Ontario Centres of Excellence Launch TargetingGHG Program: Call for Expressions of Interest


Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)


TargetingGHG Collaborative R&D Program


Through the $12 million TargetGHG Collaborative R&D Program, OCE and NSERC are partnering to support industry-postsecondary institution collaborative research and development projects. The projects will address Ontario’s 2020-2030 targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction target and provide significant economic benefits to Ontario (jobs, revenues, etc.)   NSERC-eligible researchers from postsecondary institutions in Ontario are invited to submit Expressions of Interest (EOIs), in partnership with for-profit businesses based in Ontario.

Eligible projects involve research and development that fall under the following categories:

  • Industrial Point Source: Technologies that reduce GHG emissions through more sustainable approaches at industrial production sites.
  • Value Chain: Technologies that reduce GHG emissions using more sustainable approaches through the industrial value chain.
  • CO2 Innovations: Technologies that involve new and innovative uses of CO2.


NSERC-eligible researchers from postsecondary institutions in Ontario

Funding Availability

up to maximum of $800,000 from both OCE and NSERC per project, towards direct costs for up to 3 years

Note: for a maximum funding request of from OCE, the Ontario based industry partner must provide matching funds of $400,000 in cash plus $400,000 of eligible in-kind

Indirect Costs


Special Notes

Applying is a two-step process. Applicants must work with an OCE Business Development Manager throughout the application process.  Step 1- Researchers will submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for review, where applicants will be invited to Step 2 - submitting a full application to NSERC’s CRD program.  Approximately five to eight EOI applicants will be invited to Step 2.

**Researchers invited to Step 2 must notify the Office of Research immediately.  The Office of Research will work directly with applicants invited to submit an NSERC CRD proposal to determine internal deadlines for review of the NSERC CRD proposal.  

Internal Deadline

Please submit your Expression of Interest (EOI), along with an OR-5 Form to research.services@uoguelph.ca

External Deadline

How To Apply

Applicant working with their OCE Business Development Officer will submit online through OCE’s AccessOCE online system.

Information for Co-applicants

If you need to meet a deadline set by the lead institution for this opportunity, please ensure that you provide the Office of Research with at least 5 days in advance of the lead institution’s deadline to review the application, or your proposed component of the project. Please be in touch with the Office of Research (contact information below) ahead of the deadline if it looks like it will be difficult for you to submit all the required documentation on time (i.e. budget, proposal, OR-5 Form).

For More Information

please visit the program’s website

For Questions, please contact

Holly Gardner, PhD
Program Manager
Phone: 416-861-1092 x1086
Email: holly.gardner@oce-ontario.org

Meghan Grimes, Awards and Agreements Officer
Office of Research, Research Support Services
519-824-4120 x54807