Program Introduction

Led by industry, the projects of CARIC’s Maturing Technology Program aim to validate or demonstrate the potential of emerging technology to solve aerospace sector-specific problems.

The mandatory research for these projects can be carried out primarily at industrial companies, universities, colleges and research centres. Maturing Technology Program projects typically take one to three years and focus on technology that, at the beginning of the project, have a technology readiness level (TRL) from 4 to 6.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the Maturing Technology Program, a project must meet the following criteria:

  • At least two Canadian companies involved in the project (both companies must be CARIC members in good standing)
  • At least two universities and/or colleges involved in the project (these organizations must be CARIC members)
  • Research centres can also participate as a third research partner (these organizations must be CARIC members)


The funding recipients are industrial companies, universities, colleges and research centres.

Examples of eligible expenses:

  • Salary of necessary staff for the research project (students, postdoctoral fellows, technical or professional assistance)
  • Laboratory equipment and supplies, including the services of third-party providers (vital to the project)
  • Equipment (the total cost of equipment may not exceed $1,000,000 and may not represent more than 20% of the total eligible project costs)
  • Equipment or facility rental
  • Dissemination costs (publication costs and other activities)

Funding allocation

  • Together, industry partners must make a minimum direct and indirect contribution (in-kind) of 50% of the expenditures deemed eligible by CARIC (of the total project budget).
  • Total public funding is mainly supplied by CARIC. If applicable, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and other programs may co-fund the project. Total public funding must not exceed 50% of the total project budget.


Project development in five stages

Stage 1: Project idea proposal

Who can make a proposal?
Industry experts
Researchers (universities, colleges and/or research centres), with a letter of support from an industrial company

Anyone with a project idea is invited to submit it to the CARIC community during workshops and Research Forums held frequently (see our upcoming events).

The presentation is compelling: in less than 10 minutes, leaders of ideas present a brief description of the project and its objectives and the potential expertise and partners they require (CARIC provides a template for standardizing presentations). Subsequently, participants interested in certain ideas can discuss them with the presenters and register as “interested” participants.

Project ideas can also be submitted on the sidelines of these events. To this end, champions of ideas can contact the director of their region. However, they do not benefit from the exposure available to research partners at forums and workshops.

Stage 2: Team member selection

After our forums and/or workshops, an area for each idea is created on the Aero-Collaboration Portal. Registering for the portal is free and open to everyone.

Experts and researchers who have shown interest in participating in a project during our forums and/or workshops will be automatically registered for the area dedicated to the project idea. Accordingly, they will receive every announcement about the project. To be officially considered for the project team, interested parties must fill out a “Show of Interest” form and submit it online in the project area.

Next, expressions of interest are assessed by the industry leaders of the projects, who select the team members: industry partners, research partners and an academic leader.

Stage 3: Application preparation

During this stage, the team begins to prepare its funding application. The application must include the following document:

  • A research proposal (including a detailed budget) for CARIC’s Scientific Committee

The industrial leader, supported by the project partners, prepares the application in close collaboration with a project manager from CARIC.

Stage 4: Application assessment process

CARIC assessment

To receive funding from CARIC, the project must be approved by CARIC’s Scientific Committee.

Who submits the application?
The project’s industrial leader must submit the research proposal and budget.

The Scientific Committee meets four times a year.

The CARIC Scientific Committee’s deliberation confirmation timeframe
Within two weeks of the Scientific Committee meeting

Assessment by other agencies (such as NSERC and Mitacs), if they co-fund the project

Stage 5: Signing of the intellectual property agreement

Once the Scientific Committee approves the project, CARIC sends the team a Grant Offer Letter, conditional upon receiving a project agreement from CARIC signed by each partner within four months. Non-member partners must also join CARIC at this stage.The negotiation of intellectual property clauses is at the discretion of the partners. CARIC may, however, provide a generic agreement template upon request. CARIC’s agreement template includes the terms and conditions and payment schedule. If the team uses this template, CARIC and the project partners shall sign a single contract. If the team chooses to work on its own agreement template, it can insert CARIC’s terms and conditions and payment schedule, so everyone also signs a single contract.Still have any questions about the Understanding Technology Program?

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