THE INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS CANADA PROGRAM (ISC) - Challenge Stream - Call for Proposals (Call 003) (EN578-20ISC3)
Tender Notice - Request for Proposal (RFP)
- Days until closing
- 9 months 2 weeks hence
- Publication date
- Amendment date
- Date closing
- 2022/06/30 14:00 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
- AD917700: Military (R&D)
- AJ119084: Radiometric Technology (R&D)
- AC617768: Radar Defence Systems (R&D)
- AD917712: Biological Defence Technology (R&D)
- AZ110210: Research Project Management Services (R&D)
- AJ119040: Electromagnetic Technology (R&D)
- AJ212500: Computer Science (R&D)
- AJ212512: Communications Network Hardware (R&D)
- AJ212516: Communications Network Software (R&D)
- AJ311500: Climatology (R&D)
- AJ212528: Computer Systems Security (R&D)
- AZ110111: Scientific Data Collection - Field (R&D)
- AZ110176: Process Simulation Models: Science and Technology Related (R&D)
- AZ110172: Forecasting Models: Science and Technology Related (R&D)
- AZ110114: Real Time Analysis: Science and Technology Related (R&D)
- AH215000: Environmental Sciences: Air, Water Pollution and other (R&D)
- AH115032: Environmental Assessment (R&D)
- AH910222: Environmental Impact Study (R&D)
- AP313000: Earth Sciences (R&D)
- AP518588: Sonar Technology (R&D)
- AN117500: Medical (R&D)
- AK117000: Materials/Products (R&D)
- AR210444: Satellite Antenna Design and Development (R&D)
- AT319560: Integrated Navigation Systems (R&D)
- AT919500: Transportation (R&D)
- AD917720: Chemical Defence Technology (R&D)
- AJ110700: Biology (R&D)
- AJ112000: Engineering (R&D)
- AJ119000: Physics (R&D)
- AJ110724: Biochemistry (R&D)
- AJ110224: Ergonomic Study (R&D)
- AJ212508: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE/INFERENCE SYSTEMS (R&D)
- AJ412000: Communications (R&D)
- AJ111000: Chemistry (R&D)
- AJ212552: Image Enhancement Analysis Technology (R&D)
- AZ110136: Measuring Instruments-Design, Development, Modification: Science and Technology Related (R&D)
- AZ110178: Functional Simulation Modelling : Science and Technology Related (R&D)
- Region of delivery
- End user entity
- Public Works and Government Services Canada
- Procurement entity
- Public Works and Government Services Canada
- Region of opportunity
- Tendering procedure
- Solely Canadian content
- Trade agreement
- Reference number
- Solicitation number
*Amendment* - Solicitation Date Extension
Remove: 2021/08/31 00:00 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
Replace with: 2022/06/30 14:00 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
Introduction and Procurement Approach
Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) helps Canadian innovators by funding research and development (R&D) and testing prototypes in real-life settings.
Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) is issuing a Call for Proposals (CFP) on behalf of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and participating departments, seeking innovative solutions to address a wide range of challenges facing federal departments and agencies. The purpose of this CFP is to create various pools of potential solutions that Canada may select from to address the challenges.
This CFP will be published on an ongoing basis for PWGSC to post Canada’s challenges. Details related to each challenge, including available funding, the duration and their specific closing date, will be published under distinct Challenge Notices on the Buy and Sell website, which will form part of this CFP solicitation.
This CFP invites proposals for Challenge Stream – Phase 1 only.
- Innovative Solutions Canada Program Overview
The ISC program consists of two streams – Challenge and Testing.
This CFP addresses entry into the Challenge Stream whereby solutions can later enter the Testing Stream. For direct entry into the Testing Stream, please see the ISC website.
Each resulting contract will include Milestone deliverables. Successful completion of a Phase is defined by the receipt and acceptance of all contract Milestone deliverables by Canada’s Technical Authority.
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. Eligibility criteria is defined in section 1.4 of this CFP.
The Challenge Stream invites Bidders to submit innovative solutions within Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 1-6 (inclusive) to address a specific Challenge.
Solutions may advance through Phases 1 and 2 of the Challenge Stream and into the Testing Stream.
Phase 1: Proof of Feasibility
The objective of Phase 1 is for selected Bidders to conduct research and development (R&D) on their proposed solutions and deliver a proof of feasibility to Canada.
Bidders are encouraged to progress their solution as far as possible on the TRL scale, but note that Canada will only fund Work up to TRL 6 under Phase 1.
Bidders 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 and delivering a prototype to Canada for the selected Challenge. Small businesses are encouraged to progress their solution as far as possible on the TRL scale.
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.
Solutions which reach the end of the TRL scale and are ready for market may be invited to submit a proposal for Phase 3: Pathway to Commercialization as described in section 1.2.3.
However, solutions which require additional research and development and are between TRL 7-9 may be invited to advance to the Testing Stream outlined in section 1.2.2.
Solutions that do not reach TRL 6 at the end of Phase 2 may not be considered for further ISC funding.
1.2.2 Optional Entry into Testing Stream: Prototype Testing
The objective of the Testing Stream is to test prototypes in real-life settings. Canada may purchase multiple quantities of the prototypes developed in Phase 2, test them and provide valuable feedback.
Entry into the Testing Stream is solely limited to small businesses who have demonstrated successful completion of Phase 2 and are within TRL 7-9 (inclusive). The small business’ Phase 2 final report alongside a supplemental proposal submission form will be used to assess if the solution will proceed to the Testing Stream. The Phase 2 report will be evaluated based on assessment criteria that will include, at minimum, TRL, innovation and advance on state of the art while the supplemental proposal submission form will contain all other information required by the Testing Stream to complete the evaluation. In some cases, departments that originally sponsored the challenge may decide not to move forward with further research and development, however, Bidders may be matched with another departmental partner under the Testing Stream.
Participation in the Testing Stream is not guaranteed. It is at the sole discretion of Canada to proceed with the Testing Stream.
Small businesses whose solutions reach the end of the TRL scale and are ready for market may be invited to submit a proposal for Phase 3: Pathway to Commercialization as described in section 1.2.3.
1.2.3 Phase 3 – Pathway to Commercialization
As a result of Canada’s time and investment in a small business’ solution development, Canada intends to create a pool of qualified solutions developed under the ISC Program that are beyond TRL 9 and are ready for commercialization. Small businesses who demonstrate successful completion of Phase 2 may be invited to submit a proposal for Phase 3. To be placed in the pool of pre-qualified solutions, small businesses will be required to, at minimum, demonstrate how their solution continues to meet their respective ISC challenge and provide a realistic commercialization plan. Additional assessment criteria may be included with the Phase 3 proposal invitation. Canada may acquire the final solution from this qualified pool for a period of up to three years after notice of qualification, without further competition. Use of this procurement vehicle is not mandatory and Canada reserves the right to publish an Advanced Contract Award Notice or competitive solicitation conduct a competitive process to determine if there are other commercial solutions available to solve the challenge.
Note: The ISC program may be running other CFPs independently on Buy and Sell for solutions within TRL 7-9 (inclusive) for direct entry into the Testing Stream. For information on the independent solicitations, visit the ISC website.
Federal departments and agencies may post challenges that use either procurement contracts or grants as financial instruments to support R&D in Phases 1 and 2. This notice pertains to procurement contracts. For information on open challenges funded by contracts, please see the ISC website: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/101.nsf/eng/h_00000.html
- Contact name
- Secrétariat de Solutions Innovatrices Canada / Innovative Solutions Canada Secretariat
- Contact email
- Contact address
10 rue Wellington Gatineau QC K1A 0S5 CA
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