Research Western
Funding Opportunites - Research
Further details regarding this announcement can be found at:

Grant Amount: $160K FOR ONE YEAR
Deadline: Dean's: Contact your Faculty Research Office for deadline details.
Internal: Aug 27, 2013
Sponsor's: Sep 03, 2013

Subject Areas: Intellectual Property, Commercialization, Drug Development, Health Research, Imaging, Cancer, Aging, Technology Transfer

The goal of the Proof of Principle Program is to facilitate and improve the transfer of knowledge and technology resulting from academic health research for the benefit of Canadians. Many of the inventions and discoveries (products/tools/services) arising through academic research are at a stage beyond discovery-driven research and yet are often of uncertain commercial utility or insufficiently developed to be of interest to relevant receptor companies and potential investors. Such intellectual property may never be licensed or commercialized, or take years to do so, without additional targeted research, market research, investment and business development activities. These activities are of paramount importance, because they serve to validate, better define and add value to the intellectual property but they require resources that typically cannot be obtained through the traditional funding mechanisms. CIHR's Proof of Principle Program aims at filling part of this funding gap.

The specific objectives of this funding opportunity are to: Provide the opportunity to determine the potential for commercial viability and other opportunities for use of IP; Provide the opportunity to enhance and strengthen the value of IP (or IP portfolio); Improve the institution and/or researcher's business prospects and potential for downstream investments on the IP; Promote academic health research and technology transfer activities that support and accelerate commercialization of IP; Support the application of health research results to improve the health of Canadians.

Application Details:

Proof of Principle Phase I (POP-I) Grants will fund proof of principle research projects of up to 12 months duration designed to advance discoveries/inventions towards commercializable technologies, with a view to attract new investment and create new science-based businesses. Research projects across all four pillars of CIHR are eligible for this program. Note that the end product is not required to generate revenue, but there must be a demonstrated market and opportunity for your product.

The application process for this funding opportunity is comprised of one step: Application. To complete your Application, follow the instructions in the Grants - ResearchNet "Application" Phase Instructions along with any additional instructions found under "Specific Instructions". Your Application must be submitted using ResearchNet. Scan and upload the signed signature pages including the routing slip in the Print/Upload Signature Pages task in ResearchNet prior to submitting your application. This Funding Opportunity will be participating in the eApproval process. This means that when the applicant submits their application it will be electronically directed to the Research Institution for review and approval. Once the applications are reviewed and approved by the Research Institution they will submit the applications electronically to CIHR on behalf of the applicant.


NOTE: All Letters of Intent and Full Applications must be processed through Research Development & Services for institutional approval. Requests for Institutional approvals should be received no less than 3 days prior to the posted Sponsor deadline. A ROLA Proposal (bearing applicant, Chair and Dean electronic approvals) is required for each submission.
Western Contacts: Halbersma,Joseph David

Sponsor Contacts:

160 Elgin Street, 9th Floor
Address Locator 4809A
OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada
613 941-2672