BCIP is a permanent, competitive first purchase program offered by the Canadian government to allow small businesses in Canada to test and pre-sell technologies to the Government of Canada before commercializing them. Canadian companies can submit a proposal for their technologies that potentially improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the government.
The program has 2 streams:
- Up to $500,000 contract value for Standard Components
- Up to $1,000,000 contract value for Military Components
This is awarded through a government contract specifically for the company’s technology. Technology developers retain the IP during the process.
The BCIP is looking for technology, equipment, software or services that:
- can compete in the priority industry (see below)
- demonstrate substantial benefits over existing goods and services in the industry
- can be used within federal operations
- Product/Service must have at least of 80% Canadian content
- Be pre-commercial and in the late stages of development
- Must fit within one of the four categories: Environment, Health, Safety & Security, & Enabling Technologies
- Proposals are evaluated on technical merit
- Innovation that fits within the categories: Command & Support, Cyber-Security, Protecting the Soldier, Arctic and Maritime Security, In-Service Support, and Training Systems.
The technology must have a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 7-9, which represent projects that are in late-stage development or early-stage commercialization.
Who can apply?
- A Canadian business, non-profit organization, or university
- A partnership, post-secondary collaboration, or economic cluster
- An international entity with an eligible Canadian Bidder
- Own IP rights to the technology
- Ensure the product is made with at least 80% Canadian resources
- Not be earning revenue from the product
What are the Priority Industries?
- Clean Tech/Green
- Health Sciences
- Health Sciences
There is a continuous in-take of applications for BCIP.