Mapping Out Your Plan for a Technology Leadership Project in the Ocean Supercluster

Andrea Shakespeare, Kevin Landry and Matthew Jacobs

As we discuss in our article, No compass needed – Ocean Supercluster activities explained, there are many ways to participate in the Ocean Supercluster and the Innovation Superclusters Initiative. One of the many ways you can participate is through the Technology Leadership Program.

What are Technology Leadership Programs?

Technology Leadership Programs are areas the Ocean Supercluster hopes to build technological competitive advantage. The Ocean Supercluster has outlined four Technology Leadership Programs:

  1. Tools, Processes & Partnerships for Improved Ocean Sensing and Characterization;
  2. Environmental genomics for the characterization and long-term monitoring of ocean ecosystems;
  3. Unmanned Maritime Vehicles for mapping, sampling, surveying and inspection; and,
  4. Digital Twinning (creating digital replicas of physical assets, processes and systems).

How do I launch my Technology Leadership Project in the Ocean Supercluster?

Technology Leadership Projects are collaborative projects led by industry members in which industry members and the Ocean Supercluster will co-invest to perform research, development, demonstration, commercialization and capability-building activities. There are five stages to the selection process:

  1. Preliminary development: every Technology Leadership Project begins with an idea or business proposal related to one of the stated Technology Leadership Programs. Supercluster staff are available to facilitate discussion at events, assist with getting the idea in front of supercluster members and potential partners and to assist the project through the process.
  2. Preliminary qualification: the industry members proposing the Technology Leadership Project completes a Preliminary Qualification Template form and submits it to the Program Manager. This form contains basic information such as: project name; interested investors; program area; estimated budget; objectives; summary of commercial value; commercialization outcomes; competitive advantages and/or productivity gains generated from the project; identification of the target ocean industry end-users; and a description of benefit(s) delivered to Ocean Supercluster members and ocean stakeholders.
  3. Proposal development: proponents complete a Project Proposal template, including more detailed descriptions and budgets, with support provided by the Ocean Supercluster Program staff. Proponents may solicit additional input from other Ocean Supercluster members or otherwise expand participation during proposal development.
  4. Proposal assessment and selection: the Project Proposal is submitted for assessment and selection.
  5. Project agreements and execution: Approved Projects are advanced for contracting and execution. Further details are provided in the Project Agreement.

For information about Technology Leadership Project eligibility, see our article, Project eligibility in the Ocean Supercluster – making sure your proposal can set sail.

Expect uncertainty

The application process is not a formal proposal assessment and is somewhat uncertain. The Technology Leadership Program Qualification Template states it, “will be as responsive as possible, but we would like to acknowledge in advance that there will be uncertainties regarding aspects of the developing process framework that could result in additional uncertainties and additional effort for proponents to clarify in the short term. Proponents should consider their level of comfort with these circumstances before deciding to put in a project qualification submission at this time”.

Think innovation

At Stewart McKelvey, we have been closely involved with the Innovation Superclusters Initiative and understand the opportunities this will provide to our clients. Stewart McKelvey has over 30 years of leadership as Atlantic Canada’s first and largest regional law firm. The Ocean Supercluster is primarily concentrated in Atlantic Canada; waters, in which Stewart McKelvey has navigational expertise. With our forward thinking approach, we can navigate the rough Superclusters waters with our clients. Together, we can bring innovation to application.


This update is intended for general information only. If you have questions about the above, please contact Andrea Shakespeare, Kevin Landry or Matthew Jacobs.

 

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