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Project Funding & Feasibility Studies │ Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen)


$50k - $200k │ $100k - $500k


Pilot Projects and Feasibility Studies help SMEs scale-up projects 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.

Eligible Applicants

  • 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 organizations must be a Small or Medium Enterprise with less than 500 employees globally.
  • 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

Eligible Expenses

  • All projects must demonstrate the development or application of an advanced manufacturing Technology or Process.
  • Projects must demonstrate that they are Collaborative, Transformative, Enduring and Applied.
  • Projects need to include manufacturing and technology expertise.
  • All Pilot Projects need to demonstrate meaningful collaboration with a minimum of two SME partners. All partner companies should make meaningful contributions to the project, demonstrating collaborative engagement, shared risks and potential for shared rewards.
  • Projects must have the potential to deliver significant commercial benefits and jobs both within the consortium and beyond.
  • The total amount of the project should be between $100K and $500K. NGen will reimburse up to 50% of total eligible project expenses incurred by industry partners. NGen maximum contribution will be up to $250K of funding.
  • Project participants must have robust project management processes in place. Project work packages, milestones, timelines, and estimated costs should be well-defined.
  • Capital & equipment spending, cannot exceed 30% of total eligible project costs.
  • No single partner may receive more than 70% of NGen funding.
  • Project partners cannot also be a sub-contractor for labour services or a consultant within the project.
  • 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.

Deadline Date

  Assessment Deadlines: May 5, 2021; June 16, 20210


Contact Name: Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen)

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