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					       Research Partnership Programs
          Partnering for Innovation
        Federal Innovation Supports Workshop

Idea to Innovation (I2I) Program
University of Saskatchewan,
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
March 19th, 2008
                                           Stéphanie Michaud, PhD
                                                 Portfolio Manager
                                   Research Partnerships Programs
                                                    (613) 996-2145
                                      stephanie.michaud@nserc.ca
  What We Do at NSERC
We invest more
than $950
million every
year in people,
discovery and
innovation
  NSERC Budget 2007-08
   (millions of dollars)
            Discovery
           $413 - 43.2%




                                       Innovation
                                      $193 - 20.2%


   People                    Administration
$307 - 32.0%                  $44 - 4.6%



               Total: $957
NSERC’s Research Partnerships
     Programs’ goal …

                         RC
                                   Industry
                     NSE

     Universities     People and ideas

     & Colleges     NSE
                          RC
                                  Government

  To stimulate and support research and
   transfer results to the user sector for
economic and/or social benefits for Canada
                 NSERC Partnerships –
                        a flexible continuum
Innovation Projects                                                  IPM                CCIP
   Strategic Projects




                                           Research  Development
   Strategic Networks                                                                   I2I (2)
                                                                          I2I (1)
   Collaborative R&D Grants
   Research Partnership Agreements
                                                                                       Chairs CRDs
                                                                                        IRCs
Building Critical Mass                                               SNs        RPAs
   Chairs

Technology Transfer
                                                                    SPP
   Idea to Innovation
   College & Community Innovation Pilot       Industry Participation 
   Intellectual Property Management & Networked Training
               Idea to Innovation (I2I)

• Support research and development projects with identifiable
  technology transfer potential

• To reduce technical risk and to demonstrate the commercial
  potential of university discoveries

• University ILO must commit to the project & work with the
  researcher/partners

• It’s about the creation of products - we are looking for
  commercial winners based on solid science
     Entry points to the program


 Phase I – Researcher without a partner

 Phase II – Researcher with a partner
               a) Early stage investor
               b) Company
               Idea to Innovation (I2I)

PHASE I, PROOF-OF-CONCEPT
• To advance promising scientific concepts or technologies to
  attract early stage investment and/or to build intellectual
  property (IP)
• NSERC supports 100% of the research costs
• Funding available up to 12 months, max $125,000 (10% for
  technology transfer (i.e. patenting costs)
• A plan describing how a partnership will be established with a
  Canadian based company that has the capacity to
  commercialize the research results is required
                   Phase I Basics

Part 1:                              Part 2:
• Technology must be mature;         • Competition faced
  must have a working model
                                     • Advantages of the new
• Potential for a specific product     technology

• Field of application well
  identified                         • How to bring this to the market

• Clear description of work          • Technology must be protected
  needed to get to the desired
  level
              Idea to Innovation (I2I)

PHASE II, TECHNOLOGY ENHANCEMENT

• Designed to provide scientific or engineering evidence of the
  technical feasibility and market definition of the technology,
  process or product
• Project can be with early stage investment partner or Canadian
  based company
• Partners must share in costs
                       Phase 2 Basics
   •Canadian commercializing entity on board and contributing ($ and know-how);
                       •Detailed, rigorous scientific plan;
                        •Business plan from the partner

Phase 2a:                                 Phase 2b:
• Partnership with early stage            •   Partnership with a Canadian
  investment entity                           company

• Cost/risk sharing: NSERC 2/3 of         •   Cost/risk sharing: NSERC 1/2 of
  direct costs                                direct costs

• Maximum $125,000 per project            •   Company cash at least 40% of
                                              contribution
• 6 to 18 months
                                          •   Maximum 2 years and $350,000
                                              per project
                            Idea to Innovation (I2I)
John MacGregor & Team           McMaster University                          Potential Early
• Dr. Hongla Yu (Research                     Phase 1
                                                                             Adopters: Frito
          Engineer)                                                          Lay, DuPont, 3M,
                                                                             Tembec, COREM
• 2 Graduate Students
                             Digital Imaging for process
                             control
                             • Extraction of relevant solid processing
                             information from multi-spectral imaging
                             cameras (product quality)
                             •Food processing, forest products, polymer
                             films, coated products




                                                                          University SpinOff:
                                                                          ProSensus
 NSERC : $113,200 for
 one year
              Evaluation process

External referees are looking for….

          Technical Merit
          Team Expertise
          Potential for tech transfer and commercialisation
          Probable commercial benefits


Selection committee:
          Successful entrepreneurs and technology transfer specialists
          (IRAP and BDC representatives, ILOs, VC)
      Any questions? → Contact us
Is the project a good fit with the program?

Examples of poor fit with the program:

 Phase I applications where the technology is already committed to a
 company

 The technology needs to be integrated in someone else’s product – but you
  are not collaborating with them

 The market is too small

 Phase II partner is an end-user; not a commercializing entity
         Comments or Questions?


Stéphanie Michaud, PhD
Portfolio Manager
(613) 996-2145
Stephanie.michaud@nserc.ca

Website : www.nserc.ca

				
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