Advanced Research and Commercialization Program

Funding Calls

Two separate funding calls are expected to be issued throughout the three year duration of the program, with a total allotment of $1.35 million to fund eligible projects. The funding calls will take the form of a two-stage Request for Expression of Interest (RFEOI) and Request for Proposals (RFP) process.

The first funding call is now open and accepting Expressions of Interest until October 24, 2018. To apply, download the RFEOI and follow the template for submissions found on the Resources page.

For more information on how to apply, join one of the following information sessions. Please register by sending an email to with your name, company name and the date of the information session you would like to attend. A link to join by webinar will be provided to those who register.

Thursday, September 27th, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm PDT
Dial-in Number: 1-866-206-0336, Conference Code: 4089 566 993

Thursday, October 11th, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm PDT
Dial-in Number: 1-866-206-0336, Conference Code: 4089 566 993

In the meantime, make sure your project is eligible for funding by reviewing the eligibility criteria for proponents and activities, and by inspecting the submission requirements. Funding calls will be posted here as they are issued, but please join our mailing list to stay informed of program updates.

Submission Requirements

An application (in response to an RFEOI or RFP) must meet the following minimum criteria in order to be eligible for funding:

  • The application must be written in English;
  • The application must be complete and/or provide sufficient information for a proper evaluation;
  • The application must be submitted by an eligible proponent;
  • The proposed project must support an eligible activity;
  • The proposed project must complete no later than three (3) years after the project start date;
  • The proposed project must not carry substantial risk of detrimental side effects (e.g. environmental impacts);
  • The proponent must commit to contributing at least 10% of the total project cost, and must provide evidence of funds and/or in-kind support for their share of project costs;
  • The proponent must demonstrate they have secured additional funding through other sources, with the total BC government contribution not exceeding 50% of total project costs; and
  • All project costs must be incurred in Canada or British Columbia.

Please note:

  • Applications submitted as part of a Consortium are encouraged.
  • Projects that have previously received funding through the ARC Program may not be eligible for additional funding.

Submission Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on alignment with the following evaluation criteria.

Outcome-Based Criteria

  1. Supports the commercialization, demonstration or export of a BC-based CEV product, service or technology.
  2. Demonstrates innovation, creativity and/or pursuit of excellence in its field (i.e., in what ways does the product, service or technology differ from that of its competitors).
  3. Promotes synergies/collaboration with other entities in BC’s CEV sector (such as through a partnership or Consortium bid) or otherwise encourages the development of a CEV cluster in BC.
  4. Provides positive economic benefits (e.g. job creation, export growth).
  5. Leverages external funding (grant stacking and proponent funding).
  6. Contributes to a reduction in GHG emissions in BC.

Administrative Criteria

  1. Reasonable scope and timelines for project completion – Applications will be evaluated based on how well developed, achievable and impactful the scope of work and work plan are.
  2. Capabilities of management team – Applications will be evaluated based on how well-suited and committed the project team is to carry out the proposed initiative, including the management and technical capacity of the Proponent.