Climate Change Innovation and Technology Framework

On April 25, 2018, Alberta Innovates hosted an information webinar for the Climate Change Innovation And Technology Framework (CCITF) programs.

Background

The Climate Change Innovation And Technology Framework (CCITF) was developed to achieve the goals of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan through innovation and technology.

The CCITF framework helps guide investments in innovation and technology to support:

The purpose of CCITF funding is to:

  • Ensure coordinated, impactful investments in research, innovation and technology;
  • Accelerate the development of innovative and transformative technologies; and
  • Engage and align stakeholders through partnerships with other governments, industry, not-for-profits and academia.

CCITF supports a variety of programs in these priority sector areas: cleaner oil and gas; methane emissions reduction; low carbon electricity; waste to value-added; green buildings and energy efficiency.

Working Together to Secure a Lower Carbon Future for Alberta

The CCITF is a strategic initiative of the Government of Alberta as part of its Climate Leadership Plan.

Economic Development and Trade (EDT), Emissions Reductions Alberta (ERA) and Alberta Innovates (AI), are working together as delivery agents to administer a suite of programs under the framework.

Emissions Reductions Alberta (ERA) will administer the Scale-up and Large-scale Demonstration program. See below for a program description and how to apply.

EDT will invest in three programs, Alberta Investor Tax Credit, Capital Investment Tax Credit and Emerging Clean Technology Partnerships. For more information please follow the links to find out eligibility and how to apply.

Alberta Innovates has developed and will administer five programs to support the CCITF in clean technology research, innovation and commercialization. See below for more information about these programs.

  1. Clean Technology Development (CTD) program
  2. Clean Technology Networks program
  3. Clean Technology Commercialization program
  4. Clean Technology Business Innovation (CTBI) Voucher program
  5. Clean Technology Facilities Support program – Not accepting applications at this time
  6. Clean Technology Large-Scale Demonstration and Innovative Deployment

Alberta Innovates CCITF Programs:

1. Clean Technology Development (CTD) program

This program is intended to facilitate and support the development of novel clean technologies from bench scale to field pilots by:

  • Advancing technologies with potential to broadly benefit Alberta industry or public sector;
  • Funding novel technology projects based on the proponents’ excellence and capacity to deliver, including universities, polytechnics, and colleges, industry consortia and partnerships – partnerships between the post-secondary institutions and industry are preferred;
  • Recruiting and developing highly qualified skilled personnel (HQSP), through the technology development projects, to supply Alberta’s industry with the right skills and competencies in emerging clean technology industries.

For more details about this program and eligibility criteria, download our Clean Technology Development program guide.

To apply:

Download the Clean Technology Development Program Expression of Interest application form

To discuss eligibility for this program or for specific questions regarding this program and guide, proposal submission, etc., please contact:

All Inquiries: cleantechdev@albertainnovates.ca

For projects within the Clean Energy Sector
Bryan Helfenbaum, Executive Director, Advanced Hydrocarbons
TEL: (403) 297-4375

For projects within the Bio Sector
Christine Murray, Director, Agriculture Technologies
TEL: (403) 382-7188

For Post Secondary Institutions
Lori Sheremeta, Executive Director, HQSP & Centre Investments
TEL: (780) 450-5503

Alberta Innovates 2018 CCITF Competition Timelines:

Action By Whom Timing
Open the call for Expression of Interest AI March 28, 2018
Expression of Interest Submission Deadline Applicants May 4, 2018
Expression of Interest Decision Notification AI June 18, 2018
Full Project Proposal Submission Deadline Applicants August 24, 2018
Funding Decision Notification AI October 12, 2018

* Note that AI at its sole discretion reserves the rights to alter or cancel the currently-anticipated timelines.

2. Clean Technology Networks Program

The emerging clean technology sector faces challenges – often impactful projects cannot attract direct industry funding because of their early stage of development or other barriers, and more broadly, these sectors do not have the support systems and networks needed to advance these projects and technologies.

Alberta Innovates designed the Clean Technology Networks program to inspire and evolve Alberta’s support systems by providing strategic funds to entities that can provide networks, partnerships or collaboration in the CCITF priority sectors.

The program is intended to create new or support existing clean technology partnerships, and is open to not-for-profit organizations, post-secondary institutions and industry associations.

For more information about this program and eligibility criteria, please download our Clean Technology Networks program guide.

To apply:

To request an application form or for specific questions regarding this program and program guide, please contact:

Rollie Dykstra, Vice President, Investments
TEL: (780) 450-5502
Rollie.Dykstra@albertainnovates.ca

Alberta Innovates 2018 CCITF Competition Timelines:

Action By Whom Timing
Release of Open Call AI March 23, 2018
Expression of Interest Submission Deadline Applicants April 9, 2018
Expression of Interest Decision Notification AI May 10, 2018
Full Project Proposal Submission Deadline Applicants May 28, 2018
Funding Decision Notification AI July 5, 2018

* Note that AI at its sole discretion reserves the rights to alter or cancel the currently-anticipated timelines.

3.  Clean Technology Commercialization Program

This unique program is designed to create focused, industry-government partnerships and greenhouse gas reduction projects built on the principles of demand- pull innovation. Resources are allocated where there is a clear existing industry need and opportunity, ensuring a targeted research and innovation investment.

Alberta Innovates develops relationships with industry partners to identify challenges in operations that, if addressed, would give Industry quantifiable reductions of greenhouse gases and a leading competitive edge in the global marketplace.

Alberta Innovates and the industry partners jointly invite Alberta’s Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to leverage their ingenuity and compete for the opportunity to develop a technology-based greenhouse gas reduction solution for this well-defined operational challenge.

For more details about the program and eligibility criteria, please download our Clean Technology Commercialization program guide.

To apply:

The Alberta Innovates/Husky Energy CHOPS Methane Challenge

To request an application form or for specific questions regarding this program and program guide, please contact:

Garth Likes, Director, Alberta Small Business Innovation and Research Initiative
Entrepreneurial Investments
TEL: 780-450-5415
Cell: 587-783-7933
garth.likes@albertainnovates.ca

Alberta Innovates 2018 CCITF Competition Timelines:

Action By Whom Timing
Release of Open Call AI March 23, 2018
Phase 1 Submission Deadline Applicants May 4, 2018
Phase 1 Results Notification AI June 12, 2018
Phase 2 Submission Deadline Applicants July 26, 2018
Phase 2 Results Notification AI Aug 31, 2018
Phase 3 Submission Deadline Applicants Oct 12, 2018
Phase 3 Results Notification AI Nov 23, 2018

* Note that AI at its sole discretion reserves the rights to alter or cancel the currently-anticipated timelines.

4.  Clean Technology Business Innovation (CTBI) Voucher Program

Alberta businesses can be improved and use clean technology as a growth strategy; however, a significant barrier to clean technology adoption is in-depth market knowledge and a plan specific to each business with decision-making support.

The Clean Technology Business Innovation (CTBI) Voucher program is designed to encourage and support Alberta’s established Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to pursue growth opportunities in the low carbon economy by:

  • identifying productivity and growth opportunities through holistic business audits and plans that lead to:
    • low carbon technology adoption for industrial efficiency, and/or productivity enhancement; and/or
    • product or service iterations and/or new geographical or vertical market entry into low carbon industries;
  • providing non-dilutive funding to implement plans and connection to other leveraged funding and supports such as the Accelerated Growth Services program delivered by the federal government.

With the help of Alberta Innovates Technology Development Advisors (TDAs), those SMEs which have demonstrated commercial success, a strong management team and a desire to pursue significant growth opportunities in low carbon economy, will determine if this program is right for them.

For more information about this program and eligibility criteria, please download our Clean Technology Business Innovation Program Guide.

To apply:

To request an application form or for specific questions regarding this guide, please contact:

Alistair Hazewinkel, Senior Business Partner, Funding Solutions
TEL: (780) 450-5334
Alistair.Hazewinkel@albertainnovates.ca

Alberta Innovates 2018 CCITF Competition Timelines:

Action By Whom Timing
Stream One Application Portal Open AI April 15, 2018
Stream One Application Submission Deadline Applicants June 15, 2018
Stream One Decision Notification AI July 30, 2018
Stream Two Application Portal Open AI Oct 15, 2018
Stream Two Proposal Submission Deadline Applicants Nov 19, 2018
Funding Decision Notification AI Dec 14, 2018

* Note that AI at its sole discretion reserves the rights to alter or cancel the currently-anticipated timelines.

5.  Clean Technology Facilities Support Program – not accepting applications at this time

This program was developed to provide funding to seed new or enhance existing technical facilities to fill technical capacity gaps in the research and innovation system in Alberta in the priority sectors for GHG emission reductions and economic growth.  Facilities will be used by industry and research organizations and will provide equipment and operation support which may include testing, certification, training, demonstration, experimentation or creation of a hub for technology awareness.

The program will support new development and technical upgrades of existing facilities that align with these 5 themes:

For additional information on Clean Technology Facilities Support program or how to access these sites please contact:

For Cleaner Oil Sands, Emissions Reductions, Waste and Natural Gas Conversion, and Electricity Technology:
Candice Paton, Executive Director, Clean Technology
TEL: (403) 297-7261
candice.paton@albertainnovates.ca

For Green Buildings:
Pat Guidera, Director Forest Technologies, Bio Sector
TEL: (780) 450-5535
pat.guidera@albertainnovates.ca

6.  Clean Technology Large-Scale Demonstration and Innovative Deployment Program

The Clean Technology Large-Scale Demonstration and Innovative Deployment Program is managed within Emissions Reductions Alberta’s (ERA’s) portfolio and consists of ERA’s funding initiatives, including targeted calls for proposals and a partnership intake program. This CCITF program is aimed at de-risking large-scale pilot, demonstration and first-of-a-kind deployment projects for technologies that can reduce GHG emissions in Alberta..

These projects should:

  • Be focused on pathways to deliver a lower carbon economy, including: a low carbon electricity system; green products and services; sustainable mobility; cleaner oil and gas development; sustainable waste management; and energy efficiency
  • Have potential to leverage investment from industry and other funding partners
  • Support the scale-up and acceleration of commercialization and adoption of these technologies on a broader scale.

For more information on the Clean Technology Large-Scale Demonstration and Innovative Deployment Program contact:

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