Program Overview:

The partnership between the Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association (APMA), the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Province of Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development and Growth (MEDG) supports the auto parts sector in adopting industry-leading software, hardware and/or provide training to improve processes and increase the competitiveness of the industry in Ontario.

The Automotive Supplier Competitiveness Improvement Program (ASCIP) seeks to increase the sourcing capabilities of Ontario-based small and medium-sized automotive suppliers, while encouraging innovation and productivity initiatives that increase success in the growing export markets.

Program Objectives:

The ASCIP hopes to increase suppliers’ capabilities to deliver shorter design cycle times, more responsive to market changes and able to take advantage of new business.

This program supports the adoption of specific software, hardware and IT solutions that allow companies to manage the entire lifecycle of a product efficiently and cost-effectively.

Eligible Companies:

Automotive Suppliers

  • Small and medium-sized Ontario-based enterprises (firms with either fewer than 500 employees globally or global revenues of less than $1 billion)
    Larger firms are eligible but must partner with at least one Ontario-based small and medium-sized enterprise
  • At least 50 percent of the firm’s total sales revenue must come from the auto supply sector
    Only one project per company is allowed for the lifetime of the program

Eligible Projects:

Stream 1 – Technology Adoption: Eligible projects must focus on advancing product lifecycle management and improving competitiveness through the adoption of advanced IT technologies: hardware, software and/or training.

Stream 1 will provide grants to Ontario-based small and medium-sized auto parts supplier firms that conduct projects to advance product lifecycle management and improve competitiveness through the adoption of advanced hardware, software and/or training.

OCE will contract with a company and reimburse up to 50 percent of the total eligible project costs, or up to $100,000 per project, whichever is lower, with the company funding the remainder with matching cash contributions.

The APMA will provide support to the applicant company by marketing the ASCIP program to its members and support the applicants in developing project proposals.

Stream 2 – Mentorship Pilot Program: Eligible projects must focus on operational efficiency and competitiveness improvements. Adoption of advanced IT technologies may be included as part of the project overall scope.

Stream 2 will provide grants to Ontario-based small and medium-sized auto parts supplier firms that conduct projects to improve operational efficiency and competitiveness through the organizational adoption of lean manufacturing practices.

The mentors will be automotive industry experts with background and expertise in lean manufacturing process efficiency to assist suppliers with specific business development needs. They will be identified in collaboration between the Applicant Company and APMA, and matched based on project outcomes and overall company goals.

The services provided by the mentor will qualify as an eligible cost for selected projects. OCE will contract with a company and reimburse up to 50 percent of the total eligible project costs, or up to $100,000 per project, whichever is lower, with the company funding the remainder with matching cash contributions.

Eligible Expenditures:

  1. Travel & Living – Domestic
  2. Salaries & Benefits
  3. Operating Expenses (hardware and software implementation, direct materials, etc.)

Application Deadline

Applications for round 2 are now available! The application deadline is November 28, 2018.

 

For assistance in preparing your submission and to position your application for approval contact EVAMAX Group to help you with the process. You may also email us at info@evamax.com or call 1-877-711-7733.

 

 

 

CRD Grants provide innovative companies in Canada access to the academic resources available at Canadian universities and colleges. These grants are intended to motivate companies to form partnerships with the academic community in Canada and support long-term research and development activities aimed at solving a specific problem for the company such as the development of a new product or improvement to an existing process.

 

Funding Type:

CRD Grants offers companies up to 50% of eligible project expenses to a maximum of $200,000 per year for five years to a project maximum of $1 million to support the joint collaboration between the academic institution and the company and offset project costs.

 

Eligible Activities:

  • The project must generate new knowledge or apply existing knowledge in an innovative way to solve a company-specific problem
  • This problem must relate directly to the company’s products and services
  • The company must be able to further develop the results after the project is completed.
  • The project must have short-term to medium-term objectives or discrete phases in a longer-range research program
  • Have detailed budget and project plan

 

Applications are evaluated mainly against the following criteria:

  • Technical merit
  • Competence of research team
  • Training opportunities
  • Industrial relevance and potential for innovation impact
  • Benefit to Canada
  • University support
  • Budget

 

The NSERC CRD program reimburses project costs including:

  • Labour
  • Research equipment
  • Laboratory/ research facility usage fees
  • Materials and supplies
  • Travel
  • Administrative costs
  • Publication costs
  • Workshops
  • Certain project management related expenses for complex projects up to a maximum of 10% of the total direct costs

 

Who can apply?

  • Established businesses, start-ups, and industry associations operating in Canada
  • Demonstrate clear intention of completing the project
  • Contribute at least 50% of research project costs
  • Collaborate on all stages of the project (from proposal to project completion)
  • Regularly interact with academic personnel

 

Deadline:

Applications have an open-intake and will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to the availability of funding. The company initiates the collaboration process by creating a detailed research proposal to be taken to an academic institution to find a professor with the capabilities to support the project.

Once a match has been made between the school and company, the professor and/or research institution initiates the NSERC CRD grant application. Decisions are usually made within three months or up to six months for large/complex applications.

 

For assistance in preparing your submission and to position your application for approval contact EVAMAX Group to help you with the process. You may also email us at info@evamax.com or call 1-877-711-7733