Amount:

No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:

Grant


Description:

NGen Supercluster Projects provides funding for lead or partner in transformative manufacturing and technology projects that will leave a lasting legacy for Canada's advanced manufacturing ecosystem.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is in the form of a reimbursement of up to 44.4% of total eligible project expenses incurred by industry partners.

The total amount of the project should be between $500K and $20 million, although projects above that range may be considered if they demonstrate transformative potential and significant additional benefits to Canada‘s advanced manufacturing ecosystem.

No single partner may receive more than 70% of NGen funding.
Capital expenditures over more than $1 million must be pre-approved by the Government of Canada.

NOTE: Supercluster projects between $500k-$20m are on hold until further notice.


When It Ends:

On hold

Deadline:

Next deadlines to be announced.

Eligibility:

  • Any member of NGen (Canada’s advanced manufacturing Supercluster) may submit an application for project funding or apply to be considered as a partner or co-investor in Supercluster projects.
  • Recipients of Supercluster funding must be incorporated in Canada.
  • Funding recipients must be 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:

NGen’s project team may assist in the development of Supercluster project applications prior to their assessment. NGen will screen all proposals to ensure they meet basic eligibility requirements for Supercluster projects.

There are 2 application deadlines that must be met to submit a compliant proposal.

The first application submission deadline is required so that NGen can review critical content and provide feedback before assessment. This is intended to provide feedback on IP Strategies and finance workbooks to ensure they are compliant. NGen will provide timely feedback to allow companies to modify their proposal before the second final submission deadline.

For projects between $500K and $8 million, applicants who meet eligibility requirements will be invited to submit a Single Application that will be assessed and scored by external independent experts.

For projects between $8 million and $20 million there is a two-stage assessment:

1

Applicants who meet eligibility requirements will be invited to submit an Initial Application that will be assessed and scored by external independent experts.

2

Successful projects will be invited to submit a Full Application.

3

All project applicants may be invited for an interview with an assessment panel to review their Full Application if panel members require more information before a final recommendation is made. Typically, this is for projects with total costs estimated above $12 million.

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.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must:

  • complete an application agreement. 
  •  provide an estimate of project costs and indicate that they are willing to invest in the project within the timelines of NGen’s Supercluster funding horizon.
  • certify that they have adequate financial means and project management capabilities to carry out the project.

There are five (5) appendices that applicants for projects between $500K and $8 million and for full applications for projects between $8 million and $20 million must submit:

  1. 1
    Project Plan (DOC, XLS, MSP, PDF);
  2. 2
    Risk Register (DOC, XLS);
  3. 3
    IP Strategy (DOC, PDF);
  4. 4
    Question Appendix (DOC, PDF), if required;
  5. 5
    Financial Workbooks – one for each partner.

Three (3) appendices that applicants for the initial application of projects between $8 million and $20 million must submit:

  1. 1
    Project Plan (DOC, XLS, MSP, PDF); 
  2. 2
    Risk Register (DOC, XLS);
  3. 3
    Question Appendix (DOC, PDF), if required. 

Other Things to Note:

Supercluster projects between $500k-$20m are on hold until further notice.

About the author 

Maurice

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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