The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is excited to announce the Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge program, a 7-year collaborative research program that will develop technology to decarbonize Canada’s oil and gas and petrochemical sectors. It brings together Canada’s national labs at the NRC with academic and small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) collaborators.

The program seeks to develop high-risk, high-reward technologies at a low technology readiness level (1-5) towards prototype and demonstration. There is a strong emphasis on catalyst and membranes materials (and associated devices) for artificial photosynthesis and renewable fuels/chemical feedstock production.

The program focuses primarily on three themes:

Additionally, NRC is currently building new capabilities on “automated materials discovery platforms”, combining AI and robotics to accelerate the pace of materials discovery.

The Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge program invites research performers to express their interest in collaborating with the NRC on this program at the following link by October 7th, 2019.

Express your interest here

Contribution funding is available to support the research costs of eligible collaborators including academic researchers and SMEs.

For more information on the program please contact Phil De Luna, Program Director at or visit our program page.