TargetGHG Collaborative Technology Development Program

The TargetGHG Collaborative Technology Development program will catalyze the next-generation of disruptive clean technologies with investments in collaborative R&D and technology development projects focused on innovative clean technology solutions with strong market potential for deployment in the 2020 - 2030 timeframe. By providing direct support to SMEs, this program effectively enables Ontario-based emitters to engage with cleantech SMEs and Ontario's colleges and universities, in collaborative partnerships (consortia) to address GHG emissions reduction technology challenges. While the expected timelines for impacts from this programming are medium-term, the results have the potential to provide global-leading technologies that will substantially reduce or eliminate GHG emissions in the longer-term.

Program Summary

Program Name

TargetGHG Collaborative Technology Development Program

Program Status and Submission Deadline

Closed for Applications

What it Supports

New and innovative technologies that have strong potential to result in significant, verifiable and sustainable GHG emissions reductions in Ontario, Canada and globally

Project Sector

Clean Technology

Basic Eligibility Criteria

(A full list of eligibility requirements is available.)

Consortium Requirement: 

  • Applicants must form a consortium comprised of the Applicant organization and at least one contractional non-related partner that is providing at-cost contributions to the proposed project
  • Consortium Partners may include industrial large emitters, other SMEs and Ontario-based post-secondary academic institutions.

Project:

  • Must be applicable and well suited for deployment in the province of Ontario. 
  • Must take place in Ontario and must demonstrate how the proposed project will result in GHG reductions, commercialization and economic growth in Ontario
  • Applicants can apply for development and demonstration projects to advance technologies currently at the stage of  Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4-7

OCE Funding

Up to 50 per cent of the total project cost, to a maximum of $1,000,000

Project Duration

Up to three years

Matching Requirement

1:1 cash/in-kind from the applicant/industry partner

How to Apply

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Contact

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Program Overview and Benefits

The TargetGHG Collaborative Technology Development program will catalyze the next-generation of disruptive clean technologies with investments in collaborative R&D and technology development projects focused on innovative clean technology solutions with strong market potential for deployment in the 2020 - 2030 timeframe. By providing direct support to SMEs, this program effectively enables Ontario-based emitters to engage with cleantech SMEs and Ontario's colleges and universities, in collaborative partnerships (consortia) to address GHG emissions reduction technology challenges. While the expected timelines for impacts from this programming are medium-term, the results have the potential to provide global-leading technologies that will substantially reduce or eliminate GHG emissions in the longer-term.

Applications may be for development and demonstration of innovative technologies in the following strategic investment areas, including and not limited to:

  • Industrial Point Source
  • Value Chain
  • Carbon Capture and Utilization

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

Benefits to industrial emitters

Benefits to solution providers

Benefits to industrial emitters

  • Shorten the pay-back period of implementing innovations that reduce emissions by year 2020
  • Accelerate the time for the adoption of innovations that reduce emissions by year 2020
  • Develop relationships between industrial   emitters and solution providers
  • Address company emission reduction needs and challenges, and develop new products, processes or services  
  • Increase productivity and revenue
  • Gain access to OCE networks and exposure to other OCE programs
  • Demonstrate corporate social responsibility by being early adopters, environmental stewards and champions

Benefits to solution providers

  • Scale and demonstrate emission reduction innovations with an Ontario-based industrial emitter
  • Validate the emission reduction innovation with a reference customer
  • Develop connections into Ontario’s cleantech ecosystem
  • Increase revenue and investment
  • Gain access to OCE networks and exposure to other OCE programs

How Funding Works

OCE Contribution

50 per cent (maximum) of total eligible project costs, up to $1,000,000

Industry Partner Contribution

50 per cent (minimum) of total eligible project costs (i.e. minimum 1:1 match to OCE contribution – at least $500,000)

  • If the applicant obtains additional government funding for the same project, total government funding of eligible project costs MUST not exceed 75 per cent. Government funding includes OCE, other Canadian government funds (federal, provincial and municipal) and Canadian SR&ED credits generated from project activities.
  • The lead applicant and the partner can provide any combination of funding (cash and in-kind) to address the balance of eligible project costs not covered by the OCE under the condition that 25 per cent of the applicant and partner contribution should be cash

Example

Total eligible project costs: $1,000,000

  • Maximum OCE contribution: $500,000
  • Minimum industry partner contribution: $500,000 ($125,000 cash, plus $375,000 in-kind)

Total Funds Available

The total funding available for projects supported through this Call is up to $6.7 million Canadian Dollars ($CAD) from OCE, subject to the discretion of OCE and the availability of funds. 

Cost Sharing

The following guidelines should be followed when determining the funding to be requested from OCE.  OCE’s contribution to the project shall not exceed $1M. The minimum ask from OCE is $500,000. Eligible applicants will be entitled to be reimbursed up to 50 per cent of the total project cost. In other words. The applicant: OCE match should be 1:1.

If the applicant obtains additional government funding for the same project, total government funding of eligible project costs MUST not exceed 75 per cent. Government funding includes OCE, other Canadian government funds (federal, provincial and municipal) and Canadian SR&ED credits generated from project activities. The lead applicant and the partner can provide any combination of funding (cash and in-kind) to address the balance of eligible project costs not covered by the OCE under the condition that 25 per cent of the applicant and partner contribution should be cash.

For information about eligible expenses and costs, please refer to the OCE Eligible Expenses and Cost Instructions document. OCE’s contribution will match a combination of cash and in-kind eligible expenses from the Consortium Partners (Applicant and 3rd Party partners). Eligible expenses, whether cash or in-kind, must be an actual, auditable, at-cost expense incurred in support of the Project by the Applicant and qualifying Consortium partners. For example, lost revenue associated with taking a particular manufacturing line for the purpose of the Project does not qualify as an actual expense.

In-kind contributions from Consortium partners (3rd party partner(s)) are defined as Eligible Expenses for which the Consortium partner has not been compensated or reimbursed. Consortium partners (3rd party partners) may also be reimbursed by the Applicant for their costs provided that no profit is generated, however, these expenses are considered cash costs to the Applicant, not an in-kind contribution. Discounted market rates from Consortium partners do not qualify as an at-cost expense unless the partner can demonstrate (to an auditable standard) that the cost reported is cost-recovery without profit margin. 

Note: Applicants must justify the amount of funding requested from OCE. OCE may choose at their sole discretion to award project funding for less than the requested amount. 

Project Term

The maximum project length for projects funded under this Call is three (3) years.

Eligibility Requirements

Consortium Requirement

  • This Call requires that Applicants form a consortium comprised of the Applicant organization and at least one contractual non-related partner that is providing at-cost contributions to the proposed project.
  • Consortium Partners may include industrial large emitters, other SMEs and Ontario-based post-secondary academic institutions. In-kind contributions by the Consortium are at the discretion of the partners but their expenses must be incurred at cost (i.e., no profit generated through their participation in the project).
    • For example, the lead Applicant could be a Canadian technology developer and the Consortium Partner could be an industrial large emitter in Ontario validating the technology.
  • Consortium partners can represent companies in the future value chain of the technology to be developed and demonstrated.

Project

  • All projects supported through this funding process must be applicable and well suited for deployment in the province of Ontario.
  • Projects must take place in Ontario and must demonstrate how the proposed project will result in GHG reductions, commercialization and economic growth in Ontario.
  • Applicants can apply for development and demonstration projects to advance technologies currently at the stage of Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4-7
    • Prototype Development: At this stage of development, the technological components have been integrated and the concept has been proven (TRL 4-5). Projects in this category include technology improvement, development of a prototype system and prototype testing in a simulated operational environment.
    • Field Pilot: At this stage of development, a small-scale prototype system is ready to be field tested in an operational environment (TRL 6). Projects in this category include field testing of prototype units and small-scale field pilots.
    • Commercial Scale Demonstration: At this stage of development, a prototype system is ready to demonstrate commercial viability (TRL 7). Projects in this category include commercial scale demonstration of actual system prototypes in an operational environment.
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How to Apply

Program Status: Closed for applications

  1. Please contact your local Business Development Manager for information on the online application submission deadline. Applicants are encouraged to complete their submissions well in advance of the deadline.  Furthermore, OCE will not accept partial or incomplete submissions.
  2. Applicants may initiate an online application in the AccessOCE Application Portal (“Portal”) by working with an OCE Business Development Manager. Once an application is initiated, applicants must complete all requisite information requested in the online Portal and upload a completed application form to the module and other content. Applications must be initiated in the Portal 1 week prior to the deadline above. The submission must be finalized by completing all necessary steps for the application to be considered complete.

Submission Standards

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

Application Checklist

The following checklist is provided as a guideline for Applicants to assemble a high-quality application. This list is intended to complement the screening and evaluation criteria and is provided only for the benefits of Applicants:

Applicant:

  • Small- to Medium-Sized Company (less than or equal to 500 employees)
  • Canadian Incorporated Company
  • High capacity management team
  • Experienced advisory team
  • Capital raised to date

Project:

  • Project demonstration in Ontario
  • Development work in Ontario
  • Market potential for Ontario
  • Emission reduction benefits for Ontario, Canada and globally
  • Market pull consortium partner(s)
  • Technology advantage (disruptive/innovative)
  • Technology Readiness Level 3-7 at start of demonstration
  • Identified milestones in the demonstration.
  • Project funding request up to 66.7 per cent of eligible expenses
  • Term for the project of 1-3 years
  • Project budget defined
  • Clear intellectual property ownership

Timelines

The following timelines are anticipated for the full funding process. Note that OCE at their sole discretion reserve the right to alter or cancel the currently-anticipated process and deadlines.

Activity

Date

Online Expression of Interest Submission Deadline

Check with your OCE Business Development Manager

Funding Proposal Due Diligence Visits

Within two weeks of application submission

Funding Proposal to the Investment Committee

Within four weeks of receiving applications

Final Funding Decision Notification

Within six to eight weeks of application submission

Assessment Process and Criteria

The TargetGHG Collaborative Technology Development Program 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.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Criterion

Description

Technology and Innovation

In this category, applications will be evaluated based on the strength of the technology involved, including:

  • The scientific basis for the technology;
  • How clearly the technology will lead to GHG reductions in Ontario, Canada and globally;
  • The expected technology advancement over the course of the project; and
  • How innovative the technology or application of technology is

Consortium Strength

In this category, applications will be evaluated based on the strength of the project consortium, including existing and potential relationships with technology adopters, customers and other partners. Please note: Consortium Partners may include industrial large emitters, other SMEs and Ontario-based post-secondary academic institutions.

Management and Team Capacity

In this category, applications will be evaluated based on how well suited and committed the project team is to carry out the proposed work, including the management and technical capacity of the Applicant.

Budget and Co-Funding

In this category, applications will be evaluated based on the budget and financing for the proposed project, including how well developed and realistic the budget is and the Applicant’s ability to obtain financing for the project.

Project Scope and Plan

In this category, applications will be evaluated based on how well developed, achievable and impactful the scope of work and work plan are.

Market and Value Proposition

In this category, applications will be evaluated based on the opportunity for commercialization and market adoption of the technology, including:

  • Competitiveness with existing commercial technologies/processes;
  • The market size and market value associated with the technology and its products; and
  • The commercialization plan and expected pathway for commercial deployment and market adoption in Ontario and Canada, with deployment priority in Ontario

GHG Reduction Potential

In this category, applications will be evaluated based on the potential to deliver significant and sustainable reductions, including:

  • The reductions per unit of technology output/throughput;
  • The immediate emissions reductions upon project completion;
  • The reductions that would result from commercial-scale deployment of the proposed technology in Ontario; and
  • The broader potential for emissions reductions throughout Ontario, Canada, and the rest of the world from widespread adoption of the proposed technology

Screening Criteria

In addition to the evaluation criteria described above, projects may be screened out based on one or more of the following factors:

  • The proposed development does not have sufficient GHG emission reduction, enterprise development or economic growth potential in Ontario;
  • The proposed development carries the risk of detrimental side effects (e.g. environmental impacts);
  • Failure to provide sufficient information for a proper evaluation;
  • The application is not written in English or French, is not sufficiently comprehensible or easy to read;
  • The application does not conform to the submission standards (see Section 3.3);
  • The proposed project is inconsistent with the intent of this Call; and/or
  • The project is not innovative or is assessed to be business as usual.

Note on Economic Benefits and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions

Applicants must demonstrate how the proposed project will lead to economic growth, commercialization and GHG emissions reductions. All projects will ultimately be evaluated based on their potential to result in significant, sustainable emission reductions and economic growth in the province of Ontario through commercialization activities. Preference will be given to applications with broad deployment and growth potential, including global expansion opportunities.

Funded projects will be required to report on emissions reductions and enterprise growth resulting from the project. 

Note on Proposal Quality

This is a highly-competitive process and not all projects will be shortlisted. Successful applications depend on the quality of the application submitted. Only the highest quality applications will be funded. In this regard, “quality” means both the quality of the proposed project relative to the evaluation criteria and the quality of the written proposal (clarity, completeness, etc.).

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Project Initiation

Projects may commence at any time after the date on which the Applicant is notified that the project has been approved by OCE, however, no disbursements will be made prior to execution of the Contribution Agreement with OCE. Project costs incurred prior to receiving notification of OCE’s decision will not be considered eligible as matching funds and will not be eligible for OCE’s contributions. Furthermore, Applicants are advised that project costs incurred prior to execution of the Contribution Agreement will not be reimbursed by OCE in the event that an agreement is not executed.

Project Reporting Requirements

All projects are required to comply with progress, annual, metrics and post- completion reporting. This includes reporting against milestones and reporting on the use funds. Templates will be provided by OCE.

For More Information

Search OCE’s Knowledge Base of Frequently Asked Questions.

For Business Development assistance with identifying partners in Ontario and preparation of applications, please contact your OCE Business Development Manager

For other inquiries, please contact:

Shatha Qaqish-Clavering
Manager, Cleantech Portfolio
Tel: (416) 861-1092 x1110
Email: 


How to Apply

Program Status: Closed for Applications


​Last update: January 23, 2019