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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.


 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.


38th call of projects - INNOV-R — GHG emissions reduction in Quebec

To obtain directly the required forms to file the detailed application, please contact Mrs Cristina Marques, Innovation and Business Development Advisor - GHG reduction sector, to validate the eligibility of your projects.


From Biomass to Bio-based products

The action of CRIBIQ via its program of research funding fits into a value chain focused on transforming various bio-resources into value-added products intended for industrial sectors of major importance to the development of the Quebec bio-based economy. This transformation is to be achieved by allying Quebec’s expertise around innovative research projects that draw upon technologies applicable to bio-resource processing and valorization.


Aimed fields of research


Agricultural production

  • Livestock reproduction and nutrition;
  • Improvement of crop varieties;
  • Conditioning and pre-treatment of biomasses;
  • Development of bio-fertilisers, bio-stimulants and bio-pesticides.

Food processing

  • Development of new methods of food processing and preservation;
  • Development of new products;
  • Food safety;
  • Identification and characterisation food allergens;
  • Optimization of food flavour, colour, taste and texture;
  • Valorization of by-products;
  • Health foods and functional bio-ingredients;
  • Development or optimization of processed foods with improved health benefit factors;
  • Production, conversion, characterisation of microorganisms or functional biomolecules;
  • Separation, extraction, purification and production of bio-ingredients;
  • Formulation.



  • Conditioning and pre-treatment of biomasses;
  •  Production, thermal or biological conversions, characterisation, performance evaluation;
  • Bio-refining of agricultural and forestry biomasses.

Chemicals and bio-sourced materials

  • Production, thermal or biological conversion, characterisation, performance evaluation;
  • Bio-refining of agricultural and forestry biomasses;
  • Conditioning and pre-treatment of biomasses;
  • Formulation and integration of renewable products;
  • Separation, extraction and purification.



  • Waste water and sewage treatment;
  • Bio-restoration of contaminated sites.


  • Development of genomic or proteomic tools;
  • Bio-filtration.


  • Processing and valorization of residues.

Project delivery process


The techno-economic analysis committee (TEAC) is set up by the board of directors following each call for projects in order to assemble independent experts recognized for their expertise in the relevant scientific and technological fields as well as in industrial research, regulatory standards and R&D project management.

This committee is mandated notably to carry out the following:

  • To evaluate the scientific, technological and economic aspects of the projects;
  • To select the most promising projects;
  • To recommend (or not) funding of the projects to the board of directors and the MESI.


Who may submit a letter of intent?

The principal applicant named in the letter of intent may be an enterprise (CRIBIQ member or non-member) or a PRIQ participating in the project.

Who may submit a detailed application?

The principal applicant named in the detailed application must be affiliated to a PRIQ participating in the project.

 1 Funding of projects is subject to the availability of funds granted by the ministry (MESI) to CRIBIQ. Recommendation by the CRIBIQ board of directors to fund a project does not garante funding in the form of a grant from the ministry. In addition, granting of funds by the ministry may be prioritized in accordance with the ranking of projects as determined by the techno-economic analysis committee.

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.

Forms contents


  • Principal applicant and co-applicant identification;
  • Description of project proposal;
  • Demonstration of project compatibility with CRIBIQ’s fields of research;
  • Description of the collaborative aspect of the project;
  • Evaluation of initial project TRL;
  • Financial package brief description (Excel File).

To download the forms, visit the downloads section.



  • Principal applicant and co-applicant identification;
  • Summary for public release;
  • Project development context;
  • Project objectives;
  • Description of the product and/or processing and/or technology to be developed;
  • Previous works results and project progress states;
  • Innovative aspect(s) of the product and/or processing and/or technology to be developed;
  • Conceptual scheme including the different stages of the project;
  • Scaling potential of the process and/or the product manufacturing;
  • Evaluation of initial project TRL;
  • Potential economic fallouts of the project (description of the targeted markets, potential customers, integration of technology in the roadmap of the participating companies, direct economic fallouts for Quebec);
  • Schedule of activities and quantification of deliverables;
  • Skills, expertise and infrastructures associated with the project realization;
  • Detailed Budget (Excel file);
  • Mode of IP management among the partners involved;
  • Approach to project management coordination among all of the partners involved (academia and industry). For example, name of the person in charge of task management and coordination; modes of exchange of information, knowledge and expertise among the partners; frequency of follow-up committee meetings; modes of knowledge transfer following completion of the project...

The detailed application form will be sent to applicants whose letter of intent has been accepted*.

* If you did not file a letter of intent, please contact one of our advisors to validate the eligibility of your projects and to obtain the required forms for detailed application submission.

Admissible expenditures and duration of projects

Admissible expenditures

  • Salaries and benefits, except for university researchers who are currently paid by their institution or by a government-operated granting organisation;
  • Scholarships for graduate students and post-docs;
  • Laboratory items (including probes and other small devices that come into direct contact with experimental materials), consumable products and supplies (Equipment expenses are not admissible);
  • Travel and lodging costs;
  • Costs incurred for knowledge dissemination;
  • Costs incurred for intellectual property management and exploitation;
  • Professional fees (contracts, sub-contracting, etc.) incurred by a PRIQ in the course of carrying out the project (these must be justified and represent no more than 10 % of the total budget without exceeding $ 20,000);
  • CRIBIQ management fees.

The CRIBIQ research program is reserved for Consortium MEMBERS in good standing. All participating partners in projects will therefore be required to have paid in full the CRIBIQ membership fee or renewal thereof at the time of submission of the detailed application.

For each research project funded, MANAGEMENT FEES* in the amount of 8.5 % of the sum granted by CRIBIQ (plus taxes) will be charged via the participating PRIQ:

  • Forty percent (40 %) of these management fees will be paid from the support granted by the MESI;
  • The remaining sixty percent (60 %) will  come from the industrial participants, pro rata to the value of their financial contribution.

For projects involving universities that receive a portion of the CRIBIQ grant or the grant in its entirety, OVERHEAD FEES (administrative fees for research management) that are not included in the calculation of the financing ratio and that will be charged to the MESI, will correspond to 27 % (fixed rate) of the CRIBIQ contribution to the following admissible expenditures:

  • Salaries, compensation and benefits;
  • Student scholarships;
  • Materials, consumable products and supplies.

The participation of CRIBIQ in a project must be anticipated to last for no more than 36 months starting from the date of the first reimbursement of expenditures.

* Some complementary funding organisations, such as NSERC, consider the contribution by industry partners to CRIBIQ management fees as inadmissible expenditures. In this case, the project financial structure must be adjusted accordingly in order to avoid budgetary revisions once the project is underway.

Criteria of project selection


Frequently asked questions

To maximize the leverage of public contributions, which grantmaking programs would be eligible?

As an example can be mentioned NSERC (CRD, IRC, ARD, chairs, INNOV, etc.), provincial and federal research chairs and networks of excellence, Mitacs, FRQNT programs, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada programs, Genome Canada (Génome Québec), and so on. We encourage researchers to apply simultaneously to these complementary sources of funding in order to reduce delays in project start-up.

Project funding may not be combined with funding obtained via another program covered by the MESI department of research, utilisation and technology transfer (e.g. Passeport Innovation). Acceptance of an application by other granting organisations does not guarantee acceptance in a CRIBIQ contest and vice versa. However, the applicant or applicants must indicate in the letter of intent the means by which they intend to complete funding through the participation of other organisations.

Please be advised that some complementary funding programs cannot match industrial contributions to CRIBIQ’s management fees. It is important to consider this matter at the project’s financial setup stage.

For a project with a TRL 1 to 3, is the partnership with a single entreprise possible?

For projects with a technological maturity or technology readiness level TRL of 1 to 3, direct involvement of at least two businesses is required, and these must be independent (i.e. have no business relationship). The cash contributions of these industrial partners to Québec research institutes will be considered as being equivalent to cash contributions from Quebec businesses. Projects involving as sole industrial partner a Quebec industrial association or grouping that is a member of CRIBIQ (cooperative, union, etc.) will be considered as multi-industry and therefore not require the involvement of a second industrial partner. A cooperative or union refers to any grouping of private Quebec-based companies of which some number of members will enjoy the economic benefits accruing from the submitted project. Economic benefits refer to wealth generated by the commercialisation or implementation of the results of the project.