Cybersecurity R&D challenge - updated deadlines


Ontario Centres of Excellence

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Supporting joint industry-academic partnerships in Ontario and Quebec addressing cyber-security technology challenges.
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), PROMPT and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) are partnering to support industy-academic collaborative research and development projects through OCE's Voucher for Industry Association R&D Challenge Program.  The program will support joint industry-academic partnerships in Ontario and Quebec, which address cyber-security technology challenges leading to economic benefit for both provinces.


Minimum requirement is one academic research partner in Ontario, one academic research partner in Quebec, one industry partner in Ontario and one (different) industry partner in Quebec.

Funding Availability

This is a $3 million dollar program that supports the cyber security technology sector in Ontario and Quebec, and develops partnerships between the provinces. The program encourages for profit businesses with innovative cyber security related technologies to collaborate with academic research institutions, to foster innovation and drive commercialization.  It is intended to develop and accelerate solutions to address Canada's cyber security strategy, which seeks to secure government systems and to protect citizens, companies and key infrastructure underlying our economy.
OCE and PROMPT will each contribute up to $80,000 in direct costs per project.  OCE funds flow to the Ontario academic research partner and PROMPT funds flow to the Quebec academic research partner.  The this maximum funding request to be met, the industry partners (combined) must provide a match to the academic institutions of at lease $100,000 in cash plus $100,000 in-kind support (plus institutional overhead).
Thru NSERC CRD or ARD NSERC will further match the industry cash contribution to the direct costs of research.
Potential partnership scenarios and budgets should be discussed with your OCE Business Development Manager or with Prompt.

Indirect Costs

Indirect costs are ineligible as a project expense and should not be included on either the OCE, PROMPT or industry funded portions for he project budget.  The overhead that is attributed as part of the OCE contribution will be calculated directly by OCE and paid separately on an annual basis to Ontario academic institutions, to a maximum of 20 % of direct costs of OCE funded research.  


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

EOI including a signed OR5 form is due to the Office of Research.

*This deadline has been updated

External Deadline
EOI is due thru the OCE on line online system
*This deadline has been updated

How to Apply

First step is to submit your EOI, full proposals will be by invitation only.

For Questions, please contact
OCE Application Support 
416-861-1092, X2400 
Bettina Klenkler, Program Manager 
416-861-1092, X1066 
For Business Development Assistance Philippa King

Office of Research

Linda McCorkindale, Contracts Officer
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56257

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