Natural Gas Innovation Fund launches a $3-Million Natural Gas Production Challenge

December 9, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta
Natural Gas Innovation Fund

Today, the Natural Gas Innovation Fund™ (NGIF) announces the launch of a $3-million funding call for clean technology solutions to support natural gas production in Canada. This funding competition is aimed at advancing cleantech in methane emissions reduction, carbon capture storage and utilization, fuel switching, low-grade heat utilization, and energy efficiency.

NGIF, working with its partners – seven of Canada’s leading natural gas producers – (Birchcliff Energy Ltd., Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Chevron Canada Limited, Perpetual Energy Inc., PETRONAS Canada, Shell Canada, and Tourmaline Oil Corp) will assess proposals and may provide up to $1 million in reimbursable grants per project, covering up to 25 per cent of eligible expenses. This call is directed at small to medium enterprises and technology development start-ups from anywhere in the world to advance cleantech innovation and GHG reductions through a project here in Canada.

The deadline for submissions is February 2, 2021. Please visit for all details.

NGIF has a trusted partnership with each of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA), Alberta Innovates (AI), the Province of British Columbia Innovative Clean Energy ICE Fund (ICE Fund), and Geoscience BC and will collaborate to explore opportunities to co-fund projects. NGIF’s trusted partnerships allow for a reduction in administrative burden for applicants and provide innovators with access to other potential support. These partners will also consider co-funding successful applicants projects that are located in their respective provinces and deliver significant GHG reductions.

NGIF’s trusted investment model and strategic partnerships have resulted in a strong portfolio of investments to date” says John Adams, Managing Director, Natural Gas Innovation Fund. “We are excited to receive applications involving a range of innovative projects for Canada’s natural gas producers.”

NGIF will also collaborate with the Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC) on small to medium enterprises and technology development start-ups that PTAC has evaluated.

“We believe the opportunity for Canada’s natural gas sector is real. This is how we reduce emissions, improve energy efficiency and keep our companies globally competitive.”

Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources

“We are taking  a coordinated, collaborative approach with NGIF to leverage the expertise and investment needed to scale-up promising technologies that will improve the economic and environmental performance of the natural gas sector. Our combined efforts will help accelerate achievement of the goals and objectives of Alberta’s Natural Gas Vision and Strategy.”

Steve MacDonald, CEO, Emissions Reduction Alberta

“Through Geoscience BC’s partnership with the Natural Gas Innovation Fund, we encourage and look forward to reviewing research proposals to help the natural gas sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and boost economic development in British Columbia.”

Carlos Salas, Geoscience BC Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer

About Natural Gas Innovation Fund:
NGIF was created by the Canadian Gas Association to support the funding of cleantech innovation in natural gas. NGIF fills a technology development gap in the sector and invests in innovation led by cleantech start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises enabling natural gas solutions for current and emerging challenges facing Canada’s energy system.

About Trusted Partnerships:
Trusted partners are those that fit all of the following criteria:

  • Funding organizations with rigorous, fair and transparent due diligence processes comparable in principle (e.g. peer review, technical experts, etc.);
  • Canadian federal or provincial government departments and agencies OR organizations with strong alignment with the goals and desired outcomes; and
  • Has a memorandum of understanding, a service provider agreement, or other agreement with that allows for the confidential sharing of information.

Associated Links:
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Canadian Gas Association
NGIF LinkedIn
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Media Information:
Aysha Raad
Director, Communications
Canadian Gas Association

Fund Information:
John Adams
Managing Director
Natural Gas Innovation Fund