Commercialization of Research

Supports research, collaboration and training broadly related to commercialization

Proof of Principle

Commercialize an idea

Many of the inventions and discoveries (products/tools/services) arising through academic research are at a stage beyond discovery-driven research and yet are often of uncertain utility or insufficiently developed to be of interest to relevant receptor companies, organizations, and potential investors. Such intellectual property may never be licensed, commercialized, or otherwise applied, without additional targeted research, market research, investment and business development activities. These activities are of paramount importance, because they serve to validate, better define and add value to the intellectual property but they require resources that typically cannot be obtained through the traditional funding mechanisms. CIHR's Proof of Principle Program aims at filling part of this funding gap.

For questions about this initiative and research objectives write to commercialization@cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

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Industry-Partnered Collaborative Research

Foster industry-academia collaboration in research

The Industry-Partnered Collaborative Research Operating Grant (IPCR) program provides funding for collaborative research projects involving the academic community and Canadian industry partners sharing an interest in health R&D. The research planned should be beneficial to both parties, while improving the quality of health of Canadians. Projects may be initiated by either party; however, the academic researcher is responsible for applying for the grant.

The IPCR Operating Grant supports research projects that incorporate an integrated knowledge translation (KT) approach. Integrated KT describes a different way of doing research with researchers and knowledge users working together to shape the research process. This program requires that the academic researcher and industry partner (knowledge user) work collaboratively throughout the research process. The industry partner should be engaged in the appropriate stages of the research project; from shaping the research question to disseminating and moving the research into practice.

The maximum CIHR amount awarded for a single grant is $250,000 per year for up to 5 years.

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Science to Business

Pursue an MBA with scholarship funding

CIHR's Science to Business (S2B) program is designed to encourage individuals with PhDs in a health related field to pursue an MBA. It is anticipated that successful applicants to the program will go on to apply their management and scientific expertise by pursuing careers in fields that support commercialization and innovation in Canada such as management, regulatory affairs, finance, research, technology transfer, and public policy. The goal of this program is to develop a cadre of professionals knowledgeable in health research and management, and to foster an entrepreneurial culture within and around the research community.

The maximum amount awarded for a single award is $30,000 per annum for up to 2 years: Stipend:

  • $30,000 per annum for a full-time MBA;
  • $15,000 per annum for a part-time MBA.

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Collaborative Health Research Projects

Support innovation in natural science or engineering and health (NSERC-partnered)

The Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) program is a joint initiative between the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The CHRP program supports innovative interdisciplinary collaborative research projects requiring participation from the natural sciences or engineering community together with the health sciences community. Proposed research projects must have a strong focus on knowledge translation (KT) and lead to health and economic benefits for Canadians, more effective health services and products, and/or a strengthened health care system. Funding for CHRP projects can be for up to three years for defined projects with clear milestones and decision points..

In the context of improved health for Canadians, the objectives of the Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) program are to:

  • Translate research results to knowledge/technology users and other stakeholders;
  • Encourage the natural sciences or engineering and health research communities to collaborate and integrate their expertise;
  • Advance interdisciplinary research leading to knowledge and technologies with the potential to benefit Canada by improving the Canadian healthcare system and/or services and where appropriate lead to economic opportunities in Canada; and
  • Train highly qualified personnel in collaborative and interdisciplinary research of relevance to health, while preparing them for employment opportunities in the private, public or not for profit sectors.

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