2018 I2C competition open, now with experiential training in partnership with Mitacs

11 January 2018

Applications are now open for MSFHR’s 2018 Innovation to Commercialization (I2C) competition. The letter of intent deadline is February 16, 2018, with full applications due April 5, 2018.

Now in its second year, the I2C Program provides funding to help BC health researchers advance their products or technologies towards practical application to improve health outcomes, benefit society, and enrich the health innovation ecosystem in BC.

Each award provides up to four years of funding which can be used to support activities directly related to implementation of a commercialization plan, and/or cover a portion of the award recipients’ salaries to protect their time for relevant research activities.

New for 2018, MSFHR is pleased to be partnering with Mitacs to offer I2C award applicants the opportunity to apply for supplemental funding to support and train Master’s students, PhD students and post-doctoral fellows involved with their I2C projects, and foster collaboration between researchers, students and industry. Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada since 1999, builds partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.

Using an integrated application and MSFHR’s peer review process, qualified I2C applicants will have expedited access to Mitacs Accelerate funding for experiential training internships, with the funded interns splitting their time between their academic environment and a non-academic partner organization.

“At MSFHR we are committed to working with other stakeholders in the health research community to optimize health research investment and reduce duplication”, says Dr. Bev Holmes, MSFHR’s president & CEO. “As part of this commitment we are delighted to be partnering with Mitacs to provide BC’s next generation of health research innovators with hands on experience, offer partner organizations access to high quality research expertise, and maximize the impact of our I2C awards.”

Also new for 2018, based on learnings from the inaugural I2C competition, we have incorporated additional commercialization plan guidance for applicants and continue to work with university partners and other research ecosystem stakeholders to build regional capacity and strengthen gender diversity among I2C applicants.

Key dates

  • Letter of intent deadline: February 16, 2018*
  • Full application deadline: April 5, 2018
  • Anticipated start of funding: August 1, 2018

*I2C applicants who are interested in pursuing additional Mitacs funding will need to indicate this at the letter of intent stage and subsequently submit a draft internship work plan to MSFHR. Further details are available on the I2C competition page, and interested applicants are invited to contact their regional Mitacs Business Development representative for more information and instructions on including Mitacs Accelerate internships in the MSFHR I2C application.