Innovate BC Ignite Program

Innovate BC’s Ignite Program provides up to $300,000 to fund innovation. Innovation in its modern meaning is a “new idea, creative thoughts, new imaginations in form of device or method”. Innovation is often also viewed as the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs, or existing market needs. Projects in the areas of natural resources, applied science and/or engineering. Teams made up of industry and academia come together to solve real life business problems in a 3-year time frame. From helping get clean drinking water into third world countries to diagnosing eye diseases faster than ever before, Ignite is bringing technology to life in BC.

Proposals must involve the areas of natural resources, applied science and/or engineering, and must outline the business problem you and your team is attacking. Projects must secure matching funds from industry or government sources at a ratio of 2:1 matching dollars to Ignite dollars.


Applicants must be a BC-based team comprised of two or more companies, organizations and academic researchers. All teams must include an academic member and an industry partner. Please see more details in Ignite Program Guidelines 2019.



Ignite Round 8

Aug 12 LOI deadline (mandatory). No SFU signature sheet required. 

Oct 21 Full application deadline. SFU Signature Sheet due to Research Services and application in submit mode no later than 3 business days before agency deadline. Overhead is 10%. Please see agency website for more info.

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