A. Program Overview and Objectives
The TargetGHG Solutions 2030 Challenge will catalyze the development of next generation of disruptive clean technologies to help large industry lower emissions at their facilities and help the Ontario meet its greenhouse gas (GHG) targets beyond year 2030. This global challenge employs a tiered, award-based approach to technology development and commercialization.
Up to $7 million will be allocated for this new global competition to develop breakthrough technologies that address the needs of Ontario’s industrial emitters. The challenge will award grants to support a three-stage global competition to solve industry challenges. Ontario-based activities will support the development of new capability in the province and encourage new businesses to establish a significant presence in Ontario.
B. How Funding Works
The TargetGHG Solutions 2030 Challenge is a $7 million three-stage global competition with opportunities for applicants to receive grant funding. At each stage, OCE will issue a separate open global call for applications. OCE will support up to 50 per cent of the eligible cash costs at each stage. As this is a staged process, the winning applicant may receive a total of up to $3 million over the course of the three-stage competition to develop, demonstrate and commercialize their technology in Ontario.
- Stage One Global Call: up to eight $250,000 awards will be awarded for a total of $2 million. Selected applicants will receive grant funding for prototype development and demonstration in a controlled environment (laboratory) in Ontario. Selection is by an external panel of sector experts and industrial emitters
- Stage Two Global Call: up to four $750,000 awards will be awarded for a total of $3 million. Selected applicants will partner with industrial emitters in Ontario and will receive funding to demonstrate their technologies in Ontario. Selection is by an external panel of sector experts and industrial emitters and is based on outcomes achieved in Stage One, including validation and verification of GHG emission reductions and performance in a controlled environment. Partners are required at this stage of the challenge.
- Stage Three Global Call: one grand prize of $2 million will be awarded to the challenge winner as a grant to support commercialization activities in Ontario. Selection is by an external panel of sector experts and industrial emitters and is based on outcomes achieved in Stage Two, including validation and verification of GHG emission reductions, evaluation of technology demonstration at a emitter partner site in Ontario and potential global adoption. Partners are required at this stage of the challenge. The winner is expected to use this funding to create a presence in Ontario.
- Applicants are comprised of teams which may include, and not limited, to individuals, academic institutions and companies
- Applicants may reside outside of Ontario and may reside outside of Canada
- Applicants must commit to develop, demonstrate and commercialize their GHG solution in Ontario
- Applicants that describe broad application of technologies produced as part of this challenge across other facilities, sectors and locations will be considered to be of greater potential value and ranked accordingly
- Applicants must address Ontario’s greenhouse gas (GHG) targets beyond year 2030
- Applicants and their partner(s) must provide at least 50 per cent of the total project cost
- Applicants must enter into a funding agreement with OCE
- Applicant must provide project and metrics reporting at least annually
- Applicants and their partners must be in good financial and reporting standing with OCE
Please note: Each stage will be issued through an open global call with unique project eligibility.
- Stage One projects must develop a prototype and demonstration in a controlled environment (laboratory) in Ontario
- Stage Two projects must partner with an industrial emitter in Ontario to demonstrate their technologies in Ontario.
- Stage Three must partner with an industrial emitter in Ontario and must support commercialization in Ontario.
- OCE-funded activities must be performed within Ontario, unless prior written approval has been obtained from OCE.
- OCE will acknowledge expenses after the approval date. In cases where an application is approved and not activated, expenses are incurred at the risk of the applicant.
- Applicant must refer to the Eligible Expenses Guide for full details
TargetGHG Solutions 2030 Challenge is a discretionary, non-entitlement program with limited funding. All eligible projects are assessed on their merit and undergo a review process whereby the proposals are assessed against program objectives and assessment criteria.
At each stage, full applications are submitted through AccessOCE, OCE’s online application portal. Applications are internally reviewed for completeness, eligibility and use of funds prior to evaluation by an external review panel of domain experts. Applications will be reviewed by an external panel of domain experts against program objectives and assessment criteria. Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) will be completed by the external reviewers prior to the review of the applications. The top ranked applications will be asked to present to an external panel. The final funding decision is made by OCE.
The following criteria will be used to evaluate applications:
- Alignment with the objectives of the program
- Emission reduction targets and/or potential
- Other environmental benefits/potential
- Partner leverage and commitment
- Potential of the solution for sector-wide adoption
- Scalability of the solution;
- Export and revenues expected
- Economic feasibility for industry.
- Potential for broad application of technology across other facilities, sectors, and locations.
Notification of Decision
Successful applicant will be notified by OCE and provided an outline of conditions to advance to upcoming stages of the Challenge.
Applicants who are not selected for receipt of funding will receive email outlining the outcome. An opportunity for Applicants to discuss the decision with their OCE Business Development Manager will be offered.
E. Reporting Requirements
Stage Reports and Attestation:
- For each stage, forty-five days prior to the scheduled completion date of the project, the Applicant / Company will receive a notification of the project end date from OCE’s AcessOCE system, with a link to the Stage 1/2/3 Final Project Report should the Applicant wish to begin entering data.
- On the completion date of each stage, the project will receive notification and a link to complete a Stage 1/2/3 Final Project Report (including progress, financials and metrics) at each stage from OCE’s AccessOCE online system. Reports must be received and approved by OCE within 30 days of project completion
- All required Stage 1/2/3 Final Project Report must be submitted within 30 days of project completion in order to release the holdback and maintain good financial standing with OCE
Note: Applicants MUST retain all proof of purchases, receipts, and other relevant documentation related to eligible expenses. OCE reserves the right to audit any project expenses.
H. Legal Notice
By submitting an Application 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 (the “Applicant”) and any project partners, agree as follows:
- Ontario Centres of Excellence (“OCE”) and its partners (collectively the “Funders”) are relying on the information provided in this Application guideline and in the Application 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 Application guidelines.
- The Funders may at any time withdraw, suspend, cancel, terminate, amend or alter all or any portion of this Call, including but not limited to the Application requirements, the Application selection and review process and the Application eligibility criteria.
- The Funders reserve the unqualified right to accept or reject any or all Applications for any reason. The Funders are not required to accept the highest ranked Application nor are they required to accept any Application recommended for advancement to the next stage by the applicable evaluators.
- The final decision with respect to the projects to be included in the Application shortlist rests solely with the Funders. The evaluation of Application s may be based on, but is not in any way limited to, the criteria set out in this Call. The Funders may consider any criteria determined to be relevant to the mandates of The Funders, regardless of whether such additional criteria have been disclosed to the Applicant.
- Application s 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. The Funders reserve the unqualified right to accept or reject a non-compliant Application.
- This Call is an invitation only. It is not a funding offer and the submission of an Application does not create a contract or agreement of any kind between the Funders and the Applicant.
- No conduct, act or omission of the Funders, or their directors, officers, consultants, project advisors, agents, servants and their respective successors and assigns (collectively the “Funding Parties”) other than a written notice to the Applicant signed by an authorized person for the Funders, will constitute an acceptance of an Application.
- Acceptance of an Application does not create a binding contract between the Funders and the Applicant. The Funders shall not be obligated in any manner whatsoever to any Applicant until a written contribution agreement (“Contribution Agreement”) between the Funders and the Applicant has been duly executed relating to an approved Application.
- If the Project is accepted for funding, the Project partners will 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.
- As between the parties, the Application and all information, documents and materials submitted to the Funders in connection with this Call (collectively, “Applicant Information”) are the exclusive property of the Funders immediately upon delivery to the Funders. 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:
- each Funder may share Applicant Information with the other Funder, with the Funding Parties, and with other agencies or third parties who are part of the assessment of the Application; and
- the individuals or organizations referred to in the Application may be contacted directly by the Funders as part of the assessment of the Application.
- You, the Applicant and any Project partners will keep this Application 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 Application as requested by the Funders.
- Neither the Funders nor any of the Funding Parties will have any liability whatsoever to you, the Applicant or any Project partners, or any of them, in connection with this Call or any Application prepared in response to it.
- You, the Applicant and any Project partners will not make a claim against the Funders or the Funding Parties for any reason whatsoever or howsoever relating to this Call. You are undertaking the expenditures required to prepare and submit an Application entirely at your own risk, and you waive any right and release the Funders and the 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 Application prepared in response to it, whether such right or claim arises in contract, negligence or otherwise.
- 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.
- The Funders take no responsibility for the accuracy of the information supplied during this Call by the Funders or the Funding Parties.
- The Applicant hereby represents and warrants that:
- 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 the Funders and the Applicant and the performance by the Applicant of its duties and obligations under such Contribution Agreement;
- all factual matters contained in the Application 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;
- the Application 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:
- to the best of the Applicant’s knowledge the Applicant:
- has in respect to the Project assessed trade and competition impacts, including compliance with international agreements; and
- the Project complies with all applicable federal, provincial/territorial and municipal legislation; and
- 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.
Neither the Funders nor any of the Funding Parties will have any liability whatsoever or howsoever to any one or more of you, the Applicant and any Project partners, or any of them, in connection with this Call or any Application prepared in response to it.
For more information on the TargetGHG Solutions 2030 Challenge please contact:
(416) 861 1092 x1033