How it Works

NOTE: Applications are now closed.

A. Program Overview

Through the $12 million TargetGHG Collaborative R&D Program, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) are partnering to support industry-postsecondary institution collaborative research and development projects. The projects will address Ontario’s 2020-2030 targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction target and provide significant economic benefits to Ontario (jobs, revenues, etc.). They will also support the Government of Canada’s commitment to developing innovative clean technologies that promote environmental sustainability. The TargetGHG Collaborative R&D Program is an essential component of a broader OCE TargetGHG Program in partnership with NSERC and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).

NSERC-eligible researchers from postsecondary institutions in Ontario are invited to submit Expressions of Interest (EOIs), in partnership with for-profit businesses based in Ontario which may include industrial large emitters, SMEs and large enterprises. NSERC-eligible co-applicants from postsecondary institutions from Ontario or other Canadian provinces can participate. While Canadian for-profit businesses outside of Ontario are invited to participate, the projects primarily must focus on research results for use in Ontario that address Ontario’s GHG emission reduction targets for years 2020-2030. OCE is encouraging applications for innovative and impactful concepts from NSERC-eligible industry partners and postsecondary teams, which may include early stage researchers.

Eligible projects involve research and development that fall under the following categories:

  • Industrial Point Source: Technologies that reduce GHG emissions through more sustainable approaches at industrial production sites.
  • Value Chain: Technologies that reduce GHG emissions using more sustainable approaches through the industrial value chain.
  • CO2 Innovations: Technologies that involve new and innovative uses of CO2.

Other categories will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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B. Program Objectives

The objective of the TargetGHG Collaborative R&D Program is to support technologies that address Ontario’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for years 2020-2030. The program encourages for-profit businesses with GHG reduction technologies to collaborate with postsecondary research institutions, to foster innovation and drive commercialization.

Benefits

For-profit Businesses:

  • Develop relationships with researchers to extend company R&D
  • Address company GHG innovation needs and develop new products, processes, or services  
  • Increase productivity and revenue
  • Access to new talent and established researchers from postsecondary institutions
  • Access to unique facilities and research equipment available in postsecondary institutions 
  • Access to OCE postsecondary institutions networks and exposure to other OCE programs
  • Demonstrate commitment to helping meet Ontario’s GHG emission reduction targets

Academia:

  • Access to funding for exciting GHG innovations
  • Gain opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research
  • Increase visibility of research teams in both postsecondary and industry research environments
  • Establish relationships with industry
  • Develop skills of graduate students and other highly qualified personnel (HQP)

Students:

  • Gain real-world experience while addressing GHG innovations
  • Enhance skills through R&D training and development
  • Connect with established companies
  • Use knowledge and fresh ideas to solve industry- and sector-wide problems

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C. How Funding Works

  • OCE will support large research endeavours with awards of up to $800,000 per project towards direct costs for up to three years. The projects must be led by NSERC-eligible applicants from NSERC-eligible Ontario postsecondary institutions. While eligible researchers from other NSERC-eligible postsecondary institutions in Ontario or in other Canadian provinces can participate as co-applicants, the projects must be largely led by researchers from postsecondary institutions in Ontario. OCE funds only flow to the applicant’s Ontario postsecondary research institution.
  • For a maximum funding request, the Ontario-based industry partner(s) must provide matching funds to the postsecondary institutions of at least $400,000 in cash plus at least $400,000 of eligible in-kind support (plus institutional overhead.1 See Table 1 below). Industry partners may include industrial large emitters, SMEs and large enterprises.
  • Lower funding requests may be considered on a case-by-case basis, but the cost-sharing requirement with OCE remains the same (half of the requested amount in cash and the balance in eligible in-kind). A lower funding request must be discussed with your OCE Business Development Manager as part of your application process.
  • Through the Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) or Applied Research and Development (ARD) programs, NSERC will further match the industry cash and eligible in-kind contributions towards the direct costs of research (excluding institutional overhead, i.e. the Net Contribution) up to twice the net industry cash contribution, if the eligible in-kind contribution is at least equal to the net industry cash. See Table 2 below for an example calculation of the NSERC leverage.
  • The NSERC funds will be awarded to the applicant (CRD or ARD Principal Investigator who is applying on behalf of the research team, including co-applicants and industrial partners) and be paid to a grant account at the applicant’s eligible Ontario postsecondary institution. This lead institution could transfer funds to the co-applicants’ postsecondary eligible institutions throughout Canada in agreement with NSERC’s policies in this respect.
  • Overall, this program provides industry partners with a maximum 1:2 total leverage on their contributions (cash and in-kind).

1 Institutional overhead is ineligible as a project expense and must not be included on either the OCE- or industry-funded portions of the project budget. The overhead that is to be attributed as part of the OCE contribution will be calculated directly by OCE and paid separately on an annual basis to Ontario postsecondary institutions, to a maximum of 20 per cent of direct costs of OCE-funded research. The overhead on the industry-funded portion of the project must be discussed with the research administration office at the institutions at the time of application to ensure it is correctly accounted for.

Table 1: Funding per project2

Source of Contributions

Total CRD and ARD3 Projects ($)

OCE

800,000

Industry Cash

400,000

Industry Eligible In-kind

400,000

NSERC

800,000

Total

2,400,000

2The above contributions are for direct project costs only and do not include overhead. Additional institutional overhead on the industry partner contributions must be discussed with the postsecondary institution’s research office.

3 For this joint initiative, the maximum support NSERC could provide through the CRD or ARD programs is $800,000 per project. Exceptionally, the limit of $450,000 for ARD grants does not apply.

Table 2: Sample calculation showing NSERC CRD/ARD leverage on the industry contributions

Source of Contributions

Net Industry Contribution ($)

NSERC CRD/ARD Matching Contribution ($)4

Industry Cash

400,000

400,000

Industry Eligible In-kind

450,000

400,000

Total

850,000

800,000

4 NSERC will match the industry cash contribution to the direct costs of research up to twice the net industry cash, if eligible in-kind contributions are at least equal to the net industry cash.

Flow of Funds:

OCE funds will flow directly to the lead applicant’s Ontario-based postsecondary institution. Upon execution of the OCE Funding Agreement, OCE will release payments as follows:

  • An initial payment of 30 per cent of the OCE contribution will be released when the Agreement has been fully executed. Subsequent interim payment (30 per cent of the OCE contribution) will be released upon receipt of interim progress and financial reports at one half of the project duration.
  • A holdback of 10 per cent will be released upon project completion and receipt of the final progress and financial reports as well as outcomes and attestation from the institution regarding the use of funds. 

The payment of NSERC funds will be governed by the policies NSERC applies to CRD and ARD grants.

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D. Eligibility

  • Projects must involve research and development of technologies which address Ontario’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for years 2020-2030.
  • Project duration is up to three years.
  • Projects must include one NSERC-eligible applicant from an NSERC-eligible postsecondary institution in Ontario (university or college).
  • Co-applicants may be from other NSERC-eligible Canadian postsecondary institutions; however, only NSERC funds may flow to these institutions. Co-applicants must fully satisfy NSERC’s eligibility criteria and requirements.
  • The lead industry partner must have a R&D presence and/or manufacturing operations in Ontario and must be expected to commercialize the R&D results of the project for the benefit of Ontario.
  • The lead industry partner must have a minimum of two full-time employees and have been in operation for at least two years. Industry partners that are at pre-revenue stages are required to complete an additional eligibility assessment for the NSERC CRD/ARD programs prior to submission of an EOI.
  • Industry partners may include industrial large emitters, SMEs and large enterprises.
  • OCE and NSERC will share project costs with other NSERC-eligible industry partners from across Canada in agreement with the cost-sharing ratios that apply to the NSERC CRD or ARD programs.
  • The partnering organization(s) must be at arm’s length from the applicant and co-applicant(s) as required by NSERC guidelines for organizations participating in research partnerships.
  • All projects and partners must meet the requirements and eligibility criteria for NSERC CRD or ARD programs. In particular, projects must contain sufficient research activities to qualify for these programs and must include an effective management structure. Please refer to NSERC CRD and ARD contribution and eligibility requirements online: 
  • R&D projects must leverage the unique capabilities of the postsecondary environment and postsecondary teams and be non-competitive with Ontario private sector capabilities.
  • Intellectual Property (IP) arising from a project will be managed by the project participants, as OCE and NSERC do not claim or manage IP rights. IP terms must abide by NSERC’s IP policy.
  • Participants must co-operate in providing project and outcomes metrics, annually at a minimum.
  • Applicants must be in good financial and reporting standing with OCE and NSERC.

Typical Activities:

Projects can be at any point in the R&D life cycle for technologies that address Ontario’s GHG emission reduction targets for years 2020-2030 and that are consistent with the postsecondary institutions’ research, training, and technology transfer mandate. Activities could include:

  • Experimental design
  • Laboratory testing
  • Experiments and data collection
  • Workshops and meetings
  • Cross-disciplinary exploratory meetings
  • HQP knowledge and skills development

Eligible Costs:

  • Salaries and benefits for technicians, support staff, post-doctoral fellows (maximum of two years), research assistants, and students involved exclusively in eligible project activities (Principal Investigators’ salaries are not supported by this award, with the exception of a college faculty teaching release of up to $9,000 per course per semester)
  • Research equipment purchase (prorated to project duration) or equipment usage of up to 20 per cent of the OCE/NSERC funding contribution
  • Materials and supplies
  • Travel (refer to last point below for out-of-province travel)
  • Project management or other direct project administration costs of up to a maximum of 10 per cent of the direct project costs supported by NSERC funds

Other Costs:

  • IP protection costs are the responsibility of the applicant/partner(s) and are not an eligible project expense
  • Institutional overhead is not an eligible project expense. Overhead will be paid separately as described in the How Funding Works section above
  • OCE-funded expenses must be for activities or operations performed within Ontario, unless prior written approval has been obtained from OCE.

Consult the page Use of Grant Funds for additional information on eligibility of expenses.

Eligibility of Partners’ Contributions:

Consult the page Guidelines for Organizations Participating in Research Partnerships for details on the eligibility of partners’ contributions, in particular in-kind contributions.

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E. Evaluation and Assessment

Applying is a two-step process. Applicants must work with an OCE Business Development Manager throughout the application process. The non-entitlement program funding process is competitive and discretionary, with limited funding. All eligible projects are assessed on their merit and undergo a review process where the applications are assessed against program objectives and assessment criteria.

1. EOI:

OCE and NSERC have issued this Call for EOIs for industry-postsecondary institution R&D projects that address Ontario’s GHG emission reduction targets for years 2020-2030.

All submitted EOIs will undergo an initial internal review by OCE for application completeness and financial compliance. Subsequently, an EOI review committee comprised of postsecondary and industry experts, as well as observers from OCE and NSERC, will review and select approximately five to eight top-ranked EOIs to move forward, where applicants will be invited to submit a full application to NSERC’s CRD or ARD program.

Preference will be given to EOIs that,

  • Address Ontario’s GHG emission reduction targets for years 2020-2030 and present a significant market opportunity;
  • Demonstrate broad applicability and benefit to the cleantech industry, leading to novel, newly adapted or adopted processes, products, or services;
  • Demonstrate innovation in the context of current technical and commercial developments;
  • Demonstrate appropriate skills, resources and methodology for completing R&D;
  • Demonstrate close industry-postsecondary institution R&D collaboration;
  • Demonstrate opportunity for HQP training, including graduate students;
  • Are highly likely to be commercialized/implemented and generate economic benefit for Ontario; and
  • Anticipate tangible deliverables in the form of new technologies, new processes, significant skills transfer, job creation, or other benefits to society.

2. NSERC full application – Invitation only:

Approximately five to eight selected EOI applicants will be invited to submit a full application for NSERC CRD or ARD grants. The lead Ontario industry partner must submit an Environmental Assessment table which includes GHG emission reduction and environmental co-benefits quantification. A template will be provided.

Full applications will undergo independent peer review by NSERC. This includes reviews by experts with domain expertise and a Joint Selection Committee. The applicant and partner(s) will have a question-answer session with the Joint Selection Committee.

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F. Reporting Requirements

The following project reports will be required by OCE and NSERC:

Interim Progress Reports:

  1. Applicants will be required to complete Interim reports (including progress and financials) annually. The release of instalments beyond Year 1 of the project will be conditional to the satisfactory review of the reports by OCE and NSERC. The lead Ontario industry partner must submit an updated Environmental Assessment table which includes GHG emission reduction and environmental co-benefits quantification. 

Final Reports:

  1. After completion of the project, the applicants and industry partners will be required to complete Final project reports (including progress, financials and metrics). Within 30 days of project completion, the Applicant and Partner Final reports must be received by OCE and NSERC. OCE must approve both reports.
  2. When the Applicant and Partner Final reports have been approved, the Ontario postsecondary institution will be required to complete an attestation of the use of funds to close the project.
  3. All required Final reports by all partners must be submitted within 30 days of project completion in order to release the OCE holdback and maintain good financial standing with OCE and NSERC.

Project Metrics:

  1. If the project continues past a fiscal year end (March 31), the Ontario applicant and industry partner(s) will be required to complete annual OCE metrics surveys each April for the part of the project that has been completed since the previous March 31. This annual report is mandatory for OCE to fulfill its contracts with its government funder. Required metrics reports from all partners must be submitted in order to maintain good financial standing with OCE.

Retrospective Survey:

  1. Three months after the project completion, the industry partners will be sent a link by NSERC to complete an online retrospective survey to collect data and information on key outcomes of the project and partnership.
  2. Two years after project completion, the industry partners will be sent a link to complete another online retrospective survey to collect data on commercial outcomes from the project. This information is required by OCE for assessment of program impact and continuous improvement.

OCE and NSERC will strive to streamline their reporting requirements in order to lessen the administrative burden on the researchers and the partners. Reporting requirements and schedule will be provided to the successful applicants at the time of the notification of award.

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G. How to Apply

Step 1: EOI

Applicants must engage with an OCE Business Development Manager to initiate and prepare an EOI. 

EOIs must be submitted through AccessOCE, OCE’s online application system, where the answer to the EOI questions must be attached, and full submission requirements (including project contacts, summary for public release, classification, budget, milestones, and team members) are listed. The EOI questions are here for your reference only. View EOI Instructions.

EOIs must describe the proposed R&D activities that would support Ontario’s 2020-2030 GHG reduction targets along with a letter of commitment from each industry partner, which must include the following items:

  • Support for the application
  • Reasons for being involved in the collaboration
  • Anticipated project outcomes related to Ontario’s GHG emission reduction targets for years 2020-2030
  • Effort required to exploit the results in Ontario
  • Benefits to Ontario economy and cleantech industry and the relevant time frame
  • Anticipated interaction of industry personnel with the university/college researchers
  • Contribution to the direct costs of the research (cash and eligible in-kind)
  • Company profile (recommended in the case of a small company)

EOIs must be submitted via the OCE Online Application System before 2:00 p.m. on February 28, 2017. Please ensure that you have initiated your online application at least one week prior to this deadline (by February 22, 2017).

Step 2: Funding Proposal

Applicants whose EOIs are selected by the EOI Review Committee will be invited to submit a full application to NSERC CRD or ARD Grants programs(see forms at the links below):

OCE and NSERC will host an NSERC CRD/ARD application development workshop to support applicants. The first draft of NSERC CRD/ARD applications must include a completed proposal, budget information, environmental assessment table (template will be provided), letter(s) of support, and Personal Data Form (Form 100) for the applicant and co-applicants. The draft must be received by NSERC by 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on May 12, 2017. NSERC will provide feedback on the draft application.

Final CRD/ARD applications must be submitted to NSERC through the NSERC Online System by 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on June 16, 2017.

NOTE: It is the responsibility of applicants to factor in the time required by their respective institution’s research grants office to review the draft and final applications prior to submission to NSERC by the above deadlines.

The applications will be reviewed by experts with domain expertise and a Joint Selection Committee. Applicants and their partner(s) will be invited for a question-answer meeting with the Joint Selection Committee who will make the final funding recommendations to NSERC and OCE.

Upon approval, the Ontario applicant and industry partner must execute OCE’s standard funding agreement, including a completed Schedule D and Intellectual Property Term Sheet, within 60 days of notification of the NSERC award. IP terms must abide by NSERC’s IP policy. A copy of the Funding Agreement can be downloaded for your reference. Please do not fill out this form; a copy of the agreement will be generated through our online management system and sent to you upon approval of your project.

Table 3: Timelines

Date

Application steps

October 5, 2016

Partnering Forum

 

February 28 2017 (2 p.m. Eastern Time)

EOI deadline for submission to OCE and NSERC (using OCE’s AccessOCE online system)

EOI Submission Checklist:

  • Application Information
  • Team Information
  • Proposal
  • Use of Funds
  • Supporting Documents

Applications MUST be initiated through an OCE Business Development Manager, at least one week prior to the deadline.

March 31, 2017

Applicants are informed of the EOI results. NSERC and OCE will host a CRD/ARD workshop to support application development.

May 12, 2017 (2 p.m. Eastern Time)

First draft of NSERC CRD/ARD application is due for invited candidates.

June 16, 2017 (2 p.m. Eastern Time)

Final application submission to NSERC CRD/ARD

July 2017 

Applicants are informed of the funding decision on their application.

September 2017

Kick-off meetings with successful applicants

 

Note on TargetGHG Program: Through the whole-of-government approach of the broader TargetGHG program (including and beyond this specific TargetGHG Collaborative R&D Program), OCE’s partners, SDTC, NSERC, and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) may, subject to their confidentiality obligations to applicants, share with OCE their endorsement of projects that have a high-potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. On a case-by-case basis, OCE may consider projects from endorsing-partners for potential support.

Through partner endorsement, the review procedures of projects may be streamlined, such as for example:

  • The by-passing of the OCE Expression of Interest stage
  • The sharing of prior due diligence at the Expression of Interest and Full Proposal stages
  • The streamlining of due diligence at the Full Proposal stage using defined program criteria

The sharing of information with OCE would be undertaken in strict compliance with the endorsing partners’ obligations in terms of use and disclosure of information. Applicants will be notified prior to sharing any protected information and will be asked to provide their explicit agreement for the information to be shared with OCE.

OCE may consider other endorsement partners in the future.

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H. FAQ

Please review OCE's Program FAQ.

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I. Downloads

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OCE

By submitting an EOI Expression of Interest (“EOI”) you confirm that you have read, understand and accept the information contained in this Call for Expressions of Interest (“Call”) and that each of you, the applicant (“Applicant”) and any project partners, agree as follows:

  1. Ontario Centres of Excellence (“OCE”) are relying on the information provided in this EOI guideline and in the EOI for all purposes relating hereto. The Applicant acknowledges that it has reviewed and that it is in compliance with all applicable terms and conditions as stated within the EOI guidelines.
  2. OCE may at any time withdraw, suspend, cancel, terminate, amend or alter all or any portion of this Call, including but not limited to the EOI requirements, the EOI selection and review process and the EOI eligibility criteria.
  3. OCE reserves the unqualified right to accept or reject any or all EOIs for any reason. OCE are not required to accept the highest ranked EOI nor are they required to accept any EOI recommended for advancement to the Funding Proposal (“FP”) stage by the applicable evaluators.
  4. The final decision with respect to the projects to be included in the EOI shortlist rests solely with OCE. The evaluation of EOIs may be based on, but is not in any way limited to, the criteria set out in this Call. OCE may consider any criteria determined to be relevant to the mandates of OCE and NSERC, regardless of whether such additional criteria have been disclosed to the Applicant.
  5. EOIs that do not comply with the requirements described in this Call may be rejected in whole or in part or not considered by the Funders. OCE reserve the unqualified right to accept or reject a non-compliant EOI.
  6. This Call is an invitation only. It is not a funding offer and the submission of an EOI does not create a contract or agreement of any kind between OCE and the Applicant.
  7. No conduct, act or omission of OCE, or their directors, officers, consultants, project advisors, agents, servants and their respective successors and assigns (collectively the “OCE Funding Parties”) other than a written notice to the Applicant signed by an authorized person for OCE will constitute an acceptance of an EOI.
  8. Acceptance of an EOI does not create a binding contract between OCE or NSERC and the Applicant. OCE shall not be obligated in any manner whatsoever to any Applicant until a written contribution agreement (“Contribution Agreement”) between OCE and the Applicant has been duly executed relating to an approved FP.
  9. If the Project is accepted for funding, OCE will request that the Project partners complete an environmental self-assessment to determine if any environmental assessments are required under federal, provincial, territorial or municipal legislation and, if it is determined that such an environmental assessment is required, the Applicant shall be responsible for ensuring that such environmental assessments are completed.
  10. As between the parties, the EOI and all information, documents and materials submitted to OCE in connection with this Call (collectively, “Applicant Information”) are the exclusive property of OCE immediately upon delivery to OCE. For clarity, this refers to the materials themselves, not to any technology or innovations disclosed or discussed in them. Intellectual property developed during the course of the Project will be addressed through the Contribution Agreement and will normally be owned by the Applicant. For further clarity:
    1. OCE may share the Applicant Information with the OCE Funding Parties, and with other agencies or third parties who are part of the assessment of the EOI;
    2. OCE will share the Applicant Information, including personal information, with NSERC for the sole purposes of administering this funding opportunity, including the review and selection process. NSERC will participate as an observer in the EOI selection and review process. External reviewers suggested in the EOI may be considered and contacted by NSERC, at its sole discretion, during the FP stage, when applicable. By submitting an EOI, the Applicant consents to such participation, as well as to the sharing and use of the submitted information. By agreeing to participate in this funding opportunity, all co-applicants, partners and other participants consent to this sharing and use of the submitted information; and
    3. the individuals or organizations referred to in the EOI may be contacted directly by OCE as part of the assessment of the EOI.
  11. You, the Applicant, and any Project partners will keep this EOI and FP confidential and will not use, reproduce or distribute it, any portion of it, or any data, information, drawings, or specifications included in or provided with it except as necessary to prepare an EOI and FP as requested by the Funders.
  12. Neither OCE nor any of the OCE Funding Parties will have any liability whatsoever to you, the Applicant or any Project partners, in connection with this Call or any EOI prepared in response to it.
  13. You, the Applicant and any Project partners will not make a claim against OCE or the OCE Funding Parties for any reason whatsoever or howsoever relating to this Call. You are undertaking the expenditures required to prepare and submit an EOI entirely at your own risk, and you waive any right and release OCE and the OCE Funding Parties from any demands, liability, claim or recovery for costs, expenses, or damages incurred whatsoever or howsoever arising out of or relating to this Call or any EOI prepared in response to it, whether such right or claim arises in contract, negligence or otherwise.
  14. If you, the Applicant generate revenue from the project or project assets during the project, such revenue must flow back into the Project to offset project costs; under no circumstances can the Applicant or other consortium members or related parties profit from the Project or the Project assets during the project period of funding.
  15. OCE take no responsibility for the accuracy of the information supplied during this Call by OCE or the OCE Funding Parties.
  16. The Applicant hereby represents and warrants that:
    1. there are no actions, suits, investigations or other proceedings pending or, to the knowledge of the undersigned, threatened against the Applicant, the Project or the Project assets, including any intellectual property forming part of the Project and, to the best of the undersigned’s knowledge, there is no order, judgment or decree of any court or governmental agency which could materially and adversely affect the activities contemplated by the Contribution Agreement to be entered into between OCE and the Applicant and the performance by the Applicant of its duties and obligations under such Contribution Agreement;
    2. the Applicant and any co-applicants fully satisfy NSERC’s eligibility criteria. This includes, but is not limited to, the requirement that the Applicant and all co-applicants must not be currently ineligible to hold and/or apply for funding as an applicant or co-applicant or to participate on a grant application or grant as a collaborator, partner or in any other capacity, from NSERC, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) or any other research funding organization worldwide, for reasons of breach of responsible conduct of research policies, such as ethics, integrity or financial management policies;
    3. all factual matters contained in the EOI and Applicant Information are true and accurate, and that all estimates, forecasts and other related matters involving judgment were prepared in good faith and to the best of the Applicant’s ability, skill and judgment; and
  17. the EOI and Applicant Information does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact nor omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements contained herein or therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading.
  18. To the best of the Applicant’s knowledge, the Applicant:
    1. has in respect to the Project assessed trade and competition impacts, including compliance with international agreements;
    2. has ensured that the Project complies with all applicable federal, provincial/territorial and municipal legislation; and
    3. neither the Applicant nor to the knowledge of the Applicant, any Project partner, has paid or agreed to pay, either directly or indirectly, any contingency fees for the solicitation, negotiation, or obtaining of OCE funding to any person, including a broker, consultant or advisor. "Contingency fee" means any payment or other compensation that is contingent upon or is calculated upon the basis of a degree of success in soliciting or obtaining OCE funding. It is OCE policy that any applications or proposals that involve the payment of a contingency fee will be rejected.

NSERC

  1. For any CRD and ARD grant applications submitted to NSERC under the TargetGHG Collaborative R&D Program (Funding Proposal stage), NSERC’s eligibility criteria will strictly apply. This includes, but is not limited to, the requirement that the Applicant and all co-applicants must not be currently ineligible to hold and/or apply for funding, as an applicant or co-applicant, or to participate on a grant application or grant as a collaborator, partner or in any other capacity, from NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR or any other research funding organization worldwide, for reasons of breach of responsible conduct of research policies, such as ethics, integrity or financial management policies.
  2. For any CRD and ARD grant applications submitted to NSERC under the TargetGHG Collaborative R&D Program (Funding Proposal stage), the submission, review, and adjudication steps will be governed by the policies NSERC applies to CRD and ARD grant applications.
  3. The collection, use, and disclosure of personal information provided to NSERC under the TargetGHG Collaborative R&D Program will be governed by the policies NSERC applies in this respect.
  4. OCE will participate as observers in the entire review of the CRD and ARD grant applications submitted to NSERC under the TargetGHG Collaborative R&D Program (Funding Proposal stage). CRD and ARD grant applications, and other related information, submitted to NSERC under the TargetGHG Collaborative R&D Program will be shared with OCE. Input from OCE on specific aspects of the applications may be sought by NSERC, at its sole discretion. By submitting CRD or ARD grant applications to NSERC under the TargetGHG Collaborative R&D Program, the applicant consents to such participation, as well as to the sharing and use of the submitted information. By agreeing to participate in this funding opportunity, all co-applicants, partners and other participants consent to this sharing and use of the submitted information.
  5. The results of the review of CRD and ARD grant applications submitted to NSERC under the TargetGHG  Industry-Postsecondary Institutions R&D Program (Funding Proposal stage) will be shared with OCE. By submitting CRD or ARD grant applications to NSERC under the TargetGHG Collaborative R&D Program, the applicant consents to such sharing and use of information. By agreeing to participate in this funding opportunity, all co-applicants, partners, and other participants consent to this sharing and use of the submitted information.
  6. The terms and conditions governing CRD and ARD grants awarded under the TargetGHG Collaborative R&D Program will be those applied by NSERC to such grants.

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K. Contacts

For more information on the TargetGHG Collaborative R&D Program, contact:

For general inquiries about the program, such as eligibility, funding, timelines, and the application process:

Ivette Vera-Perez
TargetGHG Manager
(416) 861 1092 x1033
ivette.vera-perez@oce-ontario.org

For Business Development assistance with identifying partners in Ontario and preparation of EOIs and CRD/ARD applications:

Please contact your OCE Business Development Manager.