Accelerating Hydrogen Challenge



Projects must have a starting Technology Readiness Level (TRL) between 7 and 9 (refer to TRL table in the ERA Program Guide for definitions). 

Focus Areas

Proposals are invited for technology solutions in all areas of the hydrogen value chain, including hydrogen production, transportation, storage, end use, and enablers. Projects of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • low-carbon hydrogen production
  • novel hydrogen infrastructure
  • novel hydrogen carriers
  • hydrogen in industry
  • hydrogen in transportation


Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA), the Alberta Innovates Hydrogen Centre of Excellence (HCOE), and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) are collaborating to provide a one-window approach for applicants to access funding for projects featuring development, prototyping, piloting, scale-up, and demonstration of innovative hydrogen technologies in two parallel funding Competitions. Via submission of a single proposal, applicants will be considered for either HCOE/NRCan or ERA funding in separate but parallel funding competitions. In general, proposals are invited for development and demonstration of technology solutions across the hydrogen value chain from production to end use, including critical infrastructure and enablers for the hydrogen economy. Funding dispersed via these competitions will be directed towards developing projects that support the objectives of the Alberta Natural Gas Strategy, the Alberta Hydrogen Roadmap, the HCOE targets, and the shared mandates of Alberta Innovates and ERA.

Agency Name: 
Emissions Reduction Alberta
Contact Name: 
Esther Ekpe Adewuyi
Grant Amount: 
$500,000 - $7,000,000; three years
Grant Location: 
External Deadline: 
Thursday, January 11, 2024
Internal Deadline: 
Thursday, December 28, 2023
Grant Type: 
Grant Area: 
Natural Science
Grant Eligibility: