Digital Innovation in Clean Energy (DICE)

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Call for Proposals

Alberta Innovates is focused on emerging technologies that support multiple sectors across the province. An important innovation strategy is to embrace the digital future while leveraging Alberta’s existing natural resources and human capacity.

DICE 2.0

The Digital Innovation in Clean Energy (DICE) Open Call 2.0 builds on the successful initial round of the DICE program which supported 17 approved projects completed between March 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021. The initial round of DICE funding provided a maximum of $200,000 per successful project for a total of over $3 million,  and leveraged private sector funding over 4.5 times to create over $16 million of total project value for Alberta’s economy. Over 50 jobs for highly qualified personnel were created with up to 468 jobs created in Alberta upon project completion. A list of the projects selected for funding can be found here: https://albertainnovates.ca/impact/newsroom/energy-industry-goes-digital/. Further details on completed projects can be found on the Alberta Innovates project library: https://albertainnovates.ca/focus-areas/clean-resources/project-library/

Alberta Research and Innovation Framework

As in the initial DICE offering, the proposed relaunch of the program is directed towards developing projects that support existing Alberta Research and Innovation Framework (ARIF) goals and directly providing funding and research support for Alberta Innovates’ three strategic priorities, in particular, the four core areas of emerging technologies as below:

  • Develop emerging technologies, which include data-enabled innovation; digital technology for business transformation; clean technology; and innovative production and distribution.
  • Enhance our knowledge workforce.
  • Embrace the digital future.

The second round of funded DICE projects will continue to develop technology that creates jobs in the digital economy, improve the efficiency of energy production at all levels, reduce GHG emissions and contribute to environmental innovations in water and land management.

 

Program Details

Projects that align with the program will be eligible for funding. Up to $2.5 million is available over 18 months for DICE 2.0. Project funding can be up to but not exceed $350,000.

Proposed projects should have a clear and direct pathway to affecting tangible impacts in the operations of organizations in Alberta. The preference will be for technologies and solutions that are currently at a Technology and Solution Readiness Level (TSRL) between 3-7; namely beyond the conceptual stage but not advanced enough to be fully commercialized.

Introductory Webinar

Register for an introductory webinar for potential applicants on October 28, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. MST. The webinar will include a presentation and a question and answer session. The PDF slide presentation is available here. A recording of the webinar is also available.

Application Process

Submissions to the DICE program will be evaluated using a one stage application process. Proposals should be submitted electronically using the Full Proposal form managed via the SmartSimple online intake system below:

APPLY HERE

 

Competition Timeline

Date Planned Activity
October 21, 2021 Launch of the open call
December 22, 2021 Close of proposal submissions
February 25, 2022* Announcement of funded projects
August 31, 2023* Latest completion date for funded projects

*Dates subject to change at the discretion of Alberta Innovates

Close of Proposal Submissions

December 22, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. MST

Program Resources

Contact

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

Bruce Duong, Senior Manager, Recovery Technologies
bruce.duong@albertainnovates.ca
(587) 779-2910

For specific questions regarding technical issues with proposal submissions using the SmartSimple online system, please contact:

GMSSupport@albertainnovates.ca