Clean Growth in Natural Resource Sectors Program (CGP)

Clean Growth in Natural Resource Sectors Program 

Action on Clean Growth

Clean growth is good for our planet and our pocketbooks. That is why we introduced the Clean Growth Program (CGP), which provides $155 million for clean technology research and development (R&D) and demonstration projects in Canada’s energy, mining and forestry sectors.

This program covers five areas focused on pressing environmental challenges and economic opportunities facing Canada’s natural resource operations:

  • Reducing greenhouse gas and air-polluting emissions
  • Minimizing landscape disturbances and improving waste management
  • The production and use of advanced materials and bioproducts
  • Efficient energy use and productivity
  • Reducing water use and impacts on aquatic ecosystems

Before you get started

A project is eligible if it advances a pre-commercial clean technology, between technology readiness levels 3 to 9, in Canada’s Energy, Mining, or Forest sectors. All projects will be required to secure provincial and/or territorial support (financially and/or in-kind) by the full project proposal phase in order to be eligible for funding under this program.

Application Deadline: February 7, 2018

Applicants may contact the program should they need further clarity on the expectations:

Submission Process

The Department of Natural Resources (NRCan) is committed to a consistent, fair, and transparent project selection process in order to identify, select, and approve the allocation of funding to projects that best fit the program’s objectives.

During Phase 1, Letters of Interest (LOI) submission, applicants will be required to register for an account on NRCan’s new Funding Portal, INTEGRO, using the following steps:

Step 1: Register for GCKey:

Step 2: Register for INTEGRO

Step 3: Create a Client Profile

Step 4: Fill and submit application

Registration is required in order to participate in the application process. Please note that the new NRCan Funding portal is a secure environment, residing on NRCan servers. The data collected here will be treated confidentially and the program will not transmit personal details and information, unless specified otherwise by the applicant.

Applicants may contact the program should they need further clarity on the expectations:

An applicant may withdraw its LOI at any stage of the evaluation process, by notification in writing via email.  Applicants must submit an LOI to be eligible for submission of a full project proposal.

LOIs will be assessed based on the criteria provided in section 4, with only the most promising projects moving on to Phase 2 – Full Project Proposal (FPP). The program may request supplementary information at various points in the review process.

Those applicants that are invited to Phase 2, submission of FPP, will receive notification of the required templates and information to be completed. The applicant must provide all mandatory information in order to be considered for funding.  Please note that a request for a full project proposal will not represent a funding commitment from the CGP.

*The applicant should be aware that the program will only accept LOIs submitted through the portal. Special accommodations may be made for applicants in remote communities to ensure that the LOI form is available and accessible only if the program is contacted at least 2 weeks in advance of the LOI submission deadline.

 LOI Preparation

When preparing an LOI, applicants will be required to gather the following information:

  • Applicant Information – including primary contacts, mailing address, organization information
  • Project Information – Sector, focus area, project type, project details, letter of support, project timeline(s)
  • Budget & Partners – Total program amount requested, Federal research centre support, Provincial/Territorial collaboration, all anticipated financial and non-financial partners
  • Project Summary – Methodology, project team, alignment with scope, addressing a gap, innovativeness, uptake potential, environmental impact, economic and/or social impact

A detailed breakdown of the Assessment Criteria is provided in Section 4 of this guide.

Submission Timelines

The deadline for submission of LOIs in response to this Call is 12:00pm (NOON) EST on February 7, 2018. Late submissions will not be accepted. Applicants are encouraged to complete their submissions well in advance of the deadline. Furthermore, NRCan will not accept partial or incomplete submissions.

Applicants will receive an automatically-generated email confirming receipt of the LOI upon online submission.

Key milestones

Fall 2017 Call for Letters of Interest
Winter 2017/18 Invitations to submit full project proposals
Winter 2017/18 Feedback sessions with successful LOI applicants
Spring 2017/18 Submissions of full project proposals
Spring/Summer 2018 Project selections

*NRCan reserves the right to change the application process and deadlines at its sole discretion. Any changes to the process will be communicated to applicants via e-mail and necessary accommodations for the changes provided.

Agency Name: 
Natural Resources Canada
Contact Name:
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Internal Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
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Grant Area: 
Natural Science
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