Next Generation Manufacturing Canada – Cluster Building Projects


The objective of a Cluster Building Project is to support a group of Canadian for-profit SMEs to work together to within an industry-lead membership-based organization to enhance the capabilities and growth of those organizations through the application of, or access to, advanced manufacturing technologies, best practices, global benchmarks, workforce development, enhanced training and/or market expansion.

Comments on Funding:

The maximum value of a Cluster Building project is $150,000. NGen will reimburse up to 50% of the maximum value. Only eligible costs as defined in the NGen Capacity Building Finance Guide will be reimbursed.
Capital & equipment expenses may not exceed the lesser of ten percent (10%) of the total value of the project or $15,000.
Although the total amount allowable for subcontracting under an NGen Cluster Building Project is not capped, only expenses incurred for Canadian subcontractors are reimbursable by NGen.


Applicants must be:

  • SMEs that are members of the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster. For the purposes of NGen, an SME is an organization with fewer than 500 employees;
  • Newly formed clusters involving not less than five Canadian SMEs who are members oF NGen;
  • Existing manufacturing clusters comprised of not less than five Canadian SMEs who are members of NGen. NGen membership for the members of the cluster is a requirement of funding.

Funding recipients must be:

  • incorporated in Canada.
  • either for-profit organizations or not-for-profit organizations that facilitate and fund research and development for whom over 50% of funding is received from private-sector organizations in the form of membership fees or similar.

Other publicly funded not-for-profit organizations, post-secondary institutions, federal Crown corporations, and government departments or agencies are not eligible to receive Supercluster funding directly, although they may bring their own contributions to projects or be sub-contracted by funded recipients to carry out project activities.
International organizations (offshore companies and research organizations without an incorporated presence in Canada) may participate as partners in NGen Cluster Building Projects, but any project activity undertaken by these organizations will not be eligible for Supercluster funding.

Applications Steps:

Documentation Needed:

There are six elements of an NGen Project Application:

  • The Project Proposal;
  • Application Agreement;
  • The Financial Workbook;
  • The IP Strategy;
  • List of 5 (minimum) for profit SME organizations supporting the cluster build including name, contact, title, email. (Upload document in section titled “Project Financial Details” same place as Application Agreement is uploaded.);
  • Risk Registry Table;
  • Project Plan.
    Applications for Cluster Building will be based on the applicants’ answers to the ten questions provided in the Application Overview. The response is limited to 400 words per question and should focus on how the collaborative activities and cost-sharing engendered by the new partnership will accelerate business growth and reduce risks for each of the members of the consortium or cluster.
    A business plan for the long-term operation and self-sufficiency of the cluster is a requirement of a Cluster Building project.

Other Things to Note:

There are the same questions as before.
NGen reorganized their program structure compared to last year, some program components (Cluster Building, Feasibility Studies, Pilor Projects) are now programs but their main characteristics were kept.

Program Contact:

Cluster Building


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