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Research program

The goal of the CRIBIQ research program is to co-finance innovative collaborative research projects involving enterprises and public research institutes that share a common interest in the development of bio-based products. Funding of such projects by CRIBIQ is provided in the form of non-reimbursable financial contributions granted by Quebec’s Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation (MESI).

The specific goals of the CRIBIQ collaborative research support program are as follows:

  • TO ENRICH the innovation ecosystem in the bio-sourced sector of the Québec economy; 
  • TO SUPPORT partnered businesses in their research and innovation activities; 
  • TO GENERATE new know-how, new knowledge and technologies; 
  • TO SUPPORT collaborative innovation; 
  • TO DYNAMIZE interactions between public research institutions and industry; 
  • TO STIMULATE the transfer of technologies and knowledge to the industrial setting; 
  • TO VITALIZE the integration of innovation into Quebec businesses with low technological potential; 
  • TO IMPROVE the competitive positioning of participating businesses; 
  • TO ENSURE THE SHARING of the risks and direct economic benefits among the participating businesses; 
  • TO UTILIZE the advanced infrastructures available within Quebec public research institutions; 
  • TO CONTRIBUTE to the training of highly qualified personnel; 
  • TO STRENGTHEN the adoption of proprietary technologies by businesses.

Collaborative research: a mandatory criterion!

The projects must be carried out in collaboration between participating industrial partners and research institutes who must together identify the technological challenges that meet everyone’s needs. The collaborative research must thereby allow the development of synergy and a mutually beneficial relationship between the partners, combining knowledge, know-how, resources, raw materials, logistical means and techno-economic analyses in order to generate new technologies, processes, products or services. In addition, the participating enterprises must share equitably the associated risks and the direct economic benefits accruing from the project. “Direct economic benefit” refers to all wealth generated by the project in its commercialisation or implementation phase.

Terms of funding

Please be advised that the terms of financing described in this present webpage refer to the normative framework set forth by the Quebec government for the 2015–2018 mandate. As of May 17 2018, the MESI has not yet communicated to CRIBIQ the terms of financing for research projects to be undertaken during the year 2018–2019. These terms are subject to updating and may thereafter differ from those specified here. In the event that such updating occurs, the CRIBIQ will notify applicants as soon as possible and indicate the details that need to be taken into consideration.


The terms of the financial support and the level at which CRIBIQ shall match industrial contributions will depend on the initial TECHNOLOGICAL READINESS LEVEL (TRL) of the project*.


Only projects at an initial TRL of 1 to 6 are admissible for CRIBIQ funding.

TRL 1-3TRL 4-6

The maximal sum granted by the MESI will not exceed $500,000 per year (i.e. a maximum of $1,500,000 over 3 years)****


* ISO standard 16290: 2013 Space systems – Definition of technology readiness levels (TRLs) and their criteria of assessment; see also https://ito.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ito-oti.nsf/fra/00849.html
** Researchers are encouraged to maximize the lever of public contributions to the project by applying to federal or municipal granting programs (see Frequently Asked Questions for more information).
*** Businesses outside of Quebec are admissible as a second industrial partner. The amounts contributed by these businesses to Quebec public research institutions shall be given the same consideration as contributions from Quebec businesses.
**** This amount may be adjusted downward in accordance with the budget allotted by the ministry.


 You can download the 2018-2019 APPLICANT'S GUIDE


36th call for projects—Bio-food

To obtain directly the required forms to file the detailed application, please contact Mr. Gilles Bussières, Innovation and Business Development Advisor - Bio-food sector, to validate the eligibility of your projects.


37th call of projects - Industrial bio-products & Environment

To obtain directly the required forms to file the detailed application, please contact Mr Anis Ben Amor, Innovation and Business Development Advisor - Industrial Biobased products & Environment, to validate the eligibility of your projects.