Catalyst Fund: Ignite the Spark

FACIT’s Catalyst Fund is designed to support early stage proof-of-concept (POC) studies within Ontario academic institutions and start-ups that fit with FACIT’s Investment Strategy and have the potential to act as deal flow for the IPDC Fund. Awarded grants typically range between $50,000 and $200,000.

Funding is governed by a research contract which grants certain rights to FACIT.   FACIT receives no financial consideration on Catalyst grants under $100,000.  On grants of $100,000 or more, FACIT receives an option to make an investment at the IPDC level and act as the agent for commercialization.  If the option is exercised, funding received from the Catalyst grant will be credited towards FACIT's IPDC investment.

How to apply:

The Catalyst Fund is accepting pre-submission forms twice yearly on the following dates:

  • March 31
  • September 30

The pre-submission form can be downloaded here.

Late applications will not be considered.

Selected applicants will then be invited to prepare a Catalyst funding application which is subject to due diligence by FACIT.

Select Catalyst Funded Projects