Ontario Centres of Excellence – Upcoming Programs

Upcoming OCE Programming:

  1. Cybersecurity Fintech Pilot Program; Deadline December 15, 2017
    • Stream 1: Customer Demonstration Program is designed  for a start-up or scale-up to partner with a Financial Institution to work together on the development or demonstration of a new cybersecurity technology, using the resources and competencies of both organizations.
    • Stream 2: TalentEdge Program is designed for any company that requires an intern to work on a Cybersecurity based problem.

  1. Small Business Innovation Challenge; EOI Deadlines Early January 2018
    • SBIC is targeting Ontario’s for-profit SMEs and start-ups that can demonstrate the capacity to develop and commercialize an innovative technology/solution that could lead to a globally competitive business and market opportunity. It uses public sector challenges as a platform for SMEs to develop, test, and demonstrate their innovative tech solutions. The two challenges are issued in the form of Problem Statement that describes the Ontario government challenge and expected outcomes required in the proposed tech-based solution. The solution is expected to have application in other public and private sectors globally beyond Ontario.

OCE will be officially launching Round 2 of our Small Business Innovation Challenge (SBIC) on December 12th 2017 at our Partnering Forum being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre starting at 8am. Representatives from the Government of Ontario, Champion Ministries, and OCE will present further details on the SBIC Program and Round 2 Problem Statements. The Forum is an opportunity for interested SMEs to gain further insight about the Program and network with other SMEs and Champion Ministry representatives.

Problem Statements

i) Drug-Impaired Driving: Full description of problem statement here

  • Diagnostics Drug detection technologies
  • Technologies that can detect “alertness”, mental awareness and/or disorder that may potentially be applied to determine impairment
  • Technology currently used in detecting “alertness” in other sectors (e.g. workplace safety – potential innovative application of existing technology)
  • To register for the Partnering forum on Dec 12th , click here.

ii) Preventing Sales Tax Fraud from Electronic Sales Transaction: Full description of problem statement here

  • POS/ECR device or system agnosticism
  • Cloud technology
  • Advanced analytics
  • Real-time data monitoring
  • Digital authentication (digital signatures or authenticity of record)
  • Security (cyber and local network security to ensure info can not be tampered with while being data stored or being transferred)
  • To register for the Partnering Forum on Dec 12th, click here.

  1. Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN);
    • The AV Research and Development (R&D) Partnership Fund Stream 1: Fosters collaborations between large firms and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Ontario. The fund supports collaborative development, prototyping, and validation projects, including technologies in vehicles or innovations in transportation systems- and infrastructure-related R&D.
    • Stream 1  will support industry-led projects with up to $100,000 in funding to be used towards the development and demonstration of technologies in the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (C/AV) sector.
    • Stream 2 will support industry-led projects with up to $1,000,000 in funding to be used towards the development and demonstration of technologies in the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (C/AV) sector.
    • The Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network Talent Development (TalentEdge) stream provides students and recent graduates from Ontario colleges and universities with real-world industry experience, by applying their expertise, leading-edge knowledge and tools to solve industry problems related to Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (C/AV) technologies. Interns and fellows will work at Ontario-based companies or academic institutions and receive on-the-job training in areas such as software and hardware development, artificial intelligence, and data analytics.

  1. The Ontario-Jiangsu Industrial Research and Development Program (OJIRDP); EOIs must be submitted by January 15, 2018
    • Support joint industrial R&D projects focusing on the development of products or processes that may will lead to commercialization in global markets.  The upcoming call for proposals will accept project applications focusing on Clean-Tech, Information and Communication Technology, Life Sciences and Advanced and Intelligent Manufacturing

  1. Ontario-China Research and Innovation Fund (OCRIF); Full applications are due on January 20, 2018
    • Supports scientific and technological collaboration projects between China and Ontario and promotes scientific, technological and industrial research and commercialization cooperation.  The upcoming call for proposals will accept project applications focusing on Energy Storage.

 

For more information, contact Nicole De Long, Business Development Manager at OCE (nicole.delong@oce-ontario.org)

 

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