Ontario Centre of Innovation

Research and Development (R&D) Partnership Fund – Electric Vehicle (EV) Stream

The R&D Partnership Fund – Electric Vehicle (EV) Stream contributes up to one-third of eligible project costs for approved projects up to a maximum of $1,000,000, with the remainder contributed by Applicants and/or private sector Partners. Project funding can be used towards the technology/product/service validation, testing, piloting, demonstration, commercialization, and deployment of mobility products and services for electric vehicle (EV) and battery-focused technologies, including EV related technologies 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) 
  • Charging infrastructure 
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) 
  • Transit-supportive systems and vehicles 

Examples of EV and battery-focused technologies, including EV related technologies:

  • Light-weighting and transmission systems
  • Electrified powertrains, batteries, and battery materials
  • EV battery and component manufacturing processes
  • Charging and EV fleet management technologies
  • Hydrogen fuel cells, electric motors, and electric micro mobility

Program Status: Available Here

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 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 Post-Secondary 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 contribution match by Applicants and/or private sector Partners 
  • Project activities are carried out in Ontario 
  • Projects should be at Technology Readiness Level 3-9  
  • Typical project activities include: technology development, demonstration, product/service validation, testing, certification, piloting.
  • Applicant and Partners should demonstrate close collaboration and scalable outcomes with high potential for commercialization, strong commercial pull, competitive advantage, and alignment with intended program benefits.
  • Eligible projects MUST include demonstration of actual products that can be showcased in Ontario at events, on the road, and/or at customer sites.

Reference 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

Dan Ruby
Sector Manager, Automotive and Mobility Innovation
DRuby@oc-innovation.ca
416 799 9194

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