Grants and Contributions

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In June 2016, as part of the Open Government Action Plan, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) committed to increasing the transparency and usefulness of grants and contribution data and subsequently launched the Guidelines on the Reporting of Grants and Contributions Awards, effective April 1, 2018.

The rules and principles governing government grants and contributions are outlined in the Treasury Board Policy on Transfer Payments. Transfer payments are transfers of money, goods, services or assets made from an appropriation to individuals, organizations or other levels of government, without the federal government directly receiving goods or services in return, but which may require the recipient to provide a report or other information subsequent to receiving payment. These expenditures are reported in the Public Accounts of Canada. The major types of transfer payments are grants, contributions and \'other transfer payments\'.

Included in this category, but not to be reported under proactive disclosure of awards, are (1) transfers to other levels of government such as Equalization payments as well as Canada Health and Social Transfer payments. (2) Grants and contributions reallocated or otherwise redistributed by the recipient to third parties; and (3) information that would normally be withheld under the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.

Grants and Contributions Dataset
Found 23 records

$1,999,961.00

Dec 4, 2023

For-profit organization

Agreement:

MLOps for Production Edge-AI in Space

Agreement Number:

22SIMA03P2

Duration: from Dec 4, 2023 to Dec 5, 2026
Description:

Mission Control proposes to demonstrate a Machine Learning Operations (MLOps) pipeline and corresponding software technology stack for deployment, characterization and improvement of Artificial Intelligence (AI) models in an operational environment for Edge devices in Space. While AI has rapidly gained ground in terrestrial applications, the use of on-board AI for Space applications is nascent. Performance and operational considerations required for using AI models in these environments are not fully understood. By establishing a Canadian AI Lab in Space and performing an extended-baseline demonstration, Mission Control aims to further solidify its reputation as a global leader in on-board Artificial Intelligence.

Phase 2 of this project will develop and deploy an in-orbit AI lab in low Earth orbit whereby the technology to train, deploy and update deep learning models in space will be demonstrated to advance the reliability and trustworthiness of using AI in space.

Organization: Canadian Space Agency
Program Name: Class Grant and Contribution Program to Support Research, Awareness and Learning in Space Science and Technology
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, CA K1R 6N5

For-profit organization

Agreement:

Mission Control Space Services Inc.-2023-2024-1012049

Agreement Number:

1012049

Duration: from May 31, 2023 to Apr 26, 2024
Description:

The purpose of this CanExport SMEs agreement is to support small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for activities related to export market development that are part of an export business case for a specific target market, particularly where activities are targeting departmental priority markets and sectors.

Organization: National Research Council Canada
Program Name: CanExport SME
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, CA K1R6N5

$150,000.00

Apr 28, 2023

For-profit organization

Agreement:

MLOPS FOR PRODUCTION EDGEAI IN SPACE

Agreement Number:

22SIMA03P1

Duration: from Apr 28, 2023 to Aug 1, 2023
Description:

Mission Control proposes to demonstrate a Machine Learning Operations (MLOps) pipeline and corresponding software technology stack for deployment, characterization and improvement of Artificial Intelligence (AI) models in an operational environment for Edge devices in Space. While AI has rapidly gained ground in terrestrial applications, the use of on-board AI for Space applications is nascent. Performance and operational considerations required for using AI models in these environments are not fully understood. By establishing a Canadian AI Lab in Space and performing an extended-baseline demonstration, Mission Control aims to further solidify its reputation as a global leader in on-board Artificial Intelligence. This phase 1 project will develop, de-risk, and refine the implementation plan needed for a full demonstration of the pipeline and the technology stack for EdgeAI in Space, enabling Mission Control to make headway in this market.

Organization: Canadian Space Agency
Program Name: Class Grant and Contribution Program to Support Research, Awareness and Learning in Space Science and Technology
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, CA K1R 6N5

For-profit organization

Agreement:

Terrestrial Adaptation of Space Platform

Agreement Number:

1005738

Duration: from Apr 1, 2023 to Dec 31, 2023
Description:

This project aims to address the problem of developing and validating a software platform for the deployment, characterization, and improvement of Artificial Intelligence models in a production/operational context for edge devices in harsh and remote environments, which can be relied upon for mission critical applications.

Organization: National Research Council Canada
Program Name: Industrial Research Assistance Program – Contributions to Firms
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, CA K1R 6N5

$3,500,000.00

Mar 16, 2023

For-profit organization

Agreement:

A demonstration of Mission Control Software operating a VR camera and rover at the lunar south-pole.

Agreement Number:

4CAPDEMO22

Duration: from Mar 16, 2023 to Mar 31, 2024
Description:

This low-cost and high-value demonstration of Mission Control’s Spacefarer software platform and a Virtual Reality Camera System will comprise Canada’s first ever commercial rover mission. In partnership with a US-based lunar transportation company, Mission Control will deploy a rover on the south pole of the Moon in 2024. The demonstration will investigate user experience in deep space robotic operations, and specifically how intuitive user displays, semi-autonomous driving modes enabled by artificial intelligence, and immersive reality lower the cognitive load, operator fatigue, and operator training needs while increasing mission success. Dozens of students and post-docs from four Canadian universities will operate the rover alongside Mission Control staff and youth from underserved communities. Following a successful demonstration Mission Control will be poised for further growth in international markets as Spacefarer is adapted for use on new missions.

Organization: Canadian Space Agency
Program Name: Class Grant and Contribution Program to Support Research, Awareness and Learning in Space Science and Technology
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, CA K1R 6N5

$499,825.00

Jan 27, 2023

For-profit organization

Agreement:

Towards Autonomous Capabilities for Orbital Servicing

Agreement Number:

22STDPS10

Duration: from Jan 27, 2023 to May 31, 2024
Description:

The global space economy is growing rapidly, fueled largely by the proliferation of satellites in Earth orbit. Rather than continually launching new satellites, it is now technologically possible to perform satellite servicing, increasing satellite lifetimes, particularly for high-value satellites further away from Earth. Mission Control proposes to develop key autonomy algorithms and a mission operations software system that will advance the state-of-the-art in onboard autonomy for Rendezvous, Proximity Operations and Docking, to be made commercially available for future satellite servicing operators. These technologies will be developed by upgrading our Orbital Autonomy Lab to a high visual fidelity hardware-in-the-loop facility. The advancement of autonomy algorithms, operations software, and simulation/validation infrastructure will advance Canada’s leadership in space robotics and autonomous satellite servicing, opening new capabilities for satellites to support our livelihood and economy on and off Earth.

Organization: Canadian Space Agency
Program Name: Class Grant and Contribution Program to Support Research, Awareness and Learning in Space Science and Technology
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, CA K1R 6N5

For-profit organization

Agreement:

Mission Control Space Services Inc.-2022-2023-996920

Agreement Number:

996920

Duration: from Jul 29, 2022 to May 31, 2023
Description:

The purpose of this CanExport SMEs agreement is to support small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for activities related to export market development that are part of an export business case for a specific target market, particularly where activities are targeting departmental priority markets and sectors.

Organization: National Research Council Canada
Program Name: CanExport SME
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, CA K1R 6N5

For-profit organization

Agreement:

Enabling EdgeAI in the MCS Architecture

Agreement Number:

980459

Duration: from Oct 4, 2021 to Mar 31, 2023
Description:

Mission Control aims to develop a commercial prototype of an extended Mission Control Software which enables edge deployment of AI applications on low powered processors for demonstrating to prospective customers for feedback and acquiring sales.

Organization: National Research Council Canada
Program Name: Industrial Research Assistance Program – Contributions to Firms
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, CA K1R 6N5

$1,168,387.00

Feb 16, 2021
Description:

In the emerging commercial space exploration sector, space companies will deliver government and private payloads to the Lunar surface in each mission. A single spacecraft will carry several payloads, each with different and potentially conflicting priorities and operations requirements. Many will generate a large amount of data that could be left behind on the Moon due to constrained data transfer rates.

The project aims at developing a modular multi-payload communications and data management system that can be easily installed on spacecraft. This system will provide end-to-end data security and integrity for payloads, offer dynamic downlink prioritization for payload data, manage multi-payload command and control operations, provide surface communications for deployed payloads and provide lander-based payload data storage and advanced data processing applications.

This new system will enable space delivery companies to offer high quality of service to their payload customers and ensure that operators can receive all the data that is most relevant to their mission objectives.

Organization: Canadian Space Agency
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, CA

$3,042,959.00

Feb 3, 2021
Description:

The objective of this project is to demonstrate software technology and provide ground software and mission operations support in navigation and science for a lunar rover mission. This project will realize key elements of Mission Control's product roadmap by demonstrating a set of critically enabling technologies and capabilities in mission operations, onboard autonomy, and artificial intelligence.

The project will be the first of its kind to use new computing architectures to enable advanced algorithms to automate resource-constrained rovers. It will advance the state-of-the-art in lunar rover concepts of operations and investigate what optimal levels of autonomy are required to maximise mission objectives. It will serve as the first known in-space demonstration of a deep learning algorithm operating on the surface of the Moon. The project will also provide disruptive innovations in demonstrating how software-defined systems can be used to lower development and deployment costs of mission software, while enhancing mission capabilities

Organization: Canadian Space Agency
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, CA