As the single largest purchaser of goods and services, the federal government is using procurement to help Canadian small businesses succeed.
Through the Innovative Solutions Canada
program, government departments are inviting small businesses to propose a new innovative solution that addresses a specific challenge they face. Successful small businesses may receive up to $150,000 to refine their research and development and could, if accepted into Phase 2, receive up to $1 million to develop a working prototype. The government can then act as a first customer, which helps small businesses to commercialize their innovations, scale up their business and create good middle-class jobs across Canada.
Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, announced the launch of a new challenge from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
CFIA is challenging small businesses to develop a computer model that will help specialists determine which vaccination strain would be most successful at preventing and controlling foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks in livestock (cattle, sheep and swine). A successful solution to this challenge would use predictive technology to identify viral strains that can be used as vaccines to protect livestock in the event of an outbreak of the disease.
Source : Newswire
Innovative Solutions Canada is a key component of the government's Innovation and Skills Plan
, a multi-year plan to make Canada a global innovation leader and prepare Canadians to succeed in tomorrow's economy.