BCIC Ignite

The Third BCIC Ignite Award Recipients

The BCIC Ignite Awards on October 10, 2017 awarded a total of $735,000 to the top four BC research projects in natural resources and applied sciences:

  1. Dr. Victor Lo, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at UBC, who is working with Opus International, JAMES Wastewater Treatment Plant, and Boost Environmental Systems to change the way waste organic slurries are treated and handled with a breakthrough process that has a shorter reaction time and higher throughput than existing technology. Awarded: $300,000
  2. Dr. Thomas Tannert, the BC Leadership Research Chair in Tall Woods Construction at UNBC, who is working with BC Passive House and Equilibrium Consulting to change how commercial wooden buildings are built with wood-based prefabricated timber panels. Awarded: $110,000
  3. Dr. Caren Helbing, Professor of Biochemistry and Microbiology at UVIC, who is working with Maxxam Analytics and Hemmera Envirochem, to enable more informed decision-making about the ecological health and diversity of our environment. Awarded: $185,000
  4. Dr. Stephanie Willerth, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UVIC, who is working with Aspect Biosystems to develop functional, 3D bio printed human nerve tissues, that can recreate the pathology of neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and spinal cord injury. Awarded: $139,700

This brings the total amount of BCIC Ignite funding awarded to over $2.5M since the first Ignite Awards in 2016.

You can find out more about our previous award winners here.

 Could you be next?

BCIC Ignite provides funding to accelerate commercialization of new technologies and innovations in the natural resources and applied sciences in British Columbia. The program provides awards of up to $300,000 to consortia that are conducting research projects that address a significant demonstrated problem faced by industry and will commercialize a proposed innovation within a 3-year timeframe.

Program Overview

  • Focus: Proposals must involve the areas of natural resources, applied science and/or engineering, and must provide a clearly articulated solution to an existing problem.
  • Teams: Applicants must be a BC-based consortium comprised of two or more companies, organizations and academic researchers. All consortia must include an academic member and an industry partner.
  • Matching funds: Projects must secure matching funds from industry or government sources at a ratio of 2:1 matching dollars to Ignite dollars.
  • Timing: Projects must plan to move a proposed innovation to market within a 3-year timeframe.

Read the complete details in the 2017 Program Guidelines


  • Winter-Spring 2017 Competition: closed January 17, 2017
  • Summer-Fall 2017 Competition: closed June 27, 2017
  • Winter-Spring 2018 Competition: Letters of Intent due January 2018
  • Summer-Fall 2018 Competition: Letters of Intent due June 2018


Potential applicants are encouraged to first contact Program Manager, Kailyn Skuban at 604-602-5205 or kskuban@bcic.ca to discuss their project and the program eligibility requirements prior to submitting a Letter of Intent.

BCIC Ignite is funded by the Natural Resources and Applied Sciences (NRAS) Endowment Fund, which was established by the Province of British Columbia to enhance the quality of life for British Columbians by building a strong research and development, advanced training, technology transfer and commercialization environment. Assessment services are provided in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). 

For program information, contact:

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