ENCQOR 5G Technology Development (SME) Program

By mmuise
Description:

The Technology Development (SME) Program partners Ontario-based small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firms on 5G technology development projects. Areas of technology interest are defined in Challenge Statements submitted to OCI by the ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firms and posted to the OCI website on a rolling basis.


Comments on Funding:

Funding is 100% of total eligible project costs, maximum to be defined in the posted Challenge Statement. The available funding for Challenges ranges from $50,000 to $500,000.

Deadline: Applications are closed. Stay tuned for future intake announcements.
Eligibility:

Applicants must:

  • be an Innovation-Driven Enterprise (IDE), using or developing technology innovation or innovative processes for competitive advantage in provincial, national and/or global markets;
  • be for-profit, incorporated in Ontario or Canada, and has a valid CRA business number
  • be a small-to-medium size enterprise (SME - less than 500 employees in Ontario);
  • have operations with R&D and/or manufacturing in Ontario related to the project;
  • have 50 per cent or more of its full-time employees located as their ordinary place of work in Ontario;
  • have a validated, innovative product/service or technology that can be a solution to the Technology Development Challenge for which they are applying;
  • have an arms-length relationship with the ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firm Partner defined in the Technology Development Challenge Statement for which they are applying;
  • be in good financial and reporting standing with OCI;
  • be companies with over $500,000 of OCI funding in their lifetime (inclusive of current application) will be required to obtain OCI approval before a new application for funding is initiated;
  • be willing to co-operate in providing project and outcomes metrics;
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  • be willing to execute a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with the ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firm Partner defined in the Technology Development Challenge Statement for which they are applying;
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  • be willing to undergo the procurement process of the ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firm Partner defined in the ENCQOR 5G Technology Development Challenge Statement for which they are applying;
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  • be willing to enter into a funding agreement with OCI and Innovation ENCQOR;
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  • be willing to enter into a separate professional services agreement with the ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firm Partner defined in the Technology Development Challenge Statement for which they are applying;

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  • Additional Applicant eligibility requirements may vary by Challenge Statement.

    Eligibility requirements for ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firm Partner:
  • Project Partners must be one of the Ontario ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firms (Ciena, Ericsson, Thales);
  • Partners are defined in the Technology Development Challenge Statement;
  • The ENCQOR 5G anchor firm must use the results of the project for the economic, environmental or social benefit of Ontario.
Application Steps:

Applicants must:

1. submit the online information to start the application process,

2. be contacted within 2 business days by a Business Development Manager (BDM) to discuss further details,

3. be sent a link to OCI’s online application system, AccessOCI;

4. complete the online Expression of Interest forms on AccessOCI.

5. complete the online application form using the link received from the BDM (AccessOCI - the online application system) and upload the required supporting documents;

6. request their BDM to provide an endorsement of the application.



7. All submitted applications will undergo an initial internal review by OCI for eligibility, application completeness and eligible expenses. A list of any deficiencies will be sent to the applicant for revision;

8. Once the application is deemed complete, it will proceed for assessment of the full application.

Documentation Needed:

The applicant must provide the following:
1. Resumes/CVs from relevant team members;
2. Letter of Interest from the ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firm.

Other Things to Note:

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mmuise