Canada’s Ocean Supercluster to Invest up to $35M in New Accelerated Ocean Solutions Program
(May 8, 2020) Today Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) announced a Canada-wide Call for Proposals for its new Accelerated Ocean Solutions Program (Program). Through the Program, the supercluster will invest up to $35 million in short-term ocean projects that will help stimulate the economy during this challenging time. This will supplement the OSC’s core programs in Technology Leadership and Innovation Ecosystem, and is intended to trigger additional industry investment in innovation, capability-building, and helping build resilience in the ocean economy.
“While we remain focused on staying healthy and safe, it’s incumbent upon us to also create opportunities to continue to deliver commercial outcomes and contribute to Canada’s economic recovery,” says CEO Kendra MacDonald. “As we look to new opportunities in ocean to help grow the economy post-COVID-19, advancing as many strong Ocean Supercluster projects as possible has never been more important.”
As significant impacts are being felt across ocean sectors, companies are looking to manage through this difficult time and come out stronger. MacDonald says for the Ocean Supercluster while the momentum continues to grow with increasing membership and an active pipeline of large-scale projects, this is an opportunity to further support members and stimulate activity with smaller-scale projects that can be completed in less than two years.
The Accelerated Ocean Solutions Program Call for Proposals is focused on three Project Themes including: remote operations; digital/automated technologies; and environmental technologies, and four Project Types that will be considered including: product/service advancement and commercialization; capacity and infrastructure; process enhancement; and innovation ecosystem. Projects must have a compelling strategy to capitalize on emerging opportunities and overcome challenges in the context of the current market and operational conditions, and deliver a definitive outcome in an accelerated timeframe.
The application process is now open and begins with Expressions of Interest which must be submitted by May 22, 2020 at 2 p.m. Atlantic time to be considered. For complete details, visit https://oceansupercluster.ca/projects/accelerated-ocean-solutions-program/
About Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is an industry-led transformative cluster focused on tackling the shared challenges of multiple ocean sectors through a collaborative program designed to accelerate the development and commercialization of globally relevant solutions. This includes leaders in fisheries, aquaculture, offshore resources, transportation, marine renewables, defence, bioresources, and ocean technologies who are committed to leveraging collective strengths and working together. For more information visit www.oceansupercluster.ca