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STDP AO 8.1 Space R&D – Advanced technologies

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Industrial capability-building contribution

Announcement of Opportunity

Publication date:

Application deadline:

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: $1,000,000
  • Estimated total amount: $10,000,000
  • Maximum timeframe of the project: 24 to 36 months
  • Estimated projects start date:
  • Extensions: This AO has provisions to allow performing recipients to request additional funding and extension to the contribution agreement duration. The extension is to allow the recipients to continue technology readiness level (TRL) progression, never exceeding TRL 6, for technologies demonstrating strong potential (refer to section 8 for details).

1. Introduction

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 $1M per advanced space technology project that expect commercial potential in the short to medium term (i.e. two to five 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 liable in the contribution agreement and are all considered funding recipients. In the case of a partnership, one of the recipients must be responsible and accountable for the integration and oversight of the project and must be the main point of contact with the CSA for the execution of the project including receiving payment.

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 space technologies (space and/or ground segment).

Eligible projects do not include the following development as they are or will be supported through other funding opportunities:

  • Applications related to developing earth observation data processing solutions, eligible through CSA's smartEarth initiative.
  • Development of space-related medical technologies
  • Development of prospecting and In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) related technologies

To be eligible, projects should strive to achieve technology readiness level (TRL) of 5 or 6 at the end of the project and to generate economic benefits in the short to medium term, within two to five years following project completion.

Projects aiming at TRLs higher than TRL-6 are not eligible. Initial TRL for eligible projects should typically be between TRL-4 and TRL-5.

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.

Applications must be unique to this AO. An applicant can not summit the same project under different categories of the AO8 or to another open CSA AO. If multiple submissions of the same project are detected CSA will declare the submission as not eligible and will not proceed with evaluation.

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).

The CSA encourages applicants to develop corporate plans and / or policies addressing equity, diversity and inclusion in the workspace. Examples of such plans include but are not limited to:

  • Indigenous Participation Plan (IPP): Outlines the applicant's process for promoting Indigenous engagement, employment and/or skills development and training opportunities for Indigenous peoples and/or including an Indigenous sub-contractor(s) for this project.
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) plan: Highlights the processes that the applicant takes to increase EDI awareness and practices and ensure participation and representation of designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act (women, persons with disability, Indigenous Peoples, visible minorities) within its organization.

Applicants are encouraged to share such plans and /or policies with the CSA by attaching them to the application form.

Mitacs

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, which is limited to 75%

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 (up to TRL 6).

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.

4. Applications

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4.1 Required documentation

The application must include the following:

  • A completed original Application form (Word, 113 KB) 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, demonstrating interest in the outcomes of the project, if applicable;
  • Letters of support, confirming participation to the project, 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 (Word, 78 KB) for each partner, signed by the duly authorized representative of the partner;
  • Optional: Corporate plans and / or policies addressing equity, diversity and inclusion in the workspace.

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.

In a later phase of the evaluation process, the applicant's financial statements for the previous two fiscal years prior to the submission of this application and the most recent interim results will be requested. The reception of these statements by CSA is a precondition for producing a contribution agreement. It is not required to submit financial statements with this application.

4.2 Submit the completed application electronically

The applicant is encouraged to submit their application electronically by following the steps below,

  • Submit an account creation request using the Electronic Proposal Portal. 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, use the following formatting standard: STDP AO81_ Name Of Organization_Short project name (e.g. STDP AO81 _SpaceCompanyA_OpticalSensorDevelopment).
  • The "Applicant" section should contain the information for contact person listed in the application form.
  • After the request has been submitted, the applicant will receive an email confirming the account creation. Applicants should expect three business days to receive the confirmation which will also include instructions (user guide) on how to access the platform. It is strongly recommended that the account creation request be submitted as early as possible and no later than .
  • Using the temporary password assigned by the CSA, login to the secured portal to upload application documents.
  • Please refer to the user guide for instructions on how to securely upload documents.

Please note:

  • If technical issues related to account creation or to 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 .
  • The onus is on the applicant to ensure that their application is complete and that all documents are uploaded on the Electronic Proposal Portal before the prescribed deadline;
  • The CSA is not responsible for any delays under any circumstances, and will reject any applications that are uploaded after the stipulated deadline;
  • Applications hand-delivered to CSA 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 pdts-stdp@asc-csa.gc.ca as soon as possible but no later than 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 .

The onus is on the applicant to ensure that their application is complete and that all required documents are received by the CSA before the prescribed deadline. The CSA is not responsible for any delays under any circumstances, and will reject any 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 10).

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. Evaluation

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5.1 Eligibility criteria

  • Represents an eligible recipient as defined in Section 3.1;
  • Represents an eligible project as defined in Sections 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4;
  • Meets the basic R&D definition in Section 3.5; and
  • Meets program funding provisions in Section 6.1.

5.2 Point rated evaluation criteria

Applications will be evaluated according to the following point rated criteria:

  1. Innovation and market need (30%)
  2. Project feasibility, resources and risk assessment (30%)
  3. 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 70% as well as the minimum specified thresholds for each criterion to be considered further for funding.

6. Funding

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6.1 Available funding and duration

The total funding available under this AO 8.1 is currently expected to be approximately $10M.

The maximum CSA contribution for any project is $1M. The target duration for any project is 24 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 AO8 (regardless of the category).

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.

The following examples are acceptable cases:

Table 1. Table 1 Approved proposals
Institution Applicant Total
CSA Applicant TOTAL
$1,000,000 (75%) $333,333 (25%) $1,333,333 (100%)
Table 2. Table 2 Approved proposals
Institution Applicant Mitacs Total
CSA Mitacs Applicant TOTAL
$960,000 (72%) $40,000 (3%) $333,333 (25%) $1,333,333 (100%)
Max total government assistance of 75%
Table 3. Table 3 Approved proposals
Institution Applicant Mitacs Total
CSA Mitacs Applicant TOTAL
$1,000,000 (73%) $40,000 (2%) $346,667 (25%) $1,386,667 (100%)
CSA contribution AND Government assistance maximized

The following example is not an acceptable case.

Table 4. Table 4 Approved proposals
Institution Applicant Mitacs Total
CSA Mitacs Applicant TOTAL
$1,000,000 (72.8%) $40,000 (2.9%) $333,333 (24.3%) $1,373,333 (100%)
Max total government assistance exceeds 75%

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 including software (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 benefitsFootnote * (only the real salary rates are authorized as admissible costs);
  • travel expenses including accommodation and related meal 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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7.1 Payments

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.

7.2 Audit

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 recipient will have obligations to report on various performance measurement indicators throughout the execution of the project. Examples include but are not limited to the number of HQP involved in the project, return on investment and growth of the organisation.

8. Extensions

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Projects funded under this AO will have the possibility to be extended. The extension would be to continue TRL progression (never exceeding TRL-6). Additional funding for a project could be provided up to a total maximum of $1,000,000.

Recipients will have to submit an extension proposal detailing the work to be performed in the extension. The extension proposal will be evaluated using criteria 2 and 3.2 specified in Appendix A. Upon request, an application form for an extension will be provided.

8.1 Eligibility

Project extensions are subject to availability of funds.

Project extensions can only be requested after the ongoing projects have achieved the halfway point for their original scope.

Project extensions are only eligible to performing recipients. Performing recipients are those, who in the judgment of the CSA, have progressed the project according to the originally submitted implementation plan. The proponent will have to demonstrate the project schedule, budget, accomplishments and quality have progressed nominally.

8.2 Extension proposal

Recipients will have the opportunity to provide the following documentation for extension evaluation:

One copy of the extension proposal:

  • A description of the extension project that responds to the evaluation criteria 2 and 3.2 in Appendix A
  • An itemized and balanced budget for the extension project, indicating projected expenditures, cash flow requirements as well as confirmed other sources of funds;
  • Letters of intent /support;
  • Recipients must confirm the allocation of the same project team to work on project extension.
  • Recipients must demonstrate that all project resources (project team, access to facilities, materials, consultancy, equipment) are available within the time frame of the project extensions.

Any ambiguity or lack of confirmation regarding availability of resources will be interpreted as a project risk as part of evaluation criteria 2.

8.3 Evaluation of the extension request

Extension proposals will be evaluated according to point rated criteria 2 and 3.2 of Appendix A

An extension proposal must receive an overall minimum score of 75% to be considered further for funding.

8.4 Available funding and duration of the extension

The total funding available for extensions is unknow and depends on availability of funds.

The total maximum contribution for any project including an extension is $2,000,000. The extension duration can be of 12 to 24 months.

The overall number of extensions awarded will depend on the availability of funds.

Approved extension 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.

9. 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, security, 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,

  1. have access to his or her personal data and
  2. 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:

Office of Access to Information and Privacy
Canadian Space Agency
Tel.: 450-926-4866
Email: aiprp-atip@asc-csa.gc.ca

10. 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 pdts-stdp@asc-csa.gc.ca. 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 12:00 noon (ET), .

Appendix A Point-rated evaluation criteria

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Application must receive an overall minimum score of 70% 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:

  1. Poor: 25%
  2. Average: 50%
  3. Good: 75%
  4. Excellent: 100%

1. Innovation and market need (30% of overall score)

  • Maximum: 30 points
  • Minimum: 20 points (66.6%)

1.1 Degree of innovation

  • Maximum: 10 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?
Poor:
There is little or no innovation being applied to the development of the proposed concepts, products or know-how.
Average:
A moderate level of innovation is being applied that will lead to improved performance of existing concepts, products and/or know-how.
Good:
A high level of innovation is being applied that will lead to the development of leading-edge concepts, products and/or know-how.
Excellent:
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: 20 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?
Poor:
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.
Average:
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.
Good:
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.
Excellent:
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: 20 points (66.6%)

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?
  • In CSA's opinion, does the applicant have a track record of completing projects on time and achieving the planned outcomes according to the original proposal?
Poor:
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 applicant has a poor STDP track record of completing projects on time and achieving the planned outcomes.
Average:
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 applicant has a poor STDP track record of completing projects on time and achieving the planned outcomes.
Good:
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 applicant has an inconsistent or unknown STDP track record of completing projects on time and achieving the planned outcomes.
Excellent:
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 applicant has a consistent STDP track record of completing projects on time and achieving the planned outcomes. The likelihood that the proposed work will meet the set objectives and be completed on schedule and within budget is high. Major external participants to the project, acting as consultants or sub system manufacturers, have confirmed their participation via a letter of support.

3. Outcomes and benefits to Canada (40% of overall score)

  • Maximum: 40 points
  • Minimum: 28 points (70%)

3.1 Path to commercial opportunity

  • Maximum: 10 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?
Poor:
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.
Average:
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.
Good:
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.
Excellent:
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: 30 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?
Poor:
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.
Average:
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.
Good:
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.
Excellent:
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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