Pilot Projects

By mmuise

Pilot Projects and Feasibility Studies help SMEs scale up project plans for implementation, prepare technologies for deployment in production, and de-risk technology adoption and scale-up by facilitating access to the expertise, training, tools, and testbeds that are available within the Supercluster.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to 50% of eligible project costs incurred by industry partners.The total estimated value of the project should be between $100,000 and $500,000. NGen maximum contribution will be up to $250K of funding.
Capital & equipment spending, cannot exceed 30% of total eligible project costs.
No single partner may receive more than 70% of NGen funding.

Deadline: Continuous Intake

Applicant can be any member of NGen (Canada’s advanced manufacturing Supercluster).
Recipients organizations must be:

  • a Small or Medium Enterprise with less than 500 employees globally.
  • incorporated in Canada.
  • either for-profit organizations, or not-for-profit organizations that facilitate and fund research and development and whose funding is received primarily from private-sector organizations.
    Other publicly funded not-for-profit organizations, post-secondary institutions, federal Crown corporations, and government departments or agencies are not eligible to receive Supercluster funding directly, although they may bring their own contributions to projects or be sub-contracted by funded recipients to carry out project activities.
    International organizations (offshore companies and research organizations without an incorporated presence in Canada) may also participate in Supercluster projects, but any project activity undertaken by these organizations will not be eligible for Supercluster funding.
    All Pilot Projects:
  • must demonstrate the development or application of an advanced manufacturing Technology or Process.
  • must demonstrate that they are Collaborative, Transformative, Enduring and Applied.
  • need to demonstrate meaningful collaboration with a minimum of two SME partners. Project partners cannot also be a sub-contractor for labour services or a consultant within the project.
  • need to include manufacturing and technology expertise.
  • must have the potential to deliver significant commercial benefits and jobs both within the consortium and beyond.
Application Steps:

Application process:

1. Join NGen: To apply for NGen funding you need to first join NGen as an organizational member rather than an individual member at www.NGen.ca/join. Membership is free.

2. Project Screening: NGen will screen all proposals to ensure they meet basic eligibility requirements for Supercluster projects before being formally accepted into completing the application.

3. Financial Due Diligence: NGen will undertake a financial assessment of each participating project partner to ensure they will be able to support their commitment to the project for its entire duration.

4. Submit Application: Applications will be based on the applicants’ answers to the ten questions provided in the Application Overview.

5. Independent Assessment: Each project application will be assessed on the basis of 10 questions. Following an assessment and recommendation from the independent assessors, NGen staff will advise all applicants directly if their project has been accepted or rejected.

6. Contracting.

Projects will be required to pay NGen a one-time, non-refundable project administration fee equal to 2.5% of the total cost of the project at the time of contracting, before the project start. This fee can be paid by one partner or divided between partners.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants for projects between $100K and $500K who meet eligibility requirements will be invited to submit a Pilot Project Application providing:
1. names and contact information for each partner in the project;
2. the name of the leading project partner (this information may be disclosed publicly);
3. a short title and description of the project to a maximum of 300 words (this information may be disclosed publicly);
4. response to ten questions in up to 600 words per question.
5. five (5) appendices (to upload in addition to the ten questions): Project Plan (gantt chart or schedule), Risk Register, Question Appendix, if required for charts or images, IP Strategy, Financial Workbook.

Applicants must complete an Application Agreement in the Project screening phase.

Other Things to Note:

Pilot Projects and Feasibility Studies are no longer funded by NGen under Capacity Building.
NGen reorganized their program structure compared to last year, some program components (Cluster Building, Feasibility Studies, Pilor Projects) are now programs but their main characteristics were kept.

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