Program Details & Objectives

CRIAQ is organizing a fourth call for project ideas on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) technologies in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and Transport Canada (TC).

This program aims to identify innovative technology ideas and collect scientific data that will support the development of regulations, test methods and certification methods of compliance that will enable the safe operations of RPAS (also known as UAV or UAS) in Canada.

CRIAQ will support Transport Canada and NRC in the deployment of a research and development program on RPAS, using their networks with the objective of:

  • Promoting collaborative research activities to support the development of the Canadian regulatory framework.
  • Supporting other key initiatives as required.

This year’s theme is looking at technologies development and/or demonstrations that will enable Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations of RPAS. Interested industrial partners are invited to submit a project idea in collaboration with research partners for the “Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Enabling Technologies” theme.

Details on project funding

This program does not guarantee access to funding for your project; funding will need to be secured through a specific funding program.

Applicants who receive a positive evaluation of their project idea will be provided with contact information to local funding agencies by CRIAQ.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Projects must address the theme BVLOS Enabling Technologies.
  • Project ideas must be submitted by an industrial partner.
  • Industrial partners must have an R&D presence and/or manufacturing facility in Canada, and operations in Canada must be able to commercialize the R&D results of the project.
  • The industrial partner(s) must have an annual sale and/or annual investments of $500,000.
  • Intellectual property arising from the project will be managed by the project participants, as CRIAQ-NRC-TC does not claim or manage intellectual property rights.

Application submission and approval process  

All project ideas will be evaluated by a joint committee composed of representatives from CRIAQ, the NRC and TC. CRIAQ will act as the contact point for receiving project ideas and coordinating the initiative.

All Quebec-led projects dealing with Technological Readiness Level (TRL) 2 to 6 and meeting CRIAQ criteria will also be invited to follow the CRIAQ process. Project teams may also make direct contact with other Canadian funding agencies if they meet their eligibility criteria.

Depending on the content of the final project plan, Transport Canada may act as an advisor or observer of the project.

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