(B.C. Fast Pilot Program 2021) 2021年BC省高科技企业20万加币援助申请指南计划
Guidelines for Firms
A program delivered jointly by NRC IRAP; Innovate BC
The need to test and demonstrate new technology operating under real world conditions is a common challenge for small to medium sized companies (SMEs) aiming to commercialize new technologies. A pilot implementation is an essential but often capital-intensive step for companies to progress from prototype stage to commercialization. The B.C. Fast Pilot Program is designed to support SMEs through this important step by helping them measure the value of their solution
within a pilot installation via a contribution to the project. The program is competitive and selections will be made based on the strength of projects and budget availability.
The implementation of a pilot installation is a key mechanism SMEs can use to prove the value of an innovative technology to potential customers. The B.C. Fast Pilot Program is for B.C.-based SMEs developing technologies that have passed the prototype stage and now require real-world pilot project validation to demonstrate the value of their innovation to potential customers. Support is available to SMEs to design, build, and operate a pilot plant or small demonstration of their technology in real-world conditions to prove the impact of their product, measure the value of their solution, and encourage customer adoption. The goal of the B.C. Fast Pilot program is to facilitate the sale of an SME’s product or service.
Priority Focus Areas
Priority areas include, but will not be limited to:
Pilot initiatives for SMEs or pilot sites located outside of the BC 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 physical installations and equipment, and are capital intensive in nature.
Pilot initiatives involving Indigenous communities or organizations.
The program helps B.C. SMEs who have developed a prototype and are ready to take their technology and demonstrate it at a prospective customer site. An SME needs to contact an IRAP Industrial Technology Advisor (ITA) and meet eligibility criteria for NRC IRAP financial support including:
Having separate legal status as an incorporated, for-profit SME in Canada with the objective to grow and generate profits.
Having less than 500 employees.
Operating legally in Canada, and specifically in B.C. for this program.
Project Scope & Funding
This program is funded by NRC IRAP and leveraged Innovate BC funding. The exact amount and ratio of funding per project will be determined on a case by case basis. Pilots may receive up to $200,000 in joint funding for a project, depending on available funds. Projects that are at a Technological Readiness Level (TRL) of 7 or higher will be considered. SME’s must be prepared to implement the solution and execute on the majority of the deliverables of their project by March 31, 2022.
April 12, 2021 - Expression of Interest submission deadline
By Mid-May - Successful applicants invited to submit Full Proposal
该项目由国家研究理事会工业援助计划(NRC IRAP)和BC省赞助。每个申请项目所获得的资金将视该项目的具体情况而定，最多可获得$200,000加元。申请项目需达到技术装备7级或以上标准 (即有可在营商环境中展示的原型产品)。中小企业需准备解决方案，并在2022年3月31日之前交付项目成果。
2021年4月12日 – 意向书提交截止日期
5月中旬 – 成功的申请者会受邀递交完整计划书
How to Apply
The application process is three-step:
1. SMES’s without an IRAP ITA must first connect with IRAP to get assigned an ITA. For more information on finding an ITA, visit: https://nrc.canada.ca/en/support-technology-innovation/nrc-irap-advisory-services or contact IRAP Client Engagement Advisors at 1-877-994-4727.
2. SMEs should request an “Expression of interest for B.C. Fast Pilot” form from their local IRAP ITA. It is highly recommended that SMEs work with their ITA to fill out the form to ensure all requirements are met. Completed forms will be reviewed and submitted by the ITA to the B.C. Fast Pilot Joint Review Committee (JRC), which consists of representatives from both IRAP and Innovate BC. Submitted applications will be screened, evaluated, and selected by the JRC for next steps.
3. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full IRAP project proposal. The SME will work with their ITA to develop a full proposal according to standard IRAP practices.
1. 没有工业技术顾问(ITA)的中小企业需先联系工业援助项目(IRAP)，由工业援助项目指派一名工业技术顾问。关于工业技术顾问的更多信息，请浏览：https://nrc.canada.ca/en/support-technology-innovation/nrc-irap-advisory-services 或拨打工业援助项目紧急热线：1-877-994-4727。