National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in collaboration with Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
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The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in collaboration Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is seeking a digital solution to enable Canadian industry and global communities of researchers, health providers and funders to exchange, share and procure expertise and materials in response to COVID-19. This platform must be adaptable to future emergencies and crises and expandable to other jurisdictions.
This digital platform will be used to address scenarios such as:
- I want something you might have: Allow health providers and regulators to post needs for equipment, services, and expertise.
- I have something you might need: Allow solution providers to offer existing products, services and information.
- I'm researching something you might be able to help me with: Allow government researchers and policy makers to share ideas and procure expertise across all levels of government.
- I need a material, product, part or service: Allow firms to connect with appropriate government departments or other firms in the supply chain.
The intent is to provide a scalable, robust infrastructure that can integrate multiple emerging platform initiatives, for use by public, private, and non-profit organizations across multiple sectors to share information, expertise in response to a global crisis such as COVID-19.
Solution proposals can only be submitted by a small business that meets all of the following criteria:
- for profit
- incorporated in Canada (federally or provincially)
- 499 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees*
- research and development activities that take place in Canada
- 50% or more of its annual wages, salaries and fees are currently paid to employees and contractors who spend the majority of their time working in Canada*
- 50% or more of its FTE employees have Canada as their ordinary place of work*
- 50% or more of its senior executives (Vice President and above) have Canada as their principal residence*
* Calculations must take into account and include affiliated businesses, such as parent companies and subsidiaries, that are either in or outside of Canada
Multiple grants could result from this Challenge.
- Estimated number of Phase 1 grants: 2
- Estimated number of Phase 2 grants: 1
Only eligible businesses that have completed Phase 1 could be considered for Phase 2.
Maximum Project Value
The maximum funding available for any Phase 1 Grant resulting from this Challenge is $300,000.00 CAD for up to 3 months.
The maximum funding available for any Phase 2 Grant resulting from this Challenge is $1,000,000.00 CAD for up to 12 months. Only eligible businesses that have completed Phase 1 could be considered for Phase 2.
- Phase 1 projects have a maximum duration of 3 months.
- Phase 2 projects have a maximum duration of 12 months.
Please refer to the Office of Research COVID 19 web-page for directives related to research activities at the University of Guelph.
If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.
How to Apply
Eligible companies are required to submit their application through the Innovative Solutions Canada Website.