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.
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
- 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.
- 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
- Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
- National and multinational enterprises (NEs and MNEs)
- Publicly funded post-secondary institutions
- 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.