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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
* 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.
* 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.
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.
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 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.