Notice – Space Technology Development Program Industrial Capability-Building Contributions (AO 6)

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Table of contents

  1. Purpose
  2. Eligible projects and description of the AOs
  3. Important comments
  4. Email address and response deadline

1. Purpose

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is informing the Canadian space industry of its intention to proceed with the posting of five (5) potential Announcements of Opportunity (AOs) as part of its Grants and Contributions Program – Space Technologies Development Program (STDP) component. In the context of the new space economy, the purpose of the AOs is to provide financial support to businesses in the Canadian space industry that develop technological innovations with a potential for tangible economic benefits for Canada. The potential AOs to be published are described briefly in section 2.

The objectives of this notice are the following:

The CSA encourages any interested organization to submit comments or suggestions in response to this notice no later than September 13, 2019; however, participation in this notice is neither a condition nor a prerequisite for participation in any subsequent AO. This notice will not be used to establish a list of potential suppliers for upcoming work.

2. Eligible projects and description of the AOs

It is planned to divide any potential AOs that will be posted as part of the Grants and Contributions Program - STDP component into five (5) categories. Eligible projects will include all the space technologies including those increasing on-board autonomy and improving the ground segment.

Eligible projects do not include application development software and activities related to Earth Observation and Satellite Telecommunication data. Specifically in relation to earth observation data, the CSA manages a separate program entitled the Earth Observation Applications Development Program (EOADP), which covers such activities.

The definition of research and development (R&D) used by the STDP, and for this notice, is as follows:

"Any pre-commercial technology activities that are carried out to resolve unknowns regarding the feasibility of space concepts in the space sector."

AO 6.1 Space R&D – Advanced technologies:

Non-repayable contributions of up to $1 million for R&D space projects with the potential of economic benefits in the short to medium term, between 2 and 5 years. Initial technology readiness level (TRL) for these projects is expected to be TRL 4 or TRL 5.

Note: This category is open to all for-profit and not-for-profit Canadian businesses.

AO 6.2 Space R&D - Small businesses:

Non-repayable contributions of up to $250,000 for R&D space projects carried out by small businesses.

Note: This category is open exclusively to for-profit and not-for-profit Canadian small businesses (with up to 50 employees).

AO 6.3 Space R&D - Feasibility studies:

Non-repayable contributions of up to $100,000 for feasibility studies related to space system design projects for technologies with strong commercial potential.

The R&D projects within this category are those whose potential for expected economic benefits is in the medium and long term, between 5 to 10 years.

Note: This category is open to all for-profit and not-for-profit Canadian businesses.

AO 6.4 Space R&D – Next wave technologies:

Non-repayable contributions of up to $500,000 for R&D space projects with the potential of economic benefits in the medium to long term, between 5 and 10 years.

Note: This category is open to all for-profit and not-for-profit Canadian businesses.

AO 6.5 Space R&D – Suborbital Capability Demonstration:

Non-repayable contributions of up to $300,000 for R&D space projects with the potential of economic benefits in the short to medium term, between 2 and 5 years.

The Capability Demonstration opportunity is to enable the recipients to prepare for, execute and close-out a demonstration of the capability of their technology on a CSA provided capability demonstration platform. It does not include the design and development of an instrument, payload or platform (e.g. Basic R&D from TRL 1 to TRL 4). However, it does include the R&D to adapt an existing instrument or payload for its integration on a demonstration platform.

Demonstration platforms to be made available by the CSA, subject to CSA priorities and budget availability, can include stratospheric balloons (short and long duration flights) and parabolic flights.

Note: This category is open to all for-profit and not-for-profit Canadian businesses.

Approved proposals will be qualified for a total government (federal, provincial/territorial and municipal) assistance of up to a maximum of 75% of total eligible project costs.

Eligible recipients can collaborate on the same project. If selected for funding, eligible recipients, collaborating on the project, will be jointly and severally (solidarily) liable in a contribution agreement.

The CSA plans to allocate approximately 60% of the total AO budget to the first category (AO 6.1), 20% to the second (AO 6.2), 5% to the third (AO 6.3), 10% to the fourth (AO 6.4) and finally 5% to the fifth (AO 6.5).

In order to speed up the process, proposals will have to be submitted in a standard template that will be provided.

3. Important comments

This notice is not an AO and should not be considered as a commitment on the part of the Government of Canada to publish one. No agreement based on this notice will be concluded. This notice does not in any way authorize prospective interested organizations to undertake work, the cost of which could be claimed from Canada.

In the information provided to Canada, organizations submitting comments or suggestions are encouraged to indicate the presence of any information which they consider as exclusive, personal or belonging to a third party. Please note that Canada may be required by law (e.g., in response to a request under the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act) to disclose information that is proprietary or sensitive at the commercial level.

Organizations submitting comments or suggestions are required to indicate whether their response, or any part thereof, is subject to the Controlled Goods Regulations.

Organizations submitting comments or suggestions will receive no reimbursement for the costs incurred in replying to this notice.

It should be noted that the descriptions of the AOs in section 2 and the distribution of the total AO budget are subject to change between now and the official publication of the AOs, if necessary.

The CSA encourages the space industry to collaborate with the academic sector in the implementation of the AOs by promoting projects that will include student and academic participation. To this effect, potential applicants may be interested in contacting Mitacs, a national not-for-profit organization which helps companies access the talent, technologies, and strategic partnerships they need to innovate and grow, to investigate if and how academic researchers and highly skilled graduate or postdoctoral talent can be leveraged on research projects in collaboration with universities. This information is provided to help potential applicants start identifying potential partnerships and financial leverage prior to the official posting.

For guidance, publication of the AOs is targeted for on the CSA website. Several factors may influence this date, or even lead to the cancellation of such a publication.

Comments and suggestions will not be submitted to a formal assessment; however, they could be used in the preparation of potential AOs. No additional exchange on the subjects raised should be expected. Clarification may be requested as needed.

This notice is subject to change. If necessary, these changes will be published on the CSA website.

4. Email address and response deadline

Interested organizations can email their comments or suggestions to the following address, no later than :

Email: asc.pdts-stdp.csa@canada.ca

The deadline was set to ensure that the comments and suggestions received can be processed. Comments will be accepted until the AOs are published (where relevant); however, due to the posting date planned for these AOs, it is possible that late comments may not be duly considered.

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