Funding Opportunities

Highlighted Funding Opportunity

COVID-19 Emergency Funding Program - Offered by the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF)

About: The New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF) is launching a third stream of the COVID-19 emergency funding program to address the challenges faced by the research community due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, such as the forced closure of labs.

This stream will support researchers who hold an existing NBIF grant whose research professionals and/or staff were impacted by COVID-19 and who were ineligible to receive federal funding (such as the Canada Research Continuity Emergency Fund). Funding will be available through a competitive application process.

Applicants may apply to NBIF for up to $850 per week to a maximum of 14 weeks for research professional and/or staff salaries. This funding should be used to extend the length of employments for the identified research professional/staff. Applicants must be able to justify the number of weeks requiring salary support by clearly outlining how the extension of the research professional's length of employment will help achieve the milestones identified in the original NBIF funded project/programme. The salary of the professional must be at least partially paid by an existing NBIF grant.

Applicants will need to identify to which NBIF grant this emergency funding relates (i.e. RIF2019-001). Applications should be submitted to your Research Administration Office for official submission to NBIF using the template provided. We will accept applications continuously until the fund is exhausted, or until March 8, 2021 - whichever comes first. We encourage you to reach out to us as soon as you identify a need, as thre is limited funding available.

Please note as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, this program may evolve with it and therefore is subject to change. We will reassess and adjust this program as needed, including evaluation criteria, scope, application process and closing date.

Proposals will be evaluated by NBIF based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant demonstrated a true financial need to help recover (extend) the funding for the identified research professional/staff
  • Applicant demonstrated that with this funding the goals and objectives of the original research project will be achieved with the help of this research professional/staff
  • Disruptions to the research and costs incurred that require emergency funding were/are truly unpredicted and could not have been avoided
  • Costs incurred are linked directly to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Other available funding, or attempts to find other funding were made, if applicable

Application Period: From Monday, January 25, 2021 to Monday, March 8, 2021 at 5:00 PM.

Applications will be reviewed within four (4) weeks from the date NBIF receives the application. Due to the potential of significant demand, applicants will have one (1) month to send back the signed notice of decision or the offer for funding may be rescinded.

Active Funding Opportunities

Early Stage Commercialization Fund - Offered by the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF)

About: The Early Stage Commercialization Fund (ESCF) helps move New Brunswick university, college and institutional research to market. The ESCF assists the academic & institutional research communities in pursuing commercialization opportunities by providing up to $50,000 in funding and go-to-market support.

Projects must demonstrate a readiness to advance a technology that has achieved, or is close to achieving, a prototype/proof-of-concept stage. They must also demonstrate that a technology is approaching market readiness with a possibility of attracting industry partners and/or investment.

Application Period: From Wednesday, January 6, 2021 to Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 5:00 PM.

Where to Apply: Applicants should apply through the NBIF Research Portal at nbif-finb.smapply.io. NBIF encourages applicants to reach out to NBIF if they are thinking of applying, in order to discuss fit with the program in advance.  

Learn More: More information can be found in the funding guideline or on our website Early Stage Commercialization Fund | NBIF. Also linked on our site is a sample application.

An informational webinar will be held on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 10AM. Webinar Registration - Zoom