Ontario Centres of Excellence – Opportunity to Fund Agri-Based Industrial Bioproducts R&D projects for 2 years and up to $200K
Deadline to apply is January 25th, 2016 – Apply here
- Projects must include at least one researcher at an academic institution in Ontario (applicant) and one investing for-profit Ontario industry partner
- Industry partner(s) must have a research and development (R&D) presence and/or manufacturing facility in Ontario, and the operations in Ontario must be expected to commercialize the R&D results of the project.
- 1:1 matching (cash and in-kind) is required from the industry partner(s); e.g. If OCE and AAC (combined) invest $80,000, the industry partner must contribute a minimum of $40,000 cash plus $40,000 in-kind towards direct project costs.
- R&D projects must leverage the unique capabilities of the academic environment and academic team and be non-competitive with Ontario private sector capabilities.
- Projects must be in the agri-based products sector with a demonstrated immediate benefit to the industry leading to novel, newly adapted or adopted processes, products, or services.
- Intellectual Property (IP) arising from the project will be managed by the project participants, as OCE and AAC do not claim or manage IP rights.
- Participants must co-operate in providing project and outcomes metrics, annually at a minimum.
- Applicants must be in good financial and reporting standing with OCE, AAC and NSERC.
- Please note that companies that have over $100,000 in active OCE projects must complete those projects (including all final reporting) prior to OCE considering other applications for funding. This excludes TalentEdge internships and fellowships.
How Funding Works
The Agri-Based Industrial Bioproducts (ABIB) R&D Challenge Program partners will review and select approximately 10 qualified projects up to two years in length, to be funded by OCE, AAC, NSERC and the industry partners. Projects funded will complete research and development activities that support the advancement of the industrial bioproducts sector and demonstrate an economic benefit to Ontario.
Types of eligible projects include, but are not limited to, the following focus areas:
- Development of biocomposite materials from plant fibres (e.g. miscanthus) to replace fiberglass and petrochemical-derived plastics
- Use of plant and vegetable oils (e.g. soybean and canola oils) to create bio-based polymers such as coatings, films, adhesives, plastics and resins
- Development of corn-, bean- and soybean-based protein plastics as an alternative to petroleum-based plastics
- Development of bioplastics from sugar/starch crops (e.g. sugarbeet, and sweet stalk sorghum) to replace conventional chemicals and plastics