Our funding program has the objective to (1) make Canada a global leader in low-carbon smart mobility technologies across heavy-duty and light-duty platforms, including advanced transit, transportation, and integrated mobility applications; and (2) support the commercialization of technologies through industry-led collaborative research, development, demonstration and integration (RDD & I) projects that bring innovative design to Canada's low-carbon smart mobility eco-system.

CUTRIC collaborative innovation projects will integrate private companies (manufacturers, start-ups, and small to mid-sized enterprises), transit operators, and academic research teams to develop next generation made-in-Canada technologies for global transportation networks. Projects should be located in Ontario. However, exceptions will be made case-by-case to have project partners outside Ontario, across Canada.

CUTRIC supports collaborative innovation projects ranging between Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 2 to 6 [ Figure1 ], which relates to at least one of CUTRIC's four pillars of innovation [ Figure 2 ].

Pillar # 1 - Zero- and low-emissions propulsion technologies and systems integration: Including battery electric and hybrid electric propulsion technologies, hydrogen fuel cell electric propulsion technologies, compressed and renewable natural gas propulsion technologies (including hydrogen and natural gas fuel combinations), and dimethyl ether (DME) propulsion technologies, as well as grid-based "smart" management tools that balance electric charging and / or hydrogen refueling.

Pillar # 2 - Intelligent Transportation Systems: Intelligent Transportation Systems: Including Sensors, Signals, and Control Systems That Enabled Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Vehicle-X standardized and interoperable communications.

Pillar # 3 - Big Data for mobility analytics and Mobility as a Service applications: Including initiatives to optimize public and private fleets through the use of descriptive, analytic, and predictive data assessment, and the integration of intelligent decision-making systems that guide fleet managers in real-time.

Pillar # 4 - Cybersecurity in advanced mobility applications  for the support of mobile and infrastructure security of low-carbon smart mobility systems, including secure communications for autonomous and connected vehicles.

These themes have been identified by private and public sector leaders and researchers who are engaged in a series of structured consultations across Canada in 2015.

CUTRIC adopts the well-developed 2 + 2 model to support and encourage research, development, demonstration and integration (RDD & I) through industry-academic project-based collaborations. Under this model, each project funded by CUTRIC is required to have at least two industrial partners and two academic partners (universities or colleges). Additionally, all project partners are required to be a member of CUTRIC for the duration of the project to be eligible for funding. Please see the membership page for information of how to become a member of CUTRIC. 

Co-funding formulas:

The funding structure is 25% CUTRIC; 25% Industry; 50% Federal Funding for TRL 2-3 projects (early stage pre-competitive research) and 20% CUTRIC; 50% Industry; 30% Federal Funding for TRL 4-6 (pre-competitive simulation, testing and prototyping) projects [ Figure 3 ]. CUTRIC co-funding only matches cash contributions.

Figure 1: Technology Readiness Level (TRL)

Figure 1: Technology Readiness Level (TRL)

Figure 2: CUTRIC's Pillars of Innovation

Figure 2: CUTRIC's Pillars of Innovation

Figure 3: Funding Ratios depending on TRL

The CUTRIC Application Process consists of the following steps:

  • Introductory stakeholder meeting with CUTRIC Project Development Officer

  • Joining CUTRIC as a member (main proponent)

  • Filling out a Notification of Intent (NOI) online

  • Resubmitting NOI based on feedback from CUTRIC and confirming project budget & timeline

  • Confirming membership of each industry and academic project partners

  • Filling out CUTRIC Full Funding Application (FFA) online [by invitation only]

  • Resubmitting FFA based on CUTRIC's feedback

  • Reviewing of FFA by the Scientific and Technical Committee (STC)

  • Revising FFA based on feedback [if applicable]

  • CUTRIC Board of Directors approval 

  • Issuing Letter of Award by CUTRIC

  • Completing and authorizing Contribution Agreement by CUTRIC

  • Completing interim and end-stage reports by the proponent 

This steps are illustrated sequentially in Figure 4 .

Figure 4: CUTRIC Funding Process

Figure 4: CUTRIC Funding Process


+ Is there a timeline to apply for funding?

CUTRIC accepts application on a rolling basis.

+ What if we do not have two industry and academic partners?

It is project proponent's responsibility to find project partners. CUTRIC could facilitate introducing current members to project partners by setting up a webinar to help recruit members who are interested in the project.

+ What are the chances for CUTRIC funding approval?

Funding approval depends on the review carried out by CUTRIC’s Scientific and Technical Committee. Since CUTRIC works with the proponent to improve the application both at the NOI and FFA stages, at present 100% of CUTRIC applications are approved for funding

CUTRIC does not own the IP. We ask that the project partners write a general IP agreement. Usually it is the Universities who take the lead in drawing up IP agreements.

+ Can an industry partner be a corporation based outside of Canada?

Industry members can be a corporation based outside Canada but these corporations must have a Canadian footprint. Since CUTRIC utilizes Ontario public funding to support projects, industry members must have an Ontarian footprint so that projects can lead to Ontario job growth.

+ Does CUTRIC accept applications outside of Ontario?

The CUTRIC funding is received in Ontario; therefore, CUTRIC currently only has money available for projects within Ontario. However, we are actively lobbying governments in other provinces (i.e., Alberta, British Colombia, Quebec) for similar pool of funding. CUTRIC welcomes project briefers of project proposals from other provinces to present them to the government as examples of R&D projects within the province.

+ What if the proponent does not win the federal money?

We can’t deliver the fund; however, we hold it for ONE year while the proponent applies for the other federal funding sources.

A Notification of Intent (NOI) can only be submitted by a CUTRIC member. If you represent an organization that is not an active CUTRIC member and have a project idea, please provide an overview here . An NOI informs us that you intend to apply for full funding. Please do not submit without initial correspondence with a CUTRIC staff .