The NBIF’s Climate Impact Research Fund will support research in climate change mitigation approaches and contribute to understanding climate change impacts and successful adaptation.

The fund is open to researchers working in all fields of applied research and aims to support a broad range of solutions and studies addressing climate change. Projects must include a strong HQP component (engagement of students or research professionals) and show a strong plan for knowledge transfer through engagement with a non-academic partner (e.g., industrial, or knowledge-transfer partner)

The fund consists of two streams, applications to which are accessible in the portal:

The Climate Mitigation and Cleantech Development stream will support the development of cleantech innovations and those with the potential to minimize carbon emissions. Cleantech is broadly defined as technologies that improve on the sustainability or environmental profile in comparison to existing technologies. This funding will support early stage (TRL 2-5) development of such innovations and create a pipeline of technologies for further development and investment.

The Climate Adaptation, Environmental, and Social Impacts stream will support research on climate adaptation, including research that will shape polices and approaches to protect our environment and natural resources, and the industries that depend on them (e.g., fisheries, forestry etc.). This stream will also support research that addresses the human and social impact of climate change, including impacts on the health of our population, our communities and society.


Evaluation Criteria

Funding requests are to a maximum of $90K. The requirement for leveraged funds is 1: 0.7 (i.e. applicants should have matching support at 70% of the request from NBIF). Leveraged funds can be from federal or provincial sources and unused portions of current NBIF grants are also eligible as leverage. In-kind support is also eligible as leverage however half of the leverage requirement must be in cash. 

• Student or research professional salaries
• Small lab equipment purchases or supplies, materials, and reagents.
• Costs to travel to collect data or use facilities during the project
• Costs to draft and create intellectual property (patent applications etc.).
Costs for third-party testing or prototyping
• Knowledge transfer work or engagement with industry

This list is not exhaustive. Please include specifics for proposed expenses in the application budget. 

Successful applicants are required to submit a report at the conclusion of their projects detailing the spending of the funds and key project outcomes (e.g., number of HQPs trained, advancement of a technology in TRL, number of partners engaged, knowledge transfer activities, etc.). If the duration of the project is longer than 12 months, an interim report will be required. 

Sept. 23, 2021: Portal opens for applications
Nov. 8, 2021: Last date for application intake in the portal
Dec. 3, 2021 Funding decisions made, and applicants notified of results
Dec. 9, 2021: Award conditions to be confirmed and projects to have commenced. 

Note that the time allowed to confirm conditions is three-months from receipt of the funding decision.