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AV RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (R&D) PARTNERSHIP FUND

Stream 2 – Technology Demonstration Projects

A. Program Overview

The AV R&D Partnership Fund (Stream 2) contributes 50 per cent of eligible project costs for approved projects up to a maximum of $1,000,000, with the remainder contributed by a minimum 1:1 cash match from Applicants and/or Partners. Project funding can be used towards the development and demonstration of technologies in the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) sector, in the following Priority Areas:

  • Mass light vehicles (e.g., cars, trucks and vans)
  • Heavy duty vehicles (including commercial vehicles, trucks, buses, RVs and others used for goods movement)
  • Transportation infrastructure
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
  • Transit-supportive systems and vehicles

Eligible Partners are:

  • Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)
  • National and Multi-National Enterprises (NEs and MNEs)
  • Publicly-funded Post-Secondary Academic Institutions
  • Municipalities
  • Indigenous Communities
  • Not-For-Profit Organizations

Projects must be carried out between one SME, the Applicant, and one Partner from the Participants list. Additional Partners can also join the project. For Stream 2, publicly-funded post-secondary academic institutions cannot act as Applicants. There is no limit on the number of Partners. Partnerships should represent significant potential commercial opportunities for all industry Applicants and Partners. Projects can also benefit from additional funding to support qualified interns and /or fellows. For more information on support for internships and/or fellowships, please refer to the AVIN TalentEdge Internships and Fellowships guidelines.

Funding will be for collaborative development, prototyping, and validation projects at technology readiness level 3-7 (3: proof of concept; 7: operational environment functional demonstration).

Projects should enable the demonstration of actual products/services. Significant accomplishments related to the project MUST be shared with the wider community through showcase events and media communications. Potential demonstration sites are: the Demonstration Zone in Stratford, Ontario; in Ottawa, Ontario; on the road, and/or at customer sites.

NOTE: AVIN does not preclude the testing and/or demonstration of C/AV technologies elsewhere in Ontario, subject to Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO’s) Pilot Project (0. Reg. 306/15, under Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8) and all other applicable laws and regulations.

Intellectual Property (IP) arising from the project will be managed by project Participants as OCE does not claim or manage IP rights.

All participants must have an arm’s-length business relationship.

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