- The solution to the world's carbon challenge seems daunting; as the world grows, so does the demand for fossil fuels. The time for creative solutions is now. This Alberta initiative supports bold ideas from around the world that will make significant and verifiable GHG reductions. We're committing CAD$35 million in funding for the most innovative technologies that will convert CO2 emissions into new carbon-based products and markets.
- Nations around the globe have been working to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. One way to achieve this is through the development of new technologies. The CCEMC is reaching out to the world for bold ideas that will make significant and verifiable GHG reductions by converting CO2 emissions into new carbon-based products and markets.
- This CAD$35 million, multi-stage event reduces GHG emissions by supporting innovative technologies that convert carbon into useful products. In the first stage, the CCEMC awarded $12 million through 24 $500,000 grants.
- Round 2, Phase 1, will launch in September 2015 with an open submission period where any applicant may submit a proposal for consideration. Successful proposals will be invited to advance to Phase 2 to compete alongside eligible Round 1 winners for up to 5 – CAD$3 million development grants.
- Learn more about the Round One winners, the winning technologies, and progress to date. Visit http://ccemc.ca/projects/carbon-use/ to read the latest updates and press releases.
Step 1 Learn About the Grand Challenge
This CAD$35 million multi-stage Challenge seeks a net reduction of green house gases (GHGs) of at least 1 megatonne annually through technologies that convert GHG emissions into valuable carbon-based products.
Step 2 Learn How to Submit
Applicants interested in submitting a proposal for Round Two will need to demonstrate both technical strength in achieving 1 megatonne net reductions in GHGs annually and a strong plan for implementation with resulting business success. Round Two submissions should propose technologies that have already been developed and have the potential for commercialization in Alberta by 2020.
Specific focus areas for this challenge include, but are not limited to:
- Technologies or processes that produce high value goods from carbon dioxide
- Technologies that fix captured carbon into solid or readily transportable starting materials
- High-value materials with high carbon content that could be produced from carbon dioxide
- Biological processes that capture/consume carbon dioxide and convert it into a new viable product (e.g., oils from algae)
Round Two offers the five winning applicants a $3,000,000 CAD development grant to commercialize their technology in Alberta. These winners will then be eligible to compete in Round Three; a closed competition where one winner will be awarded the grand prize of $10,000,000 CAD to fund full scale commercialization.
While the period for round one proposals has passed, the submission period for round two begins September 2015. Learn how you can participate in upcoming rounds of the Grand Challenge.
Proposals are in the process of being reviewed. Learn more about how proposals are evaluated by reviewing the criteria.
This Challenge offers funding in each of the three evaluation rounds.
- Advisory Panel
Meet the Executive Advisory Panel who will be collaborating with the CCEMC's evaluation committee to select awardees during each Round of the Grand Challenge.
Learn how you can participate while retaining all of your intellectual property. Find out about eligibility, confidentiality, and submission requirements.