Alberta Innovates is focused on solving the world's biggest problems with the best in research and innovation. To solve these problems, Alberta Innovates have set up and aligned four corporations that are funded by the Alberta government and are focused on the key areas of agriculture, forestry and life sciences; health and medical research; energy, water and the environment.
Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS) invests millions of dollars a year in health research and innovation spanning activity from the lab to the bedside to the community. Their funding programs emphasize collaborative research and innovation activity and target Albertans’ health priorities.
The following programs are offered on a recurring basis by AIHS. For current opportunities and deadlines, check the University of Calgary’s Funding Calendar.Collaborative Research and Innovation Opportunities (CRIO): Supports collaborative research in priority areas for Alberta that engages knowledge-/end-users, produces new knowledge, and helps translate knowledge to improve health and the healthcare system. Past opportunities have been available for Projects, Program, and Teams in different priority areas.
Partnerships for Research and Innovation in the Health System (PRIHS): In partnership with Alberta Health Services PRIHS supports networks of health researchers and clinical practitioners that can identify sustainable solutions to improve overall quality of care and value for money in the health system.
Industry Partnered Translational Fund: In partnership with industry partners this opportunity supports research and innovation in shared priority areas that show a strong likelihood of technology transfer and commercialization into products, tools, therapies, and services to address needs in the health system.
Community Engagement and Conference Grant: This opportunity is designed to cover a broad spectrum of activities, including those that promote collaboration and networking in the area of health research and innovation. Alberta Innovates offers four competitions deadlines per year (April, July, October and January) for applicants to submit applications.
Alberta Innovates – Bio Solutions (AIBS) develops and manages funding programs focused on the agriculture, food, and forestry sectors. These programs are targeted to engage various stages of the innovation spectrum, are aligned with Government of Alberta priorities and will contribute to achievement of AI Bio's business plan. Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions builds on the strengths and works closely with the Alberta Prion Research Institute. For current opportunities and deadlines, check the University of Calgary’s Funding Calendar.
Explorations Program: allows investigators to seek funding for research directly related to prion diseases and prion-like human neurodegenerative diseases and dementias.
Alberta Alzheimer Research Program: A co-funded program between the Alberta Prion Research Institute and the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories. This program allows Alberta-based investigators to obtain funding for Alzheimer’s disease research in areas related to understanding the fundamental mechanisms of the disease and improving the quality of life for those with Alzheimer's.
Research Team Program: allows teams of qualified investigators to seek funding for research directly related to prion diseases and prion-like human neurodegenerative diseases and dementias.
Expanding Horizons Program: a professional development program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are currently working on prion research. The objective of this program is to provide research trainees with access to mentoring in order to develop skills and knowledge that are applicable both within and outside of the lab.
Alberta Prion Research Institute, Innovation and Delivery (IDeal) Program: a program intended to encourage collaboration among industry and Alberta universities and research organizations for applied projects. The Alberta Prion Research Institute and the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency invite letters of intent to be submitted at any time.
Guest Speaker Support Program: a program designed to disseminate knowledge to the Alberta research and science community by offering funding to help bring notable researchers in prion and protein misfolding science to Alberta to present lectures and to participate in panel discussions.
Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES) has a long history of success as a catalyst to convert Alberta’s natural resources into market-ready, environmentally responsible energy. AI-EES has three strategic theme areas: energy technologies, renewables and emerging resources, and water and environmental management. Within each of their three strategic areas, there are 'program' areas that support their strategic goals, and AI-EES works with partners on specific 'projects' that support the goals of their programs. For current opportunities and deadlines, check the University of Calgary’s Funding Calendar.
Pre-applications are accepted year round, and researchers are advised to Review AIEES’ annual Business Plan to see if their idea aligns with their strategic areas and goals.
Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures supports research and innovation activities directed at the growth and development of technology-based sectors, the commercialization of technology, the provision of business and technical services, and initiatives that encourage a strong science, technology and entrepreneurial culture in Alberta. For current opportunities and deadlines, check the University of Calgary’s Funding Calendar.
iCORE manages investments in a range of programs including:
Strategic Networking and Development offers funding for attracting and recruiting students and researchers.
geekStarter Program offers funding for student teams to compete in the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM), the Microsoft Imagine Cup and the Association for Computing Machinery – International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC) .
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