ENCQOR 5G SME Technology Development Program

Program Status and Submission Deadline× Closed for Applications
Project SectorDigital Economy Technologies - Please see list of current Challenge Statements for more detail on strategic sub-sectors of interest. EOIs must be developed in direct response to a posted Challenge Statement.
Basic Eligibility Criteria


  • Ontario-based company with less than 500 employees
  • Additional eligibility criteria may be applied by Challenge Statement

Project Partner:

  • Partners are defined in the posted Challenge Statement
  • Applicants must partner with an ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firm (Ciena, Ericsson, Thales)
  • The ENCQOR 5G anchor firm must use the results of the project for the economic, environmental or social benefit of Ontario.


  • Projects must be developed in response to the posted Challenge Statement
  • Areas of technology interest and expected project outcomes will be defined in posted Challenge Statements
  • Projects must drive the development, integration, testing or validation of pre-commercial technologies that form the Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) testbed and must be within TRL level 1-7
  • Projects must show the potential for commercial impact for the applicant, ENCQOR 5G Anchor Firm and economic benefit for Ontario.

Intern (Optional)

  • Applicants may select to apply for funding to support an intern as part of the project.
  • Full detail about OCI’s TalentEdge Program and Intern Eligibility can be found in the program guidelines
  • Maximum funding per project is defined by the posted Challenge Statement
  • Funding available for Challenges ranges from $50,000 to $500,000
Project DurationUp to 24 months
Minimum Matching RequirementMatching contributions are preferred, but there are  no mandatory matching funding requirement for this program.
How to ApplySee details on the program guidelines. Deadline for expressions of interest are defined on posted Challenge Statements