Alberta’s new $150 million Shovel-Ready Challenge is now accepting applications

This funding opportunity provides vital financial support to companies ready to implement leading-edge technologies in applications for both greenfield and brownfield operations. This will result in operational efficiencies, cost and emissions reductions, new investment, job creation and retention, and address longer-term environmental sustainability priorities.

  • Successful applicants are eligible to receive up to $15 million in funding, with a minimum request of $2 million

Project Eligibility

Areas of interest for the Shovel-Ready Challenge include, but are not limited to:

  • Low-carbon products (e.g. materials, chemicals, fuels, secondary products)
  • Novel processes for energy production, processing, petrochemical manufacturing, etc.
  • Waste-to-value and waste energy utilization
  • Novel low-emitting electricity generation
  • Low-carbon industrial heat
  • Digital optimization and automation
  • Carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS)
  • Methane emissions management (from fossil and biological sources)
  • Optimization of agriculture and forestry operations
  • Enhancement of natural GHG sinks
  • Novel fuel-switching opportunities (e.g. electrification, hydrogen, renewable fuels, etc.)
  • Mobility and transportation solutions (e.g. industrial, freight, rail, aviation)

The application deadline is Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 5 p.m.


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