• This program is currently closed.



Type of Program:



The AV R&D Partnership Fund, Stream 1 supports projects related to the development and demonstration of technologies in the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (C/AV) sector in the following Priority Areas: mass light vehicles (e.g., 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.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to one-third of eligible project costs, for approved projects, up to a maximum of $100,000 over a maximum of 12 months, with the remainder contributed by Applicants and/or Partners.

When It Ends:



Rolling deadline


The applicant must be:

  • be a SME (generally defined as having fewer than 500 full-time employees);
  • be a post-secondary institution;
  • have operations in Ontario and must carry out their projects in the province. This is also required for their partners.

Eligible partners:

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs);
  • National and multinational enterprises (NEs and MNEs);
  • Publicly funded post-secondary institutions;
  • Municipalities;
  • Indigenous communities;
  • Not-for-profit organizations.

Project eligibility criteria:

  • 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. An academic applicant’s primary partner cannot be a post-secondary institution.
  • Projects can be up to 12 months in duration.
  • Typical project activities include technology development, demonstration, product/service validation, testing and proof of concept.

SMEs may partner with other SMEs, national and multi-national enterprises (NEs and MNEs), publicly-funded post-secondary academic institutions, municipalities, indigenous communities, not-for-profit organizations. Partners for academic institution applicants can only be SMEs, NEs, or MNEs.

An SME may be an Applicant on only one AV R&D Partnership Fund or WinterTech Development Program project at a time.

Applications Steps:

Applicants must:


Complete the client intake form


An OCI Business Development Manager (BD) will contact you to discuss the opportunity and assist you with developing your application.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  • The application
  • A signed Letter of Support (LOS) from contributing Partner organizations, confirming financial commitment to the project, activities, duration, resources as a “Project Contributor/Partner”, and acknowledgement of the requirement to sign the standard OCE funding agreement.

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    Stream 1 applications may be submitted at any time and are evaluated periodically.
  2. 2
    Ontario Centers of Excellence (OCE) changed name to Ontario Centers of Innovation (OCI).

Closed -> Refurbished under OVIN, Research and Development (R&D) Partnership Fund with 3 streams:

a) C/AV & Smart Mobility stream and WinterTech stream, both Closed for Applications until Fiscal Year 2022-2023. 

b) EV stream - EOI submission deadline January 6, 2022 (passed).

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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