful of other Alberta government initiatives to form Alberta Innovates Technology Futures.  iCORE was established in October 1999 by the Government of Alberta to foster an expanding community of exceptional researchers in the field of informatics, that is, areas of computer science, electrical and computer engineering, physics, mathematics and other disciplines related to information and communications technology (ICT). iCORE operates several grant programs to develop iCORE Chairs at Alberta universities, around which world-class research teams are developed. Since its inception, more than 24 research chairs have been established to focus on emerging areas such as wireless communications, artificial intelligence, and quantum and nanocomputing.


2016/2017 AITF Strategic Research Projects Initiative

The following Strategic Research Priorities and Outcomes are based on draft information from AITF and subject to change.

AITF Strategic Research Priorities

Applications should align with the following AITF priority areas:

  • Projects addressing Innovation Target Priorities in the areas of Emerging Technologies, Environment & Climate, Energy, Food and Agriculture, Fibre/Bioindustrial and Health;
  • Projects to develop enabling Platform Technologies: Nanotechnology, Information & Communications Technology, and Omics technologies; and

  • Projects addressing Industry challenges which fall within Innovation Target Priority Areas or Platform Technology Priority Areas.


Alberta Innovation Target Priority Areas
Broad areas of focus Select Focus Areas
(examples only)
Emerging Technologies
  • Grow Alberta’s Green Economy
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
  • Digital Economy
  • Clean power/renewables
  • Advanced sensors and MEMS devices
  • Waste management
  • Robotics/3D printing
  • New material development
  • Data science/analytics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Virtual service delivery
Environment & Climate
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Restoration of Alberta’s Landscapes
  • Sustainable Water Management
  • Cumulative effects management
  • Monitoring systems
  • Fine tailings reclamation
  • Aquatic ecosystem management
  • Water quality
  • Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction
  • Increase Value & Market Access
  • Improve Oil Sands Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy
  • Carbon reduction and re-use solutions for industry
  • Value add process innovation
  • Energy storage
  • Renewables
  • Access for remote communities/first nations
Food and Agriculture
  • Increase Sales
  • Increase Productivity
  • Improve Social License
  • Value add products and processing
  • Food safety
  • Precision farming
  • Genomic improvements
  • Animal welfare
  • Consumer preferences
Fibre and Bioindustrial
  • Increase Sales
  • Drive Investment
  • Reduce Waste
  • Value from waste (Ag/For and municipal)
  • Biorefining technologies
  • Advanced biomaterials and fibre innovation
  • Improve Robustness of Health Data
  • Improve Quality of Care
  • Reduce Burden of Disease
  • Health & Wellness Innovation
  • Electronic health record – access and expanded use
  • Personalized medicine
  • Care innovation across the spectrum of delivery
  • Novel diagnostics and therapeutics
  • Rapid market entry for health innovations

Alberta Platform Priority Areas

Common Enabling Outcomes Opportunity Areas
  • Infrastructure
  • People & Skills
  • Innovation Environment (Generate Value)
  • Science & Technology Literacy
  • Advanced Nano Engineered Materials
  • Sensors
  • Atomic & Molecular Systems
  • Data Science
  • Privacy and Cybersecurity
  • Virtual Service Delivery
  • Precision Health
  • Plant and Animal Productivity
  • Hydrocarbon Productivity and Remediation
  • Environmental Ecosystems

AITF Strategic Research Projects Initiative - Desired Outcomes:

  • Catalyze growth and diversification of Alberta’s economy;

  • Encourage the employment and retention of highly qualified personnel;

  • Establish new collaborations between Alberta Researchers and Industry partners, including Alberta technology-based SMEs; and

  • Enable the development and application of Platform technologies to Innovation Targets and Industry Challenges.



For information on Alberta Innovates Technology Futures Chairs and the Strategic Projects Initiative, please contact Tiago Lier.