The NCE Secretariat invites private-sector consortia to apply for funding through the 2014 BL-NCE Competition for new networks.
The BL-NCE program was created by the Government of Canada in Budget 2007. The budget allocated $46 million for the creation of Business-Led networks. The first competition selected four networks in 2009 for the period of four years at a total grant value of $8-$12M. In Budget 2012 the Government of Canada made the BL-NCE program permanent, with an annual budget of $12 million.
This competition will select up to four new BL networks over a period of up to five years.
The 2014 competition for new networks is open to Canadian private sector companies, consortia, associations, etc. who are proposing to deliver a successful BL network in a Canadian research priority area.
BL networks increase business value and/or private sector competitive advantage. They are business-driven with a research program directed and managed by private sector members. They address key performance issues of their sector and enable businesses to develop, share and benefit from innovative solutions through collaboration and pooled resources across the private and public sector. The open nature of a BL network draws membership from large companies, small and medium enterprises, not-for profit organizations, academia and government, while speeding the delivery of research results, expanding the scope of potential solutions and minimizing barriers to commercialization.
The application process for the 2014 BL-NCE Competition consists of three stages: a Notification of Intent, a Letter of Intent, and a Full Application. Each stage is mandatory. The Notification of Intent submission deadline is February 15, 2013.
|Competition Launch||January 17, 2013|
|Notification of Intent (NOI) Deadline||February 15, 2013|
|Letter of Intent (LOI) Application Deadline||April 15, 2013|
|Full Application Deadline||September 15, 2013|
|Expert Panel Review||October 1-15, 2013|
|Notification of Applicants||December, 2013|
|Release of funds||March, 2014|
If you have questions regarding the 2014 BL-NCE Competition, please contact Renée Leduc.