AV R&D Partnership Fund - Stream 1

Program Overview

As a pillar of the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN), the AV R&D Partnership Fund will support projects related to the development and demonstration of technologies in the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (C/AV) sector, in the following Priority Areas:

  • Mass light vehicles (e.g., 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 Funding Works

The AV R&D Partnership Fund may support approved projects with up to $100,000 over a maximum of 12 months for Stream 1. 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 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 academic institution. An academic Applicant’s Primary Partner cannot be an academic institution.
  • Applicants and Partners are required to have operations and carry out their projects in Ontario
  • Projects can be up to 12 months in duration
  • This program is not intended for research to prove feasibility or basic technology research. Projects should be at Technology Readiness Level 3-7 (proof of concept; 7: operational environment functional demonstration)
  • 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 Multi-National Enterprises (NEs and MNEs)
  • Publicly-funded Post-Secondary Academic Institutions
  • Municipalities
  • Indigenous Communities
  • Not-For-Profit Organizations

Eligible projects require a minimum of two organizations:  Generally, an SME – the Applicant – works with a Primary Partner.  Additional partners - 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 OCE Business Development Manager (BD) will contact you to discuss the opportunity and assist you with developing your application. Your OCE BD will also maintain oversight responsibility for any approved project.