Canada-Italy Innovation Award 2023 - Call for proposals

The Embassy of Canada to Italy is pleased to accept applications for the 11th edition of the Canada-Italy Innovation Award. This Award provides funding to members of the Italian innovation ecosystem including start-ups, innovation experts, researchers, scientists, or creative industry professionals to develop collaborative projects with Canadian partners in areas that will drive innovative, inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development. Over the last decade, the award has resulted in transformational discoveries, research and applications, showcasing the significant impact of Canada-Italy cooperation.

The Canada-Italy Innovation Award aims at developing new partnerships between Canadian and Italian experts and deepen existing collaborations to deliver innovations that have impact. Applications are open to Italian individuals who connect to Canadian counterparts that they will identify. Initial outcomes should be delivered over the first 6 to 12 months following the completion of the project. Ideal outcomes would result in real world applications that can be incubated or scaled in evolving domains. This can include:
  • Joint publications and projects
  • Student/researcher exchange programs
  • Institutional linkages
  • Sharing of equipment, materials and facilities
  • Exchange of skills and techniques
  • Applied technology development
  • Creative products and applications
  • Technology transfer
The development of innovative models of collaboration is strongly encouraged as well as the development of sustained relationships that remain lasting/active beyond the first 12 months.

Scope and priority areas
Through this Award, the Embassy of Canada to Italy aims to support the development of strong, targeted relationships between leading individuals, researchers and institutions in Italy and their counterparts in Canada. Projects must address 1 or more of the thematic priorities detailed below, which are aligned with Government of Canada policy priorities:Dates
April 3, 2023 (11:59 pm, Rome time): Deadline for applications
May 16, 2023: Announcement of Award winner(s)
November 15, 2023: Deadline for completion of travel to Canada
Within 2 weeks of completion: Final report and expenditure records must be submitted.