OCE and SOSCIP launch final round of Smart Computing R&D Challenge

November 26, 2015

After a highly successful first round of funding, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the SOSCIP consortium are launching a second and final round of the Smart Computing R&D Challenge.

This exciting initiative to support collaborative research and development projects using SOSCIP’s advanced computing infrastructure is open to researchers affiliated with SOSCIP member institutions and their current and potential industry partners, including large companies and small and medium-sized enterprises.

The program is being offered in partnership with SOSCIP and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) through OCE’s Voucher for Industry Association R&D program funded by the Government of Ontario. The Smart Computing R&D Challenge will provide a total of $7.5 million over two years, with $1.5 million from OCE, $3 million from NSERC, and another $3 million from industry in cash and in kind. Individual projects can be up to two years in length, and receive up to $500,000 in cash and in-kind contributions. Projects must provide economic benefits to the province of Ontario. 

Thanks to new investments by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and IBM Canada Ltd. announced in April 2015, SOSCIP has expanded its operations, including expanding its platforms, adding seven new southern Ontario academic institutions to its membership and adding new areas of focus.  Projects that fall into the new focus areas of advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity, digital media and mining will be given priority for the Smart Computing R&D Challenge.

Smart Computing R&D Challenge Partnering Forum

In support of the R&D Challenge, OCE and SOSCIP are holding a Smart Computing Partnering Forum on January 20 for academic researchers affiliated with SOSCIP member institutions and potential industry partners.

If you are interested in attending the Partnering Forum, please apply.

The Forum is intended to generate partnerships and address industry challenges across a broad range of strategic sectors including:

Industry Sectors


  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital Media
  • Mining
  • Agile Computing
  • Cities
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Water


  • Big Data
  • Cloud
  • Computing Acceleration
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Mining / Data Analytics
  • FPGA-based Hardware Acceleration
  • Graphics processing
  • In-memory processing
  • Large-scale simulation
  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Supercomputing
  • Streaming Analytics

Please note: SOSCIP is also continuing to accept applications for standard SOSCIP projects to gain access to its advanced computing platforms. Please contact David Tweddell, SOSCIP Operations Manager at for more information.