Applications are now being accepted to the Saskatchewan Advantage Innovation Fund.
The provincial government announced yesterday expressions of interest (EOI’s) are now being accepted until April 30th to the fund.
The fund itself finds commercial research opportunities to solve economic problems in Saskatchewan.
Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan Tina Beaudry-Mellor said in the past, they’d put a particular focus on investing on research related to the province’s resource based sectors, but that’s not the case anymore.
“Traditionally, it’s been geared towards oil and gas, agriculture and mining,” she said. “But this year, we’ve expanded things to manufacturing, as well as education and the health care.”
The expansion is great news for a variety of people doing various projects across the province, including here in Regina, where the efforts of one University of Regina professor has attracted Beaudry-Mellor’s attention.
“I did note last week, with interest, Dr. Randy Johner’s work on culturally appropriate app regarding mental health and addiction that she working on with Métis Addictions Council,” she said. “I don’t know if it’s a fit, it’s really about the commercialization and research.
“So if Dr. Johner wanted to commercialize that at some point, I believe they’re just piloting it out right now, that might be a good candidate.”
As it stands now, the provincial government is funding 21 projects through the SAIF.