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Cluster Building │ Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen)


The maximum value of a Cluster Building project is $150,000. NGen will reimburse up to 50% of the maximum value.


Cluster Building Projects support groups of Canadian SMEs within industry-led, membership-based organizations to enhance capabilities through the application of, or access to advanced manufacturing technologies, best practices and principles.

Eligible Applicants

  • SMEs that are members of the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster may submit an application for Cluster Building project funding. NGen membership for the members of the cluster is a requirement of funding.
  • 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 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.
  • For the purposes of NGen, an SME is an organization with fewer than 500 employees

Eligible Expenses

Eligible costs incurred in Cluster Building activities must involve support for enhancing collaboration among Canadian SMEs in advanced manufacturing. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • Staffing costs
  • Office costs
  • Legal costs
  • Travel Costs
  • Costs incurred for joint assessments, studies and reports

Deadline Date

  Assessment deadline: May 5, 2021; June 16, 2021.


Contact Name: Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen)

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