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Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Climate Action and Awareness Fund (CAAF) has opened a request for proposals (RFP) for Advancing Climate Change Science and Technology Research.

The RFP funds up to $59 million for projects that will strengthen Canada’s science capacity to understand, identify, accelerate, and evaluate actions towards achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

NOTE Projects may recieve up to $6 million per project for a total of up to $59 million to eligible organizations over a maximum of five years.


The CAAF will invest $206 million over five years to support Canadian-made projects that help to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. It’s designed to support projects that create middle-class jobs for Canadians who work in science and technology, academia and at the grassroots community level.

The Climate Action and Awareness Fund has three main priorities:

  1. support youth climate awareness (request for proposals – closed summer 2020) and community-based climate action (request for proposals – NOTE closed fall 2020)
  2. support climate research at Canadian think tanks and in academia (request for proposals – spring/summer 2021)
  3. advance climate science and technology (request for proposals – NOW OPEN until June 10, 2021)
Current Request for Proposals: Advancing climate change science and technology

This RFP seeks projects advancing climate change science and technology in Canada, to support projects that strengthen Canada’s science capacity to understand, identify, accelerate, and evaluate mitigation actions that work towards achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in Canada.

Climate change science and technology projects may include activities related to monitoring, data collection, model development, application of novel technologies, and/or knowledge synthesis aimed at enhancing understanding at the national, provincial, regional, or local level, including Indigenous communities.

The two-step application process consists of:

  1. a letter of intent phase open to all eligible applicants, followed by
  2. an invitation-only full proposal phase.

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Eligible applicants are:

  • universities and other academic institutions;
  • not-for-profit non-government organizations (NGO, e.g., environmental community groups); or
  • Indigenous organizations

Advancing climate change science and technology – RFP research themes

The projects funded by this request for proposals must fall under one of the following themes:

Theme 1: Informing carbon sink enhancements: nature-based climate solutions

Proposals should advance the quantification of, and reduce uncertainties in, our understanding of Canada’s carbon sinks to inform opportunities to employ Nature-Based Solutions to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. The results should inform the development of integrated estimates of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from Canadian ecosystems, our understanding of how direct land management actions impact ecosystem carbon cycles, or our understanding of the potential role of carbon sinks in Canada’s greenhouse gas mitigation strategy. Also of interest are proposals that will inform Canada’s reporting on efforts to enhance natural carbon sinks, including the quantification of those actions, and will improve reliability and consistency in reporting methodologies for managed and unmanaged lands, wetland restoration, forestry and agricultural practices. Additionally, proposals could also address direct and/or indirect impacts on climate, air quality, ecosystem function, and biodiversity.

Theme 2: Understanding the potential for, and implications of, negative emission technologies

Proposals should advance our understanding of the extent to which technologies to remove carbon from the atmosphere — such as Direct Air Capture and Carbon Capture and Sequestration — may contribute to the net-zero goal. Proposals could explore the efficacy of different technologies and practices (including the development and testing of measurement tools), their economic viability, the risks associated with their use, and optimal policies for scaling up these technologies/practices (e.g., carbon price, tax credits). Also of interest are proposals that advance our understanding of potential environmental trade-offs and ecological or atmospheric parameters for validating large-scale quantitative assessments of emissions and removals resulting from intentional enhancement.

Theme 3: Understanding city- and municipal-level GHG emissions and mitigation effectiveness

Proposals should contribute to improving the quantification of GHG emissions and short-lived climate forcers at the city and municipal level, and enable the application of methods to identify mitigation opportunities and evaluate their effectiveness to augment national reporting processes (e.g., advancing the use of top-down atmospheric observations or bottom-up inventory-based approaches). Proposals could advance work related to atmospheric monitoring and modelling aimed at identifying emission reduction opportunities by source type and tracking changes in emissions (i.e., top-down approaches), as well as work to evaluate these top-down estimates against bottom-up emissions estimates. Proposals could also explore methodologies and protocols for using in-situ low-cost medium-precision GHG sensor technology to inform mitigation actions and evaluate effectiveness in a way that enables consistent application across Canada and aligns with international approaches.

Theme 4: Understanding multiple benefits of integrated mitigation approaches for greenhouse gases and air pollutants

Proposals should improve understanding of how greenhouse gas and air pollutant mitigation strategies impact both climate and air quality, recognizing that climate forcers and air pollutants frequently share common sources and climate forcers are often air pollutants themselves. This could include work to develop and apply new joint climate and air quality models and analysis frameworks to evaluate emission pathways for achieving net-zero GHG emissions and air quality objectives. Proposals aimed at quantifying the potential multiple benefits (e.g., reduced impact on human health and sensitive ecosystems) would also be valuable. This could include multidisciplinary studies across climate, air quality, health, and agriculture to understand the integrated impact of GHG and air pollutant mitigation.

Theme 5: Understanding and quantifying transportation sector emissions in Canada

Proposals should improve the characterization of travel behaviour in Canada (e.g., on-road public and private, including cars, trucks, buses, etc.) and inform improved inventory reporting and targeted policies to reduce GHG and air pollutant emissions, leveraging big data analytics, telematics, and other techniques. While there is high confidence in total transport emissions and some of the key drivers (e.g., total fuel consumption) and correlated variables (e.g., total number of vehicles), proposals are sought to address critical knowledge gaps in the more refined and geospatially resolved understanding of transportation emissions, such as use patterns of where, when, and what types of vehicles are driven over what distances or modal preferences. Proposals could also examine how travel patterns respond to significant changes, such as pandemics, socio-economic shocks, or extreme events, to quantify changes in travel patterns over time and modal shifts.

Funding amount

This request for proposals will provide up to $6 million per project for a total of up to $59 million to eligible organizations over a maximum of five years.

Application support

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