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Background &
Guidance Documents

NGen has launched a call for project proposals that will build advanced manufacturing capacity in Canada and enhance the commercialization of artificial and machine learning innovations across manufacturing sectors in Canada 

Projects must focus on the commercialization of AI/ML solutions in manufacturing. They must also be business-led and collaborative. Research organizations, companies and organizations working outside the manufacturing sector that can contribute technical expertise and knowledge to project consortia are also welcome to participate. 

Projects must include at least two industry partners, one manufacturing company and one AI company. At least one of these companies needs to be a Small Medium Enterprise. More extensive engagement with manufacturers or applications involving multiple manufacturing sites are encouraged. 

Total project costs should be between $2M and $8M. Eligible projects will be reimbursed at a funding rate of 35% of total eligible project costs. Project application guides, videos, and resources are available below.  

The Challenge will support AI-enabled advanced manufacturing technology development and commercialization such as: 

  • Systems optimization within manufacturing facilities and/or across supply chains 
  • The development of new advanced manufacturing capabilities for example new robotic, or automation equipment. 
  • Enhanced manufacturing facility and process cybersecurity. 
  • Rapid prototyping and testing of materials, products, and processes.
  • The development of other disruptive AI-enabled manufacturing capabilities and services. 

Pending the availability of funding, there may be a second in-take of projects. The following are key dates for a potential second intake: 

  • Expression of Interest: Feb 23, 2023 (5 pm Eastern) 
  • Initial Application Deadline: March 14, 2023 (5 pm Eastern) 
  • Final Application Deadline: April 21, 2023 (5 pm Eastern) 

Confirmation regarding a potential second intake will be posted on this website.  

Please contact ai@ngen.ca if you have any questions. 

Watch the Project Development Workshop on Youtube if you missed it.

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Application Guide

Financial Guide

Project IP Plan Guide

Financial Due Diligence

Project Scope & Application Video

Application Process Video


NGen's IP Strategy

Collaboration Portal

AI Capabilities Database

Project Lifecycle Resource

8 Questions Presentation

IP Plan Workshop Presentation

Financial Due Diligence Presentation

Project Scope Presentation

Post-Funding Award

Collaboration Agreement Guide

Collaboration Agreement Template

Master Project Agreement


Download the following template documents to support your project application.

Financial Workbook

Project IP Plan Tables

SME Declaration

Application Questions

Case Studies

Supercluster | Aspire Food Group

Revolutionizing Food-Grade Protein Production

Supercluster | ArcelorMittal Dofasco

Transforming Canada's Steel Industry