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Artificial Intelligence Innovation Program (PIIA)

SME TRACK

We support artificial intelligence (AI) innovation through collaborative industrial research and innovative entrepreneurship.

PROMPT establishes and supports a collaborative innovation ecosystem conducive to developing strategic economic sectors to benefit businesses, research centres and the Quebec population.

Who is the PIIA SME program for?

The PIIA SME component is intended for SMEs and collective enterprises (cooperatives and non-profit organizations) within the definition of the Loi sur l’économie sociale. Their artificial intelligence projects must be designed to produce goods and services or to carry out internal research and development activities.

Each eligible partner company must fund at least one internship per year.

“Since 2019, PROMPT has helped secure financing for 82 innovations in artificial intelligence. This represents a PROMPT investment of $25.7 million.

Nicolas Bergeron, Director of AI Programs

PROMPT - Nicolas Bergeron, Directeur des programmes en IA
  • Fund your artificial intelligence innovation projects by working in collaboration with other companies.
  • Benefit from the expertise of Quebec’s greatest AI experts via strategic collaborative research opportunities.
  • Get continuous support until the project’s final submission to optimize your chances of success.
  • Help position Quebec as a leader in artificial intelligence.
  • Maximum funding per project: up to $350,000.
  • Maximum funding level: 30% of total eligible expenses for a sole SME, and 50% of the total eligible expenses for an SME working with a research centre.
  • Additional government funding can be stacked to cover up to 50% of eligible project expenses for a sole SME and up to 75% for an SME working with a research centre.
  • Maximum project duration: 2 years.

Please also note that:

  • Management fees on the project’s total value will be applied: VISIT OUR FAQ.
  • Non-subsidized expenses may be eligible for tax credits, including the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit (you must review current criteria).

To be eligible, businesses must:

  • Be legally incorporated under federal or Quebec laws and registered with the Registraire des entreprises du Québec.

To be eligible, PIIA – SME projects must highlight collaborative research in artificial intelligence and meet the following criteria:

  • The project must focus on the development of a new product or new process or the significant improvement of an existing product or process.
  • The project must include the necessary level of innovation, i.e., the product or process must have a decisive advantage over existing solutions in a national or international market.
  • The project must address technological and/or business risk or uncertainty for the company.
  • The project must require research and development efforts.
  • The project must demonstrate commercial potential when the product or process is intended for sale.
  • Fall deadline: October 15, 2022
  • Spring deadline: April 15, 2023

HOW TO APPLY

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4. THE PROMPT TEAM WILL SUPPORT YOU IN FILLING OUT YOUR APPLICATION

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THANK YOU TO THE MINISTRY OF ECONOMY AND INNOVATION (MEI), A PIIA PARTNER!