Tech Adoption


Need help to commercialize your research? Teams of academia and industry working on projects in the areas of natural resources and applied sciences can receive up to $300,000 for research and development.

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  • The project supports the research and development of a new, innovative technology that solves an industry problem in the natural resources, engineering or applied sciences.
  • The project is a collaboration between a B.C. based industry and academic partner, with majority of the project work occurring in B.C.
  • The project partners must be in agreement regarding IP ownership.
  • The innovation is at a minimum of Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 3, as defined by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.
  • The project has strong market potential, with at least one letter of support to demonstrate potential market impact and/or benefits to B.C.
  • The innovation must have a strong research and commercialization plan, with the aim of achieving commercialization (ie. revenue, customers, etc.) within 3 years of the project start date.
  • The project must secure matching funds from industry or government sources at a ratio of 2:1 matching dollars. ($1 Ignite funds matched by applicants with $2 dollars from other sources)
  • Application deadline: July 8, 2024
  • Deadline for invited applicants to submit their full proposal: September 16, 2024
  • Anticipated notice of decision: December 2024
  • Anticipated start of funding: Early 2025
  1. Go through the Eligibility Checklist.
  2. Submit an application.
  3. Qualified applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. 


What is the maximum amount I can request from Ignite?

You can request up to $300,000. Funding is paid in annual instalments of approximately equal amounts, following submission of annual reports.

What is required for 2:1 matching?

Projects must secure matching funds from industry or government sources at a ratio of 2:1 ($1 Ignite funds matched by $2 project funds from other sources).  

Sources of Matching Funds 

Up to 50% of matching funds can be from grants or awards from government, institutional and non-profit sources; and up to 50% of matching funds can be in-kind contributions. For example:  

Ignite Funding Request:  


Matching Fund Breakdown: 

$150,000 Industry Cash
$100,000 Industry In-Kind Contributions (eg. technical staff salary, equipment) 
$50,000 Academic In-Kind Contributions (eg. lab access, materials) 
$300,000 Government Cash (eg. NSERC, NRC IRAP, Mitacs) 
= $600,000 

Eligibility: This project budget meets the 2:1 matching requirement, with 50% from government grants/awards, and 25% from in-kind contributions.  

Do I need to secure matching funds before applying?

Matching funds do not need to be fully confirmed at the application stage, but all full proposal submissions will require proof of committed matching funds to ensure good financial standing. 

My company is a government contractor. Can I still get matching funds from the government?

Yes. However, the majority of your company’s revenue must come from sales — not government aid. 

Can I claim retroactive expenses?

No, this funding does not cover retroactive expenses prior to the start date indicated in your application. 

What can I spend the funding on?

Research and development expenditures. Eligible costs include but are not limited to:

  • Salaries/stipends 
  • Materials, supplies and equipment (e.g. prototyping, scale-up, product refinement, validation studies, etc.)
  • Activities related to technology transfer and commercialization (e.g. sharing of patenting and licensing fees with university, consulting fees for IP strategy, etc.)
  • Travel and accommodation for collaborative purposes
  • Indirect administrative costs (e.g. university overhead)
How does my company access the funds?
The lead innovator (either the lead academic institution or industry partner) will receive and administer Ignite funds on behalf of the project, and subsequently disburse the Ignite funds to the other partners as per the agreed-upon proposal. 
What do I need for an eligible partnership?

The partnership must have at least one academic partner and one industry partner. The majority of your partners must be based in B.C. and be able to exploit the research results in B.C.

What do you mean by “based in B.C.”?

Organizations must be registered in B.C. and have a significant presence in the province. Multinationals may be eligible if they have project-related commercial activities that take place in B.C.  

Can I have a partner from outside of B.C. or Canada?

Partners from outside the province or country are welcome, provided: 

  • the majority of the team is from B.C.,
  • that an eligible B.C. organization maintains a leading role throughout the project, 
  • results will be exploited in B.C., and 
  • the contributions of non-B.C. members are clearly demonstrated.
Can you match me with a partner?

Yes, thanks to our close collaboration with MitacsIf interested, please reach out to Business Development Specialist, Marcelo Mora.

Who owns the IP?

Partners are responsible for ensuring IP arrangements are in order and agreed to by all members before applying. At time of full proposal, applicants are required to submit any existing or pending agreements between primary project partners to indicate that all partners have discussed and agreed on project terms, including scope, confidentiality, IP ownership and other rights. 

If my application is successful, when do I receive the funding?
Funding will commence once the contribution agreements are signed, which may take up to 2 months. Then, funds are paid in annual instalments upon approval of annual reports.
How likely am I to get the funding?

Ignite is a competitive process. Approximately 40% of applicants are invited to submit a full proposal and 30-40% of proposals are awarded funding. However, this varies on the number and quality of applications received.

My project has already started, can I still apply?

Yes, but Ignite funds cannot be used retroactively.

Can start-ups apply?

Yes, as long as you meet the application criteria. We also recommend you be able to demonstrate strong financial, managerial and strategic business capability to bring the innovation to market. 

I’ve received this funding before. Can I apply again?

Yes, but you must apply with a different project. 

Do I need a formal research agreement with my partner(s) to apply?

Partnership may be formal or informal but there must be a clearly defined collaboration between the academic and industry partners before applying.  

What do you mean by "commercialization"?

Commercialization of a technology is considered to have occurred when a customer purchases a technology product. Successful commercialization occurs when an identified ‘problem’ is solved. These problems are identified by industry or the marketplace. Commercialization is the process or cycle of introducing a new product or production method into the market. The technology must get through the prototype phase and be reasonably scalable to be considered to have the potential to be commercial. Therefore, the development part of research and development requires time and money as systems are engineered that will make the product or method a valuable commercial proposition. Having a market that demands the product is critical. Companies that are commercializing need to access these markets to find early adopters who are demanding solutions or tolerant of trying innovative technologies with their inherent risks.

We know a lot about making molecules, but nothing whatsoever about commercialization. The academic and industry partnership is vital if we are going to get this new discovery out in the world for people to use.
1610172003 Jeremy Wulff
Dr. Jeremy Wulff

Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of Victoria

The Ignite funds were used to secure in excess of $800,000 in direct research funds from other organizations and played a role in attracting significant venture funding to advance our technology’s commercialization.
Nelson Mora
Dr. Nelson Mora

CTO, Jetti Resources