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Support Program for Organizations (PSO)

Find your partner, fund your innovation!

Are you a researcher with applied R&D projects in information and communication technology (ICT)? Would you like to collaborate with a private business?

Are you an entrepreneur with an innovation project in ICT? Would you like to benefit from high-calibre teams available in universities and academic research centres?

The Support Program for Organizations (PSO) provides funding to support collaborative research between researchers and entrepreneurs. With generous funding that can be combined with federal public funding programs, PSO supports and funds your technology innovation projects.

“By creating the Support Program for Organizations (PSO), the Government of Quebec chose to support the efforts of companies so that more of them can leverage the genius of Quebec researchers to create the innovations that will contribute to the socio-economic development of tomorrow’s Quebec.”

Jinny Plourde, Director, PSO

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  • Fund your technology R&D in high-potential innovation niches
  • Benefit from partnerships between universities, colleges, institutions and industry, in Quebec and internationally
  • Promote and leverage your scientific expertise in applied industrial contexts
  • Help position Quebec as a leader in the development of digital technology.
  • Gain access to world-class research teams
  • Optimize your R&D investments by benefiting from government contributions
  • Foster ties with cutting-edge training expertise.
  • Maximum financial aid is $500,000 per year, per project 
  • Maximum financial aid may represent up to 40% of the total project valuation  
  • Total government financial aid from various sources can sum up to 80% of the total project valuation 
  • Private contributions must represent a minimum of 20% of the total project valuation
  • Maximum project duration is 3 years

Note also that: 

  • Management fees apply on the total project value (see FAQ
  • Non-subsidized expenditures may be eligible for tax credits, in particular the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit, based on the prevailing criteria of these programs.

To be eligible, public research centres (academic partners) must:

  • Be associated with a large company or an SME – see criteria below
  • Be established in Quebec
  • Be attached to either a university, an affiliated research centre, a CEGEP or a College Centre for Technology Transfer (CCTT). Check the complete list of eligible public research centres.

To be eligible, PSO projects must meet the following conditions:

  • Bring together two players: an academic research partner and an industrial partner
  • Be conducted entirely in Quebec at an eligible Quebec research centre
  • The funding application must be submitted by an academic researcher
  • Have a technology readiness level between 1 and 6

 

To be eligible, your business partner (SME or large business) must: 

  • Be legally incorporated under federal or Quebec laws in force and be registered with the Quebec enterprise register 
  • Have its head office in Quebec and its employees or subcontractors must work mainly from Quebec 
  • Not be owned 50% or more by other existing businesses or organizations 

Note that PSO projects are submitted continuously so you can send your funding application at any time.

HOW TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION

1. CONSULT THE PROGRAM GUIDE
2. COMPLETE THE PRE-QUALIFICATION FORM
3. PROMPT WILL CONTACT YOU
FOR A FIRST MEETING
4. PROMPT ASSISTS YOU UNTIL
FINAL SUBMISSION OF THE PROJECT

 

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THIS PROGRAM?

PLEASE COMPLETE THIS FORM

This information will help us connect you with the right resource on the PROMPT team. This resource will contact you as soon as possible.










THANK YOU TO PSO’S PRINCIPAL PARTNER!