Ontario-Israel Research Network Program–MAGNET (OIRNP-MAGNET)

The Ontario-Israel Research Network Program – MAGNET (OIRNP-MAGNET) program supports bilateral collaboration projects between Ontario and Israeli SMEs to jointly develop technologies that meet industry needs and strengthen technological expertise and competitiveness in both jurisdictions. Projects must include at least one SME from Ontario, one SME from Israel, and one partnering multinational enterprise (MNE) in Ontario acting as an Anchor Company (AC). Ontario applicants are also encouraged to collaborate with researchers from publicly-funded post-secondary institutions.

The 2018 (OIRNP-MAGNET) call for proposals focuses on smart mobility technologies. Applicant SMEs will jointly develop technologies that address the smart mobility needs of a participating Anchor Company  in Ontario. The ACs provide guidance and resources over the term of the project to achieve a successful outcome.

Program Summary

Program Name

Ontario-Israel Research Network Program-MAGNET (OIRNP-MAGNET)

Program Status and Submission Deadline

Closed for Applications

What it Supports

Support for collaborative R&D projects between Ontario and Israeli SMEs to develop technologies addressing smart mobility needs of a participating Anchor Company (AC) and enhance global competitiveness.

Project Sector

Smart mobility technology

Basic Eligibility Criteria

(A full list of eligibility requirements is available.)

Applicant:

  • Ontario SME (less than 500 full-time equivalent employees)
  • Has operations (R&D and/or production) in Ontario, with at least half of the full-time equivalent employees working and living in Ontario
  • Ontario applicants are encouraged to collaborate with publicly-funded post secondary institutions

Industry Partner:

  • Israeli SME with operations (R&D and/or production) in Israel, and
  • Partnering Anchor Company (AC) in Ontario

Project:

  • Addresses a challenge statement identified by a partnering AC
  • Activities take place in Ontario and Israel

OCE Funding

Up to $200,000 CAD to the Ontario applicant

Project Duration

Up to 24 months

Matching Requirement

1:1 cash from the Ontario applicant

How to Apply

See details on the How to Apply tab.

Contact

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Program Overview and Benefits

The Ontario-Israel Research Network Program – MAGNET (OIRNP-MAGNET) program supports bilateral collaboration projects between Ontario and Israeli SMEs to jointly develop technologies that meet industry needs and strengthen technological expertise and competitiveness in both jurisdictions. Projects must include at least one SME from Ontario, one SME from Israel, and one partnering multinational enterprise (MNE) in Ontario acting as an Anchor Company (AC). Ontario applicants are also encouraged to collaborate with researchers from publicly-funded post-secondary institutions.

The 2018 (OIRNP-MAGNET) call for proposals focuses on smart mobility technologies. Applicant SMEs will jointly develop technologies that address the smart mobility needs of a participating Anchor Company  in Ontario. The ACs provide guidance and resources over the term of the project to achieve a successful outcome.

The OIRNP-MAGNET program is managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) and funded through a partnership with Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT).

OCE anticipates that approximately seven projects will be funded through the 2018 call for proposals.

Anchor Companies and Challenge Statements

In the 2018 call for proposals, OCE and IIA are seeking solutions that will support ACs to meet their challenges in smart mobility technology development. Partnering Anchor Companies for 2018 include Bombardier Aerospace, General Dynamics Mission Systems, Linamar, Lockheed Martin and Thales.

Applications must address at least one of the following Priority Areas identified by the ACs:

  1. Seamless Wi-Fi connectivity for a ‘closed’ group of people so they can directly communicate in groups (voice and data) between their devices (e.g. airline and ship passengers) while maintaining FCC safety and security for adjacent aircraft critical aviation systems.      
  2. Integration solutions for existing fleet-based big Intelligent Ground Transportation Systems that can reduce operational costs and offer predictive maintenance that reduce down time and increase efficiency.
  3. Self-connecting and forming small (PAN, LAN) network solutions that accept different environmental and physical inputs broadly from any sensory source which could be environmental, bio, social, cyber, from remote geographic areas which function over a long period of time without any required maintenance.
  4. Ways to complement existing operational processes from the intelligence derived from the sensors and compared with existing historical data across many different real time queries as possible.
  5. Solutions for vehicle applications, e.g. innovative light weight, low cost methods for the manufacture of carbon composite materials; high efficiency power storage device with significantly increased capacity and   thermal stability; integrated semi-autonomous vehicle controller with near zero response latency.
  6. Optical technologies for beyond line of sight detection
  7. Development of robust IoT solutions with higher thermal tolerance for vehicle applications

Benefits to Applicant

Benefits to Applicant

  • Create and enhance bilateral collaborations, business opportunities and partnerships
  • Jointly develop and commercialize innovative industry-oriented technologies, leveraging strengths of each project participant, and support of an Anchor Company
  • Increase Ontario and Israeli companies' technological expertise and competitiveness
  • Support companies to scale in domestic and global markets and generate revenue and employment

How Funding Works

OCE Contribution

50% (maximum) of total eligible project costs, up to $200,000 CAD

Applicant Contribution

50% (minimum) of total eligible project costs (i.e. minimum 1:1 match to OCE contribution)

  • The collaborating Israeli SME will receive a similar level of funding separately from IIA
  • The Israeli SME must match the IIA contribution at least 1:1 in cash

Example

Total eligible project costs: $400,000 CAD in Ontario, and equivalent of $400,000 CAD in Israel

  • Maximum OCE contribution: $200,000 CAD
  • Minimum Ontario applicant contribution: $200,000 CAD cash
  • Maximum IIA contribution: $200,000 CAD cash
  • Minimum Israeli applicant contribution: equivalent of $200,000 CAD cash

Funding Recipient

Ontario SME (OCE funds), Israeli SME (IIA funds)

Institutional Overhead

Not eligible

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant (Ontario SME)

  • For-profit, incorporated in Ontario or Canada, and has a valid CRA
    business number The 9-digit business number (BN) is a common client identifier for businesses to simplify their dealings with federal, provincial, and municipal governments. The BN is the first nine digits of your company’s HST account number. The BN for your company may be verified at one of the following links: Industry Canada or CRA.
    *Note that your CRA designated 9 digit BN will differ from your Government of Ontario designated Corporation number.
  • Has less than 500 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs), with at least half of the FTEs working and living in Ontario
  • Using or developing technology innovation or innovative processes that provide a competitive advantage in provincial, national and/or global markets
  • Has operations (production and/or R&D) in Ontario related to the project
    • Has the intent and potential to apply, exploit and/or commercialize the results of the project for the economic benefit of Ontario
    • Has the necessary expertise and resources to put the project into effect within an appropriate time frame
  • Has an arms-length relationship with the project partners
  • In good financial and reporting standing with OCE

Partners

  • Applications must include at least one SME from Ontario, one SME from Israel and one partnering AC from Ontario
  • Ontario applicants are encouraged to collaborate with researchers from publicly-funded post-secondary institutions

Project

  • Addresses one of the challenge statements identified by the partnering ACs
  • May include technology and knowledge applications, product customization, near commercialization or new market creation activities
  • Activities should take place primarily in Ontario and Israel
  • Must demonstrate potential to create economic benefits in both Ontario and Israel
  • Project participants must demonstrate that they have, or have ready access to, the infrastructure and resources required to complete the joint development of the project
  • Intellectual Property (IP) arising from the project will be managed by the SMEs as OCE and IIA do not claim or manage IP rights. Full Applications must be accompanied by a letter of intent (“LOI”) signed by all Ontario and Israeli SMEs detailing IP rights and commercialization strategy of the product or process. If the project is funded, the IP Letter of Intent will be incorporated into the OCE funding agreement.
  • Applicants are strongly advised to negotiate the terms of the IP Sharing Agreement immediately after submitting an application
  • Participants must co-operate in providing project outcomes and metrics, annually at a minimum
  • View a list of eligible project expenses
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How to Apply

Program Status: Closed for applications

OCE and IIA will conduct parallel two-stage application processes.  The application process consists of:

  • Expression of Interest (EOI), to OCE
  • Full Application (Invitation only), to OCE (Ontario SME) and IIA (Israeli SME)

Expression of Interest (EOI)

  1. Both the Ontario and Israeli SMEs MUST be identified, prior to starting the application process.
    • If the Ontario-Israeli partnership is not already established, OCE and IIA may assist in identifying potential partner companies. Ontario SMEs may download a Partner Search Form and submit it to Bradford Brinton. Israeli SMEs may contact Les Abelson for the Partner Search Form. Please allow sufficient time in advance of the EOI deadline to identify potential partners. Also note that OCE and IIA cannot guarantee their ability to identify or secure suitable partners.
  2. If you are ready to start applying for OIRNP-MAGNET, the Ontario SME should start the application process.
  3. Once the BDM confirms that the opportunity is suitable for the program, the Ontario SME will be sent a link to OCE’s online application system, AccessOCE. The assigned OCE BDM will assist the partners in the development of the EOI.
  4. The Ontario and Israeli SMEs should jointly submit the EOI to OCE through AccessOCE. The EOIs will be reviewed for eligibility and suitability for the program by OCE and IIA, and for ability to best address the challenge statements by the Anchor Companies (ACs). The selected EOIs will be presented to the ACs, who will choose the EOIs to move forward to the Full Application stage.

Full Application (Ontario Applicants)

  1. Applicants with successful EOIs will be invited to submit Full Applications in partnership with the associated Anchor Company. Ontario SMEs must submit the Full Application to OCE. Israeli SMEs must submit the Full Application to IIA.

  2. Complete the online application form in collaboration with the partners and upload the required supporting documents:
    • Company profile of the Ontario SME, including valid nine-digit CRA
      business number The 9-digit business number (BN) is a common client identifier for businesses to simplify their dealings with federal, provincial, and municipal governments. The BN is the first nine digits of your company’s HST account number. The BN for your company may be verified at one of the following links: Industry Canada or CRA.
      *Note that your CRA designated 9 digit BN will differ from your Government of Ontario designated Corporation number.
    • Resume, CV or LinkedIn profile of the applicant and key team members
    • Letter of support from the Anchor Company, signed by a signing officer of that organization, confirming the high-level project scope, budget, timelines and commitment to the project as a “Project Contributor/Partner” (including any cash, personnel and/or other contributions). A template for the letter of support is available. Use of the template is optional, however all items listed must be included in the letter.
    • Letter of intent (“LOI”) signed by all Ontario and Israeli SMEs detailing IP rights and commercialization strategy of the product or process

    For assistance, please see the following resources:

  3. OCE will internally review the application within one week for completeness and financial compliance. A list of any deficiencies will be sent to the applicant for revisions. Revisions must be completed within two business days or the application may be withdrawn.
  4. Once the application is deemed complete, it will be sent for review by external, subject matter experts. A funding decision will be provided according to the timelines below.
  5. A Letter of intent (LOI) signed by all Ontario and Israeli SMEs detailing IP rights and commercialization strategy of the product or process is required as part of the Application.If the project is approved for funding, this LOI will be incorporated into the OCE Funding Agreement as Schedule D (Intellectual Property Term Sheet).The funding agreement must be executed within 30 days of notification of award. A copy of the Funding Agreement can be downloaded for your reference.
    • Please note: the OCE Funding Agreement is non-negotiable. Applicants are strongly advised to begin negotiation of the terms of the OCE Funding Agreement and IP Sharing Agreements in advance of application submission. See additional details on the Project Activation, Funds and Reporting tab.

Ontario Program Timelines

Application Step

Date

Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI)

March 29, 2018

Dedline to start the OCE application process*

May 3, 2018, 5pm ET

Deadline to submit an EOI in OCE's online system, AccessOCE

May 17, 2018, 2pm ET

Invitation to submit a Full Application in OCE's online system, AccessOCE

Last week of June, 2018

Deadline to submit a Full Application in OCE's online system, AccessOCE

August 9, 2018, 2pm ET

Notification of results

Late November 2018

Contracting and first disbursement of funds**

December 2018-January 2019

*The EOI initiation process should be started as soon as possible (see Step 2 above). Requests received after this final deadline may not be processed in time to submit the EOI.

**The disbursement of funds is also subject to completion of the IIA funding agreement with the Israeli partner(s)

Reference Documents

Assessment Process and Criteria

OIRNP-MAGNET is a discretionary, non-entitlement program with limited funding. All eligible applications undergo a review process where the applications are assessed against program objectives and assessment criteria. Not all eligible applications will be approved for funding.

Assessment of EOIs

  • EOIs will be evaluated by OCE and IIA for eligibility, completeness, compliance with program requirements and alignment with program objectives.
  • EOIs meeting the above criteria will be reviewed by the partnering ACs.
  • Applicants with EOIs that are most responsive to the ACs’ Challenge Statements will be invited to a video conference with the ACs, who will select the EOIs to move forward to the Full Application stage.

Assessment of Full Applications

  • All Full Applications will be evaluated independently by OCE and IIA for eligibility, completeness, compliance with program requirements and fit with the program objectives.
  • Full Applications will then be reviewed by external domain experts in both jurisdictions who will assess the applications against program criteria and make recommendations to OCE and IIA. Reviewers retained by OCE are contractually bound by confidentiality and conflict of interest requirements.
  • The final funding decisions will be jointly made by OCE and IIA and communicated to the Lead Applicants identified in the Application.

Evaluation Criteria

EOIs and Full Applications will be evaluated against assessment criteria including:

  • Scientific merits and significance of technological innovation
  • Impact of proposed project for Anchor Company
  • Strategic benefits to Ontario and Israeli companies
  • Commercial merits of the project
  • Project plan and budget
  • Ability and capacity of the project team
  • Strength of collaboration foundation and capability
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Project Activation

  • The OCE contributions are provided to the Ontario applicant. Upon approval of a project for funding, successful Ontario applicants MUST execute OCE’s standard funding agreement within 30 days of receiving the award notification. 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 information management system and sent to you upon approval of your project.
  • The letter of intent (LOI) submitted along with the Full Application will be incorporated as Schedule D (Intellectual Property Term Sheet) in the OCE Funding Agreement to be executed by OCE and the Applicant if the project is funded
  • A fully signed IP Sharing Agreement or Collaborative Research Agreement agreed upon by both Ontario and Israeli SMEs must be submitted prior to project activation
  • Israeli SMEs must execute funding agreements with IIA
  • The project will be activated upon completion of the above requirements. The start date is the date of activation by default and may not be changed.
  • Please note: the disbursement of OCE funds is also conditional upon the execution of an agreement between IIA and the Israeli applicant.

Flow of Funds

  • OCE will release 25 per cent of the OCE funds to the Ontario applicant upon activation of the project.
  • OCE will release interim payments to the Ontario applicant based on a claims and reimbursement basis upon submission and approval of interim progress and financial reports (including proof of expenditures and receipts) at six-month intervals. Funds released to the applicant will be dependent on expenditures of the OCE contributions and industry cash match at the time of reporting.
  • OCE will release the final 10 per cent of the OCE funds (holdback) upon project completion and receipt of the following: final report including progress, financials and metrics, and proof of all expenditures from the applicant. Release of the holdback is also dependant on IIA approval of the Israeli project reports and outcomes.
  • Funds from IIA will be released to the Israeli SME according to IIA funding procedures.

For example:

OCE award amount

$200,000 CAD

Applicant contributions

$200,000 CAD

Funds released upon project activation

$50,000 CAD

Funds released upon interim report submission

Up to $130,000 CAD

Holdback

$20,000 CAD

Project Reporting Requirements

The following project reports will be required. Details and instructions on report submission will be sent to the Applicant upon activation of an approved project. Please note that completion of all required reports is a contractual obligation to receive funding from OCE.

Progress and Claims Reports

  • Applicants must submit interim reports every six months. The report, including progress against milestones, and back-up and evidence of payments for all expenditures from the project (including the funding from OCE, plus the minimum 1:1 matching contribution according to the project budget), must be submitted before any funds can be released. Acceptable proof/evidence of expenditures must be uploaded to the report. These include payroll records and cash payments of all salary-related expenses and receipts and bank/credit card records for all other purchases relating to operational costs. Please be advised that this is a cash-based program. As such, evidence of cash payments made must be provided. OCE does not recognize in-kind contributions as eligible OCE- or Applicant-funded project expenses.
  • Applicants will receive a notification and link to complete and submit the interim report from OCE’s online system, AccessOCE.
  • Upon receipt of the completed interim report, OCE will review it for completeness and eligibility of the expenses and notify the Applicant if any revisions or additional supporting documents are required. If no revisions are required, OCE will approve your report and remit the payment.

Final Report

  • Forty-five (45) days prior to the scheduled completion date, the Applicant will receive a notification of the project end date from AccessOCE and a link to the final reporting documentation (including progress against milestones, financials and metrics). If an extension is required, the Applicant must request it prior to the scheduled completion date, using the Project Administration tab in their AccessOCE project file.
  • The final report must be received by OCE within 30 days of the project completion for the release of the final payment and the maintenance of good financial standing with OCE. The report, including progress against milestones, project metrics and backup and evidence of payments for all expenditures from the project (including the funding from OCE, plus the minimum 1:1 matching contribution according to the project budget), must be submitted before the funds can be released. Acceptable proof/evidence of expenditures must be uploaded to the report. These include payroll records and cash payments of all salary related expenses and receipts and bank/credit card records for all other purchases relating to operational costs. Please be advised that this is a cash-based program. As such, evidence of cash payments made must be provided. OCE does not recognize in-kind contributions as eligible OCE- or Applicant-funded project expenses.
  • Upon receipt of the completed final report, OCE will review it for completeness and eligibility of the expenses and will notify the Applicant if any revisions or additional supporting documents are required. Release of OCE funding will also be contingent on IIA confirming successful progress of the Israel component of the project. If no revisions are required, OCE will approve your report and remit the final payment.

Project Metrics

  • If the project continues past a fiscal year end (March 31), the Applicant will be required to complete an annual Metrics survey 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 fulfil its contract with its funding Ministries. Required metrics reports from all partners must be submitted in order to maintain good financial standing with OCE.

Retrospective Survey

  • At one, two, and three years after project completion, the Applicant will be sent a link to complete a 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.

Reporting and funding release from IIA to the Israeli SME will follow IIA funding procedures.

Project Changes

  • For any variances to the OCE budget of $5,000 or greater, or extensions to the project end date, the applicant MUST complete a Project Change Request form prior to the project end date, using the Project Administration tab in their AccessOCE project file.
  • For any other material change to the project, including but not limited to changes related to the applicant, partner(s), scope of work or eligible expenses, the applicant MUST contact the Program Manager for approval as soon as the changes are known.

For More Information

Search OCE’s Knowledge Base of Frequently Asked Questions.

For further questions regarding the OIRNP-MAGNET 2018 Call for Proposals may contact:

Ontario (Ontario Centres of Excellence) Israel (Israel Innovation Authority)

For application development inquiries:
Bradford Brinton
Business Development Manager
Ontario Centres of Excellence
T: 416-885-2509
E-mail: bradford.brinton@oce-ontario.org

For general inquiries:
Alexandra Ho
Program Manager
Ontario Centres of Excellence
T: 416.861.1092 x 9-5018
E-mail: alexandra.ho@oce-ontario.org

Jonathan Cohen
Program Manager - North America
Israel Innovation Authority
T. 972.3.511.8155
E-mail: Jonathan.Cohen@innovationisrael.org.il

 

How to Apply

Program Status: Closed for Applications


Last updated: March 21, 2019