UPEI IRAP CTO Program 2018 - 2019

Program Summary: To provide technical advice to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to assist in advancing SME-specific applied research & development challenges that may lead to future collaborations. 

Eligible Applicants: UPEI Faculty 

Available Funding: A maximum of $5,000 per project


  1. Project must initiate a new relationship with an Industry Partner and have a reasonable potential to lead to future collaborations.
  2. Project must provide scientific and technical advice to an Industry Partner to solve an industry specific challenge.
  3. Industry Partner must be a for-profit SME within Canada that can further develop or implement the technical advice into their operations.
  4. Only one project is allowed per Faculty member and only one project per Industry Partner.*

Project Information:

  1. Project duration is a maximum of 2 months.
  2. Type of activities may include but are not limited to prototype testing, laboratory testing or computer testing.
  3. Eligible expenses are professional fees only.


  1. Two-page application form to be completed by the Industry Partner and the Faculty member (Application attached).
  2. The completed application form should be emailed to Kim Johnstone (kim@synapsepei.com) or Jon Barrett (jon@synapsepei.com).
  3. Synapse and NRC IRAP will review the application and the decision on funding will be provided within 2 weeks. Prior to making any funding decision, NRC IRAP will contact the Industry Partner to confirm that the project assists with an industry specific challenge.
  4. Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2019 or until the funds have been used.
  5. All projects must be completed by March 31, 2019.

Reporting Requirements:

  1. A final report is due at end of the project.
  2. A copy of the final report should be provided to the Industry Partner and Synapse.
  3. Funding will be issued after the final report has been submitted and funds received from NRC IRAP.
For more information contact:
Kim Johnstone, PhD
Senior Technology Transfer and Industry Liaison Officer, Synapse
University of Prince Edward Island
Regis and Joan Duffy Research Centre (DRC), 524
*Exceptions may apply and are subject to evaluation and approval by Synapse. If existing funds are underutilized or additional funds are granted, Faculty/Industry Partners may be eligible for additional projects. 
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