ENCQOR 5G SME Technology Development Program | Mentor Works

Fifth-generation (5G) networks have the power to generate an ecosystem of connected devices, collecting massive amounts of data that will change the way Canadians live and work. With potential speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second, extremely low latencies of milliseconds, and increased network capacity, 5G will be critical to distributing a whole new generation of products and services to the marketplace – connected and autonomous vehicles, virtual/augmented reality, smart cities, remote healthcare, and new Internet of Things (IoT) applications. To further develop, integrate, test, or validate pre-commercial 5G technologies, the ENCQOR 5G SME Technology Development Program (5G SDP) supports collaborative 5G technology development projects with government funding.

Successful applicants of the ENCQOR 5G SME Technology Development Program may receive up to $50,000-$500,000 in government grants.

The ENCQOR 5G SME Technology Development Program (5G SDP) partners Ontario-based small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firms on 5G technology development projects. Areas of technology interest are defined in Challenge Statements submitted to OCE by the ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firms and posted to the OCE website on a rolling basis. Expressions of interest must be developed in direct response to a posted Challenge Statement.

About the ENCQOR 5G SME Technology Development Program

The ENCQOR 5G SME Technology Development Program offers Ontario SMEs government funding to offset the costs of 5G technology development projects. Interested businesses are to partner with larger “anchor firms” to collaboratively address pre-commercial technology R&D projects using the ENCQOR 5G Innovation Platform as a Service (iPaaS) testbed. The Anchor Firms (Ciena Canada, Ericsson Canada) are associated with each Challenge Statement listed.

Awarded funding is based on the Challenge Statement and ranges from $50k-$500k.

Open Challenge Statements

End-to-end 5G Zero Touch Network Automation and Service Management

Challenge Statement: The main research challenge is to provide E2E automation of a 5G network slice management and orchestration thus creating a Network Slice as a Service (NSaaS) through Zero touch network and service management (ZSM) framework.

  • Project Length: Up to 18 months; projects must be completed by March 31, 2022
  • Amount: Up to $500,000
  • Deadline: February 19, 2020
  • Project Partner: Ciena Canada

Android Application for 5G Radio Frequency Surveys

Challenge Statement: Development of a methodology to extract critical 5G RF parameters from a User Equipment3GPP radio to assist in mapping critical network signal levels, quality, and performance on a deployment site; pre and post network roll-out.

  • Project Length: Up to 9 months
  • Amount: Up to $300,000
  • Deadline: February 21, 2020
  • Project Partner: Ericsson Canada Inc.

Digital Reality for Operations and Network Enablement – DRONE

Challenge Statement: Research, design, and deliver a holographic network platform based on VR/AR/MR technologies and powered by network intelligence to enable the next generation of Network Operations and Field Services.

  • Project Length: Up to 20 months; projects must be completed by March 31, 2022
  • Amount: Up to $500,000
  • Deadline: February 26, 2020
  • Project Partner: Ciena Canada

5G Layer 3 Networking

Challenge Statement: Enhance existing routing protocols with improved scalability, network management, and most importantly, strengthened path isolation and traffic separation for all the SMEs and researchers using the test bed.

  • Project Length: Up to 20 months; projects must be completed by March 31, 2022
  • Amount: Up to $375,000
  • Deadline: March 4, 2020
  • Project Partner: Ciena Canada

Applicant Eligibility: ENCQOR 5G SME Technology Development Program

Interested applicants for the ENCQOR 5G SME Technology Development Program should fall under the following eligibility criteria:

  • For-profit SME with Ontario operations with fewer than 500 employees;
  • Have a validated, pre-commercial technology (product or service) that requires development, integration, testing, or validation;
  • Be willing to provide project and outcomes metrics; and
  • Have an arms-length relationship with, be willing to execute a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with, and be willing to undergo the procurement process with the Anchor Firm project partner.

Additional eligibility criteria may be enforced based on some Challenge Statements.

Partner Eligibility: ENCQOR 5G SME Technology Development Program

Eligible partners for applicants to collaborate with on 5G technology development projects should fall under the following criteria:

  • Must be one of the Ontario ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firms (Ericsson Canada or Ciena) as identified in a posted Challenge Statement; and
  • Partner must use the results of the project for the environmental, economic, or social benefit of Ontario.

Project Eligibility: ENCQOR 5G SME Technology Development Program

Projects must be between 12-24 months in duration and are typically available for four weeks. 5G technologies eligible for Ontario government funding must:

Eligible Expenses

  • Operating costs to achieve milestones
  • Salaries and benefits for project-focused staff and contractors
  • Capital costs are not eligible

Apply for the ENCQOR 5G SME Technology Development Program

Challenge statements are posted on a rolling basis and are typically available for four weeks. Upcoming deadlines are February 19, 2020 – March 4, 2020.

There is a two-stage application process including an Expression of Interest (EOI) and full application. Applicants must receive project endorsement from an OCE Business Development Manager at least one week from the Challenge deadline to develop an EOI. Selected EOIs are notified within two weeks of the challenge deadline and invited to the full application stage.

If your organization, partnership, and project meet the above eligibility criteria, please contact Mentor Works so we can set up a Funding Discovery Session.

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