Big $$: Innovative Research and Geomatics Technology Commercialization

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Hello, Funds Fans!  It’s your friendly, neighbourhood Bloggy Bloggerton leaping Calls for Proposals in a single bound.  For those of you stopping by for the first time, what I do here is provide timely updates on open funding calls, Request for Proposal opportunities and other opportunities for where and how to find money for your community, your organization or for your client.  Although I do try to keep things fun and funny around here, for the really funny stuff you should check out and LIKE my FaceBook page.

Today is a lovely, August day here in the Fraser Valley and the count down to our annual Family Camping Trip to Blue Lake  has begun.  We’ll be heading out there on Sunday once my daughter has finished her routine with the Chilliwack Giants Cheerleaders at this weekends Chilli-Bowl Football Tournie.  Go Giants!

After a week of tenting, canoeing, ‘Smores and star-gazing at Blue Lake, we’ll be heading to Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island for a somewhat less “rough” experience; staying at Reef Point Cottages.  What a privilege to be able to experience such diverse landscapes and eco-systems all within two weeks!  If at least one of my daughters doesn’t end up as a Biologist, Botanist or Environmental Technician I will be very surprised.  There is such an unending amount of beauty and mystery to discover in nature.  Beautiful British Columbia indeed!

Anyway, on with the show.  Where’s the money?

The International Research Development Centre (IDRC) has just opened their second call for small grants under their Innovative Research and Knowledge Sharing funding streams.  Grants range from $1,000 to $60,000.00.  Deadline:  August 31, 2012.

The IDRC is a Canadian Crown corporation established by an act of Parliament in 1970 to help developing countries find solutions to their problems.  They encourage and support researchers and innovators in those countries to find practical, long-term solutions to the social, economic, and environmental problems their societies face. Their goal is to find ways to reduce poverty, improve health, support innovation, and safeguard the environment.

Grants are open to local, regional, national, and international organizations incorporated and headquartered in Canada, that produce or share knowledge for development. Individuals may not apply. Organizations new to IDRC are encouraged to apply.

Available funding streams are categorized as follows:

$1,000 to $15,000 for support of events and for small dissemination activities and products.

$15,000 to $60,000 for support towards research, knowledge-building, and knowledge-sharing projects.

For project or partner ideas, please see our post from last Friday.

Also, we have just learned that Tecterra has opened up four new Calls for Proposals to support the commercialization of geomatics technology.   Of particular interest is the Industry Investment ProgramGrants range from $100,000 to $500,000 per project.  Deadline: September 6th, 2012.

Geomatics is the discipline of gathering, storing, processing, and delivering geographic information, or spatially referenced information.  (Source:

This program provides an opportunity for Canadian Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), preferably in collaboration with research organizations, government and other stakeholder communities, to put forward their ideas and plans to create economic value for Alberta, and the rest of Canada, through the development and commercialization of geomatics technology.  Funding will focus on solutions for energy, forestry, agriculture, environment, land management and land development.  Those interested in being considered for the first review of this funding opportunity should submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) using the form provided.

Fundsblogger Note: This source may be of particular relevance to First Nation organizations in B.C.

There’s where we found some today, folks!  Remember, if you can’t make use of the information you probably know someone who can so share, share, share.

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