RPAS Call for project ideas

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The National Research Council (NRC) is collaborating with Transport Canada (TC) to develop a 5-year R&D plan to support regulatory development for visual line-of-sight (VLOS)/beyond visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) operations and to identify technology advancements, testing and certification that will enable safe operation of RPAS (also known as drone, UAS or UAV) in Canada. The objectives are to develop and oversee the Government of Canada’s transportation policies and programs so that Canadians can have access to a transportation system that is safe and secure; green and innovative; and efficient.

The Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC) and the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Quebec (CRIAQ) will support Transport Canada and NRC to deploy a RPAS R&D Program, by making use of their networks with the objective to:

  • Stimulate, Create and Support opportunities for industry, academia and government to perform collaborative research activities to support Canadian regulatory framework development
  • Support other key initiatives when required

In this context, a call for projects ideas is launched in the following themes:

  • BVLOS-1: Detect and Avoid (DAA) system qualification: Provide data on risk mitigation of specific detect-and-avoid (DAA) systems to inform the regulator and support the issuance of BVLOS Special Flight Operations Certificates (SFOC).
  • BVLOS-2: C2 link robustness: Inform the regulatory requirement for Command and Control (C2) link characteristics for BVLOS operations at low altitude (<500feet), by small-medium RPAS.
  • BVLOS-3: Human injury probability: Inform the regulatory requirement on probability of impact of the RPAS on people, in case of mishap for BVLOS operations at low altitude, by small-medium RPAS.
  • BVLOS-4: Human injury severity: Inform on injuries that can be caused by RPAS impact on people (Not limited to 50th percentile male, includes cuts, concussions, lesions, fractures, etc.) and efficiency of mitigation factors.
  • BVLOS-5: Drone Detection: Development of an effective solution for RPAS detection on critical section of airspace on or in vicinity of airports or aerodromes

Goals of this program include development of technological breakthroughs and new enabling technologies, with significant economic benefit for Canada (jobs, revenues, etc.).

Interested industrial partners are invited to submit a project idea with research partners for the development of collaborative projects for this RPAS specific call.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Projects must address one of the above listed topics
  • Industry partner(s) must have an R&D presence and/or manufacturing facility in Canada, and the operations in Canada must be expected to commercialize the R&D results of the project
  • Intellectual Property (IP) arising from the project will be managed by the project participants, as CARIC-CRIAQ does not claim or manage IP rights.


Available Funding*:

Funding agency Location TRL Funding recipients Public funding support
CRIAQ Provincial – Quebec*

*funding recipients must be in QC but partners outside of QC are eligible




Research organizations (universities, colleges, research centres)

Industries + Research organizations (universities, colleges, research centres)

Maximum 40% of project eligible expenditures


Maximum 50% of project eligible expenditures

IRAP All provinces 4+ SME Maximum 80% of salaries of employees

Maximum 50% of salaries of sub-contactors

NSERC All provinces 2-4 Research organizations (universities, colleges, research centres) Maximum 50% if OEM + Research organizations

Maximum 66% if SME + Research organizations or SME + OEM + Research organizations

* Not exhaustive. Access to funding is submitted to programs eligibility criteria – a representant from the relevant program will be in contact with you after your idea submission.

  • Average value of a project: 500k
  • Average of project duration: 1,5 to 3 Years


Submission process:

Download the template

Deadline to submit project ideas: August 15th, 2019 at the following address: project@caric.aero

For more information, please contact project@caric.aero


CARIC will act the point of contact for the reception of the project ideas and the coordination of the initiative. All the project ideas will be therefore evaluated by a joint committee including representatives from CARIC, CRIAQ, NRC and TC.

All projects led in Québec, dealing with technology readiness level (TRL) level from 2 to 6 and meeting CRIAQ eligible criteria will be invited to follow the CRIAQ process.