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Automotive Partnership Canada Fund

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 have created Automotive Partnership Canada (APC), an initiative that will provide $145 million in research funding over five years to support significant, collaborative R & D activities for the benefit of the Canadian automotive industry.

APC’s mission is to support R & D that will help the Canadian automotive sector reach a greater level of innovation. Its emphasis is on transformative, integrated projects or programs that give Canadian industry and academia the resources required to further their automotive R & D ambitions. Projects must be industry-driven and align with one of the following strategic research themes: improving the automobile’s environmental performance and impact, developing the cognitive car or advancing the next generation of manufacturing.

The CFI has committed up to $15 million to APC. Requests for research infrastructure funding from the CFI will be considered only when the research infrastructure is demonstrated to be an essential part of a larger, integrated project involving research activities supported by other APC partner agencies. Institutions should confirm their eligibility with NSERC and/or SSHRC. The CFI will fund a maximum of 40 percent of the total eligible costs of the infrastructure project. The remainder must be provided by the institution(s) and/or eligible funding partners.

Proposals will be 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. Proposals should clearly identify how the industrial partner(s) is in a position to exploit successful research results and how the research will benefit the Canadian automotive sector within a reasonable time frame. The CFI will jointly review proposals with NSERC and/or SSHRC. The review process will be commensurate with the size and complexity of the project. Institutions may submit proposals anytime until 2014 or until the funds are exhausted. For more information, consult the APC website at www.apc-pac.ca.