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Indigenous Intellectual Property Program Grant

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

The Indigenous Intellectual Property Program Grant application process is now open.

All applications must be received by 11:59pm PT September 8, 2021.

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What is the Indigenous Intellectual Property Program grant

The Indigenous Intellectual Property Program (IIPP) grant funds eligible Indigenous organizations to fund travel, small-scale initiatives and projects related to intellectual property (IP), Indigenous knowledge (IK) and Indigenous cultural expressions (ICEs). The IIPP grant is one of several initiatives administered by Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada under the Indigenous IP Program.

Why was the Indigenous Intellectual Property Program created

The IIPP grants are a part of a suite of Indigenous Intellectual Property Program initiatives, which were developed under Canada's Intellectual Property Strategy. The IIPP initiatives aim to promote a more inclusive IP system for Indigenous peoples, through initiatives focused on education, awareness raising and capacity-building.

It also seeks to provide opportunities for Indigenous peoples to advocate their interests through engagement activities, increased participation in domestic and international discussions on IP and Indigenous knowledge (IK) and Indigenous cultural expressions (ICEs), and exploring ways to make the IP system more accessible to Indigenous people.

In addition, IIPP grants facilitate Indigenous peoples' use of the IP system to protect their innovations and creations, including those based on IK and ICEs, as well as to develop tools, guidelines or protocols with respect to the protection and use of IK and ICEs.

The IIPP aligns with Government's broader commitments towards reconciliation, recognition of Indigenous rights and the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

What is Intellectual Property

Intellectual property generally refers to creations of the mind, including inventions, literary and artistic works, designs and symbols, and names and images used in business. In Canada, IP rights, include:

IP protection provides rightsholders with economic, and moral rights in the case of copyright, over their creations and innovations, sometimes for a fixed period of time.

In certain circumstances, IP rights can be leveraged to protect innovations and creations based on Indigenous knowledge and cultural expressions.

See Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights and the Protection of Indigenous Knowledge and Cultural Expressions in Canada for more information about the relationship between IP, IK, and ICEs.

What can the IIPP grants fund

Indigenous Intellectual Property Program (IIPP) grants are designed to support the increased engagement in the IP system by Indigenous people in Canada. Total program funding in the amount of $125,000 per fiscal year is available to support travel, initiatives and projects relating to IP, IK and ICEs. All activities funded under the IIPP must be completed by March 31, 2022.

Funding Streams

There are three funding streams for IIPP grants:

1) Travel Stream

Grants for Indigenous organizations for travel to events, meetings, discussions and negotiations in Canada and abroad related to IP and IK and ICEs, up to $5000 per person per organization for a single trip or up to $15,000 per organization for multiple trips and/or multiple travellers in a funded year. Grants under this stream can fund required preparation work, travel costs, and registration fees.

2) Small-Scale Initiative Stream

Grants for IP-related activities, limited in scale and scope, duration and resources required, up to $15,000. For example, these grants can fund activities such as a research project, drafting a policy paper, or developing educational materials and any eligible associated costs.

3) Project Stream

Grants for IP-related projects that are more complex or comprehensive than Small-Scale Initiatives, requiring more resources and a longer duration and can include a combination of activities , up to $50,000. These grants can fund multiple activities needed to carry out a project, including, but not limited to, related travel, research, development of resource material, event planning, business planning, etc.

Learn more about each stream and eligible activities in the IIPP Grant Program Guide.

Who can apply for IIPP grants

Indigenous (i.e., First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit)  organizations that fall under the following categories may be eligible to receive an IIPP grant:

See the full eligibility criteria in the IIPP Grant Program Guide.

How can Indigenous organizations apply for an IIPP grant?

The 2021-2022 application period is now open.

Please complete the application form(s) for one or more streams you wish to apply to. Applications must be received by September 8, 2021, by 11:59pm PT to be considered for funding.

Learn more about the application process in the IIPP Grant Program Guide, or contact a IIPP grant Program Officer for information and assistance at

Click here to download a copy of the application form: Indigenous Intellectual Property Program Grant Application Form.

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