Atlantic Canada’s commercialization and industry liaison network


Springboard has two primary programs that we administer. See below for a breakdown of those programs.

FTE Contribution Program

Our contribution program helps to support 26 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions at universities and colleges alike, throughout Atlantic Canada. Funding originates with ACOA’s Atlantic Innovation Fund and is matched by contributions from the participating Member institutions. Many Springboard members receive salary and operational funding for Industry Liaison Officers (ILOs), Technology Transfer Officers (TTOs) and IP positions under this program.

Innovation Mobilization Program

The Innovation Mobilization (IM) Program provides service to all Springboard members, supporting industry engagement by advising and advancing knowledge transfer. The goal is to advance as many technologies as possible, mobilizing the knowledge that resides within member institutions into industry. This not only helps industry engage with researchers, is also works to commercialize institutional opportunities. Applications are accepted under four streams to the IM program. See below for an outline of these streams.

Please note: applications must be submitted by a Springboard Atlantic member to qualify for funding. These funds support both technologies developed and activities led by our members. Please contact a Springboard member or our central office staff for more information.

Our Categories of Funding

Industry Engagement: The Industry Engagement category promotes the development of effective regional partnerships between research and industry. A maximum project cost of up to $15,000 per project is available in this category. This includes matching funds, and up to $50,000 may be awarded for projects involving the majority of Springboard’s members.

Patent and Legal: accelerating the pre-competitive development of promising technologies, the Patent and Legal category contributes to technology validation and early market connections. A maximum project cost of up to $15,000 per project is available, including matching funds.

Proof of Concept: this category is in place to analyze, establish, and strengthen an early IP or patent position. A maximum project cost of up to $20,000 per project is available, including matching funds.

Marketing Support: enabling the construction of development of a technology prototype for marketing purposes, this category fuels marketing, research, demonstrations, and consulting. A maximum project cost of up to $25,000 for market consultation, and $15,000 for prototypes is available, including matching funds.