Pilot Funding

Showcase product impact with the BC Fast Pilot program

Want to demonstrate the impact of your product to potential customers? Get up to $200,000 through the BC Fast Pilot Program. 

About the Program

The BC Fast Pilot program helps regional SMEs design, build and operate a pilot plant or small demonstration of their technology in real-world conditions. The program allows B.C. technology companies to demonstrate the impact of their product, measure the value of their solution, and encourage customer adoption. 

This initiative is delivered in partnership between Innovate BC and the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP).

Pilot Funding


  • Be a B.C.-based, incorporated business; 
  • Have less than 500 employees on payroll;
  • Have developed a prototype and are ready to demonstrate the technology at a customer site; 
  • Have an early adopter or potential customer identified; 
  • Meet the eligibility criteria for financial support from NRC IRAP and;
  • Secure an NRC IRAP ITA (see guidelines for details). 

Priority is given to:

  • Regional B.C. SMEs and pilot implementations/sites in B.C., especially outside the Lower Mainland. 
  • Pilot initiatives in the cleantech sector defined as processes, products, or services that reduce negative environmental impacts through significant energy. efficiency improvements, the sustainable use of resources, or environmental protection activities. 
  • Pilot initiatives involving Indigenous communities or organizations. 
  • Note: Priority areas are favourable, but do not guarantee funding. The overall strength of the project is key.

Key Dates

  • Submit your Expression of Interest by April 19, 2022 at 12:00 PM 
  • Successful applicants will be invited to provide a full proposal in May 2022 
Pilot Funding

Steps to Apply

  1. If you do not have an NRC IRAP ITA, you must first connect with NRC IRAP to get assigned an ITA
  2. Request an “Expression of Interest for BC Fast Pilot” form from your ITA. It is highly recommended that you work with your ITA to fill out the form to ensure all requirements are met. 
  3. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full project proposal. 
Pilot Funding

Program Guidelines

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B.C. Fast Pilot Funded Projects

Since the program started in 2019, $5.9M has been invested into 48 BC pilot demonstrations

CommandWear Systems Inc.


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