Through the Clean Technology Demonstration Program, Ontario technology developers may work collaboratively with an applicable broader sector host to collect qualitative and quantitative data. Following a successful project, the technology developer should have a commercially-viable solution.
For successfully participating, innovators will be able to receive up to 50% of their expenses to a maximum $150,000 in Ontario technology grants. This can cover several routine R&D project costs, such as salaries and benefits, supplies/materials, professional services, and capital equipment.
There is currently only one round of application intake expected for this program. Eligible businesses must submit their applications by March 31, 2017.
If your organization develops innovative technologies that have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in Canada’s most active sectors, you’re encouraged to apply for this funding opportunity as soon as possible.
Clean Technology Demonstration Program – Bloom Centre for Sustainability
The Clean Technology Demonstration Program is an Ontario government grant being administered through the Bloom Centre for Sustainability (BLOOM). The program seeks to fund clean technology projects so that they can move through the commercialization phase more quickly.
There are three main outcomes expected from projects that successfully receive funding:
- Illustrate the commercial viability and availability of clean technologies to sector stakeholders;
- Reduce the perceived economic/business risks of adopting cleantech solutions; and
- Overcome the ‘adoption gap’ and increase market demand for cleantech solutions.
Projects should focus on collaborations between technology developers (suppliers) and technology testers (representatives of the broader sector). During the course of a project, technology testers will acquire the innovation, perform testing, and report on performance data.
Eligible applicants may receive up to $150,000 in Ontario government grants through the project to offset technology testing and reporting costs.
This data can be used by cleantech developers to modify their innovation (if necessary) or to prepare sales materials so that the innovation can be sold. Each project’s impacts will be measured using the BLOOM IQ methodology system – this verifies environmental, economic, and social benefits.
Businesses Eligible to for CleanTech Development Funding
To apply for this cleantech funding program, technology developers must ensure that they are:
- Based in Ontario;
- Are incorporated;
- Able to contribute at least 50% of project expenses; and
- Able to commercialize project findings.
Cleantech partnerships eligible for funding through the Clean Technology Demonstration Program require at least one (but allow up to three) project partners. These project partners, defined through the program as a sector host, are required at the time of application submission.
Technology developers should ensure they secure a partnership with a broader sector organization. Sector hosts should be able to quantify and communicate project results to other members of the sector to encourage further adoption.
Types of Projects Sought by the Clean Technology Demonstration Program
Technology development projects should use pre-market technologies (TRL 7-9) to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions created from Ontario’s most demanding sectors. These include:
- Food and beverage processing;
- Industrial manufacturing;
- Energy management;
- Water management; and
- Property re-development.
All projects must be concluded by March 31, 2018. Projects surpassing that timeframe may have their applications rejected or have financial contributions limited a result.
Apply Now for the Clean Technology Demonstration Program
As of this blog’s date, there is one application intake period for the Clean Technology Demonstration Program. Technology developers should consider forming a partnership and applying as soon as possible. All applications are due by March 15, 2017.
It’s expected that 5-7 Ontario technology development projects will receive funding through the program.
To apply for this program, technology developers may access and complete an online application form. Completed applications will be approximately 20+ pages in length and discuss in-depth the technology and benefits of the collaboration.
To discuss your project’s fit for the Clean Technology Demonstration Program, please contact Mentor Works. Our team of Government Funding Planners™ can help you understand the program more and accelerate your application submission.
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