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AITF has updated all our documentation, including the Program Guide for Micro-Voucher, Voucher, PDP, as part of our ongoing response to the needs of Alberta’s small & medium technology enterprises. 

Overview

The Micro-Voucher Program, Voucher Program and Product Demonstration Program have been designed to support innovation and creative problem solving in Alberta small and medium enterprises. The purpose of the programs is to stimulate the development and commercialization of novel technological and/or business solutions, while generating material risk-weighted returns on investment to the Province of Alberta based on economic, social and/or environmental metrics. Depending on their needs, eligible companies can apply for funding up to $300,000 to help cover the costs for the purpose of business and technology development.

The Micro-Voucher, Voucher and Product Demonstration Programs operate on an open call basis, meaning applications are accepted and reviewed on a continuum. Information on the outcome of the application will be emailed, as a PDF document, to the applicant representative approximately 6 – 8 weeks after Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures receives the application. Information will not be provided over the telephone or via email prior to the official letter release. 

To complete online applications for these programs, please visit our Applicant Portal. It is important that applicant companies, service/product providers and project partners familiarize themselves with the Program Guide for Micro-Vouchers, Vouchers and Product Demonstration Program prior to application. For more detail on the application guidelines and to download PDF versions of the application forms (called Application Aids), please visit Industry Funding Forms & Guidelines.

Please note:

All applicants are expected to be ready to commit to the proposed program project, both financially and time-wise, at the time of application (arrangements to have an authorized person to sign the Agreement letter and required deposit payment, if required, must be in place, as AITF will not allow a delay for this reason.

Program Summaries

Micro-Voucher Program

The Micro-Voucher is designed to support technologies in the early developmental stages.  The Micro-Voucher is intended to fund the SME to retain one Service or Product Provider to assist with early start up development.  AITF’s Investment to a successful Applicant is up to $10,000, which is paid directly to the Service or Product Provider named in the application.  The funds are provided to cover eligible expenses charged by that Service or Product Provider during the course of providing any one or more of the following items for the benefit of the Applicant:

  • Market assessments;
  • Industry Development;
  • Corporate training;
  • Conferences (with the support of a Technology Development Advisor);
  • Intellectual property assessments; and/or
  • Acquisition of materials and/or equipment critical to the Applicant’s operations.

For general inquiries about the Micro-Voucher Program, please contact:

Yi Su
Program Associate
780.450.5561
yi.su@albertainnovates.ca

Voucher Program

The Voucher is designed to support technologies in the mid-to-late developmental stages but may include some early developmental stages.  The Voucher is intended to fund the SME to work in collaboration with up to three Service or Product Providers to advance the technology closer to commercialization.   AITF’s Investment to a successful Applicant is within the range of $10,001 to $100,000, which is paid directly to the Service or Product Provider(s) named in the application.  The funds are provided to cover eligible expenses incurred by the Service or Product Provider(s) during the course of any one  or more of the following activities:

  • New product research and development;
  • Leading-edge design, engineering and prototype development;
  • Advanced product testing and refinement;
  • Patent development;
  • Advanced market assessments; and/or
  • Other technology development activities may be considered on a case by case basis.

For general inquiries about the Voucher Program, please contact:

Yi Su
Program Associate
780.450.5561
yi.su@albertainnovates.ca

Product Demonstration Program

The PDP is designed to support technologies in the more advanced stages of development. The PDP is intended to fund the SME to work in collaboration with up to three Project Partners for the purpose of showcasing the performance, method and features of a prototype in the general marketplace or alternately, showcasing the complete technology product to a strategic customer in an operational environment and validating its economic and technical feasibility.  AITF’s Investment to a successful Applicant is in the range of $100,001 to $300,000.  The funding is paid to either the Applicant or the Project Partner(s) named in the application, depending on the structure of the project.  The funds are provided to cover eligible expenses incurred by the Applicant or Project Partner(s) for any one or more of the following activities:

  • Technology optimization critical for market acceptance;
  • Manufacturing of a prototype for demonstration Project;
  • Applications for regulatory approval and certifications critical for market acceptance;
  • Testing of a prototype in an operational environment; and/or
  • Results assessment/verification of technical data.

For general inquiries about the Product Demonstration Program, please contact:

Amanda Golbeck
Program Associate
780.450.5569
amanda.golbeck@albertainnovates.ca

Voucher Program Recipients

 

Micro-Voucher Program Recipients

Product Demonstration Program Recipients

 

Alberta Innovation 15K Vouchers Recipients

Alberta Innovation 50K Vouchers Recipients