Atlantic Canada’s commercialization and industry liaison network


FTE Contribution Program

Springboard helps support 26 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions at universities and colleges throughout Atlantic Canada. The funding for these comes from ACOA’s Atlantic Innovation Fund and is matched by contributions from the participating Member institutions. Most Springboard Members receive salary and operational funding for Industry Liaison Officers (ILOs), Technology Transfer Officers (TTOs) and Intellectual Property positions under this program.

All members receive significant benefits by participating in the network.

Innovation Mobilization Program

Please Note: Applications must be submitted by a Springboard Atlantic Member to qualify for funding. These funds support technologies developed and activities led by our Members. Please contact a Springboard Member or our central office staff for more information.


The Springboard Innovation Mobilization (IM) Program provides service to all Springboard Members to advise and advance knowledge transfer in any form be it a push or pull activity and supports industry engagement.

The goal is to advance as many technologies as possible and to mobilize the knowledge/skill-­‐based expertise resident in Member institutions into industry, in order to help industry engage with researchers and commercialize institutional opportunities.

Funding Categories

Industry Engagement

Promotes the development of effective regional partnerships with industry. A maximum project cost of up to $15,000 per project is available (including matching funds). Up to $50,000 may be awarded for projects involving the majority of Springboard Members.

Patent and Legal

Accelerates the pre-competitive development of promising technologies and contributes to technology validation and early market connection.
A maximum project cost of up to $15,000 per project is available (including matching funds).

Proof of Concept

Analyses, establishes or strengthens an early IP or patent position.
A maximum project cost of up to $20,000 per project is available (including matching funds).

Marketing Support

To build and/or develop a prototype of a technology for marketing purposes.
Supports marketing, market research, market demonstrations, consulting.
A maximum project cost of up to $25,000 for market consulting, and $15,000 for prototypes is available (including matching funds).