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TargetGHG

Ontario Centres of Excellence in partnership with Ontario

Helping to reduce greenhouse gases.

TargetGHG is helping Ontario meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets by encouraging large industrial plants to adopt leading-edge technology and by supporting Ontario’s entrepreneurs in developing creative new solutions.

The program is supported by the Ontario government with $74 million in funding from its Ontario Green Investment Fund, which is dedicated to projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency, support cleantech innovation and drive job creation and economic development.

OCE’s TargetGHG for industrial emitters addresses two key issues:

  • the need to support the adoption of innovative technologies for emitters to meet upcoming greenhouse gas reduction targets and
  • the need for solutions that will help industry meet more aggressive future GHG targets
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Program Overview

Through the TargetGHG Demonstration Program, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) will support projects with industrial large emitters that demonstrate greenhouse gas emission (GHG) emission reductions in collaboration with innovative companies providing solutions. The projects will help Ontario meet its year 2020 targets for GHG emission reduction and provide significant economic benefits to Ontario. Ontario’s year 2020 GHG emission target is 15 per cent below the 1990 level.

Ontario’s industrial large emitters are invited to submit Expressions of Interest (EOIs), in partnership with solutions providers, to implement proven technologies aimed at reducing GHG emissions. OCE will support approximately eight projects that demonstration (GHG) emission reductions. Eligible demonstration projects may fall into the following categories:

  • Industrial Point Source
  • Value Chain
  • CO2 Innovations

Read more on the Industrial Demonstration program

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Supported by the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, the $80 million program aims to reduce GHG emissions while strengthening Ontario’s economy. Providing access to leading-edge technologies helps to keep our industries globally competitive and building better, stronger cleantech companies serves to increase market share in a rapidly expanding sector.

The $80 million is the total anticipated value of the program that includes the OCE, Applicant and Partner contributions.

Objectives

The TargetGHG Demonstration Program supports demonstration projects with industrial large emitter and will help Ontario meet its year 2020 targets for GHG emission reductions. Year 2020 GHG emission target is 15 per cent below the 1990 level.

Objectives of the TargetGHG Demonstation Program:

  • Encourage collaborattion and drive commercialization by implementing GHG reduction technologies
  • Establish Ontario as a leader in reducing GHG emissions by helping Ontario’s industry develop, demonstrate and adopt leading-edge technologies
  • Bring together technology development and adoption where Ontario’s innovators and entrepreneurs can work together with industrial large emitters and their customers and supply chains to reduce GHG emissions
  • Catalyze private sector investments in GHG reduction strategies, and drive adoption

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How Funding Works
  • Applications can be of any size; however, OCE funding will cover up to 50 per cent of eligible project cash costs to a maximum of $5,000,000
  • Project duration is up to three years and MUST be completed by December 31, 2020
  • Applications from a consortim of multiple emitters and solution provides MUST not exceed the above-mentioned limits

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Eligibility

Eligible Applicants:

  • Applicants MUST be an Ontario-based industrial large emitter
  • A Consortium of smaller emitters are eligible applicants if they demonstrate a sector-wide impact
  • Co-applicants are required and MUST be a technology solution provider (e.g. start-up, SME or large firm) with proven technologies and products from across any sector aimed at reducing GHG emissions

Eligible Projects:

  • Projects MUST pilot, implement and operationalize innovative proven technologies, demonstrating GHG emission reductions which address Ontario’s targets for year 2020. Proven technologies are technologies that are ready to be implemented. They may have been used before or have been tested or simulated in a laboratory or operational environment.
  • Projects MUST commission and start-up the demonstration.

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How to Apply

Step 1: Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI)

Applicants MUST engage with an OCE Business Development Manager to initiate and prepare an EOI. Click here for EOI Instructions.

Step 2: Invitation to a Full Application

Applicants whose EOI are selected by the EOI Review committee will be invited to submit a full application to OCE.

More details on the application process

Partnering Forum

On October 5th, OCE and its program partners hosted a partnering forum to learn more about the TargetGHG program and facilitate collaboration.  

Learn more about the partnering forum, view presentations and photos from the event.

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Program Overview

NSERC-eligible researchers from postsecondary institutions in Ontario are invited to submit Expressions of Interest (EOIs), in partnership with for-profit businesses based in Ontario. NSERC-eligible co-applicants from postsecondary institutions in Ontario or other Canadian provinces can participate. While Canadian for-profit businesses outside of Ontario are invited to participate, the project primarily focuses on research results for use in Ontario that address Ontario’s GHG emission reduction targets for years 2020-2030.

Eligible projects involve research and development that fall under the following categories:

  • Industrial Point Source
  • Value Chain
  • CO2 Innovations

Other categories will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Read more on the Collaborative R&D Program

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Through the $12 million TargetGHG Collaborative R&D Program, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) are partnering to support industry-postsecondary collaborative research and development projects. The projects will address Ontario’s 2020-2030 targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction and provide significant economic benefits to Ontario (jobs, revenues, etc.). They will also support the Government of Canada’s commitment to developing innovative clean technologies that promote environmental sustainability. This program is an essential component of a broader OCE TargetGHG Program in partnership with NSERC and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).

The $12 million is the total anticipated value of the program that includes the OCE and NSERC contributions and the matching industry leverage.

Objectives

The TargetGHG Collaborative R&D Program supports technologies that address Ontario’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for years 2020-2030. The program encourages for-profit businesses with GHG reduction technologies to collaborate with academic research institutions, to foster innovation and drive commercialization.

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How Funding Works
  • OCE will support large research endeavours with awards of up to $800,000 per project towards direct costs for up to three years.
  • For a maximum funding request, the Ontario-based industry partner(s) must provide matching funds to the academic institutions of at least $400,000 in cash plus at least $400,000 of eligible in-kind support). Industry partners may include industrial large emitters, SMEs and large enterprises.

1Institutional overhead is ineligible as a project expense and must not be included on either the OCE- or industry-funded portions of the project budget. The overhead that is to be attributed as part of the OCE contribution will be calculated directly by OCE and paid separately on an annual basis to Ontario post-secondary institutions, to a maximum of 20 per cent of direct costs of OCE-funded research. The overhead on the industry-funded portion of the project must be discussed with the research administration office at both postsecondary institutions at the time of application to ensure it is correctly accounted for.

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Eligibility
  • Projects must involve research and development of technologies which address Ontario’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for years 2020-2030.
  • Project duration is up to three years.

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How To Apply

Step 1: EOI

Applicants must engage with an OCE Business Development Manager to initiate and prepare an EOI. Click here for EOI Instructions.

EOIs must be submitted via the OCE Online Application System before 2:00 p.m. on January 10, 2017.

Step 2: Funding Proposal

Applicants whose EOIs are selected by the EOI Review Committee will be invited to submit a full application to NSERC CRD or ARD Grants programs.

More details on the application process

Partnering Forum

On October 5th, OCE and its program partners hosted a partnering forum to learn more about the TargetGHG program and facilitate collaboration.  

Learn more about the partnering forum, view presentations and photos from the event.

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Program Overview

This progam is intended for Ontario-based SMEs to develop and demonstrate new and innovative technologies that have strong potential to result in significant, verifiable and sustainable GHG emissions reductions in Ontario, Canada and globally. The SMEs are required to develop Consortium Partnerships which may include, industrial large emitters, other SMEs, large enterprises and academic institutions.

Expressions of Interest may be for development and demonstration of innovative technologies in the following strategic investment areas, including and not limited to:

  • Industrial Point Source
  • Value Chain
  • Carbon Capture and Utilization

Other categories will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Read more on the Collaborative Technology Development program with SDTC

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Through the $45 million TargetGHG Collaborative Program, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) are partnering to support Ontario-based SMEs to develop and demonstrate new and innovative technologies that have strong potential to result in significant, verifiable and sustainable GHG emissions reductions in Ontario, Canada and globally. The projects will address Ontario’s 2020-2030 targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction and provide significant economic benefits to Ontario (jobs, revenues, etc.).

The $45 million is the total anticipated value of the program that includes the OCE, SDTC and Consortium Partnership contributions.

Objectives

This program is supported by the Ontario government from its Ontario Green Investment Fund, which is dedicated to projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency, support cleantech innovation and drive job creation and economic development.

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How Funding Works

OCE will support large research endeavours with awards of up to $800,000 per project towards direct costs for up to three years. The projects must be led by NSERC-eligible applicants from NSERC-eligible Ontario academic institutions. While eligible researchers from other NSERC-eligible academic institutions in Ontario or in other Canadian provinces can participate as co-applicants, the projects must be largely led by academic researchers from academic institutions in Ontario. OCE funds only flow to the applicant’s Ontario academic research institution.

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Eligibility

This Call is directed at Ontario Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs).

Ontario SMEs are defined as organizations incorporated and operating in Canada, having fewer than 500 employees and less than $50 million in annual gross revenue. The Ontario SME must have R&D and or manufacturing operations in Ontario. There are no restrictions on the number of EOIs that can be submitted by any Applicant. Projects or portions thereof that have received OCE or SDTC funding are not eligible to receive further funding for the same development. However, Applicants may request support for a new phase of development that builds on and sufficiently advances a previously-funded project.

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How To Apply

EOIs submissions in response to this Call will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. To be considered for the first Investment Committee review meeting, EOIs must be submitted by November 16, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4h). Late submissions will not be accepted. Applicants are encouraged to complete their submissions well in advance of the deadline. Furthermore, the Funders will not accept partial or incomplete submissions.

Applicants may initiate an online EOI in the AccessOCE Application Portal (“Portal”) by working with an OCE Business Development Manager and an SDTC Funding Advisor.

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Ontario is taking a major step in the fight against climate change by making up to $2.5 million available to Ontario-based teams competing in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a global challenge to address climate change by incentivizing innovators to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants and industrial facilities into valuable everyday products.

As part of Ontario Centres of Excellence’s (OCE’s) $74 million TargetGHG cleantech innovation initiative, funding will be made available to Ontario teams for the development and demonstration of their concepts through the three stages of the Carbon XPRIZE competition which began in September 2015 and ends in March 2020. This initiative is a partnership between OCE and Carbon XPRIZE.

To qualify, teams must have registered by July 15.

Eligibility for Ontario support:

  • Ontario-based teams that are registered in the XPRIZE and are successful in proceeding to the next stages of the competition may be eligible for the $2.5-million program on a competitive basis
  • Since program details for Ontario support are pending, OCE is not accepting applications at this time
  • Once program details are released, Ontario-based teams can apply directly to OCE

The exact amount of OCE funding per team will depend on how many Ontario teams advance and how far they get in the competition. The OCE funding also requires matching contributions secured by teams themselves.

The NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE will incentivize development of new and emerging CO2 conversion technologies, accelerating these breakthroughs from laboratory testing to demonstration under real-world conditions. The prize will help identify the most promising pathways for CO2 conversion and prove the technologies can be deployed at power plants and other industrial facilities. There are two tracks to the competition: one focused on testing technologies at a coal power plant and one focused on testing technologies at a natural gas power plant. One winner from each track will receive a top prize of $7.5 million (USD).

Teams will be subject to XPRIZE competition guidelines, including meeting minimum requirements, and will be scored on how much CO2 they convert, and the net value of their products.

Please see NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE for more information or to register.

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OCE is partnering with NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE to help reduce greenhouse gases. Carbon XPRIZE is a global challenge to address climate change by incentivizing innovators to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants and industrial facilities into valuable everyday products. OCE, which is managing Ontario $74 million greenhouse gas emissions reduction program, has a longstanding history in cleantech, having supported many hundreds of cleantech-related companies. Over the past two years, OCE has supported 243 clean-tech related projects leading to the creation and retention of close to 900 jobs.

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Program Overview

The Solutions 2030 Challenge will catalyze the development of next generation of disruptive clean technologies to help large industry lower emissions at their facilities and help the Ontario meet its greenhouse gas (GHG) targets beyond year 2030. This global challenge employs a tiered, award-based approach to technology development and commercialization.

Up to $7 million will be allocated for this new global competition to develop breakthrough technologies that address the needs of Ontario’s industrial large emitters.

The Solutions 2030 Challenge theme will be selected after industry consultation.

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How Funding Works

Launching in early 2017, the Solution 2030 Challenge is a $7 million three-stage global competition with opportunities for applicants to receive grant funding. At each stage, OCE will issue an open global call for applications. OCE will support up to 50 per cent of the eligible cash costs at each stage. As this is a staged process, the winning applicant may receive a total of up to $3 million over the course of the three-stage competition to develop, demonstrate and commercialize their technology in Ontario.

Read more about the three stages of the competition

Eligibility
  • Applicants are comprised of teams which may include, and not limited, to individuals, academic institutions and companies
  • Applicants may reside outside of Ontario and may reside outside of Canada
  • Applicants must commit to develop, demonstrate and commercialize their GHG solution in Ontario
  • Applicants must address Ontario’s greenhouse gas (GHG) targets beyond year 2030
  • Applicants and their partner(s) must provide at least 50 per cent of the total project cost

Read more about specific eligibility criteria and requirements

How to Apply
  • Applications for round 1 of the challenge must be submitted through the Solutions 2030 Application Portal (coming soon).
  • Subsequent round applications must be submitted through AccessOCE.

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Our TargetGHG partners include    Emissions Reductions Alberta NSERCSustainable Development Technology Canada XPrize