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

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

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

Subscribe for program updates & more

Subscribe and receive updates on programs, events and Ontario’s innovation news right to your inbox

Other OCI Programs

Next Generation Network Program (NGNP)

The Next Generation Network (NGN) Demonstration Program is designed to support Ontario- based small- and medium -sized enterprises (SMEs) to use the CENGN testbed to further develop proof-of-concept or demonstration projects that could lead to new technologies, products, processes and/or services. 

Market Readiness (MR)

The Market Readiness Co-Investment Fund invests directly in academic affiliated start-up companies to further their early-stage commercialization and support their growth into a scalable business.

Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP)

The Voucher for Innovation and Productivity (VIP) program helps companies develop, implement and commercialize technical innovations by supporting partnerships between Ontario’s industry and publicly funded post-secondary institutions. VIP projects are intended to generate economic benefit for companies in Ontario (including job creation/retention, new revenue generation, investment attraction, cost savings, value chain development), in the short-to-medium term (e.g. within three years of project completion). 

TalentEdge Internship Program (TIP) – NGNP

The TalentEdge Internship Program (TIP) stream of the Next Generation Network Program (NGNP) provides support for current college and university students and recent undergraduate or Masters graduates, to work on industry-driven research and development projects related to Next Generation Network (NGN) technologies at Ontario-based SMEs using the Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN) platform. 

Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN)

The Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN) builds upon Ontario’s position as a world-leading automotive manufacturing and supply jurisdiction in addition to the large cluster of information and communication technology companies operating in the province.