The Transition Accelerator: Transition Pathways Research Funding Opportunity 2022


The Transition Accelerator


2022 Transition Pathways – Research Funding Opportunity


The Transition Accelerator is looking to collaborate with researchers across the country interested in developing transformational pathways to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. They will be awarding small grants to support pathways scoping studies.

The Transition Accelerator seek submissions for projects that can help define credible, compelling, and capable pathways across Canada. These can be local, sub-regional, or regional in scope, and should be anchored in the Accelerator’s pathways methodology.

They welcome proposals that apply The Transition Accelerator methodology in domains that fall inside or outside our existing priorities (building decarbonization, electric vehicle market penetration, electrification and grid Integration, and Canada’s hydrogen economy). Proposals in domains not related to existing priorities should nevertheless be in areas that:

  • Have the potential to lead to substantial GHG reductions
  • Are experiencing other social and economic issues/roadblocks; and
  • Contain willing partners and agents of change.


Applicants must be affiliated with a Canadian university, research institution or think tank. Applications may involve investigators at more than one institution. The principal investigator must not already have received funding from the Transition Accelerator. Projects may involve societal partners.

Funding Availability

Up to three proposals will be selected and awarded a maximum of $20,000 each. The Accelerator regards these scoping studies as an entry point to potential long-term collaboration to fully develop novel pathways. The Accelerator will be open to working with teams involved with successful projects to secure long term funding to support larger initiatives. Successful grantees may leverage the Accelerator’s funding with Mitacs funding, if eligible.

Indirect Costs

0% - See Administration and Overhead Fees Charged to Grants

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Please submit your proposal, along with an OR-5 Form to

External Deadline

PI to send files to


How to Apply

See Application Guidelines for submission procedures. 

For Questions, please contact

The Transition Accelerator 

A dedicated member of the Accelerator team is there to talk about their methodology and to answer questions. Participants may submit questions (no later than April 29, 2022) via email to

Office of Research

Kristin Zimmermann, Senior Grants & Contracts Specialist
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x56257

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