Resources and call for solutions against COVID-19

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) supports more than 11,000 world-class researchers from across Canada and funds their research collaborations with more than 4,000 companies. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NSERC is drawing on the expertise of natural sciences and engineering researchers and their partners across Canada to meet the challenge of this unprecedented crisis.

NSERC is providing up to $15 million to foster collaborations between university researchers and the private, public and not-for-profit sectors to address the technical and research challenges related to the pandemic. Support of $50,000 for one year is now available.

NSERC will process these applications on an expedited basis. Partners are not required to provide cash contributions in order to participate in the research, but must contribute to the entire research process, from conception to the use of the expertise or research results.

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Purpose: This program will post challenges seeking near-to-market solutions from small and medium-sized businesses (fewer than 500 staff) that need financial support from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) to refine and sell their product or solution to meet a COVID-19 related need.

NRC IRAP works with roughly 8,000 small and medium-sized businesses every year through its cross-Canada network of 255 industrial technology advisors and provides over $300 million in support to more than 3,000 technology development projects annually

Through this initiative, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Health Canada (HC) will establish a number of challenges corresponding to needs of health providers to deal with COVID-19

NRC IRAP will partner with Innovative Solutions Canada to launch calls for proposals over the next few weeks to address challenges, fund development of solutions, and buy successful products and services needed to address COVID-19.

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Innovative Solutions Canada has dedicated funding to help combat current and future outbreaks of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and other similar threats.

Our program will help support the Government of Canada’s fight against COVID-19 by funding R&D and testing prototypes in real-life settings that can help protect Canadians.

  • Challenge Stream COVID-19

This program stream seeks to develop new solutions from an early stage of development to combat COVID-19 and other similar threats.

  • Testing Stream COVID-19 (former Build in Canada Innovation Program)

This program stream seeks to find and buy pre-commercial prototypesthat are ready to be deployed and tested to combat COVID-19 and similar threats in an operational setting.

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OCE is identifying the innovative technologies, SMEs and experts from across the province to help fill the current product and service gaps related to COVID-19.

Through their extensive network of businesses, subject-matter experts and Business Development managers, OCE is helping Ontario innovators to make the connections necessary to accelerate their products and services to market.

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NGen will invest $50 million in Supercluster funding to support companies as they rapidly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by building a Canadian supply of essential equipment, products, and therapeutics.

Projects will be selected for funding according to critical needs identified by the Government of Canada and the ability of manufacturers to produce products that are safe for both patients and health care workers.

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The Digital Technology Supercluster is leading the development of solutions to some of the biggest issues created by COVID-19. The COVID-19 Program is focused on unlocking solutions to protect the health and safety of all Canadians and our economy through the development, deployment, and scaling of digital technologies.

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