Forest Innovation Program

The Forest Innovation Program (FIP) was established to support research, development and technology transfer activities in Canada’s forest sector. Together, these activities are intended to help the sector pursue its ongoing transformation through the adoption of emerging technologies ready for commercialization.

Funding for the Forest Innovation Program

Under Budget 2012, the federal government invested $105 million, over two years, to support Canada’s forest sector. The funding is targeted at fostering innovation and expanding market opportunities for the sector. Additional funding of $92 million, over two years, was announced under Budget 2013 to further support market diversification and forest sector innovation. This funding is available until March 31, 2016.

The FIP directly supports the Transformative Technologies Program and the work of the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre (CWFC). The Transformative Technologies Program supports pre-commercial research and development and technology transfer for innovative technologies and processes in the forest sector. This research, which is delivered by FPInnovations, Canada’s not-for-profit forest research institute, is focused on four key areas:

  • next-generation building systems
  • bio-product development
  • integrated value maximization
  • innovation deployment

The Canadian Wood Fibre Centre works with FPInnovations to increase the economic return of Canada’s forest resources by ensuring a coordinated, transformation-oriented approach to research and innovation along the entire forest value chain (i.e., from seedlings to value-added consumer products). The CWFC’s forest and wood fibre research is aimed at two core areas:

  • Resource characterization: research activities focused on developing forest inventory and evaluation tools and techniques that enable the main fibre attributes of Canada's forests to be more accurately quantified, assessed and understood
  • Resource production: research activities focused on developing and using genetics, genomics, biotech and silvicultural approaches to add value to future forests

The Forest Innovation Program (FIP)–Canadian Wood Fibre Centre (CWFC) is inviting applications for the funding of research projects that address the CWFC’s objectives. 

Submit a completed application to CWFC's project mailbox. If you experience any difficulties when using this mailbox, please send your application form and questions to Ann Marie Hussar-Lucas.

Questions and answers about the application process

The application mentions “letters of support” (section 2.3). How many letters are needed?

No letters are needed and there is no prescribed number of letters. This means that proposals will not be summarily rejected for a lack of supporting letters.

However, in determining the strength and applicability of research projects within proposals, any recommendations contained in letters of support will be taken into consideration when evaluating applications.

How long should the letters be?

Letters of support need not be longer than a page in length.

What information should the letters of support contain?

Letters are intended to reflect the relevance of the proposed work to the goals and objectives of the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre as well as ensuring that they respond to existing needs of end-users or stakeholders. They should also express confidence in the ability of the proponent to perform to proposed work.

This information will, in turn, be used to evaluate the benefit of proposed research projects such that the evaluators should be able to determine easily – between the application and the letters together – what benefit this project is expected to bring, to what audience, and whether this benefit will obtain uptake within the forest sector.

We work closely with FPInnovations and the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre. Can we ask them for letters of support?

There are no restrictions on who can provide letters of support. Letters of support from the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre and FPInnovations will be considered as any other stakeholder.

Can I attach a detailed proposal to my application? If I do not need to attach it now, can I do so at a future date?

The only information that is required, and against which projects will be evaluated, is that which is requested in the application. Attaching a detailed proposal is not advised; the information included may not be evaluated.

If a detailed proposal for the work has already been drafted, it would be advisable to transfer that information to the application, as much as is appropriate.

Your website has a deadline date of April 11, but my application says the deadline is March 28. Can I still submit an application?

The initial deadline for the program was March 28th. By request, it was extended to April 11th. Some documents may contain the old date and this can be disregarded. We will now accept proposals until April 11.

Proponents who submitted documents prior to the initial deadline may resubmit their proposals, if desired, up until April 11 without penalty.

If the application process has been extended, how will this affect the start and end dates of the project?

The Canadian Wood Fibre Centre anticipates having selections made by the end of April. We realize that this is a tight timeline given the working season, and so we will endeavour to get everything turned around as quickly as possible.

The FIP combines the activities of the Transformative Technologies Program and the technology transfer activities aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises previously delivered under the Value to Wood Program.

For more information on the FIP, please contact NRCan’s Innovation and Industry Relations Unit by phone at 613-986-1533 or fax at 613-947-9035.

In the administration of funding contributions under the FIP, NRCan is committed to the following service standards:

  • Reviewing applications and informing applicants of funding decisions within 31calendar days of receiving a complete application.
  • Having signed contribution agreements in place within 60 days of advising applicants of funding decisions.
  • Having signed amendments in place within 60 calendar days of receiving an acceptable request.
  • Issuing payments within 31 calendar days of receiving a complete invoice.