COVID-19 Response Industry Resources

The Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology is a catalyst for advancing research and innovation through industry collaborations and partnerships. Providing resources for the COVID-19 response is an essential part of our mission.

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The following are potential COVID-19 funding for industry projects:


Mitacs will be opening up 200 units of Accelerate for SMB’s that are driving COVID related research projects. Mitacs will be putting a streamlined review process in place for these applications and providing a special leveraging ratio, where SMEs would contribute $3,750/unit and Mitacs would provide $11,250/unit (to the total per unit award remains the same as usual: $15K total, with $10K min. stipend and $5K research flex funds). These units are designed to support tactical research projects that will have an immediate impact on the COVID pandemic. The application form and process is otherwise unchanged. Rigorous methodologies are still required, but upon submission, the turnaround time will be faster and the funding is there to support the quick launch of projects.

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Next Generation Manufacturing Canada

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. 

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National Research Council Canada

The Pandemic Response Challenge Program

Purpose: This program will build teams to address challenges requiring further research and development for solutions to meet COVID-19 related needs. The NRC will build these teams drawing on internal-to-government capacity and academic researchers who register using the button below to indicate their interest, and related areas of expertise and capabilities.

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Canada's Digital Technology Supercluster

Call for COVID-19 Solutions - project leader MUST be a member of the supercluster to apply

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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