The Innovation Supercluster Initiative (ISI) is an exciting strategy, created by the Government of Canada aimed at driving commercially successful innovation, fostering growth and creating jobs across Canada.

Protein Industries Canada (PIC) is an industry-led, not-for-profit, value-chain consortium created to position Canada as a global source of high-quality plant protein and plant-based co-products.

PIC will build on Canada’s strengths to substantially increase global market share in novel protein (and co-product) fractions, ingredients, food and feed products, and technologies, contributing to Canada’s economic growth and international trade balance. This will occur by mobilizing and enhancing Canada’s agri-food innovation capacity in support of industry-driven market priorities and needs.


There is no set maximum that a project can receive, though PIC will generally not fund more than 50% of eligible costs and will not fund more than the industry portion.

PIC may advance up to 25% of the total project cost, up to a maximum of $500,000 at the start of the project to the consortia to assist in initial costs. This advance counts towards PICs total contribution.

PIC will consider requests for capital items (equipment, instrumentation, etc.) necessary for R&D on a case-by case basis. PIC funding for capital items will not exceed $1 million per project.

Eligible Costs

Costs which can be specifically identified and measured as having been incurred or performed to carry out the Supercluster project. Project costs, such as the following are eligible:

  • The portion of salary or wages specific to carrying out the project and all non-discretionary benefits that must be paid by the employer.
  • Subcontractors, travel, costs related to equipment.
  • Facilities, user fees, materials and supplies.

Ineligible Expenses:

  • Alcohol.
  • Infrastructure costs (construction, repair and maintenance).
  • Expenses related to construction, purchase of a building or land, and payments to federal entities (e.g., the National Research Council).
  • Program management fees paid by the consortium to PIC, and routine administration and operating costs (rent, utilities).
  • Discretionary employee benefits are ineligible.

Eligible Activities

  • Technology Leadership: Advancing platform technologies central to future competitiveness and building a technology advantage for the Supercluster.
  • Partnerships for Scale: Projects that serve a target group of members to support their growth, including increased domestic demand for Supercluster products and services or by facilitating expansion.
  • Diverse and Skilled Talent Pools: Activities in this area include projects that involve industry in the enhancement of regional labour force skills and capabilities or address industry talent needs.
  • Access to Innovation: Projects that provide a benefit to a range of members through investments in assets, services or resources.
    • Support for access to specialized technical services.
    • Installation of and access to a dedicated laboratory or cutting-edge equipment.
    • Acquisition and assertion of jointly held intellectual property.
  • Global Advantage: Projects that position the Supercluster as world-leading in its field, enabling firms to seize market opportunities and attract international investments and partnerships.


The first call for proposals ends June 28, 2019. A second call for Expressions of Interest will open September 1, 2019.


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