AV R&D Partnership Fund, Stream 1

Receive co-investment of up to $100,000 toward the development and demonstration of your automotive and smart mobility technology project.

Program overview

The AV R&D Partnership Fund, Stream 1 supports projects related to the development and demonstration of technologies in the automotive and mobility sector, such as connected and autonomous vehicle (C/AV) technology, 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


For eligible project applicants and partners:

  • Commercialization of Ontario-made technologies
  • Demonstration of Ontario-made technologies to potential customers
  • Relationships with researchers to extend company R&D
  • Marketable solutions to current challenges
  • Public/private partnerships

For society:

  • Increased road safety
  • Better road condition monitoring
  • Better collection and analysis of transportation-related information
  • Innovative new products and services to reduce driver distraction
  • Reduced environmental and carbon footprint

How co-investment works

The AV R&D Partnership Fund, Stream 1 supports approved projects with up to $100,000 in funding over a maximum of 12 months. All funds must be matched by a minimum 2:1 cash from applicants and/or partners.


Eligible Projects

  • Minimum one applicant and a primary partner with minimum 2:1 cash match by the applicants and/or partners
  • For Stream 1, an applicant is either an SME (generally defined as having fewer than 500 full-time employees) or a post-secondary institution. An academic applicant’s primary partner cannot be a post-secondary institution.
  • Applicants and partners are required to have operations in Ontario and must carry out their projects in the province
  • Projects can be up to 12 months in duration
  • This program is not intended to prove feasibility or for basic technology research. Projects should be at Technology Readiness Level 3-7
  • Typical project activities include technology development, demonstration, product/service validation, testing and proof of concept

Eligible partners

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • National and multinational enterprises (NEs and MNEs)
  • Publicly funded post-secondary institutions
  • Municipalities
  • Indigenous communities
  • Not-for-profit organizations

Eligible projects require a minimum of two partners. Generally, an SME applicant works with a primary partner. Additional partners, also called secondary partners, can be any eligible organization and part of the team for strategic and commercial reasons.

How to apply

Stream 1 applications may be submitted at any time and are evaluated periodically.

To begin the application process, applicants must complete a client intake form. An OCI Business Development Manager (BD) will contact you to discuss the opportunity and assist you with developing your application.