Nextfor Announces New Funding Opportunities

May 26, 2021

By: The Working Forest Staff

Forest Technology Commercial Acceleration Program

A first-round of small CAP proposals open from May 3, to December 31, 2021.

The Forest Technology Commercial Acceleration Program (CAP) will de-risk the demonstration and commercialization of first-in-kind innovative technology, equipment, or data techniques that can address the specified challenges and opportunities facing Ontario’s forest sector.

The funding is a private/public joint innovation fund, requiring matching contributions from the project proponent. The funding is split into two streams, totaling $500,000 contribution over two years by the Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-economy (CRIBE).

  • Small Commercial Acceleration Project (CAP) stream will be up to $50,000 CRIBE contribution (minimum $100,000 project value).
  • Medium Commercial Acceleration Project (CAP) stream will be $50,000-$100,000 CRIBE Contribution (minimum $100,000 project value). Projects of greater value may be considered.

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Accelerated Commercialization Trial: Lignin 2.0

A first-round of small CAP proposals open  from May 3, to December 31, 2021

Due to the success of our 2020 High-Performance Lignin Challenge Fund, CRIBE and Nextfor are launching a new Accelerated Commercialization Trial (ACT) funding opportunity for lignin commercialization.

We’re looking for standing or newly established consortiums that have commercial or pre-commercial ready technologies, solutions, and projects that will increase the commercial readiness of one of the following lignin-based platforms:

  • Polymer Fine Chemicals;
  • Resins/Adhesives;
  • Thermoplastics and Composites

The purpose of this RFP is to launch a $1 million joint investment challenge (50% industry matching contribution required) to support projects which will establish or increase the commercial readiness of lignin-based platforms, and build robust consortiums through information sharing and collaboration.

To be eligible for this challenge, the proposed products and/or applications must utilize wood-based lignin.

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