SDTC and OCE Call for Expressions of Interest from SMEs requesting funding for an innovative development and demonstration project for GHG-reduction technologies.

Additional information:

What is it all about?

SDTC and the Ontario Centres for Excellence (OCE) have partnered to accept Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from Ontario-based small and medium enterprises (SMEs) who request funding for an innovative technology development and demonstration project for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction technologies. SMEs are responsible for large amounts of innovation and are a source of many new GHG reduction technologies. The SMEs are required to develop Consortium Partnerships, which may include, industrial large emitters, other SMEs, large enterprises and academic institutions. The goal is to accelerate commercialization of technologies that benefit Ontario, Canada and the world through GHG reductions, enterprise development, and economic growth.


The total funding available for projects supported through this Call is up to $45 million Canadian Dollars from SDTC, OCE and consortium partners, subject to the discretion of the Funders and the availability of funds. See Program Guidelines for full information.

The following guidelines should be followed when determining the funding to be requested from the Funders. OCE’s contribution to the project shall not exceed $1M. SDTC’s average contribution to projects shall not exceed 33% of eligible project costs. For established companies (>10 employees and past seed financing round), combined funding from the Funders should not exceed 50% of eligible project costs. The minimum ask from OCE and SDTC is $250,000.

Program Overview

Expressions of Interest may be for development and demonstration of innovative technologies in the following strategic investment areas, including and not limited to:

  1. Industrial Point Source: Technologies in this area involve reducing GHG emissions through more sustainable approaches at industrial production sites.

Examples: replacement of combustion based thermal process with non-combustion primary energy conversion, energy efficiency technologies applied to LFE processes, technologies that increase yield and output per unit of energy input, technologies that reduce the consumption of process chemicals or other inputs or enable closed loop unit operations

  1. Value Chain: Technologies in this area involve reducing GHG emissions through more sustainable approaches through industrial value chain.

Examples: more efficient forms of transport for freight and materials, displacement of high GHG-intensity feedstocks, valorization of process by-products, capture and utilization of waste-heat, conversion of waste to energy, and others.

  1. Carbon Capture and Utilization: New and innovative uses of carbon dioxide.

Examples:  that enable cost effective capture and valorization of CO2 using energy efficient pathways such as sequestration in long lived products such as cement and other building materials or catalytic or biological shifting of CO2 to higher value products like liquid fuels, chemical building blocks for commodity materials etc.

The collaboration with OCE is right for you if…

  • You require funding of $250,000 or more for your disruptive or innovative technology with measurable GHG-reduction potential.

  • Your project is between one and three years in length.

  • Are prepared to enter into a contract or collaborative arrangement with consortium partner(s) so that your project has the right managerial, business planning, financial, strategic and technological capacity.

You are right for this opportunity if you…

  • Are an Ontario-based Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) having fewer than 500 employees and less than $50 million in annual gross revenue.

  • Have R&D and or manufacturing operations in Ontario.

  • Can form a consortium together with at least one contractual non-related partner that is providing at-cost contributions to the proposed project.

  • Can situate your project in Ontario and demonstrate how the project will result in GHG reductions, commercialization and economic growth in the province and Canada.

  • Can demonstrate that your technology development or demonstration project is at the stage of Technology Readiness Level 4-7, as defined below:

Prototype Development: At this stage of development, the technological components have been integrated and the concept has been proven (TRL 4-5). Projects in this category include technology improvement, development of a prototype system, and prototype testing in a simulated operational environment.

Field Pilot: At this stage of development, a small-scale prototype system is ready to be field tested in an operational environment (TRL 6). Projects in this category include field testing of prototype units and small-scale field pilots.

Commercial Scale Demonstration: At this stage of development, a prototype system is ready to demonstrate commercial viability (TRL 7). Projects in this category include commercial scale demonstration of actual system prototypes in an operational environment.

How to Apply

Submission Deadline

EOI submissions in response to this Call will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. To be considered for the first Investment Committee review meeting, EOIs must be submitted by November 16, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4h). Late submissions will not be accepted. Applicants are encouraged to complete their submissions well in advance of the deadline.  Furthermore, the Funders will not accept partial or incomplete submissions.

Applicants may initiate an online EOI in the AccessOCE Application Portal by working with an OCE Business Development Manager and SDTC’s Applications & Intake Coordinator. Once an EOI is initiated, applicants must complete all requisite information requested in the online Portal, and upload a completed EOI form to the module and other content. EOIs must be initiated in the AccessOCE one week prior to the deadline above. The submission must be finalized by completing all necessary steps in order for the EOI to be considered complete.

Expression of Interest and Funding Proposal Schedule

The following timelines are anticipated for the full funding process. Note that the Funders at their sole discretion reserve the right to alter or cancel the currently anticipated process and deadlines.


 By Whom


 Online Expression of Interest Submission Deadline


 Accepted on a rolling basis

 First Round: November 16, 2016

 Second Round: March 16, 2017

 Expression of Interest Presentation to The Funders


 Rolling basis approx. every 2 weeks

 Expression of Interest Results Notification

 The Funders

 Rolling basis approx. every 2 weeks

 Funding Proposal



 First Round: Mid-January, 2017

 Second Round: June,2017

 Funding Proposal Due Diligence Visits

 The Funders

 Rolling basis

 Final Funding Proposal Submission


 Two weeks after Due Diligence visit

 Funding Proposal to the Investment Committee

 The Funders

 To be scheduled

 First Round: April, 2017

 Second Round: September, 2017

 Final Funding Decision Notification

 The Funders

 Exact date to be provided after Final Funding Proposal Submission


Submission Standards

EOIs must be submitted through AccessOCE, OCE’s online application system, where the EOI questions must be attached, and full submission requirements (including project contacts, summary for public release, classification, budget, milestones, and team members) are listed. The EOI questions are here for your reference only.