Program details – Call #3 

Within the framework of the Quebec Aerospace Strategy (SQA) Horizon 2026 announced on February 7, 2022, the Quebec government plans to intervene financially to facilitate the integration of Quebec SMEs in large-scale projects led by international networks. The Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ), wishes to support these international collaborations between different partners, to enable them to maintain or increase their competitiveness. This call is particularly aimed at the integration of SMEs into global aerospace value chains.

Call for ” Preparation and Partnership “:  

  • This call aims to prepare and set up international partnerships of SMEs, open to all, and is a complementary tool to CRIAQ’s Maturation Innovation calls, in order to allow the development and commercialisation of technologies by SMEs in international partnership. 

In order to optimize the impact of this measure and to help teams target their projects, CRIAQ recognizes the following territories as priorities for this call: United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, United States, Czech Republic, as well as the other Canadian provinces.  CRIAQ has established agreements and collaborations (coordination calls, animation and mobilization platform, etc.) with key partners in these territories and these will serve to guide the actions of the project teams.

The objectives of this call are to: 

  • Stimulate international research collaborations. 
  • Promote the participation of Quebec aerospace SMEs in global innovation networks. 
  • Create partnerships between universities, colleges, institutions, and industry, in Quebec, outside Quebec, and internationally. 

This initiative supports the emergence and implementation of collaborative research and development projects that promote the development of new products by Quebec companies, which will ultimately increase: 

  • Exports; 
  • The creation of quality jobs; 
  • Investments. 

Eligibility criteria:

The project team must be composed of at least:

  • A Quebec SME* with internal R&D or production activities in Quebec, and a Quebec college center for technology transfer (CCTT) or a Quebec university or public research center (CRP)
  • A company and/or research organization in the country of collaboration**.

*For-profit company with less than 250 employees in Quebec, including subsidiaries of large international groups

**Partners outside Quebec, including elsewhere in Canada, are considered international partners for the purposes of this call.

Details on project funding

  • The maximum financial assistance for the this call: 
    • “Preparation and Partnership” is $50,000 per project.
  • Financial assistance represents a maximum of 50% of eligible project expenses.
  • The total public assistance cannot exceed a maximum of 80% of the project’s eligible expenses.

Application submission and approval process

The CRIAQ team assists project teams throughout the development of research proposals. It is essential to include a CRIAQ project officer as soon as possible in the discussions to ensure that projects are eligible for funding programs. The CRIAQ team will also be able to advise project leaders on the project’s funding structure.

Stage 1: Compliant Letter of Intent form: submitted with copied partners by March 14, 2023. 

Only teams that submit a compliant LOI by this deadline will be invited to the second stage. 

Stage 2: Full proposal including the following documents: 

  1. The Application Form 
  2. The detailed budget file 
  3. Letters of support from all partners 
  4. Academic consent forms 

These documents must be completed, compliant, and signed (as required) and sent to before April 14, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern time). Any applications submitted after this deadline or incomplete will not be considered for review.