Funding for autonomous vehicles and smart mobility technologies

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About the Program

Receive up to $1 million in co-investment  funding and strategic partners support to develop, test, validate and demonstrate connected and autonomous vehicle (C/AV) and smart mobility technologies.

The R&D Partnership Fund – C/AV and Smart Mobility – Stream 2 Program supports projects related to the development, testing, validation, and demonstration of connected and autonomous vehicle (C/AV) and smart mobility technologies in the following priority areas:

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

Eligible Applicants

  • Applicants are Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) defined as having fewer than 500 global, full-time employees.
  • Applicants are required to have operations in Ontario and carry out their project in Ontario.

Eligible partners

  • Small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
  • National and multinational enterprises (NEs and MNEs)
  • Academic institutions (as clients only)
  • Municipalities
  • Indigenous communities
  • Not-for-profit organizations representing industry
  • Crown Corporations
  • Transit Authorities

Additional partners can also join the project. There is no limit on the number of partners. Partnerships should represent significant potential commercial opportunities for all parties.

Eligible Projects

  • One applicant and a minimum of one partner, as defined above.
  • Stream 2 supports a total budget of up to $3,000,000 over 24 months
  • This program is not intended to prove feasibility or for basic technology research. Projects should be at Technology Readiness Level 3-9.
  • Typical project activities include technology development, demonstration, product/service validation, testing, and piloting.
  • Applicant and Partners should demonstrate close collaboration and scalable outcomes with high potential for commercialization, strong commercial pull, competitive advantage, and alignment with intended program benefits.
  • Eligible projects MUST include demonstration of actual products that can be showcased in Ontario at events, on the road, to OCI and its partners, and/or at customer sites.

How to apply

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