Know your grants – Episode 17: Alberta Innovates

  • By Antoine Giroir
    • Dec 07, 2023
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Discover the Alberta Innovates program with Leyton! In this series of monthly videos, our consultant team will help you discover specific government grants available in Canada, and share key details.

For this episode, our Senior Government Grants Consultant, Antoine Giroir, will delve into the Alberta Innovates program, and explain how this program can help you access new talent.

Examples of topics covered:

  • What is the Alberta Innovates program?
  • The components of the grants and the funding available
  • Eligibility for the program
  • And more!
Are you looking to hire staff?
This grant could help cover the salary of new or existing staff.

About the Program

Alberta Innovates is a catalyst for research and innovation in Alberta. With a mission to deliver on the research priorities of the Government of Alberta, the agency focuses on advancing economic benefits in key sectors such as agriculture, energy, environment, forestry, and health. 

Alberta Innovates offers more than just funding. The agency plays a pivotal role in boosting economic development, fostering collaboration among stakeholders, and catalyzing the exchange of knowledge to address real-world challenges. From grants and funding to advice and specialized applied research contract services, the agency provides comprehensive support for researchers and companies. 

Commercialization Associate Hiring Grant

This program offers up to $120,000 in non-dilutive funding to cover the salary costs of an Associate over a one-year term. The objectives include talent acquisition, accelerating commercialization, and providing financial resources. 

Industry R&D Associates Program

With up to $105,000 in non-dilutive funding, this program supports Alberta companies with innovative solutions. The goals are to accelerate technology development, attract technical expertise, and de-risk the scaling of innovative products. 

Terms & Conditions

  • You cannot have more than two concurrently active Associates funded by Alberta Innovates.  
  • Additionally, the newly hired individual should not have been employed by the organization for more than twelve (12) months before the application submission date.  
  • It is also required that the Associate intends to reside in the Province of Alberta for the duration of the investment in the project. However, the applicant may provide evidence that having the Associate located outside of the province will contribute to the success of the project. 
  • Eligibility criteria also includes having fewer than 500 full-time employees
  • Having less than $50 million in annual gross revenue,
  • And having an innovative solution that offers a significant competitive advantage. 

Do you want to apply for grant ?

To prepare for success, gather key documents, including your business plan or pitch deck, financial statements, team resumes, and a project overview with a timeline and budget. Remember, a minimum 25% cash contribution of the total annual base salary is required. 

Once you have everything, the first step is to get in touch with Alberta Innovates:  

Complete the form on their website and wait for one of their business experts to reach out to you and initiate a conversation.  

At Leyton, our grants consultants can help you complete and optimize your program application and keep you up to date with the latest grants news and updates, all while you remain focused on your business.

If you wish to learn more information about this grant and how we can help you apply for it, contact one of our experts today!

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Antoine Grioir
Antoine Giroir

Senior Government Grants Consultant

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