Grant Instructions and Procedures – Call 03

Innovative Solutions Canada Program
Challenge Stream – Phase 1
Grant Instructions and Procedures – Call 03

Date: January 27, 2020
Amended on: April 5, 2020

Part 1 - General information

1.1 Introduction

Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) helps Canadian innovators by funding research and development (R&D) and testing prototypes in real-life settings.

The ISC Grant Instructions and Procedures document is prepared by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) to help prospective applicants understand the rules and procedures associated with submitting a proposal in response to an ISC challenge supported by a grant.

This document will be periodically updated and revised. Details related to each grant funded challenge, including available funding, the duration and their specific closing date will be published under distinct Challenge Notices on the ISC website.

This document invites grant funded proposals for Phase 1 of the ISC Challenge Stream only.

1.2 Innovative Solutions Canada Program Overview

The ISC program consists of two streams – Challenge and Testing.

This document addresses entry into the Challenge Stream for challenges that use grants as the funding mechanism.

Challenges that use contracts as the funding mechanism are covered by an open Call for Proposals (CFP) solicitation issued by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). Information on the CFP is posted on Buy and Sell.

For entry into the Testing Stream, interested businesses will need to respond to an open CFP solicitation issued by PSPC. Information on the next Testing Stream CFP will be posted on the ISC website.

1.2.1 Challenge Stream

The Challenge Stream is designed to support the development of early-stage, pre-commercial innovations by small businesses that demonstrate the capacity to develop an innovative solution in response to a challenge issued by a federal department or agency. Eligibility criteria is defined in section 1.4 of this document.

ISC challenges issued by federal departments and agencies that use grants as the funding mechanism are designed to seek novel solutions that address specific marketplace gaps. As such, prospective applicants should be aware that solutions funded by ISC grants are not intended for acquisition by Canada.

The Challenge Stream invites applicants to submit innovative solutions within Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 1-6 (inclusive) to address a specific challenge issued by the program.

Phase 1: Proof of Feasibility

The objective of Phase 1 is for selected applicants to conduct R&D on their proposed solutions and deliver a proof of feasibility to Canada.

Applicants are encouraged to progress their solution as far as possible on the TRL scale, but note that Canada will only fund R&D through an ISC grant up to the end of TRL 6 under Phase 1.

Applicants that demonstrate successful completion of Phase 1 will be invited to submit a proposal for Phase 2.

Phase 2: Prototype Development

The objective of Phase 2 is to continue the R&D efforts of the proposed solution with the goal of developing a prototype ready for commercialization up to the end of TRL 9. Applicants are encouraged to progress their solution as far as possible on the TRL scale during this phase.

Entry into Phase 2 is solely limited to small businesses who have demonstrated successful completion of Phase 1 and who still meet the eligibility criteria. Small businesses that demonstrate successful completion of Phase 1 will receive an invitation from Canada to submit a proposal. The Phase 2 proposal will be evaluated against criteria that are the same or similar to those in Attachment 1 of this document. Participation in Phase 2 is not guaranteed. It is at the sole discretion of Canada to proceed with Phase 2.

Once Phase 2 is completed, no follow-on funding will be available for the solution from the ISC program.

1.3 Definitions

The ISC Glossary outlines the terminology employed throughout this document and are complementary to the terms and conditions of any resulting grant award. Applicants should visit the ISC website for specific information on the ISC program.

1.4 Who Can Submit a Grant Funded Proposal

Applicants are required to certify program eligibility as part of their proposal. Selected applicants will be required to re-certify eligibility before entering Phase 1. Re-certification may be required at any phase under the ISC program. In order to remain eligible for the Challenge Stream, eligibility criteria must be met at all times.

Applicants under the Challenge Stream are those that meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

Under the Innovative Solutions Canada program, an "affiliate" relationship exists in the following situations:

A subsidiary is understood to be a business which has more than 50% of its ordinary shares or voting power owned by another business or individual.

COVID-19 Challenges [amended on April 5, 2020]
On a case-by-case basis for COVID-19 specific challenges, the program may allow eligible recipients to exceed 499 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. Exceptions to the 499 FTE employee requirement, and potentially other eligibility requirements, will be indicated under the “Eligibility” tab for each Challenge Notice.

1.4.1 Subcontractors

Only applicants that are eligible businesses can submit a proposal. However, applicants are allowed to use subcontractors to perform portions of the anticipated R&D in Phases 1 and 2. Subcontractor(s) may be academic, industrial or not-for-profit. Applicants must perform at least two-thirds (2/3) of the research and development (R&D) work in Phase 1 and at least half (1/2) of the work for Phase 2. The remaining R&D can be subcontracted to other organizations or individuals. Subcontractors are not required to meet program eligibility criteria. Specific subcontractor limitations are specified in section 3.4 of this document.

1.5 Intellectual Property (IP)

The default position of Canada is to allow funding recipients to retain the IP rights associated with their solutions.

1.6 Attachments

The following attachments form part of this document:

Attachment 1 - Evaluation Criteria – Phase 1

Part 2 - General instructions

2.1 General Instructions, Terms and Conditions

Applicants who submit a Phase 1 proposal in response to a grant-funded challenge agree to be bound by these instructions and procedures and accept the terms and conditions of any resulting funding agreement.

An applicant may withdraw their proposal by providing written notice to the ISC Secretariat at any time.

2.2 Enquiries

All enquiries regarding grant-funded challenges must be submitted in writing to the ISC Secretariat no later than (10) ten calendar days before the Challenge Notice closing date. Enquiries received after that time may not be answered.

Applicants should reference as accurately as possible the numbered item in this document to which the enquiry relates. Care should be taken by applicants to explain each question in sufficient detail in order to enable Canada to provide an accurate answer. Technical enquiries that are of a "proprietary" nature must be clearly marked "proprietary" at each relevant item. Items identified as proprietary will be treated as such except where Canada determines that the enquiry is not of a proprietary nature. Canada may edit the questions or may request that the applicant do so, so that the proprietary nature of the question is eliminated, and the enquiry can be answered with copies to all other applicants. Enquiries not submitted in a form that can be distributed to all applicants may not be answered by Canada.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the ISC program's Frequently Asked Questions page.

2.3 Public Announcements

The Government of Canada retains the right to make primary funding agreement announcements. Funding recipients should consult the terms of their specific funding agreements to understand if any prohibitions are placed on news releases or public announcements relating to the funding agreement.

Part 3 – Phase 1 proposal instructions

3.1 Proposal Submission

  1. Applicants are solely responsible for ensuring their Phase 1 proposal is received by the ISC Secretariat on time by the Challenge Notice closing date and time. Proposals received after the specified period will not be considered.
  2. Applicants must submit their proposal using the Challenge Stream Electronic Submission Form. The form can be found by clicking the "Propose a solution" button on the ISC website under the specific challenge the applicant is responding to. Challenges can be found at the following link. Proposals that are submitted in an alternate format will not be accepted.
  3. When a proposal is submitted, an automated email is sent to the applicant. This email serves as confirmation of receipt.
  4. If a large number of applicants access the web-based system at the same time, the electronic submission of proposals may be delayed.
  5. Applicants who are not able to submit their proposal using the web-based system must contact the ISC Secretariat at solutions@canada.ca to arrange delivery of their proposal before the Challenge Notice closing date and time.
  6. All proposals submitted will be bound by the same terms, conditions and limitations. For all proposals submitted, any text submitted above the character limit specified in the Challenge Stream Electronic Submission Form will not be evaluated.
  7. In the event that a proposal is submitted using the ISC web-based system and through an alternate mean for the same solution (e.g. email), the electronic proposal submitted via the ISC web-based system will take precedence unless otherwise specified by the applicant to the ISC Secretariat before the challenge closing date and time.
  8. Applicants may submit proposals for one or more Challenges, but must submit a separate proposal for each Challenge. Each proposal will be evaluated separately on its own merit.
  9. Unless otherwise stated in the Challenge Notice, applicants must only submit one proposal per Challenge. If more than one proposal is submitted for a Challenge only the last proposal submission will be considered. The last proposal submission will be determined by the system time stamp or the email time stamp in cases where the ISC Secretariat has approved delivery via email.
  10. Any modification and/or tampering with the Challenge Stream Electronic Submission Form will result in the proposal being rejected.

3.2 Proposal Submission Difficulties

  1. Should there be technical difficulties accessing or using the web-based system, or the Challenge Stream Electronic Submission Form, applicants must contact the ISC Secretariat at solutions@canada.ca Applicants must contact the ISC Secretariat before the Challenge closing date and time as specified in the Challenge Notice if they are experiencing proposal submission difficulties. Communications received after the deadline specified in the Challenge Notice will result in a rejection of the applicant's proposal.

3.3 Technical Proposal

  1. The Applicant's responses to the evaluation criteria presented in the Challenge Stream Electronic Submission Form will form the applicant's Technical Proposal. Applicants should respond to each criterion in a thorough, concise and clear manner. Applicants should explicitly demonstrate, in sufficient detail, how all criteria are met.
  2. To maintain the integrity of the evaluation, evaluators will consider only information presented in the proposal. No information will be inferred and personal knowledge or beliefs will not be utilized in the assessment. Canada will not evaluate information such as references to Web site addresses where additional information can be found.

3.4 Financial Proposal

  1. Applicants must complete the Financial Proposal set out in the Challenge Stream Electronic Submission Form. Responses provided in the form will form the applicant's Financial Proposal.
  2. If the applicant's Financial Proposal exceeds the maximum grant funding level specified in the Challenge Notice, any dollar value exceeding the maximum grant funding amounts will be the applicant's commitment of co-investment funding or funding through sources other than the ISC program.
  3. The subcontractor costs in the applicant's Financial Proposal are not to exceed one-third of the total eligible costs. For Phase 1, a minimum of two-thirds of the research or analytical effort – as expressed by the total value of eligible costs – must be performed by the funding recipient.
  4. For Phase 2, a minimum of one-half of the research or analytical effort – as expressed by the total value of eligible costs in the Phase 2 proposal – must be performed by the funding recipient.
  5. Occasionally, deviations from these requirements may occur, and must be approved in writing after consultation with the ISC Secretariat, and in agreement with Canada.

3.5 Eligible Costs

  1. Eligible costs will be those costs that are incurred by the eligible recipients in respect of eligible activities and which, in the opinion of Canada, are reasonable and necessary to carry out the eligible activities to which they relate. Eligible activities are identified in section 4.4.2. of this document.
  2. Eligible costs are incurred in Canada, are deemed necessary to the performance of the Project and are directly related to achieving the objectives for which the ISC funding was granted. Eligible costs are specified in individual funding agreements and may include:
    • salary costs: meaning amounts that are paid, or to be paid by an employer on a regular basis in the undertaking of the project, from which the employer withholds payroll deductions to the proper authorities on behalf of the employee. Salaries can include statutory holidays. Exclusions from salary costs are sick leave, vacation pay, profit, overhead, benefits, incentives and bonuses.
    • contractor's fees and sub-contracts (not to exceed one-third (1/3) of total eligible project costs
    • travel costs in accordance with the National Joint Council Travel Directive
    • reports and studies
    • overhead (maximum amount of eligible costs is set at 15 %): meaning those costs which, though necessarily having been incurred during the period of the performance of the Project activities for the conduct of the eligible recipient's business in general, cannot be identified and measured as directly applicable to the project
    • material cost: meaning the costs of materials which can be specifically identified and measured as having been used or to be used for the performance of the Project and which are so identified and measured consistently by the eligible recipient's cost accounting system as accepted by Canada
    • patenting costs
    • capital costs: capital items (fixed assets) include equipment, testing tools, and instruments that have residual values as determined by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) at the end of the funding period. The eligible expense items allowed by the ISC are the cost of utilization/depreciation of capital item (fixed assets) specifically required for the delivery of the eligible project.

3.6 Ineligible Costs

  1. Ineligible costs will include:
    • Land acquisition, leasing land, buildings (acquisitions and leasing), renovation or construction, and other facilities, real estate fees and related costs;
    • Financing charges, legal fees and loan interest payments;
    • Any goods and services costs which are received through donations or in kind;
    • Property taxes;
    • Lobbyist fees;

3.7 Pre-Agreement Costs

  1. On a case-by-case basis, Canada may consider supporting the inclusion of eligible costs a recipient incurred prior to the signing of the funding agreement but not earlier than the date on which a proposal has been submitted. Retroactively eligible costs must not exceed 20 % of total eligible costs. Canada will not be obliged to pay incurred costs in the event an application is rejected.
  2. Furthermore, even if an applicant is advised that their project has been approved and the applicant starts incurring costs, no costs are eligible for reimbursement unless a funding agreement is ultimately signed between the applicant and Canada. Any costs incurred prior to signing of a funding agreement would be incurred solely at the applicant's risk without obligation of payment by Canada.

Part 4 - Evaluation procedures, proposal selection and grant award

4.1 Evaluation Procedures

  1. Proposals will be assessed in accordance with the entire requirement and the evaluation criteria. The evaluation criteria is identified in "Attachment 1 – Phase 1 Evaluation Criteria".
  2. If additional evaluation criteria, beyond what is identified in 4.1 (a) is applicable, it will be identified in the Challenge Notice.
  3. An evaluation team composed of the National Research Council – Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP), and/or subject matter experts from other government departments will evaluate proposals. If required, Canada may use external Subject Matter Experts to evaluate any proposal. All evaluators will be required to confirm they are not in a conflict of interest, and sign a non-disclosure agreement.
  4. In conducting its evaluation, Canada may, but will have no obligation to, request clarifications from the applicant regarding information provided by the applicant with respect to any aspect of their proposal. This must not be construed as:

    1. an opportunity to provide supplemental information; or
    2. an intent to pre-qualify the proposal; or
    3. an intent to award a grant to the applicant.

    The applicant must provide a response to the written request for clarification or verification issued by Canada in accordance with the provisions of the request, which may include a time period in which to provide the response. Failure to comply with the request may result in the proposal being declared non-responsive and given no further consideration.

4.1.1 Phase 1 Evaluation Criteria

Part 1 – Mandatory Criteria

Canada will first evaluate the mandatory criteria. Proposals must meet all mandatory criteria in order to proceed to Part 2. Proposals that do not meet all mandatory criteria will be considered non-responsive and will not proceed to Part 2.

Part 2 – Point Rated Criteria

Proposals that have proceeded to Part 2 will be evaluated against the point rated criteria. Proposals must achieve an overall minimum score of at least 50% in order to be considered responsive and be placed in the Challenge Pool of Pre-Qualified Proposals.

4.2 Challenge Pool of Pre-Qualified Proposals

The purpose of the Challenge Pool is to create a list of potential solutions for each challenge that Canada may select from.

Proposals that are deemed responsive and meet all other requirements as identified in this document will be considered pre-qualified and placed in a pre-qualified pool.

Pre-Qualified proposals will be placed in a pool for the specific challenge referenced in the proposal. The establishment of pre-qualified pools does not constitute a commitment on the part of Canada to award grants. Placement into the Pool does not guarantee that a proposal will be selected or that a grant will be awarded.

4.3 Proposal Selection

Pre-qualified proposals will be considered for grants. Proposals which earn the highest overall pass mark may not be the proposals selected. Selection from a pool of pre-qualified proposals does not guarantee that a grant will be awarded.

Two scenarios exist for proposal selection:

4.3.1 Proposal Selection and Method of Selection

Canada will consider the evaluation results of the Pre-Qualified Proposals and may decide to make funding decisions on the basis of multiple parameters, such as:

Canada may select one proposal, more than one proposal or no proposal under a specific Challenge Notice. The decision to select a proposal is at the sole discretion of Canada.

Federal departments/agencies with the authority to use ISC grants, other than the Challenge Sponsoring Department, may choose to fund proposals, provided that there are no significant deviations from the original scope of the challenge. The same proposal selection and grant award process will apply.

4.3.2 Debriefing

Each applicant will be issued a debrief letter noting the final results of the evaluation.

4.4 Grant Award Process

To be considered for an ISC grant, a proposal must:

If an agreement at any step of the process cannot be reached between Canada and the applicant, Canada reserves the right to stop the grant award process with the applicant and dissociate the funds.

4.4.1 Project Activities (include deliverables and milestones where applicable):

Canada and the applicant will work together to agree on the specific project activities (including deliverables and milestones, where applicable). A funding agreement will contain the project activities.

4.4.2 Eligible Activities

Eligible activities that may take place under a Phase 1 funding agreement:

Phase 1: Proof of Feasibility

Activities that involve R&D from TRL 7 and higher will not be covered by a Phase 1 funding agreement.

4.4.3 Due Diligence

Canada may request additional information from the applicant as part of a due diligence review prior to making any funding decisions. Additional information could include, but not be limited to, the following:

Canada reserves the right to stop the grant award process on the basis of information received during the due diligence review.

Applicants should not provide additional information unless asked by Canada.

4.4.4 Notification of Grant Award – Phase 1

Upon successful completion of all steps in the Grant Award Process, the Challenge Sponsoring Department will inform the Applicant of final decisions on Phase 1 Grant Awards.

4.5 Stacking Limits

Funding Recipients are required to inform Canada of any government (federal, provincial, territorial,

municipal) financial assistance they have requested and/or received towards the Eligible Activities prior

to Canada approving an ISC grant. Total Canadian government assistance for all projects, including federal,

provincial/territorial and municipal, must not exceed 100 % of eligible costs funded. In no instances

will the total Canadian government assistance be allowed to exceed the total of eligible costs.

Funding recipients must inform Canada of any government (federal, provincial, territorial, municipal)

financial assistance (including tax credits) received towards the eligible activities during the project period

covered by an ISC grant.

4.6 Monitoring and Reporting

Eligible recipients are required to provide information in support of reporting on the performance of the ISC program. As part of the signed funding agreement, eligible recipients may be asked to provide:

In Phase 1 – Proof of feasibility

Interim progress reports to support reporting on the performance of the ISC program and to review the R&D accomplished to date.

A Final Report which includes, but is not limited to, the feasibility of the innovation and benefits achieved during Phase 1.

  1. Eligible recipients will be required to respond to requests from Canada to participate in business surveys for up to 5 years after completion of the project.

4.7 Phase 2 Proposal Process

If successful completion of Phase 1 is demonstrated, Canada may invite the Phase 1 funding recipient to submit a proposal for the purpose of advancing the TRL of the solution through Phase 2. The proposal will be evaluated against criteria that are same or similar to those in Attachment 1 of this document.

Participation in Phase 2 is not guaranteed. It is at the sole discretion of Canada to proceed with Phase 2.

Successful completion of a Phase 1 is defined by the receipt of a Phase 1 Final Report and acceptance of all Phase 1 funding agreement milestones by Canada. Canada will send a separate Phase 2 grant instruction document to funding recipients that have successfully completed Phase 1.

Attachment 1—Evaluation criteria – Phase 1

This attachment outlines how the proposals will be evaluated for Phase 1. Applicants should read this attachment to assist in the preparation of their proposal.

The applicant must complete the Challenge Stream Electronic Submission Form with a degree of information sufficient to enable Canada's assessment of the proposal against the criteria and the Evaluation Schema. The information must demonstrate how the proposal meets the criterion.

Part 1: Mandatory Criteria

Proposals must meet all mandatory criteria identified by achieving a "Pass" in order to proceed to Part 2. Proposals that do not meet all mandatory criteria will be deemed non-responsive and given no further consideration.

Mandatory Criteria

(Applicant's proposal must address)

Question 1 a: Scope

Describe the proposed solution and demonstrate how it responds to the challenge. Include in your description the scientific and technological basis upon which the solution is proposed and clearly demonstrate how the solution meets all of the Essential (Mandatory) Outcomes (if identified) in the Desired Outcomes section in the Challenge Notice.

Evaluation Schema (Mandatory - Pass/Fail)

Pass

The Applicant's proposed solution is clearly articulated, within the scope for the challenge and addresses all Essential (Mandatory) Outcomes (if identified) in the Challenge Notice.

Fail

The proposed solution is articulated as out of scope for the challenge.
OR
The proposal does not clearly demonstrate how the proposed solution addresses all Essential Outcomes listed in the challenge.
OR
The proposed solution is poorly described and does not permit concrete analysis.
OR
There is little to no scientific and/or technological evidence that the proposed solution is likely to meet the challenge.

Question 2: Current Technology Readiness Level (TRL)
  • Indicate the current TRL of the proposed solution. (Drop Down Menu of the Challenge Stream Electronic Submission Form)
  • Describe the research and development activities that have taken place to bring the proposed solution to the stated TRL.
Evaluation Schema (Mandatory - Pass/Fail)

Pass: The Applicant has demonstrated that the proposed solution is currently between TRLs 1 and 6 (inclusive), and provided justification by explaining the research and development (R&D) that has taken place to bring the solution to the stated TRL.

Fail: The Applicant has not provided sufficient evidence to demonstrate that the current TRL is between 1 to 6 (inclusive) including:

  • There is insufficient/no evidence provided for TRL judgment.
  • The solution involves the development of basic or fundamental research.
  • The solution is demonstrated at TRL 7 or higher.
  • Insufficient/unclear/no justification explaining the R&D that took place to bring the solution to the stated TRL.
  • The explanation simply paraphrases the description of a given TRL level.
Question 3a: Innovation

Demonstrate how the proposed solution meets one or more of the ISC definitions of innovation below:

  • An inventionFootnote *, new technology or new process that is not currently available in the marketplace.
  • Significant modifications to the application of existing technologies/components/processes that are applied in a setting or condition for which current applications are not possible or feasible.
  • An improvement in functionality, cost or performance over an existing technology/process that is considered state-of-the-art or the current industry best practice.
Evaluation Schema (Mandatory – Pass/Fail)

Pass:

The Applicant has demonstrated that the proposed solution meets one or more of the ISC definitions of innovation.

Fail:

  • Applicant has not provided sufficient evidence to demonstrate that the proposed solution meets any of the ISC definitions of innovation; OR
  • Applicant has demonstrated that the proposed solution is an incremental improvement, "good engineering", or a technology that would go ahead in the normal course of product development (i.e. the next version or release).
Question 3b: Advance on State of the Art

Describe in detail the competitive advantages and level of advancement over existing technologies. Where appropriate, name existing technologies as well as potential substitutes or competitors.

To demonstrate this, proposals should include the following information:

  • Improvements (minor or major) over existing technologies or substitutes. Use direct comparison.
  • How the proposed innovation will create competitive advantages in existing market niches or market spaces.
Evaluation Schema (Mandatory Criteria – Pass/Fail + Points)

0 points/Fail:

  • The Applicant has not demonstrated that the proposed solution advances the state-of-the-art over existing technologies, including available competing solutions; OR
  • The proposed solution improves minimally upon the current state of the art, though not sufficiently enough to create competitive advantages in existing market niches; OR
  • The stated advancements are described in general terms but are not substantiated with specific, measurable evidence.

5 points/Pass:

  • The Applicant has demonstrated that the proposed solution offers one or two minor improvements to existing technologies, including available competing solutions, that have potential to create competitive advantages in existing market niches.

12 points/Pass:

  • The Applicant has demonstrated that the proposed solution offers three or more minor improvements to existing technologies, including available competing solutions, that together are likely to create competitive advantages in existing market niches; OR
  • The Applicant has demonstrated that the proposed solution offers one significant improvement to existing technologies that is likely to create competitive advantages in existing market niches

20 points/Pass:

  • The Applicant has demonstrated that the proposed solution offers two or more significant improvements to existing technologies, including available competing solutions that are likely to create competitive advantages in existing market niches and could define new market spaces; OR
  • The Applicant has demonstrated that the proposed solution can be considered a new benchmark of state of the art that is clearly ahead of competitors and that is likely to define new market spaces

Part 2: Point-Rated Criteria

Proposals must meet the overall minimum pass mark of 50% to be deemed responsive. Proposals that do not achieve the minimum pass mark will be declared non-responsive and given no further consideration.

Point-Rated Criteria

(Applicant's proposal to address)

Question 1b: Scope

Demonstrate the scientific and technological basis of how the proposed solution addresses the Additional Outcomes (if identified) in the Desired Outcomes section in the Challenge Notice. If no Additional Outcomes are identified in the Challenge Notice, text entered in this section will not be considered.

If no Additional Outcomes are identified in the Challenge Notice, Applicants will receive 10 points.

Evaluation Schema (Point-Rated)
  1. Insufficient or no information provided to demonstrate that the solution will address any of the Additional Outcomes. 0 points
  2. Information provided clearly demonstrates that the solution will address some (<50%) of the Additional Outcomes. 3 points
  3. Information provided clearly demonstrates that the solution will address most (50% or more) of the Additional Outcomes. 6 points
  4. Information provided clearly demonstrates that the solution will address all (100%) of the Additional Outcomes. 10 points
Question 4: Phase 1 Science and Technology (S&T) Risks

Describe potential scientific and/or technological risks to the successful development of the proof of feasibility and how they will be mitigated in Phase 1.

Evaluation Schema (Point-Rated)
  1. Insufficient or no information provided to demonstrate that the Applicant has considered potential risks and mitigation strategies and/or information provided contains significant gaps. 0 points
  2. Information provided demonstrates that the Applicant has considered some potential risks and associated mitigation strategies but there are minor gaps in risks and/or associated mitigation strategies. 5 points
  3. Information provided clearly demonstrates that the Applicant has sufficiently considered the risks and defined associated mitigation strategies. 10 points
Question 5: Phase 1 Project Plan

Demonstrate a feasible Phase 1 project plan by completing the table.

  • Indicate if any milestones and activities will be completed concurrently
  • Indicate the estimated exit TRL at the completion of Phase 1. (Drop Down Menu of the Challenge Stream Electronic Submission Form)
Evaluation Schema (Point-Rated)
  1. Insufficient or no information provided to demonstrate a feasible project plan for Phase 1 and/or the project plan exceeds the maximum duration indicated in the Challenge Notice. 0 points
  2. Project plan for Phase 1 is conceivably feasible but not clearly demonstrated and/or includes gaps. 10 points
  3. Information provided clearly demonstrates a feasible project plan for Phase 1. 20 points
Question 6: Phase 1 Project Risks

Describe potential project risks to the successful development of the proof of feasibility and how they will be mitigated in Phase 1.

Applicants should address the following risks, as applicable:

  • Human Resources
  • Financial
  • Project Management
  • Intellectual Property
  • Other project-related risks

Note to Applicants: S&T risks should not be included in this section. Question 4 addresses S&T risks.

Evaluation Schema (Point-Rated)
  1. Insufficient or no information provided to demonstrate that the Applicant has considered potential risks and mitigation strategies and/or information provided contains significant gaps. 0 points
  2. Information provided demonstrates that the Applicant has considered some potential risks and associated mitigation strategies but there are minor gaps in risks and/or associated mitigation strategies. 5 points
  3. Information provided clearly demonstrates that the Applicant has sufficiently considered the risks and defined associated mitigation strategies. 10 points
Question 7: Phase 1 Implementation Team

Demonstrate how the project implementation team has the required management and technological skill sets and experience to deliver the project plan for Phase 1 by completing the table. A member of the implementation team can have more than one role.

Evaluation Schema (Point-Rated)
  1. Insufficient or no information provided to demonstrate that the project team has the required management and technological skill sets and experience to deliver the Phase 1 project plan. 0 points
  2. Information is provided but there are minor gaps in required management and/or technological skill sets and/or experience to deliver the Phase 1 project plan. 10 points
  3. Information provided clearly demonstrates that the project team has the required management and technological skill sets and experience to deliver the Phase 1 project plan. 20 points
Question 8: Inclusivity

If your business were to receive funding from Innovative Solutions Canada, describe what actions (e.g., recruitment strategy, internships, co-op placements, etc.) might be taken in Phase 1 to support the participation of under-represented groups (e.g., women, youth, persons with disabilities, Indigenous people, visible minorities) in the research and development of the proposed solution. Each Applicant in their response to this question must focus only on describing relevant programs, policies, or initiatives that it currently has in place or would put in place to support the R&D effort in Phase 1.

Note: Do not provide any personal information of individuals employed by your company or that of your subcontractors in the response.

Evaluation Schema (Point-Rated)
  1. No description and/or concrete examples of actions provided that would be taken to encourage greater participation of under-represented groups. 0 points
  2. A description and concrete examples of actions to encourage greater participation of under-represented groups provided.5 points
Question 9: Phase 1 Financial Proposal

Demonstrate a realistic financial proposal for the Phase 1 project plan by completing the table.

Evaluation Schema (Point-Rated)
  1. Insufficient information provided and/or information provided significantly lack credibility. Does not demonstrate a realistic financial proposal for the Phase 1 project plan. 0 points
  2. Information is provided but some costs lack credibility and/or are unclear for the Phase 1 project plan. 7.5 points
  3. Information provided contains credible elements to clearly demonstrate a realistic financial proposal for the Phase 1 project plan. 15 points
Question 10: Phase 1 Financial Controls, Tracking and Oversight

Describe the financial controls, tracking and oversight that will be used to manage the public funds throughout Phase 1. Applicants should indicate if an individual or firm will be managing the public funds and provide their credentials and/or relevant experience.

Evaluation Schema (Point-Rated)
  1. Insufficient or no information provided to demonstrate the Applicant's ability to manage public funds in Phase 1. 0 points
  2. Information provided is vague and/or contains gaps. The Applicant has some controls, tracking and/or oversight in place to manage the public funds in Phase 1. 5 points
  3. Information provided clearly demonstrates that the Applicant has strong financial controls, tracking and oversight to manage public funds in Phase 1. 10 points
Question 11: Phase 2 Overview

Demonstrate a realistic overview for the prototype development plan if selected to participate in Phase 2.

Responses should include:

  • key tasks
  • estimated cost for materials
  • human resources
  • project risks and mitigation strategies

Note: A more detailed proposal will be requested if selected to participate in Phase 2.

Evaluation Schema (Point-Rated)
  1. Insufficient or no information provided to demonstrate that the Applicant has contemplated a realistic overview for the Phase 2 prototype development. 0 points
  2. Information provided demonstrates a conceivably realistic overview for Phase 2 prototype development, however there are gaps and/or the strategy is vague. 6 points
  3. Information provided demonstrates that the Applicant has a clear and realistic overview. 12 points
Question 12: Commercialization Approach

Demonstrate a realistic overall commercialization approach/business model that can successfully take the technology/service to market, and how the technology/service will help you develop and sell other products.

Responses should include:

  • Target markets (excluding Government of Canada)
  • Non-ISC funding sources
  • Transition to a commercially-ready product or service
  • Any other indicators of commercial potential and commercial feasibility

Note: A more detailed proposal will be requested if selected to participate in Phase 2.

Evaluation Schema (Point-Rated)
  1. Insufficient or no information provided to demonstrate that the proposed solution has commercial potential. 0 points
  2. Some information provided to demonstrate that the proposed solution has commercial potential, however there are gaps in the commercialization approach. 6 points
  3. A realistic commercialization approach is provided that demonstrates that the proposed solution has commercial potential. 12 points
Question 13: Resulting Benefits to Canada

Describe the benefits that could result from the commercialization of the proposed solution. Applicants should consider the potential benefits using the following three categories and provide justification for each claim:

  • Innovation Benefits: Expected contribution towards the enhancement or development of new industrial or technological innovations within your firm. Responses could include: potential spillover benefits, creation of intellectual property, impact on productivity of the new technology, etc.
  • Economic Benefits: Forecasted impact on the growth of Canadian firms, clusters and supply chains, as well as its expected benefits for Canada's workforce. Responses could include: number of jobs created, number of high-paying jobs, investment in Canada's economy, etc.
  • Public Benefits: Expected contribution to the broader public to the degree that the solution is expected to generate social, environmental, health, security or other benefits to Canada. Responses could include: solution-related environmental benefits, solution-related accessibility benefits, and solution-related impact on Indigenous communities.
Evaluation Schema (Point-Rated)
  1. Innovation Benefits

    Benefit not identified or insufficient claim of benefit. 0 points

    Benefit has marginal increment or limited justification. 1 point

    Benefit is significant and well justified. 2 points

  2. Economic Benefits

    Benefit not identified or insufficient claim of benefit. 0 points

    Benefit has marginal increment or limited justification. 1 point

    Benefit is significant and well justified. 2 points

  3. Public Benefits.

    Benefit not identified or insufficient claim of benefit. 0 points

    Benefit has marginal increment or limited justification. 1 point

    Benefit is significant and well justified. 2 points

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