Carbon Solutions @ Western


Ongoing Proposal Spotlight

This program is now closed for new submissions.

The Government of Canada is committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. Canada's leading research universities are at the foundation of the research, development and innovation ecosystem that will enable an economy which embraces a net-zero future.

Carbon Solutions @ Western University will be based on academic and partner collaboration to address carbon reduction and replacement – the reduction of the emission of greenhouse gases.   The sectors of focus for carbon reduction will have strong ties to Southwestern Ontario for opportunities that will have significant national impact either directly or through validation for deployment across Canada and internationally.

Proposals will support Canada's efforts by:

  • Bringing together partners to develop leading solutions for addressing identified carbon reduction strategies for Canada;
  • Enhancing and developing new technologies that would raise Canada's renewable and clean energy capabilities; and
  • Focusing on the circular economy to develop sustainable and enhanced life cycle development strategies for products, energy usage and recycling.

Proposals are invited that will explore, demonstrate, or validate:

  • Viable potential solutions including demonstration projects, prototypes, system testing, designs and intellectual property; and
  • Identify opportunities for research and translation required in areas where there are knowledge gaps including policy development, education, legal and regulatory, and economic assessment.

Award Amount

  • Western has provided a total of $2M to support projects;
  • Amounts awarded to each project will vary and opportunities seeking to leverage this support are encouraged to expand the research opportunity;
  • Funded projects must be completed in accordance with the agreed-upon milestones and timelines;
  • The award is contingent on a signed research agreement with an external partner;
  • Unspent funds will be returned upon completion of the project.

Program Timeline and Deadlines

  • Proposals will be received continuously and evaluated every four months;
  • Start dates will begin at the time of award notification;
  • All grants will be available for a period of up to two years from the date of award notification.


  • This funding opportunity is open to researchers in all disciplines and faculties;
  • Projects require a lead Principal Investigator who is eligible to hold grants at Western;
  • Inclusion of early career researchers (<10 years since first independent academic appointment) is encouraged, but is not a requirement for funding;
  • A lead PI may only hold only one awarded grant at a time.

Guidelines and application

  • Program Guidelines
  • Proposal Application Template not currently available, program closed.

Final Reporting

Within three (3) months of the termination of the award, awardees must submit a final report to Western Research.


Please contact with any questions or inquiries about Carbon Solutions @ Western.