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Charging the Future Challenge

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We’re challenging Canadian innovators to recharge their thinking around batteries.

Batteries are a rapidly growing industry worldwide and are key to advancing clean technologies like electric vehicles and integrating renewable energy onto the electricity grid.


Let us give your innovative idea a boost

With an industry valued at $23 billion today, batteries present an important opportunity for Canada’s innovators to expand the industry, grow the economy and reduce pollution. We are looking to unlock the potential in battery technologies to optimize energy density, weight, range, life and costs.

Applications are now open!

Tell us about your technology - we want to help accelerate the most promising made-in-Canada battery innovation from the lab to market.

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The electric future is coming!

And it will run on batteries.

Powering more vehicles, homes, businesses and communities every day.

Reducing emissions.

And unlocking the potential of the sun and wind.

That means global demand for new battery technologies is growing. Exponentially.

Canada has the know-how to lead the world in this emerging field.

So, Natural Resources Canada is challenging Canadian innovators:

Bring us your battery technology.

Tell us how it is better.

Show off your breakthroughs in design. Manufacturing. And Control.

Show us how it will make an Impact.

And win $1 million.

Together we’re Charging the Future

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Support the clean energy transition

Revolutionize batteries to power up more electric vehicles and boost the grid.

Develop innovative solutions

Meet the demand for clean, high-performing batteries.

Recharge the economy

Commercialize and compete on the international stage. Scale your innovation with a $1M grand prize.


Prizes for the biggest battery breakthroughs

Develop your positive idea!

Five finalists will win up to $700K each to develop their innovative battery prototype and pitch their concept to the jury.

Final grand prize winner

The Challenge Jury will pick a grand prize winner who demonstrates the most positive battery breakthrough to receive $1 million.

Challenge details

Who can apply?

  • For-profit and not-for-profit organizations such as companies, industry associations and research centres
  • Canadian post-secondary institutions
  • Indigenous organizations and groups

Key dates

  • October 28, 2019: deadline to submit applications
  • January 2020: Top five finalists announced
  • July 2021: Prototype submission deadline
  • Summer 2021: Pitch event
  • Fall 2021: Final grand prize winner announced