Idea to Innovation Grant

The Idea to Innovation Grants support college and university faculty members in research and development projects with technology transfer potential. Eligible I2I projects include: refining and implementing designs; verifying applications; conducting field studies; preparing demonstrations; building prototypes; and performing beta trials.

Support for Researchers

Research Partner Network provides personalized support and expert guidance on how to apply for this grant and how to manage the funds should you be successful.

If you're interested in applying for this grant, please reach out to the designated Research Partner: Chris Kazala.


Intended Recipients

University researchers interested in or in the process of transferring their technological developments to a new or established Canadian company


  • Market Assessment: Up to $15,000 (or 75% of total project cost)
  • Phase I: Up to $125,000 (or 100% of total project cost)
  • Phase IB: Up to $60,000 (or 100% of total project cost)
  • Phase IIA: Up to $125,000 (or 67% of total project cost)
  • Phase IIB: Up to $350,000 (or 50% of total project cost)


  • Market Assessment: Up to 12 months
  • Phase I: Up to 12 months
  • Phase IB: Up to 6 months
  • Phase IIA: 6 to 18 months
  • Phase IIB: Up to 24 months

Additional Information

Idea to Innovation (I2I) Grant Website 


  • RAS Internal Review Deadline
    • Five business days prior to applicable NSERC deadline (Submit application to RAS via the Researcher Home Page)
  • Final Version Submission Deadline
    • 10:00 am MST on applicable NSERC deadline date (Submit final application via the NSERC Online System)
  • NSERC Deadlines
    • January 6, 2023, March 27, 2023, June 19, 2023, and September 18, 2023 at 6:00 pm MST

Supports and resources

Samples of Successful I2I Grant Applications (Market Assessment and Phase I)

Samples of successful Market Assessment and Phase I applications from previous I2I Grant competitions are available for reference in the GRANT library.

Please note that the sample grants in the library represent applications from previous years, and application requirements and formats may have changed. It is important to consult the latest information from NSERC to ensure your I2I application aligns with current competition guidelines.

We kindly ask that you do not duplicate or distribute the sample applications used for guidance in your own grant development.

To access these samples:

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