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Ontario Centre of Innovation

ENCQOR 5G Technology Development (Academic) Program

Program Status: Closed for Applications

The Technology Development (Academic) Program partners researchers at Ontario-based post-secondary institutions with ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firms on 5G technology development projects. Areas of research interest are defined by Challenge Statements submitted to OCI by the ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firms and posted to the OCI website on a rolling basis. 

Best suited for:


  • Principal investigator at an Ontario publicly-funded university or applied research officer at an Ontario publicly-funded college 
  • Adjunct professors may be eligible on a case-by-case basis 
  • Additional eligibility criteria may be applied in the Technology Development (Academic) Challenge Statement

Project Partner: 

  • Partners are defined in the posted Challenge Statement 
  • Applicants must partner with an ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firm (Ciena, Ericsson, Thales) 
  • The ENCQOR 5G anchor firm must use the results of the project for the economic, environmental or social benefit of Ontario.


  • Projects must be developed in response to an active Technology Development (Academic) Challenge Statement 
  • Areas of technology interest and expected project outcomes will be defined in posted Challenge Statements  
  • Projects must drive the development, integration, testing or validation of pre-commercial technologies that form the Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) testbed and must be within TRL levels 1-7. 
  • Projects must show the potential for commercial impact for the ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firm and economic benefit for Ontario. 

Interest Form

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Program Status: Closed for Applications

Program Guidelines

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

Contact a Program Lead

Natalia Lobo
Program Manager

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