Type of Program:



Pilot Projects and Feasibility Studies help SMEs scale up project plans for implementation, prepare technologies for deployment in production, and de-risk technology adoption and scale-up by facilitating access to the expertise, training, tools, and testbeds that are available within the Supercluster.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to 50% of the eligible total costs incurred by industry partners. The total estimated cost of the project should be between $50,000 and $200,000. NGen maximum contribution will be up to $100K of funding.

The total amount of sub-contracting eligible for funding under an NGen Feasibility Study is capped at 70% of total project costs. Only expenses incurred to Canadian subcontractors are reimbursable by NGen.

The financial structure of the project needs to demonstrate meaningful collaboration. A single SME can receive a full reimbursement of the funding.

A partner organization must be providing a meaningful contribution to the project of cash or in-kind that is 30% (or more) of the total project cost.

If a contribution of 30% or more is provided to the project by another partner then a single SME within the project can receive a full reimbursement of the funding.

When It Ends:



Rolling Deadline


Applicant can be any member of NGen (Canada’s advanced manufacturing Supercluster). Recipients organizations must be:

  • a Small or Medium Enterprise with less than 500 employees globally.
  • incorporated in Canada.
  • either for-profit organizations, or not-for-profit organizations that facilitate and fund research and development and whose funding is received primarily from private-sector organizations.

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 also participate in Supercluster projects, but any project activity undertaken by these organizations will not be eligible for Supercluster funding.

Applications Steps:


Join Ngen: To apply for NGen funding you need to first join NGen as an organizational member rather than an individual member at Membership is free.


Project Screening: NGen will screen all proposals to ensure they meet basic eligibility requirements for Supercluster projects.


Application development;


Submit Application: Applications will be based on the applicants’ answers to the ten questions provided in the Application Overview.


Independent Assessment: Each project application will be assessed on the basis of 10 questions. Following an assessment and recommendation from the independent assessors, NGen staff will advise all applicants directly if their project has been accepted or rejected.



Projects will be required to pay NGen a one-time, non-refundable project administration fee equal to 2.5% of the total cost of the project at the time of contracting, before the project start. This fee can be paid by one partner or divided between partners.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit a Feasibility Study Application to provide:

  • names and contact information for each partner in the project;
  • the name of the leading project partner (this information may be disclosed publicly);
  • a short title and description of the project to a maximum of 300 words (this information may be disclosed publicly);
  • response to ten questions in up to 400 words per question. Their answer should focus on how tthe envisioned innovation could drive transformation of operations and increase competitive advantage.
  • five (5) appendices (to upload in addition to the ten questions): Project Plan (gantt chart or schedule), Risk Register, Question Appendix, if required for charts or images, IP Strategy, Financial Workbook  

Applicants must complete an Application Agreement in the Project screening phase.

Other Things to Note:

Pilot Projects and Feasibility Studies are no longer funded by NGen under Capacity Building.
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.

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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