Ontario Centre of Innovation

AV Research and Development (R&D) Partnership Fund Stream 2- Technology Demonstration Project

As a pillar of the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN), the AV R&D Partnership Fund supports projects related to the development and demonstration of technologies in the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (C/AV) sector in the following Priority Areas

  • Mass light vehicles (e.g., cars, trucks and vans)
  • Heavy duty vehicles (including commercial vehicles, trucks, buses, recreational vehicles (RVs), and others used for goods movement) 
  • Transportation infrastructure 
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) 
  • Transit-supportive systems and vehicles 

Best suited for:

Applicant 

  • Small- or medium-sized enterprise (SME)   
  • Required to have operations in Ontario 
  • Companies who have received over $500,000 of OCI funding in their lifetime (excluding TalentEdge) are required to obtain OCI approval before a new application for funding is initiated. Your Business Development Manager can guide you through the process. 

Partners: 

  • For-profit Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) 
  • For-profit National and Multi-National Enterprises (NEs and MNEs) 
  • Publicly-funded Post-Secondary Academic Institutions (secondary) 
  • Municipalities 
  • Indigenous Communities 
  • Not-For-Profit Organizations 
  • Required to have operations and carry out projects in Ontario 

Project: 

  • Eligible projects require a minimum of two organizations:  Generally, an SME – the Applicant – works with a PrimaryPartner (other than an Academic Institution).  Additional partners - Secondary Partners – can be any eligible organization and part of the team for strategic and commercial reasons. There is no limit on the number of partners. 
  • Minimum 2:1 cash match by Applicants and/or Partners 
  • Project activities are carried out in Ontario 
  • MUST include demonstration of actual products that can be showcased at events, on the road, and/or at customer sites. 
  • Projects should be at Technology Readiness Level 3-7  
  • Typical project activities include: technology development, demonstration, product/service validation, testing, and proof of concept

Resource Documents:

Interest Form

Express your interest and see if this program is right for your business.

Program Guidelines

View the Program Guidelines for full program details and eligibility requirements.

Contact a Program Lead

Martin Lord
Senior Sector Manager, Automotive and Mobility Innovation
MLord@oc-innovation.ca
416 629 3126

Shane Daly 
Coordinator, Automotive and Mobility Innovation
sdaly@oc-innovation.ca
416 799 9194

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