Technovate Grant

The Technovate Grant supports innovative solutions to performance-related challenges, and produces new, performance relevant technology products and applications for the training and competition environment. This Grant is partnered with Mitacs and provides opportunities for young researcher-practitioners to work with NSOs in developing new performance-related technology innovations.  Priority will be given to technology innovation projects related to computer vision and specifically POSE estimation and/or motion capture.

National Computer Vision Research Cluster 

Computer vision is a focus for Canadian high performance sport.  The Computer Vision Research Cluster coordinates and guides research project planning in this area and provides recommendation to Own the Podium regarding potential projects.  The intent of the Research Cluster is to collaborate on computer vision projects to optimize transferability of knowledge and technology application between national sports, and to align research interests and funding availability.

Technovate funding is provided to projects that focus on developing new technology or significantly improving existing technology use in high performance sport. It provides protected funding to accelerate Canada’s deployment of technology in HP sport. Although technology can be viewed as a tool, it is critical to developing new products, processes, and practices.

At this point, OTP is focusing on computer vision, specifically the area of POSE estimation and motion capture. Future technology research clusters with prioritized funding could emerge in other areas as determined by the Research & Innovation Council. Other technology related proposals are possible under the Spark Grant and Technovate Grant but again, technology-related submissions focusing on POSE estimation and motion capture will be prioritized. 

Funding Available: 

  • Funding starts at $15,000 

  • PhD grants – (up to) $106,666 

  • Post-Doctoral – (up to) $60,000 

Project Duration 

Up to 4 years

Eligible Research & Innovation Themes:

  • Sport Technology & Engineering

Submission Deadline:

  • January 31st (annually)
  • Successful applications will be contact by March 1st

Year-End Reporting

  • Annual Report due March 15th
  • Final Report & Presentation (SPIN Summit)

Application Instructions: 

  • Select the appropriate application for which you will apply (Spark, Accelerate, Technovate)
  • For Accelerate and Technovate grants, a student(s) has been secured to undertake the research
  • Prepare a Gantt chart with clear milestones that can be gauged to track progress
  • Prepare a detailed budget with total budget income and total budget costs
  • Download Project Rationale Form and complete with the description of proposed research
  • Click the “apply now” button.   Fill in the application online and attach your Project Rationale Form


Technovate Grant


Frequently Asked Questions

Projects with a focus on technology innovation in high performance sport will be received via the Sport Scientist Canada submission portal.  Submissions will be reviewed internally by an OTP Panel. Projects with a specific focus on computer vision will be review by the Computer Vision  Research Cluster Committee (RCC). The application package has set questions that closely match the assessment criteria of Accelerate grants. Successful projects must have a research student(s) and a supervising professor at a partner university or universities.
Technovate funding is provided to projects that focus on developing new technology or significantly improving existing technology use in high performance sport. It provides protected funding to accelerate Canada’s deployment of technology in HP sport. Although technology can be viewed as a tool, it is critical to developing new products, processes, and practices.
The area of computer vision has a significant presence in high performance sport and can play a major role in performance analysis and real-time feedback to coaches and athletes. A research cluster approach mimics best practices in Canada in other business and research sectors. It capitalizes on the collective expertise of COPSIN and partner universities, leveraging access to new knowledge and growing our next generation of skilled researchers and applied practitioners. It supports collaboration and a growth mindset, reducing redundant research and optimizing transfer of knowledge within and between sport in Canada.
Yes. Commercial third-party partnerships are often an important requirement for breakthrough technology. Technovate grants and RCCs in general support commercial partnerships but require research contracts that outlines nondisclosure, publication permissions, intellectual and commercialization rights. 

RCCs supports Canadian commercial partnerships as a priority and ones that can transfer its application to one or more sports. 
 
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