Alberta Bio Future
CNC Challenge 3.0
The CNC Challenge series serves as a pipeline for the development of applications for cellulose nanocrystals (CNC). It supports early-stage work to demonstrate technical feasibility of CNC in high-value applications with potential for commercialization.
CNC Challenge 3.0 is closed to new funding applications, and applications are under review.
Alberta has one of the few pilot plants in the world capable of producing high-quality CNC in kilogram volumes. The plant is located on the premises of Alberta Innovates’ applied research subsidiary, InnoTech Alberta, in south Edmonton.
CNC consists of nano-scale crystals made from cellulose (plant fibre), the most abundant polymer on earth.
This advanced biomaterial is:
- Extremely strong
- Has other unique properties that offer exciting opportunities for a wide range of applications
Current leading-edge research in Alberta includes applications in the fields of energy, health, industrial coatings, electronics and the environment.
About this program
CNC Challenge 3.0 is a joint funding program offered by Alberta Innovates in partnership with Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc. It follows two earlier programs, CNC Challenge 1.0 and CNC Challenge 2.0.
Successful applicants will receive:
- Up to $25,000 in funding for their CNC project research.
- Up to one kilogram of CNC from the InnoTech Alberta pilot plant.
- Access to InnoTech Alberta researchers, capacity and facilities.
Successful projects have the potential for ongoing support toward commercialization.
Who was eligible to apply?
- Researchers at Canadian institutions, companies or other organizations.
- Projects must be completed within one year.
Download Program Guidelines for CNC Challenge 3.0 to find out more.
Program Contact Information
Name: Steve Price
Title: Executive Director, Bioindustrial Innovation
Name: Christine Murray, PhD
Title: Director, Agricultural Technologies
Name: Gordon Giles
Title: Director, Forestry