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Queen's University

Call for Collaborative Project Proposals for Ontario Businesses

June 2013

1. Introduction and Purpose

The Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) Consortium invites Ontario Businesses to submit research project proposals.  These projects will enable Ontario Businesses to collaborate with talented university researchers and access unique and powerful high performance computing platforms.  
Due to strong demand from the last business-led call for proposals, this new call is intended to give Ontario Businesses additional opportunities to engage SOSCIP and:

  • Collaborate with top university talent to conduct research that drives innovation;
  •   Leverage world class high performance computing platforms to simulate and solve real world challenges.  This computational capability and access is unprecedented;  
  •   Create new products and/or services that can be commercialized in Ontario to drive economic development and showcase Ontario innovation on a global scale.

2. Eligibility

Ontario Businesses – Ontario-based companies that have manufacturing or R&D operations in Ontario, that have fewer than 1,000 employees, and that have the ability to grow jobs in Ontario are eligible to apply.  Applicants must collaborate with a research partner from one of the Consortium’s seven academic members:  McMaster University (McMaster), Queen’s University (Queen’s), the University of Ontario Institute for Technology (UOIT), the University of Ottawa (uOttawa), the University of Toronto (U of T), the University of Waterloo (Waterloo), and Western University (Western). 

Research Focus Areas – Collaborative proposals must fall within one of the following focus areas:

  • Health Applications:  Involves research on the functioning of the human brain, and on applications of that research, as well as the analysis of medical and health data for improvement in healthcare and our understanding of disease and treatments. Streaming data applications are also of interest.
  • Smarter Infrastructure:  Involves computational approaches for improving living environments, including improving transportation, water, energy and environmental systems.
  • Agile Computing:  Involves the use of hardware accelerators, specifically field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), and software to address challenging computational problems, as well as the tools to facilitate the use of such accelerators via general purpose programming models.

For additional information on the focus areas, please see the SOSCIP Backgrounder at

3. Available Resources and Support 

Three computing platforms will be available for research projects:

  • Blue Gene/Q – the fastest supercomputer in Canada – is a platform designed for large scale parallel processing and grand challenge computational science.  Potential application areas include: simulations/modeling of complex physical and biological systems, disease modeling, climate science and quantum physics.  SOSCIP runs both a development and a production BGQ system with 8,192 and 32,768 cores respectively. For more details see: and
  • Cloud with Advanced Analytics Software supports a variety of Big Data applications and is suitable for rapid prototyping and experimental modeling.  Potential application areas include: event-driven near real-time decision support, high-volume data analysis or modeling, disaster response systems and health care treatment and outcome analysis.
  • Agile Computing Research Platform is suitable for FPGA applications and productivity tools. 

Some technical support may be available on a part-time basis for specific, short-term project work or as advisory support for the porting of applications or specific software products. 

4. Submission of Proposals

Proposals must be submitted in the form of a Statement of Work (SOW).  Please download a copy of the SOW template from and complete as directed.  Completed SOWs must be sent electronically by e-mail to:

Ken Meiklejohn

Special Projects Officer, SOSCIP Consortium

Office of the Vice President, Research and Innovation

University of Toronto 


  • Proposals may be submitted any time up to 5:00 pm on SEPTEMBER 30, 2013.  Proposals received after this date will not be considered.    
  • Proposals must be submitted by the Ontario Business.
  • Proposals will be evaluated as they arrive and resources allocated accordingly.  Resources (as described in Section 3) are currently only guaranteed to be available until March 31, 2014.  Proposals should not request resources beyond this date.  It is strongly advised that applicants submit their proposals as soon as possible. Resources can only be allocated as long as they remain available.
  • Principal Investigators from participating academic Consortium members are required to submit a CCV or NSERC Form 100.

5.Evaluation Process

The SOSCIP Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) will review and evaluate all SOWs as they are submitted.

Proposals must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • The submitting Ontario Business, academic research partner, and focus area must align to the Eligibility guidelines outlined in Section 2;
  • Proposals must leverage the capabilities of at least one of the high performance computing platforms outlined in Section 3;
  • SOWs must be submitted within the timeline specified in Section 4;
  • SOWs must identify tangible deliverables in the form of new models, technologies, or processes; significant skills transfer; job creation or other downstream benefits to society;
  • Proposals must have reasonable timelines and milestones.  Resources are only guaranteed to be available until March 31, 2014.  Proposals should not request resources beyond this date.

Proposal selection will be prioritized based on the following:

  • Clarity and impact of business outcomes;
  • How well the proposal leverages the HPC platform;
  • The likelihood and opportunity for commercialization and creating new jobs in Ontario.  The SAC will endeavour to notify applicants of the results of their evaluation within 5 business days of receipt of the SOW.  Applicants will be notified by email.

6. Project Reporting

Project milestones that demonstrate innovation, new skills, processes or products, and downstream social or economic benefit are central to the purpose of the SOSCIP Consortium.  Project teams will be expected to report to the SAC at six-month intervals on the status of their deliverables.  The SAC review will be an opportunity to show the project’s progress, in particular: 

  • Intellectual Property (Project Collaboration Agreement signed);
  • Research team in place with correct skills, and plans to supplement skills;
  • Optimal computing platforms used (Cloud, Agile, Blue Gene/Q).The continued availability of resources will be contingent on meeting previously agreed-upon deliverables, including progress towards commercial outcomes.

7.Project Cancellation
If circumstances arise that require the cancellation of a project (for example, a key team member leaves, causing a significant delay), these will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

8.Questions and Additional Information
Any questions related to this Call for Proposals may be directed to:

Ken Meiklejohn

Special Projects Officer, SOSCIP Consortium

Office of the Vice President, Research and Innovation

University of TorontoT: 416-978-4482 
Ron Van Holst

Director, Research Development, High Performance Computing

Ontario Centres of Excellence

T: 416-861-1092 x 1021C: 416-660-8399  

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000