STDP AO 7.4 Space R&D – Quantum Technologies
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- AO objectives
- Eligibility criteria
- Funding agreements
- Privacy notice statement
- Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
- Appendix A point-rated evaluation criteria
Industrial capability-building contribution
Announcement of Opportunity
Summary of Key Information
- Eligible recipients: Eligible recipients are limited to for-profit and not-for-profit organizations established and operating in Canada, excluding academic institutions
- Non repayable contributions
- Maximum amount per project: $500,000
- Estimated total amount: $1,500,000
- Maximum timeframe of the project: 24 months with a possibility of extension to 36 months
- Estimated projects start date:
Canada's Innovation and Skills Plan is focused on three priority areas to spur innovation: People, Technologies, and Companies. Working with industry, the Government of Canada will encourage innovation by increasing its support for basic research and development (R&D) in space technology development. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is issuing this Announcement of Opportunity (AO) to support the development of Canadian industrial capabilities in the area of space technologies with the aim of increasing the commercial potential of Canadian space companies to capture global opportunities.
It is indeed paramount that the Canadian space industry remains strong, healthy and relevant, and that it has the required readiness to respond to national demand and the necessary competitiveness to secure an increased share of commercial and institutional markets worldwide. Only through innovation and continued investments in R&D can Canada ensure that it has the industrial depth and breadth to remain a valued player in the international arena.
In light of the above, this AO concerning Space R&D will award non-repayable contributions up to $500,000 per quantum technology project that expect commercial potential in the medium to long term (i.e. 5 to 10 years).
This AO is consistent with the terms and conditions of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Class Grant and Contribution (G&C) Program to Support Research, Awareness and Learning in Space Science and Technology – Research Component.
Applicants are asked to read the following AO thoroughly before submitting their applications. This AO was prepared to help applicants complete the application process, and outlines key elements, including mandatory criteria for eligibility, details on eligible projects and the selection process. In the event of any discrepancies between this AO and the individual funding agreements governing a project, the latter document(s) will take precedence.
2. AO objectives
The objective of this AO is to support the technology development activities of the Canadian space sector. These activities will enable selected Canadian organizations to further their basic R&D capabilities with the ultimate purpose of increasing the commercial potential.
3. Eligibility criteria
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3.1 Eligible recipients
Eligible recipients are limited to for-profit and not-for-profit organizations established and operating in Canada, excluding academic institutions.
Multiple eligible recipients can collaborate on the same project through a partnership, where all partners are all jointly and severally (solitarily) liable in the contribution agreement and are all considered funding recipients.
3.2 Eligible projects
The CSA's Space Technology Development Program (STDP) aims to support the strengthening of industrial capabilities (new concepts, products and/or know-how) related to basic R&D of quantum space technologies (space and/or ground segment).
Only technologies for which the function and/or the performance are based upon recent advancements in quantum science and/or technology are eligible. The eligible quantum space technologies and/or scientific instruments include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
- Quantum Communications Technologies
- Technologies allowing distribution of quantum information, such as Quantum Key Distribution for secure communications over large distances in space (e.g., hardware components such as high-efficiency receivers, quantum repeaters and scalable quantum memory), quantum methods or protocols, as well as integration solutions with quantum and classical terrestrial or satellite-based networks.
- Advanced Scientific Instruments/Payloads
- Space Instrument/Payload concepts drawing their performance advantages from recent developments in quantum sensing based on quantum entanglement, squeezed quantum states, superconductivity, and atomic interferometry. Examples include quantum-enhanced telescope interferometry or quantum enhanced photon-starved optical sensing, atom-interferometric quantum gravity sensors, superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) systems with enhanced multiplexed factors, entanglement-based clock synchronization, as well as precise time and frequency standards.
- Earth-Based Space Situational Awareness
- Advanced quantum sensors placed on Earth offering improvements in accuracy and capability over existing solutions for Space Situational Awareness. Such quantum sensors may include gravity-based, synthetic optical, or radar sensors.
- Mapping the Near-Earth Environment
- Applications of quantum computing to space traffic management using quantum computers (may be combined with classical and/or quantum sensors), allowing simulation of more complex space traffic management scenarios than currently possible.
Eligible projects do not include the following development as they are or will be supported through other funding opportunities:
- Application development related to Earth Observation data, Satellite Telecommunications data, and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) data
- Development of space-related medical technologies
To be eligible, projects should strive to achieve economic benefits in the medium to long term, within 5 to 10 years following project completion. There is no restriction on start TRL.
Projects aiming at TRLs higher than TRL-6 are not eligible.
Any logical breakdown or combination of project phases can constitute a funded project. However, breaking down a project into numerous phases to obtain more than the maximum contribution in this AO is not allowed.
Furthermore, if a proposal is for pursuing a standalone R&D funded in another awarded contribution (past or ongoing), the proposed follow-up R&D, even if funded in a new contribution agreement, is considered another phase of R&D of the same G&C project which the program has a cumulative limit of $5M. If the maximum funding for one project is not reached, the completion of a funded phase does not automatically guarantee funding of the remaining phases.
3.3 Links to CSA priorities
This AO focuses on the CSA's priority of building capabilities and positioning Canada's commercial space sector to help grow the economy and create the jobs of the future. It will support projects that aim to develop new concepts, products and/or know-how. Industrial capability building therefore encompasses all projects aimed at strengthening the industry core capabilities with particular focus on developing its people and technologies.
3.4 Links to program objectives
This AO supports the Space Technology Development Program (STDP) objectives to support innovation for the growth of the Canadian space industry and to reduce technological unknowns. Projects also address the Space Capacity Development Program (SCDP) objective to increase space and market readiness for both science and technologies to be flight-ready for space missions. This AO also contributes to the following objectives of the CSA Class G&C Program: To support the development of technologies relevant to Canada; and, To foster the continuing development of a critical mass of highly qualified personnel (HQP) in Canada.
Equity, diversity and inclusion
Applicants should strive for a balanced representation in the group HQPs participating in the project. For instance, applicants are encouraged to propose projects that increase the representativeness of the four designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities, and persons with disabilities).
Potential applicants may be interested in contacting Mitacs, a national not-for-profit organization. It builds partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada, especially by helping companies access the talent, technologies, and strategic partnerships they need to innovate and grow. Academic researchers and highly skilled graduates or postdoctoral talent can be leveraged on research projects in collaboration with universities. Potential applicants will have to account for the Mitacs funding as part of the total government (federal, provincial, territorial and municipal) assistance in the application form.
3.5 Basic R&D definition
Eligible projects supported under this AO must comply with the following definition for basic R&D by providing the required justification within section 5 of the Application form:
"Any pre-commercial technology activities that are carried out to resolve unknowns regarding the feasibility of space concepts in the space sector."
The following due diligence process will be applied to determine whether projects are compliant with this definition. To that end, justification to be provided in section 5 of the Application form should:
- Quantify the technical objectives being sought and must describe how the expected results will be measured;
- Clearly state which technological unknowns are proposed to be answered;
- Clearly state the working hypotheses behind solving the unknowns and describe how plausible it is anticipated to solve these unknowns;
- Demonstrate that the proposed project consists of more than ordinary engineering or current operations; and
- Substantiate the current TRL and the proposed TRL expected to be reached.
The following TRL definitions must be used:
- TRL 1
Basic principles observed and reported
- TRL 2
Technology concept and/or application formulated
- TRL 3
Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof-of-concept
- TRL 4
Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
- TRL 5
Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
- TRL 6
System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment (ground or space)
Basic R&D activities supported under this AO shall be undertaken in Canada unless it is essential to the success of the project.
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4.1 Required documentation
The application must include the following:
- A completed original Application form signed by the duly authorized representative;
- The résumés of each team member responsible for managing the project and key technical personnel. The résumés should be limited to two pages with only information that is relevant to the application;
- Proof of incorporation or registration and a copy of the document(s) confirming the legal name of the applicant;
- Letters from other funding contributors confirming their contributions, if applicable;
- Letters of intent, if applicable;
- Letters of support, if applicable;
- The Declaration on Confidentiality, Access to Information Act and Privacy Act form signed by the duly authorized representative (refer to the Applicant Declaration on Confidentiality, Access to Information Act and Privacy Act section included in the application form);
- For organizations in Quebec, M-30 Supporting Documentation form completed and signed by the duly authorized representative (refer to the M-30 form for organizations in Quebec included in the application form);
- If the project is executed through a partnership, a completed original Partner Application Form for each partner, signed by the duly authorized representative of the partner. Partner application forms are to be submitted in paper and in PDF.
The documents must be combined in a single PDF-formatted file, in the same order as presented above with all security features disabled. The application form and supporting documents must be included in the file as a searchable PDF-formatted document (PDF/A-1a format preferred). If there are any accessibility issues with the submitted PDF file, all consequences reside with the applicant.
It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application complies with all relevant federal, provincial/territorial and municipal laws and regulations.
The applicant must keep one hard copy of all the original documents above. The CSA may require applicants who successfully passed the evaluation stage described in Section 5 of the AO to send a hard copy of their complete application with the original documents.
Additional governing documents might be requested in a later phase of the evaluation process.
Company financial statements for the last two years and the most recent interim results will be requested, in a later phase of the evaluation process, as a condition to signing a contribution agreement. It is not required to submit financial statements with the application.
4.2 Submit the completed application electronically
- Submit an account creation request using the Electronic Proposal Portal. Please note that Google Chrome is the browser of choice for submissions. Supported browsers are Google Chrome and MS Edge.
- In the "Proposal title" field of the Electronic Proposal Portal, please use the following formatting standard: STDP AO74_ Name Of Organization_Short project name (e.g. STDP_AO74 _SpaceCompanyA_OpticalSensorDevelopment).
- The "Applicant" section should contain the information for contact person listed in the application form.
- Allow up to 72 hours for the CSA to send an email confirming the account creation as well as instructions (user guide) on how to access the platform. It is strongly recommended that the account creation request be submitted no later than July 28, 2022.
- Using the temporary password assigned by the CSA, login to the secured portal to upload protected documents.
- Please refer to the user guide for instructions on how to securely upload documents.
- If technical issues related to account creation or electronic submission cannot be resolved, applicants must submit their application by mail. Applicants are strongly encouraged to upload their complete application well before the submission deadline;
- Applications must be submitted (successfully uploaded) by the applicants no later than at 1:00 p.m. (ET).
- The onus is on the applicant to ensure that their application is complete and that all documents are uploaded on the Electronic Proposal Portal within the prescribed deadline;
- The CSA is not responsible for any delays under any circumstances, and will refuse applications that are received after the stipulated deadline;
- Hand-delivered applications will not be accepted;
- Applications sent by e-mail will not be accepted;
- Applicants are asked to not send their application both electronically and by mail or courier service. If multiple applications are submitted, only the latest valid version received will be considered;
- Incomplete applications will not be considered.
4.3 How to submit an application by mail or using a recognized courier service
The applicant is encouraged to submit their application electronically following the instructions provided in Section 4.2 of the AO. However, if the applicant is unable to submit their application electronically, please communicate with firstname.lastname@example.org no later than at 1:00 p.m. (ET) to obtain instructions on how to submit a paper application by mail or using a recognized courier service.
Applications submitted by mail or using a recognized courier service must be received at the CSA no later than at 1:00 p.m. (ET).
The onus is on the applicant to ensure that their application is complete and that all documents are received by the CSA within the prescribed deadline. The CSA is not responsible for any delays under any circumstances, and will refuse applications that are received after the stipulated deadline.
Questions and answers related to this AO will be posted on the CSA website in the Frequently asked questions (Section 9).
4.4 Service standards
Applicants will be notified in writing of decisions regarding their application. Selected applications will be announced on the CSA website. The CSA has set the following service standards for processing times, acknowledgement of receipt, funding decisions and payment procedures.
Acknowledgement: The CSA's goal is to acknowledge receipt within five (5) business days of receiving the completed application package.
Decision: The CSA's goal is to respond to the proposal within sixteen (16) weeks of the AO's closing date and to send a contribution agreement for signature within four (4) weeks after formal approval of the proposal.
Payment: The CSA's goal is to issue payment within six (6) weeks of the successful fulfillment of the requirements outlined in the contribution agreement.
Compliance with these service standards is a shared responsibility. Applicants must submit all required documentation in a timely fashion. Service standards may vary by AO.
5.1 Eligibility criteria
5.2 Point rated evaluation criteria
Applications will be evaluated according to the following point rated criteria:
- Innovation and market need (30%)
- Project feasibility, resources and risk assessment (30%)
- Outcomes and benefits to Canada (40%)
The page count limit to support each of the previous criteria is implemented in the Application form. The definition of the criteria and scoring grid are specified in Appendix A.
5.3 Evaluation process
Only applications that have passed the eligibility assessment listed in Section 5.1 will be given further consideration.
Once the eligibility criteria are confirmed, an individual evaluation of the screened applications will be performed according to the criteria listed in Section 5.2. Evaluators shall be experts in the field relevant to the applications and may include representatives of other Canadian government departments as well as external consultants. A review committee will then make an overall selection based on the priorities of the Government of Canada and the CSA such as, but not limited to, geographic representation, gender representation, growth potential, commercialization opportunity, return on investment, implication of HQP and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students. Contribution agreements will be offered to the applicants in this final list to maximize the use of available funding (Section 6).
Before a final decision is made, the CSA's Program manager responsible for this AO may seek input and advice from other organizations, including (but not limited to) federal, provincial, territorial and municipal government agencies and organizations.
An application must receive an overall minimum score of 65% as well as the minimum specified thresholds for each criterion to be considered further for funding.
6.1 Available funding and duration
The total funding available under this AO 7.4 is currently expected to be approximately $1.5M.
The maximum contribution for any project is $500K. The target duration for any project is 24 months with a possibility of extension to 36 months. Please see section 7 for details.
The overall number of contributions awarded will depend on the availability of funds.
Each eligible recipient can be funded for a maximum of 2 projects under this AO.
Approved proposals will be eligible for a total government (federal, provincial/territorial and municipal) assistance of up to a maximum of 75% of total eligible project costs. Thus, the maximum assistance of $500,000 will be available for projects with $666,666 of total eligible project costs.
To determine the amount of funding to be allocated, consideration will be given to the availability of CSA funds, the total cost of the project, and the other confirmed sources of funds provided by other stakeholders and the applicant.
Applicants must identify all sources of funding in their applications and confirm this information in a funding agreement if the project is selected for funding. Upon completion of a project, the recipient must also disclose all sources of funding.
The CSA reserves the right not to accept any proposals or to reduce the amount of the contributions at its entire discretion.
6.2 Eligible costs
Eligible costs are direct expenses that are associated with the delivery of the approved project and that are required to achieve the expected results of the project. Expenses will be covered subject to the applicant signing a funding agreement in the form of a contribution with the CSA.
Eligible costs are limited to one or a combination of the following categories (see definitions):
- acquisition or rental of equipment (not to exceed 20% of the total project eligible costs);
- consultant services;
- data acquisition;
- laboratory analysis services;
- material and supplies;
- overhead (administrative) costs (not to exceed 15% of project eligible costs);
- salaries and benefits (only the real salary rates are authorized as admissible costs);
- accommodation and meals allowances;
- taxes for goods and services acquired in a foreign country net of any rebate or reimbursement received in the foreign country.
7. Funding agreements
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The CSA and each successful applicant (the recipient) will sign a funding agreement. This is a condition for any payment made by the CSA with respect to the approved project.
Payments for contribution agreements will be made in accordance with the process and the reporting requirements described in the signed funding agreement. Upon notice of a successful application, the CSA will have no liability until a funding agreement is signed by both parties. Only eligible costs incurred after the funding agreement is signed and indicated in the agreement will be reimbursed.
The recipient of a funding agreement shall keep proper records of all documentation related to the funded project, for the duration of the project and for six (6) years after the completion date of the project, in the event of an audit. This documentation shall be available upon request.
7.3 Conflict of interest
In the funding agreement, the recipient will certify that any current or former public office holder or public servant it employs complies with the provisions of the relevant Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment Code for Public Office Holders and the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector respectively.
Note: Current employees of the CSA are not eligible to participate in any way in any application under this AO.
7.4 Intellectual property
All intellectual property developed by the recipient in the course of the project shall vest in the recipient.
7.5 Organizations in Quebec
An organization in Quebec whose operations are partially or fully funded by the province of Quebec may be subject to the Act Respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif, R.S.Q., Chapter M-30.
Under Sections 3.11 and 3.12 of this Act, certain entities/organizations, as defined in the meaning of the Act, such as municipal bodies, school bodies, or public agencies, must obtain authorization from the Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes (SQRC), as indicated by the Act, before signing any funding agreement with the Government of Canada, its departments or agencies, or a federal public agency.
Consequently, any entity that is subject to the Act is responsible for obtaining such authorization before signing any funding agreement with the Government of Canada.
Quebec applicants must complete, sign and include the M-30 Supporting documentation form with their application.
7.6 Performance measurement
The CSA will ask the recipients to report on the following topics:
- Knowledge creation
- Knowledge production
- Initial and final TRL achieved under the project
- Number of technology breakthroughs
- Achievements resulting from research
- Number of scientific peer-reviewed publications
- Knowledge production
- Capacity building
- Number of HQP (by gender) involved directly and indirectly in the project
- Number of students involved during the project
- Number of early-career professionals involved during the project
- Number of technologies that are contenders for future missions
- Number of technologies that are embarked on a mission *after project
- Number of Canadian space technologies developed that are adapted for use on earth or reused in space
- Number of different organizations involved
- Benefits generated by the Canadian Government support in the short to medium term (2-5 years), to be measured.
- Return on investment (ROI) that the government contribution has supported.
- Success stories in the sale/use of the developed technology
- Evolution of the company and positioning in the world market
7.7 Open science
The CSA wishes to promote the dissemination of findings that results from the projects it funds as quickly and to the greatest number of people as possible. Improved access to scientific results not only allows scientists to use a broader range of resources and knowledge, but also improves research collaboration and coordination, strengthens citizen engagement and supports the economy.
Thus, the CSA promotes the use of open access publication and archiving by recipients in order to facilitate the widest dissemination of findings that results from its funded projects. Thus, recipients are invited to publish, in a timely matter, their articles by using one of the following methods:
- Accessible online repository (institutional or disciplinary) so that the publication is freely accessible.
- Journal offering open access to articles.
Finally, the CSA wishes to receive, as a courtesy, a copy of the funded publications (if not freely accessible) or the hyperlink (if freely accessible) and its digital object identifier (DOI). These will be used to improve accessibility by including them in the CSA funded publications directory.
8. Privacy notice statement
The CSA manages and protects the information provided by the applicant under the Privacy Act and the Access to Information Act.
The information is collected under the CSA Class G&C Program in Support of Awareness, Research and Learning - Research Component (ASC PPU 045) and Awareness and Learning Component (ASC PPU 040). This information will be used for administration and application evaluation purposes and for the administration and monitoring of any resulting contribution agreement.
By submitting an application the applicant authorizes the CSA to undertake any consultation or verification, in particular with suppliers, financial institutions, accounting firms, funding agencies, credit agencies and/or any government agencies, that it deems necessary in order to obtain any useful information in assessing the application for financial assistance or for the administration and monitoring of any resulting contribution agreement, and it agrees to have the contacted parties disclose any requested information.
The CSA may seek input and advice from other government departments, agencies and organizations. By submitting an application the applicant authorizes the CSA to disclose the information it has about the applicant and the project to other government departments, agencies and organizations.
By submitting any personal information, you consent to its collection, use and disclosure in accordance with the Privacy Statement, which explains how the information about the applicant will be processed.
Personal information (such as name, contact information and biographical information) will be kept for 6 years and destroyed. According to the Privacy Act, any individual may, upon request,
- have access to his or her personal data and
- request correction of the incorrect information.
Applicants should also note that information relating to the Funding Agreement could be disclosed publicly in accordance with the laws, policies and directives of the Government of Canada.
For additional information regarding this statement, please contact:
9. Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
It is the responsibility of the applicants to obtain clarification of the requirements contained herein, if necessary, before submitting an application.
For any questions related to the AO, applicants shall use the following email address email@example.com. Questions and answers related to this AO will be posted on the CSA website in the Frequently asked questions section of this AO. The CSA will respond to questions received before .
Question 1: There are four AO categories (7.1 - 7.4). Is it permitted for a Canadian business to submit proposals in more than one category, provided the proposals are for different projects? [Example: could a Canadian small business submit a proposal to category 7.2 Space R&D Small business, while simultaneously submitting a proposal to category 7.2 Next Wave Technologies for different projects?]
Answer 1: Yes it is permitted for a Canadian business to submit a proposal in more than one category provided the proposals are for different projects. Each eligible recipient can be funded for a maximum of 2 projects under this AO (all categories combined). In the case of multiple submissions being candidates for funding, consideration will be given to the availability of CSA funds, the total cost of the project, and the other confirmed sources of funds provided by other stakeholders and the applicant.
Question 2: Is it permitted for a Canadian business to submit multiple proposals in the same category, provided the proposals are for different projects? [Example: could a Canadian small business submit TWO proposals to category 7.2 Space R&D Small business, providing the proposals are intended to fund different / distinct projects?]
Answer 2: Yes it permitted for a Canadian business to submit multiple proposals in the same category, provided the proposals are for different projects. Each eligible recipient can be funded for a maximum of 2 projects under this AO (all categories combined). In the case of multiple submissions being candidates for funding, consideration will be given to the availability of CSA funds, the total cost of the project, and the other confirmed sources of funds provided by other stakeholders and the applicant.
Question 3: We would like to request if it is possible to extend the deadline.
Answer 3: CSA will be extending the deadline to submit an application under AO7. The new deadline will be .
Question 4: With regards to the STDP AO 7, we would like to confirm that the maximum number of awards (2) a single recipient can get is only applicable for each of the individual AOs (7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4). That is, can you please confirm that a single recipient can get more than 2 awards across all 4 AOs?
Answer 4: The maximum allowed is applicable across all AOs (7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4). A single recipient cannot be attributed more than 2 contributions.
10. Appendix A Point-rated evaluation criteria
Application must receive an overall minimum score of 65% as well as minimum specified thresholds to be considered for funding. Obtaining the highest score possible maximizes your chance of being selected to obtain financial support (see Section 6). The following point-rated criteria will be evaluated using 4 benchmark statements. Each benchmark statement will receive the following percentage of maximum points according to the following scale:
- Poor: 25%
- Average: 50%
- Good: 75%
- Excellent: 100%
1. Innovation and market need (30% of overall score)
- Maximum: 30 points
- Minimum: 15 points (50%)
1.1 Degree of innovation
- Maximum: 15 points
This criterion evaluates the novelty associated with the technology to be developed. Innovation can range from sustaining innovations that improve the performance of existing products (but do not create new markets) to disruptive innovations that offer an entirely different value proposition leading to the creation of new markets. This criterion seeks answers to the following:
- What is the degree of innovation being proposed?
- There is little or no innovation being applied to the development of the proposed concepts, products or know-how.
- A moderate level of innovation is being applied that will lead to improved performance of existing concepts, products and/or know-how.
- A high level of innovation is being applied that will lead to the development of leading-edge concepts, products and/or know-how.
- The level of innovation is transformative and will lead to the development of new concepts, products and/or know-how for new markets.
1.2 Market assessment
- Maximum: 15 points
This criterion evaluates the applicant's understanding of the market needs associated with the proposed technology. It includes a thorough analysis of market demand. Incidentally, this criterion also evaluates whether the proposal addresses the existence and number of competing alternatives on the market. This criterion seeks answers to the following:
- Is the applicant aware of its current market share?
- What are the factors that drive the demand for this technology?
- Who are the potential customers for this technology?
- Who are the potential competitors and what alternatives do they offer?
- The applicant is not aware of the current market share pertaining to the technology being developed and the many competitive alternatives already existing on the market. The proposal does not identify the factors that drive demand for this technology or the relevant customers and competitors. The proposal does not present a strategy for competing with the alternatives.
- The applicant has limited knowledge of the current market pertaining to the technology being developed. Some competitive alternatives exist in the market. The proposal identifies some of the factors that drive demand for this technology, but does not identify the relevant customers/stakeholders and competitors. The proposal provides an insufficient plan for competing with the alternatives.
- The applicant has a good understanding of the current market share pertaining to the technology being developed. A limited number of competitive alternatives exist on the market. The proposal identifies an extensive list of factors that drive demand for this technology and the relevant customers/stakeholders and competitors. The proposal provides a detailed plan for competing with those alternatives.
- The applicant demonstrates an in-depth understanding of the current market pertaining to the technology being developed. Very few or no competitive alternatives exist on the market. The proposal clearly identifies all the factors that drive demand for this technology and the relevant customers/stakeholders and competitors. The proposal provides a comprehensive and convincing plan for competing with any alternatives.
2. Project feasibility, resources and risk assessment (30% of overall score)
- Maximum: 30 points
- Minimum: 18 points (60%)
This criterion evaluates the completeness and effectiveness of the proposed implementation plan in directing the project to successful completion as well as the combined technical qualifications and experience of the team assembled to carry out the proposed work.
This criterion seeks answers to the following:
- Does the combined team have the necessary technical and managerial qualifications to execute the project?
- Does the proposal include a clear and complete implementation plan consisting of a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), detailed Work Package Descriptions (WPD), schedule, milestones, resource (personnel, facilities, laboratories, field sites, specialized equipment, etc.) availability and allocation as well as risk identification and mitigation?
- Does the proposed implementation plan seem credible and well suited to the project objectives, and does it embody sound methodology and management?
- The implementation plan is poorly defined, incomplete or difficult to understand. There is a high likelihood that the objectives will not be met due to inappropriate methodology, technical team, budget, schedule, key risks or availability of resources.
- The implementation plan is somewhat defined but lacks details or clarity. Doubts remain regarding the technical methodology of the proposed work, qualifications of the technical team or the likelihood that the objectives will be met.
- The implementation plan is complete and well defined. The proposed methodology seems adequately suited for the proposed work to be carried out and the technical team has worked with closely related technologies. The expectation that the proposed work will meet the set objectives and be completed on schedule and within budget is credible.
- The implementation plan is complete, very well defined and coherent. The methodology described is logical and well suited for the proposed work to be carried out. The proposed team possesses all the qualifications and experience required to perform the proposed work. The likelihood that the proposed work will meet the set objectives and be completed on schedule and within budget is high.
3. Outcomes and benefits to Canada (40% of overall score)
- Maximum: 40 points
- Minimum: 20 points (50%)
3.1 Path to commercial opportunity
- Maximum: 20 points
This criterion evaluates the applicant's roadmap for implementing the technology. This criterion seeks answers to the following:
- Does the applicant have a post-project strategy, with expected budget and schedule, to further develop the technology in order to achieve commercial results?
- What are the opportunities to re-use the technology in space or on Earth?
- No relevant future missions have been identified for this technology. The proposal provides a poor or no post-project strategy to further develop the technology in order to achieve commercial opportunities.
- The proposal somewhat identifies relevant future space missions targeted for this technology. The proposal provides an average post-project strategy with limited information on budget, funding sources and schedule to further develop the technology in order to achieve commercial opportunities.
- The proposal identifies relevant future space missions targeted for this technology. The proposal provides a good post-project strategy with information on budget, funding sources and schedule to further develop the technology in order to achieve commercial opportunities. The proposal demonstrates some potential to re-use the technology in space or on Earth.
- The proposal clearly identifies relevant future space missions targeted for this technology. The proposal provides an excellent post-project strategy with clear information on budget, funding sources and schedule to further develop the technology in order to achieve commercial opportunities. The proposal demonstrates clear opportunities to also re-use the technology in space or on Earth.
3.2 Competitive advantage and economic benefits
- Maximum: 20 points
This criterion assesses the merit and potential of the proposed project to positively affect the company's competitive advantage and/or its overall market share. It is recognized that an improvement in the company's overall market share (or competitive advantage) can be achieved through creating a new market, penetrating for the first time an existing one and/or increasing one's position in an already accessed market:
- How will the project impact the company's competitive advantage?
- What impact will the project have on the company's growth in terms of size (workforce) and revenues?
- Will the project impact positively other Canadian firms?
- The proposed project is unlikely to impact the company's competitive advantage and the impact on the revenues generated are marginal in respect to the level of effort required to develop the technology.
- The proposed project is likely to improve the company's competitive advantage and is likely to have an impact on company growth in terms of revenue and size.
- The proposed project will improve the company's competitive advantage and will have a credible impact on company growth in terms of revenue and size.
- The proposed project will substantially improve the company's competitive advantage and overall growth in terms of revenue and size. The proposal includes formally expressed interest of clients (Letters of Intent, MOUs, MOAs, etc.) indicative of potentially significant sales. The project will have an impact on other Canadian firms.
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