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The Canadian Space Agency Wants Input on an AO for Industrial Capability Programs

The Canadian Space Agency is again looking for input from the space community for the Space Technology Development Program (STDP), this time with an emphasis on Industrial Capability. It was just two weeks ago that they were soliciting input for 17 priority technologies.

Today’s announcement focuses on three potential Announcements of Opportunities (AO) withing the STDP Grants and Contributions Program.

The three AO’s are:

AO4.1 Space R&D: Non-repayable contributions of up to $ 2 million for research and development (R&D)space projects.

The R&D projects within this category are those whose potential for expected economic benefits is in the short and medium term, between 2 and 5 years.

Note: This category is open to all for-profit Canadian businesses.

AO4.2 Space R&D – Small Businesses: Non-repayable contributions of up to $ 200,000 for R&D space projects carried out by small businesses.

The R&D projects within this category are those whose potential for expected economic benefits is in the medium and long term, between 5 to 10 years.

Note: This category is open exclusively to for-profit Canadian small businesses (with up to 50 employees).

AO4.3 Space R&D – Feasibility Studies: Non-repayable contributions of up to $ 100,000 for feasibility studies related to space system design projects for technologies with strong commercial potential.

The R&D projects within this category are those whose potential for expected economic benefits is in the medium and long term, between 5 to 10 years.

Note: This category is open to all for-profit Canadian businesses.

Announcement Notes

  • Approved proposals will be qualified for a total government (federal, provincial/territorial and municipal) assistance of up to a maximum of 75% of total eligible project costs.
  • The CSA plans to allocate approximately 75% of the total AO budget to the first category (AO4.1), 20% to the second (AO4.2) and 5% to the third (AO4.3).
  • The definition of R&D used by the STDP program, and for this notice, is as follows: “Any pre-commercial technology activities that are carried out to resolve unknowns regarding the feasibility of space concepts in the space sector.”
  • Eligible projects do not include application development software and activities related to Earth Observation and Satellite Telecommunication data. Specifically in relation to earth observation data, the CSA manages a separate program entitled the Earth Observation Applications Development Program (EOADP), which covers such activities.

The CSA is looking for the community provide feedback by March 17 to the following email address: asc.pdts_consultation-stdp_consultation.csa@canada.ca

The AO is scheduled for mid-April.

About Marc Boucher

Marc Boucher
Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceRef Canada Interactive Inc, CEO and co-founder of SpaceRef U.S., advisor and co-founder of the Canadian Space Commerce Association, and director and co-founder of MaxQ Accelerator Inc. Previously he was the founder of Maple Square, Canada's first internet directory and search engine which he sold.

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