The Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) Fund was created by the CFI, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the National Research Council and the Canada Excellence Research Chairs program to support transformative, integrated R&D activities to help Canadian industry and academia in the automotive sector reach a greater level of innovation.
The Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) Fund provided a total of almost $145 million combined from the funding partners, of which $15 million was committed by the CFI. The CFI funded to a maximum of 40 percent of the total eligible costs of infrastructure projects. The remainder was provided by the institution(s) and/or eligible funding partners.
Requests for research infrastructure funding from the CFI were considered when the research infrastructure was demonstrated to be an essential part of a larger, integrated project involving research activities supported by other APC partner agencies. Proposals were assessed on the quality of research, the enhancement of the capacity for innovation, the benefits to Canada, as well as on their relevance to and participation by industry and were jointly reviewed with NSERC and/or SSHRC.