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OVIN programs support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop, test and validate innovative technologies and connect them with partners to advance the commercialization of products and solutions.

Supporting innovative solutions

Each OVIN program supports the development and demonstration of automotive technologies and mobility solutions such as connected, autonomous, electric, and smart mobility technologies in areas such as: 

  • Commercially ready technologies for application in mass light vehicles (cars, trucks and vans) 
  • Heavy duty vehicles (commercial vehicles, trucks, buses, recreational vehicles, and others used for goods movement) 
  • Transportation infrastructure 
  • Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) 
  • Transit-supportive systems and vehicles 

SMEs must work with an industry partner, or in some cases, an academic partner, to help bring their technology closer to commercialization. 

R&D Partnership Fund – Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (C/AV) & Smart Mobility

This program is ideal for small- and medium-sized companies that require co-investment and the support of strategic partners to develop, test, validate and demonstrate connected and autonomous vehicle (C/AV) and smart mobility technologies

R&D Partnership Fund – Electric Vehicle (EV)

This program is ideal for small- and medium-sized companies that require co-investment and the support of strategic partners to develop, test, validate and commercialize electric vehicle (EV) and battery-focused technologies, including EV related technologies.

R&D Partnership Fund – WinterTech Development

Ontario’s extreme climate provides a unique test bed for companies to develop, test, validate and commercialize winter weather–related technologies.

Talent Development

OVIN’s talent development program supports post-secondary students and graduates to apply their knowledge and expertise on automotive and smart mobility technology such as Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (C/AV) technologies, Electric Vehicles (EV), battery technologies, metallurgical (metal & mining) technologies, and other related areas.

Program Status and Submission Deadline:

  • Talent Development program:
    Open as of April 1 2022, Rolling Intake
  • Stream 1: Research and Development (R&D) Partnership Fund – C/AV & Smart Mobility and EV
    Open as of April 15, 2022, Rolling Intake

Stream 2: Research and Development (R&D) Partnership Fund – C/AV & Smart Mobility

Round 1

Application StepDate
Opens for ApplicationsApril 1, 2022
EOI Submission DeadlineJune 3, 2022
Invitation for Full ProposalJuly 5, 2022
Full Proposal SubmissionAugust 10, 2022
Decision NotificationWeek of September 26, 2022

Round 2

Application StepDate
Opens for ApplicationsSeptember 12, 2022
EOI Submission DeadlineNovember 16, 2022
Invitation for Full ProposalDecember 16, 2022
Full Proposal SubmissionJanuary 26, 2023
Decision NotificationWeek of March 13, 2023

Stream 2: Research and Development (R&D) Partnership Fund – Electric Vehicle

Round 1

Application StepDate
Opens for ApplicationsApril 1, 2022
EOI Submission DeadlineSeptember 9, 2022
Invitation for Full ProposalOctober 11, 2022
Full Proposal SubmissionNovember 14, 2022
Decision NotificationJanuary 13,2022

Round 2

Application StepDate
Opens for ApplicationsSeptember 12, 2022
EOI Submission DeadlineNovember 16, 2022
Invitation for Full ProposalDecember 16, 2022
Full Proposal SubmissionJanuary 26, 2023
Decision NotificationWeek of March 13 ,2023

Research and Development (R&D) Partnership Fund – WinterTech

Round 1

Application StepDate
Opens for ApplicationsApril 1, 2022
EOI Submission DeadlineJune 3, 2022
Invitation for Full ProposalJuly 5, 2022
Full Proposal SubmissionAugust 10, 2022
Decision NotificationWeek of September 26, 2022

Round 2

Application StepDate
Opens for ApplicationsSeptember 12, 2022
EOI Submission DeadlineNovember 16, 2022
Invitation for Full ProposalDecember 16, 2022
Full Proposal SubmissionJanuary 26, 2023
Decision NotificationWeek of March 13, 2023