Global Cleantech
Challenge

Energy Transformation through Cleantech Innovation

Overview

Industry Grants Program, in collaboration with the International Gas Union, has launched a $10MM Global Cleantech Challenge

The Challenge is a funding call to energy startups from around the world with clean technology solutions to come to Canada to access grant funding, technology validation for product market fit, and future energy customers.
The Global Cleantech Challenge will allow Industry Grants program to provide funding from its 14 energy company participants to support the development and demonstration of novel clean technologies from anywhere across the world. Each demonstration project undertaken in Canada is eligible to receive up to $1MM CAD, representing as much as 50% of a project's qualifying expenses.
Industry Grants program is accepting applications from global small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups with solutions that can create value and mitigate environmental impacts in Canada's production, transmission, distribution, and end-use of natural gas.
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Key Focus Areas

The focus for this funding competition directed at gaseous energy production (upstream), transmission (midstream), distribution and end-use applications (downstream) is to advance leading clean technologies.
Responsibly Sourced Natural Gas
  • Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS)
  • Methane Mitigation
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Emissions Monitoring
  • Waste Heat Utilization
  • Water Management
Alternate Gases 
  • Hydrogen
  • Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)
Natural Gas Applications
  • Heat and Power Generation
  • Natural Gas Heat Pumps
  • Value Added Products
  • Fuel Switching
  • Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
  • Transportation

Eligibility Criteria

The competition is open to Canadian as well as international small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), including technology development startups.

  • Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 or higher technologies. If achieving TRL 6 is imminent, late TRL 5 technologies will be considered.
  • Canadian and international small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are non-subsidiary, and independent technology development firms that employ fewer than 500 employees.
  • Technology development startups that are non-subsidiary, independent technology development firms that employ fewer than 100 employees, generate less than CAD $25 million in annual revenues, and are focused on developing and scaling up pre-commercial technologies.

It is not a requirement for any applicant to be a Canadian citizen to participate in this competition.

NGIF IG is currently not accepting applications from Russia, Iran and North Korea. Applicants are requested to contact NGIF IG if they would plan to subcontract any portion of their work on their project to the above-mentioned countries.

Eligibility Criteria

The competition is open to Canadian as well as international small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), including technology development startups.
  • Novel technologies that improves the environmental and economic performance for the gaseous energy industry.
  • Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 or higher technologies. If achieving TRL 6 is imminent, late TRL 5 technologies will be considered.
  • Canadian and international small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are non-subsidiary, and independent technology development firms that employ fewer than 500 employees.
  • Canadian and international technology development startups that are non-subsidiary, independent technology development firms that employ fewer than 100 employees, generate less than CAD $25 million in annual revenues, and are focused on developing and scaling up pre-commercial technologies.

Our Industry  Participants

Industry Grants program has 14 energy company participants representing the entire natural gas value chain supporting the development and demonstration of novel clean technologies from anywhere across the world.

Our Collaborative Partners

The Global Cleantech Challenge is supported by our collaborative partners with similar mandates. 

Our Strategic Partners

The Global Cleantech Challenge has the support of several leading organizations in the clean technology space who are committed to promoting innovation and driving progress toward a more sustainable future. These organizations bring a wealth of expertise, resources, and experience and play a critical role in supporting the development and commercialization of clean technologies.
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Industry Grants (IG) program was created to accelerate cleantech innovations throughout the natural gas value chain. IG program mandate is to fill technology development gaps in the sector and to invest in enabling solutions for current and emerging industry challenges.
  • Our mission is to advance clean technologies that improve environmental outcomes, boost economic competitiveness, and eliminate or reduce barriers to sustainability.
  • NGIF IG is wholly funded by the Canadian natural gas industry.
  • NGIF IG exists to support Canada’s natural gas industry with non-dilutive funding to identify emerging innovations and support development and scale-up to commercialize these innovations.
  • NGIF IG enables validation and customer creation to give start-up organizations the final push for market adoption.
  • NGIF IG supports the development, demonstration, and de-risking of clean technology solutions for the gaseous energy industry through field trials and pilot projects to drive innovation and support environmental goals in Canada.

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