Technology Validations

Overview

The Technology Validation Program (TVP) promotes the deployment of monitoring technologies to provide breakthroughs in the sustainable development of Canada’s Northern natural resources.  The program is intended as a precursor to the long-term implementation of remote sensing and other technologies in the resource sector. 

LOOKNorth sectors of interest are oil & gas, mining, hydro-power, and the related transportation.  The primary regions of interest include northern regions both offshore in the northern seas and oceans, and onshore in permafrost and discontinuous permafrost environments.  In addition, activities in Canada’s oil sands are included.

Typically, LOOKNorth will co-fund eligible projects up to 50% of eligible costs.  The remaining funds must be provided from an industry sector co-sponsor.  Projects should have a maximum value of $400k resulting in a funding request of up to $200k.

LOOKNorth’s mandate is sustained commercialization, the CECR program does not fund costs for research and development, and costs for commercialization are funded at no more then 50%.  Technology validation projects are for a maximum of two years.

The Process

LOOKNorth publishes requests for expressions of interest (EOI) or calls for proposals (CFP) on a regular basis.  Proposals provided to LOOKNorth from an EOI or CFP are examined by an evaluation team approved by the Advisory Committee to determine how well they match LOOKNorth’s criteria and desired impacts.  The recommendations of the evaluation team are reviewed by the management team and advisory committee, who request that the board of directors approve the funding of the selected projects.

The CECR program requires a measurement of the impacts of funded projects.  The Technology Validation Program desired impacts are:

  • improvements in safety of personnel, operational risk reduction,
  • increased benefits to Northern people,
  • acceptance of a technology as a standard by a regulatory body,
  • reinforcing Canada’s position internationally in the EO sector,
  • development of highly-qualified personnel (HQP), jobs created, potential revenues.

Proposals will be rated against the following criteria:

  • impact of a successful Technology Validation project
  • degree of innovation implemented
  • percentage of sponsor co-funding
  • value of in-kind contributions
  • suitability of the proposed solution
  • potential for international sales

Eligible costs are provided in the CECR Program Guide, Appendix D, which can be found here.

Current Calls

LOOKNorth’s first call for proposals will be issued as an expression of interest (EOI) in August 2010.

Evaluation Team

Proposals submitted to LOOKNorth in response to a call for proposals are evaluated by a team of impartial subject matter experts from industry and academia.  The evaluation team examines submitted proposals against the overarching program objectives of LOOKNorth, the specifics of the call to which they are responding, and the viability of the project for success.

Environmental Assessments

 All project submitted to LOOKNorth under the TVP must complete an environmental assessment checklist (EAC).  This short EAC form is required to identify any potential environmental concerns and is not used to eliminate projects, only to ensure that environmental issues are being identified and dealt with in an effective manner.   Should the EAC identify issues, a third party must be consulted to determine whether mitigation is warranted.  LOOKNorth covers a portion of this consultation process.  The environmental assessment policy and EAC can be downloaded here <LINK TO EAC DOC>

Confidentiality and Conflict of interest policy

 All information submitted to LOOKNorth is considered confidential. 

All members of LOOKNorth/C-CORE’s Board of Directors and the management team of LOOKNorth have signed a conflict of interest policy.  Should their other interested prevent them from participating in activities, such as the selection of a project for funding, this conflict is identified up-front, the member excuses themselves from the discussion.

As well, the host organization, C-CORE, is not eligible to respond to technology validation calls and hence does not compete with proponents requesting funding through the TVP.